Of Blogging ABCs I Would Rather You Didnt

Three things A blogger must not do

I would rather you didn’t

apologise for being authentic

Apologise for being authentic

You matter and you have a right to be here:

Whether you are just starting or you have had a long time to hone your craft, whether you have no one else reading or the whole world hanging on your words, whether you are expert in your field or a novice offering their humble opinion, whether you are on a free platform or you own your domain, assert your right to be seen and heard.

If you cannot unapologetically be yourself in your creative space where else will you be you?

Your blog is whatever you believe it to be and no one else can tell you otherwise.

Let your content proudly reflect, flaws and all This Is Me.

blogging as a hobby

Blog as a hobby

Contrary to popular opinion blogging is not a hobby, while yes you can do it just for fun, if you sit down to think about why you press that [publish post] button you know, there’s deliberate intention.

Are you in the business of randomly sending your nudes on the internet?  I would think not, right? But in a way, to blog is to share a very intimate bit of your soul and identity, that’s why it’s so scary to hit the publish button, why we refresh that notification screen a thousand and one times, to see if anyone out there in the world saw us, to worry over what others will think of the bits of our mind they have glimpsed.

Even if your content is not personal, a part of the creator is always infused and visible in the creation, it’s almost a philosophical debate whether you can fully separate the art from the artist, the words from the writer.

Do people go to school as a hobby, no, do people read books as hobby, well, yes but that’s not the only reason people read…..

Blogging is many things, do not simply dismiss it as just a hobby.

cancel interactions

Cancel interactions

I have seen sites where the owners do not respond to their comments or mentions have always wondered why;

•Are they too busy?
•Do they not have the time?
•Are they so awed by the comments that they are having a heart attack?
•Are they too good for their fans ( well that’s the image you portray when you don’t)

There was an interesting social media storm when a prominent musician dismissively responded to a fan who had mentioned how they had been snubbed a selfie moment with the celeb, it became very messy real quick, things could definitely have been handled better.

Anyway unresponded comments are like a snub to whomever decided to take the time to not only read your content but to write a response (if you do not wish for unsolicited feedback from your readers then disable the option to comments, than simply ignoring)  

Also the blogging space thrives a lot on reciprocity, I have received a lot of questions on how one can make their blog more visible and when you ask in return if they read and interact with other blogs, you will find they don’t, so you want people to read your content and yet you have no time to read and engage with others, ok good luck.

Blogging is not about posting great content only, a large part of it is about how you interact with the global community and the image you present about the brand that is your blog.

~B

66 Comments

  1. B was thought-provoking for me. Hmm… Thank you for making me dive deeper.
    As for C, I’ve asked people that before. The only (somewhat) reasonable one was that it’s hard to reply to hundreds of comments a day. I don’t understand that because I don’t get hundreds of comments a day. Maybe one day…

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    1. B is close to my heart, especially as I try to get people to regard blogging with a bit more recognition or the potential it has I like to joke how who knows maybe these blogs may one day end up as important as rock paintings 😂😂 the original blogs

      I can’t wait to get a 100 comments in a day and see for myself how hard it would be reply 😂😂😂
      ~B

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  2. “Blogging is not a hobby” hard to believe but I only started believing it wasn’t just a hobby recently!
    Interaction- I have seen for myself these last three days the power interaction has!
    Thanks for the great tips.

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    1. 😂😂unclic
      Haha the touch is supposed to be of the uncle who catches your mistake but is very nice about it you don’t even notice that you have been corrected.
      ~B

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  3. I have experienced too the power in interaction with other people’s content. Actually isn’t the point to get some interaction. You’re not talking to trees or walls after all, right?

    Also I follow The Art of Blogging by Cristian Mihai. I have to say this post is right up there. I enjoyed it so much.

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  4. Blogging is so many things, a relationship with your readers, expose of thought and mind and soul. It’s hard sometimes but I always reply to comments… I hope you’re good my friend 🙂

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  5. I’m starting new after considering blogging for 3 years now. It’s manifested. The time came as and when it needed to. I said to self, rather many embrace this or not, some person is reached in all that I do. I’m a Social Worker and even when ppl who don’t inner stand our role in society…some person is affected, thankful, thus, the purpose is fulfilled. Thank you for your post!

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  6. I love this and I definitely agree with letter C! Blogging is a two-way street, if you care about your readers, a friend once said, that you shouldnt treat them as audience but co-bloggers too. 😊 thanks for this, I enjoyed reading your post!

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    1. Thank you Elle unless you are already famous 😂😂then dont act like your readers are your fans ⭐⭐
      Also most of the people who will leave comments are usually other bloggers too so treating them as co-bloggers definitely will have merit
      ~B

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