Why There Is No ‘Right’ Way To Blog

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There is a lot of discussion about how to be a blogger. Whether it’s an article telling you how to make money from it or somebody else telling you how to start a blog in under an hour, the how-to of blogging is a hot topic.

These kinds of articles can make bloggers (like me) feel as if they are not a blogger at all, as if they’re just a wannabe blogger who can’t even stick to the same WordPress theme for more than six months. Whilst the latter may be true, my blog (and yours) is just as valid as everyone else’s.

Sometimes I have to remind myself that actually, there’s no right or wrong way to blog.

If you’re the sort of blogger that has scheduled posts, publishes posts on certain days every week, or has planned out blog posts for the next three months, then that’s perfectly okay.

If you’re the sort of blogger that posts when they have something to say (sporadically or constantly), who doesn’t have any particular blogging goals and just uses their blog as an outlet, then that’s perfectly okay.

If you’re the sort of blogger that does a little of both, who changes their writing style, genre, blogging goals every once in a while – then that’s perfectly okay too!

Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist.
– Pablo Picasso

Blogging is about you. It’s a little part of the internet where you can create and share whatever you want.

It’s a place where you can write about literally anything in the universe. You can use it to describe your day, write a review, give gardening tips, post a photograph of your latest baking triumph, explore philosophy, teach, show off your latest purchases, bravely post your finished short story – the possibilities are truly limitless.

Everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise.
– Sylvia Plath

All you really need to know when blogging is that it’s your space. Remember that your blog is for you. If it happens to make other people happy, then that’s an added bonus. But really, the success of a blog is determined by how happy you are with your content.

You are not a failure of a blogger just because you haven’t published in a month, nor are you a failure because the only consistent reader of your blog is your mum. As long as your blog is making you happy then that is the ultimate blogger success story.

13 Comments

  • Joanne says:

    “The success of a blog is determined by how happy you are with your content.”
    Can’t even begin to explain how much I needed to be reminded of this! Such good points and a lot of awesome truth in this post. I loved reading it! x

    Joanne | Life in Blue Skies

    • Lauren says:

      Thank you very much! Glad it helped in some way! Has definitely made me think more about whether or not my content is making me happy rather than just being written for an “audience”, if that makes sense!

  • Totally agree, my blog is me so the only rules are what I apply myself (and I can’t say there are many!). For me it’s all about having that outlet to write and to put myself out there into the world and to connect with others through shared feelings / experiences etc. The idea of people blogging because they want to have a blog is totally alien to me, the desire is to write, the blog is the means to do that.

    • Lauren says:

      I think that is very much forgotten nowadays, especially in those articles which have titles like “How to Start a Blog in an Hour” or “How I Made $5k a Month On My Blog”

  • This entry is such a breath of fresh air for me as a blogger. I don’t follow rules or even pay attention to what others say “have to be done”. I used to do that and I would try to stay in that box that others want to put us in, it didn’t feel real at all or like my own blog when I did that. I started a fresh blog and while I don’t have many followers, I write for myself and enjoy it.

  • Quinn says:

    Blogs are so personal! I agree! It actually frustrates me massively when I find myself censoring myself because of what someone I know might think of what I write, so I try to fight that urge, but I know it can be tricky. I think if you try to structure your blog and that doesn’t work for you, or post when you don’t want to, you can end up killing the enjoyment that led you to blog in the first place… As long as you’re enjoying it, you’re doing it right!

  • I love that Picasso quote– so perfect for the journey that is blogging!

  • Kerrie Carter says:

    I love this! I think there’s so much focus out there and pressure even to turn your blog into a business. Everything seems to be about stats and the next sponsored post but like you said, you should love the content you’re putting out there. Great post 🙂

  • I couldn’t agree more! I’ve been blogging for about one and a half years now, during that time I’ve changed my mind about how I want to present myself online more than once. A lot of that probably had to do with listening to other opinions or blogging advice too much. Now I feel like I’m finally figuring out who I am blogging wise and I couldn’t be happier about it 🙂 Btw, I think your blog is pretty damn amazing x

    • Lauren says:

      Yay! I think I have had a similar blogger journey to you to be honest! Kept trying to change it because of blogging advice I had read from big bloggers, when really I should be keeping it as I like it!
      And thanks so much, that’s so lovely of you to say! x

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