NOT throwing shade at the How To Blog series. Yes, totally thought about it. Throwing ALL the shade. But the bloggers who write it know what they’re doing, and apparently there is a demand for it. So okay. Fine.
But man, do people put the ‘blagh’ in blahging, right guys?
So fucking busy trying to make themselves happen instead of making something out of themselves.
Sharing their own shitty articles 4 times a day, trying to establish contact with anyone who might be useful to them, borderlining on stalking. Writing dime-a-dozen articles and expecting fame and fortune. Obsessing over visitor stats and followers. Click-bait links, obnoxious attempts for engagement.
I guess some social media experts somewhere are convinced you’re doing it right. I personally want to get an extra glass of water just thinking about it. The thirst is so real.
Sure, do whatever you want. I mean, I’m not taking away anyone’s right to be a shithead online.
But did you know? You CAN have a blog without resorting to cheap ploys, self promotional bullshit and treating readers like they’re imbeciles? Amazing.
Read my 4 Golden Blog Rules below.
Please note: This is how I do it. This works for me and my website. I am not trying to make you do it like me.
I am just offering a different perspective, sharing a different way of blogging to counterweigh the continuous message that a blog has to be a company/money maker or that you have to self promote yourself until you’re blue in the face.
1) I DO WHATEVER I FUCKING PLEASE. I write about whatever I want. Whenever I want. If I don’t want to write, I don’t write. If I want to write for 50 days in a row, I write for 50 day in a row. And if I want to write a 50 Shades Of Grey drinking game or a movie review about Warm Bodies somewhere in between all the inspirational crap, I will damn well do it. Because I want to. Because I think it’s fun.
And because this is my website. I could write a 2-page essay on the migration of army ants and you would just have to deal with it.
You are not my clients. You are people who of your own volition decided to read my blog. You’re very welcome to offer topic suggestions, constructive criticism and you can even tell me how much you dislike me, BUT. In the end, I decide and do as I please.
2) I BELIEVE IN MY AUDIENCE. Beyond the obvious ‘I love my readers’, I believe my audience will find my blog. Whether it’s through Google, through friends or by accident, the people who might like my blog will come across it. Without me screaming “HEY I EXIST” in every corner of the Internet.
Moreover, I believe my readers to be intelligent, self sufficient people. I believe that they are fully capable to think for themselves. You’d be amazed how much easier it becomes to write for people who you believe to be smart and able to make their own decisions.
With the assumption of an intelligent audience that will find me if they need me, I don’t have to continuously harass people to read or buy my whatever. They’ll do it if they want/need to. If not, okay. I don’t think it’s necessary for me to convince them.
(Out of love I would probably not expose you guys to my Army Ant essay either.)
3) I BELIEVE IN QUALITY CONTENT I believe good content promotes itself.
If YOU believe my article is good enough to share, THAT’s when you should share it. I don’t have to run around asking for RTs or shares. If the article is worth it and resonates with you, you may make the choice to share it. If not, that’s okay too.
Plus, I pretty much only care about the writing aspect of blogging.
I write everything myself and work on my writing skills continuously. My blog exists so that I get to write. The rest is just semi-necessary stuff I have to do in between.
4) ANYTHING BUT ORGANIC GROWTH IS CHEATING Cheap tricks like buying followers and all that shit won’t last. If people spent half as much time trying to write well as they do making themselves happen we might actually have some good blogs in the near future.
Because here’s the fucking thing, genius: If you’re good enough, it will happen.
And if you’re not good enough, it will not happen UNLESS you have a large amount of patience and motivation to keep practicing.
Anyone is totally entitled to their own method of blogging. They might think that how they do it is the way to go.
But by buying into this culture and acting on it you are not creating a blog world of value, just a bunch of people who aren’t really good at what they’re doing trying to convince each other they are. Which is a shame.
Instead we could be doing awesome shit and sharing cute puppy videos with each other.