Yesterday started the first ever week long Bloggiesta. Bloggiesta is a fun event where bloggers get together (at their own computers) and work on tackling blogging to-dos such as writing or brainstorming posts, working on the look of the blog, and cultivating new relationships via social media. If you’re timid about certain aspects of blogging, this is such a great and supportive event to ask your questions and get some answers or help. You can learn more about the event and check out everyone’s to-do lists at the Bloggiesta Sign-ups.
For the past few months there has been quite a bit of drama-mama among the book (adult) blogging crowd (I say “adult” because apparently there is normally quite a bit of drama among the YA book bloggers). Many bloggers have felt incredibly discouraged by these events and the reactions to them and in light of that Suey is asking bloggers to share their Best Blogging Advice.
I’m coming up on eight years of blogging in June and sometimes I still feel a bit clueless. I certainly don’t have all the answers, and even if I seem to, I’m usually flailing around like an idiot (at least in my head). But when I am thinking clear-headedly, below are some of the best advice I’ve gathered over the years and the advice I like to share.
Remain true to yourself, your vision, and your voice.
Of course a big part of this is knowing yourself, your vision, and your voice first. This takes time and it can be ever-changing, and it’s ok to go with the flow–to grow and evolve. But exhaustion will come with being something you are not. Be who you are, not who you think others want you to be.
Know your limits
Blogger burnout is real. I’ve personally experienced it several times–taking on too many responsibilities, trying to read too many books, unintentionally competing with other bloggers…and myself. Know what you can handle and what makes you happy–I sometimes wish I could read a bit faster or that I could keep up with the social demands of blogging, but I’m much more even keel when I’m keeping my limits in the forefront.
There is a real person behind each blog
Use kind and respectful words towards others. Keep in mind that others have a life outside of blogging and you might have no idea what is going on with them physically, mentally, or emotionally. It’s easy to get swept up in drama. Perpetuating drama just because it’s what others “want” is never a good excuse.
Numbers are just numbers
It’s so easy to compare to other bloggers–how many followers they have, how many hits they get daily, how many retweets they receive, how many books they get from publishers, etc etc etc. Social media envy is a dangerous road to travel down and I know I’ve been guilty here and there. It’s why I recently stopped looking at my stats. Feel great about what you’re doing right and let go of the rest.
Sure some bloggers are really weird about divulging information to help others (bleh), but there are many many super supportive bloggers who want to help others. It can be awkward to ask for help or to ask questions or seek guidance, but it can also be rewarding and friendships might even be built upon it.
For me, Blogging is always a work in progress. I’m constantly learning and adapting, but ultimately blogging is so much more worthwhile when I just chill out a bit. Ha!
Pop by Bloggiesta for more sage advice!
What’s the best blogging advice you’ve received or given?