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What do YOU want to write about on YOUR blog?

What do YOU want to write about on YOUR blog?

Others who may or may not be “expert” bloggers (whatever your definition of an expert blogger is) offer suggestions, strategies, ideas and some even attempt to come up with “rules” (that fit their idea of what blogging should be) about how or what YOU should write on YOUR blog.

When you read those other blogs does it get confusing or even rather intimidating due to the many different messages being sent out there about blogging, by the multitude of bloggers each trying to get market share for their blogs.

Have we gotten so caught up reading all the great posts, with all their fantastic ideas that we could use to improve our blog (and there are some really great ideas out there) or the idea that “you too can make money blogging” or “see how great I am” blogger. Those who continually reminds you that they have so many followers that they must have all of the answers about “how to” blog correctly. In addition to all the other “help” that is out there to make you be a better blogger according to “their” ideas of what blogging is.

Do we pay so much attention to how others blog or want us to blog, that we loose track of the reason(s) many of us began blogging in the first place. How many bloggers have stopped blogging due to this attitude that seems to be too prevalent in the blogosphere? Too many I think.

How often do we loose our own voice or style in order to adapt to someone else’s way of doing something, even though we don’t feel comfortable blogging that way. It just isn’t who we are, but we do it anyway because it was successful for someone else?

Am I bashing the bloggers and their blogs who’s blogging niche is blogging – hell no. I have learned a great deal from some of those “experts” and some who are not considered expert. Yes, I have advertising on my site and if someone wants to give me money to write on my blog or elsewhere I will take it, if their writing needs, meet my standards, ability and interests. I have used their suggestions to help “grow” my blog.

At the same time I have also listened to and tried: suggestions, ideas, focus/niche, monetization and other solutions that didn’t work for me because they were not who I am or the direction that I seem to be going.

I have forgotten that One Foot In Reality is my blog and that I get to choose what I want to write about or what is or is not my blog’s focus or niche.  My blog is not dependent upon what the “experts” consider to be the “right” way to blog – who knows maybe my way will work best for me and my expectations of what blogging should be.

How many of you have also allowed yourselves to be manipulated to change how you blog to meet other people’s or the so-called experts’ expectations of what blogging is? Instead of writing what and/or how you want to write on YOUR blog.

So what do you want to write about on YOUR blog?

After all it is YOUR blog and you can make YOUR own choices on the content YOU put there.

 

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4 Comments »

  1. That's funny. I just wrote a whole long spiel on why I blog and then lost it because my connection goes out.So, to keep it simple. I blog to keep a journal of my times since moving to the lonely town I presently live in. I blog for me and for the friends I make. I am not interested in money, pictures, or awards, but rather ideas or feelings. My blog has been a fantastic tool for learning and I appreciate comments and try to give thoughtful comments to others. I have not read any of the "stuff" on how to blog best, but just started with what I wanted to say and I want to keep it that way.I love posting and reading blogs. I read blogs more now than I read books.

  2. Linda – that is how I started and then I got delusions of grandeur and tried to be things that I am not. If my blog makes money – cool, if it doesn't – cool, but I am going to blog my way and write about what I know is important to me.I plan to use this blog as a place to reflect, talk about my adventures in retirement and whatever else comes to my mind. I did however, take my running log off here, because it was too mundane for everyone to want to read about how I am getting back into running. But that was more as a courtesy to anyone who reads this blog than anything.Harold

  3. I had pretty much quit blogging because I felt like I was writing for an audience. I needed to write something that would interest other people.When I switched to writing for me, I became interested in blogging again. Sure, I love comments and discussions, but the blog is for me!

  4. Elaine – I think that there are a lot more of bloggers who feel that way and have taken the journey down monetizing their blog and found it is not where they really wanted to go.Blogging is for the writer to share what they want to share. We just have to be true to ourselves and sift through the chafe to get to where we want our blogs to go.My stats are down, way down from where they were a few months ago, but I am more comfortable with the direction that my blog is taking and how I am getting there.Harold

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