Earlier in the week a blog post was written about newbie bloggers that ruffled more than a few feathers. While I don’t agree with most of it, community in my opinion is very important when it comes to blogging, it’s been on my mind since and I’ve seen a completely different angle than my initial knee jerk reaction. Dorothy also wrote a follow up post which touched a little on the thought process I’ve been lead to, a thought process about the voice of blogging.
I came into blogging at a really good time, at least in my opinion. I came into blogging just as it was taking off, which means that there was information about how to do things at the tip of my fingertips, but not too much information that it was overwhelming. I knew that a community existed, because I was lucky enough to be friends with people who were already blogging. I came into it with my eyes open, something that new bloggers aren’t always given.
Blogging is a different beast than when I first started just over 3 years ago. It’s hard to believe that it could have changed so dramatically, but it really has. It feels like new blogs are popping up every single day, and that is awesome but I do worry that they are being lead into something that isn’t quite all it’s cracked up to be.
A quick Google will bring up thousands of articles of how to blog better, steps to create the next best blog and how to turn a quick buck from your writing. I believe that it’s these articles that are leading people to believe that having a blog is easy, that it’s as easy as following these steps and you’ll have a blog that everyone wants to read. In reality it couldn’t be further from the truth.
One of the most important skills in blogging is a voice, a voice that is true to you and that people will relate to. You can follow every blogging articles you come across and still have no audience because there is no authenticity there.
The posts I mentioned earlier talked about vanilla blogs and how there seems to be more and more of them. I don’t think necessarily think that following what a blogging article tells you are the best kind of blog posts will turn a blog into a vanilla one. I think that failing to add your own unique voice to the advice you follow turns you into a vanilla blog.
One of the most common things I see in blogging groups and even on social media is being too scared to move forward with your blog because you’ve found a blogging how to that doesn’t work with your voice. That worries me more than vanilla blogs. It worries me that people are stopping something that is their passion because someone has told them that they must do x instead of y.
My advice to the newbies, who are reading everything they can get their hands on, is to just stop, take a deep breath and get back in touch with why you want to write, why you want to share your voice with people. Take a look at your voice, is it in line with where you want to be? Do you feel comfortable with where your blog is heading? These are all important questions in my opinion, because the moment you lose your authenticity is the moment you start to lose your readers. Sometimes it really is as simple as write and they will come.
Do you feel like the blogging world is a ton of information overload at the moment? How do you make sense of all of the advice?
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