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.