My Five Blogging Principles

Friday, 1 September 2017

My Five Blogging Principles

I recently realised that it has been over two whole years since I started to take my blog seriously and although I may not be the biggest blogger on the scene, I am really proud of how far I have come. From my photography to my writing and even just the content I focus on, my blog has started to take shape as my little piece of the internet. As time has gone on I have fallen deeper and deeper in love with not only blogging but my blog, I have found a passion for creating content that specifically speaks to me and that I enjoy writing and it seems to also attract an audience. Maybe a smaller audience that many bloggers out there, but an audience nonetheless and I am so incredibly proud of how far heythererobyn has come.

When I first started to blog I had no idea what I was doing, looking back I am surprised I even got any readers. I don't think I promoted posts properly, I don't think I connected with my content and writing and above all, I think I was writing by everyone else's rules. I followed the crowd, copied the bloggers I knew were popular and well respected within the community and I don't really think I was unique at all. As time has gone on I have begun blogging by my own rules, or my principles or whatever you would like to call them. I have taken my little piece of the internet and have begun making it my own, actually within the last week of blogging I have felt more inspired, happy and content in my blog than I ever have before and I think it all comes down to sticking by my blogging principles.

HONESTY IS THE BEST POLICY
When it comes to blogging I want to be a step above honest, I want to be completely transparent with my readers. I want them to know that everything I tell them is my truth. Whether it be my opinions on a beauty product or the disclosing of an ad, I never way to lie on my blog or come across in a way in which it may be interpreted that I am lying. Being a blogger no matter how big or how small comes with a certain responsibility; bloggers are often viewed as vindictive, sly and liars within mainstream media and by lying to your readers you are feeding this stereotype, even if your readership consists of one single person. I will always be 100% honest on my blog and tell the truth to the best of my ability. 

QUALITY TRUMPS QUANTITY
At the moment the word 'trump(s)' sits very oddly within my vocabulary, I know it holds no correlation to a certain man, but it still makes me feel quite off whenever I use it, anyone else feel this way? Anyway, as I was saying, I will always believe few high-quality posts are much better than many low-quality posts. Something that my perfectionist nature likes to debate a lot. While I want all my posts to be of high-quality and up to a certain standard, there is always that nit picky characteristic that feels nervous about missing a post day. I have to push myself through however because posting content just for the sake of getting something up on the blog is not what I want to do, people will know you have no interest in the content you're producing and worse, you are portraying a lazy, uncaring side to you. For me, my blog means a lot to me and I don't want to be lazy with it or throw out any old post, I want to care for it, nurture it. 

My Five Blogging Principles

WRITE FOR BOTH ME AND THE READERS
I tripped over this one for a long time, I wasn't quite sure who I was supposed to be aiming my content at, was it for me or was it for potential readers? To begin I dipped my toes into both pools, I tried my hand at writing content that I wanted to write and then for a while I attempted to write content purely for readers, or in the hopes of gaining readers. What I didn't know is that swirling my toes to create one big pond was exactly what I needed. Creating content I connect with makes my blog appear much more real and trusting while being more fun and inspiring for myself. While making sure the content I am producing will still interest an audience and possibly attract more viewers results in a long lasting readership, a larger reach and some new internet friends. When I was only writing content for myself I was closing myself off to readers, other people weren't able to connect with my content quite like I did, this didn't work. Nor did writing purely for viewers, it felt fake, robotic and unpassionate, it left me feeling disheartened by blogging and uninspired. Since I began creating content both for the audience and me, I have been able to connect with my blog and it shows. 

DON'T LET THE STATS GET YOU DOWN
Of course, stats mean a lot as a blogger, but when you are a blogger you often feel disheartened by your stats, but they aren't the deciding factor in your success. A lot of people would disagree with me in saying this, but I don't believe that higher page views necessarily means that you are more successful, it just means you get more page views. I often look at my page views and compare them to others, I look at my following numbers and compare them to others and suddenly I start to question why I blog. Lately, my blog views have been doubling and maybe next week they will fall back down or even go lower than they once were, but all this proves is that different content attracts different groups of people. I am a big believer in fate and I believe that if I am supposed to be a larger blogger than I am then one day it will happen, I also trust that my hard work will not go unnoticed and will be recognised. It is all about patience and straying away from comparisons, comparisons in the blogging world can ruin your self-esteem. 

DO ALL THE WORK
Of course, some blogs which are run by a group of people, others have people working for them and then there are blogs who allow guest posts, for me none of this is feasible. I am a complete and utter control freak and I will continue to do all the work for my self, but this principle goes beyond the process of writing the blog and working on the blog. Doing all the work for me, includes the idea accumulating, I don't copy post ideas, I can be, and often am, inspired by fellow bloggers, but I would never purposely copy someone's hard work and effort. Further, I believe in only using images I have taken or others have taken for me, of course when it comes to posts such as wishlists this is totally different, but blog photography is never stolen from anyone else. I would never take credit for something which I have no right taken the credit for whether that be photographs, writing content or the idea behind a blog post and if I were to ever use someone else's photos, writing or blog idea I would give credit where it is due. 

What are your blogging principles? Do you believe bloggers should stick to principles or do as they damn well please? Tell me below in the comments. 


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