Am I Blogging Properly?

Something I hear over and over again from people who write blogs is I started my blog for myself. I’ve lost count of the number to times I have read or heard people say I didn’t even tell anyone about it for months. 

Often this is said as it was a bad thing. As if it is in some way embarrassing, arrogant or foolish to write for yourself. It is not.

If you write a blog and enjoy it, then good for you. We all need our creative outlets. Chances are that if you write a blog, you may also read other blogs. And that is where you can find yourself and your blogging mojo taking a bit of a self-inflicted bashing.

You may have noticed that the internet is awash with helpful articles and post on the dos and don’ts of blogging. Suddenly you are worried that you are not “blogging” properly.

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If you’ve asked yourself the question “Am I blogging properly?”, the answer is yes. Here’s why:

  • What is a blog? A blog is a website that you post entries to. Blogging is the process of updating that blog. So if you have a blog and write on it, you are blogging properly.
  • You can live without social media. Just because you have a blog, it doesn’t mean to have to share everything on social media. If you started your blog for yourself, you are perfectly entitled to keep it that way.
  • Stay true to yourself. Up till now you were happy to write on your blog occasionally. No big thing. You write when you feel like it and you write about what you fancy writing about.
  • Don’t compare. When you began your blog, you set it up with a layout you like. You were proud of it. So treat it like a baby. Don’t compare it to others or try to make it different, don’t  make fit in with the norm. It is yours and it is unique.

Now, go back and read your first few posts. Don’t cringe. Be proud of your space. You are blogging. There is no properly.

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25 thoughts on “Am I Blogging Properly?

  1. Ahhh! This is a nice little post to remind myself of just that! I’ve just had my first blog birthday and started to feel a bit inadequate and silly for not being anywhere near as “good” or successful as some of the others out there. But you’re right, I started it as a creative outlet and that’s what it essentially remains. #TheList

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    1. I’m glad this has reminded you of why your started out Cheryl. We tend to get dragged into comparing upwards when really we needn’t. Congratulations on your blog birthday and well done on keeping going for the first year. That’s a big milestone.

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  2. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU! I am one of those people who constantly worries if I am blogging “properly” and if I am a “good blogger.” I have been blogging on and off since 2008, which in the blogging world is pretty much since medieval times, yet it’s only in the past 6 or 7 months that I have discovered the uses of social media when it comes to promoting a blog, and I am still pretty clueless. I think what doesn’t help is that I am not very good at putting myself out there. #thelist

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    1. Oh, I am thrilled that this has bouyed you up a bit. My advice is do what you feel comfortable with for you and your blog.
      I’ll be posting soon about where to go to find out how to promote yourself well, if that is what you want to do. So do pop back in a week or two and check out what’s going on here 🙂

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  3. I am a great believer of not comparing our own blogs to other blogs. Some people have been blogging for years and for very different reasons. Over time my own blog has changed and grown, it’s been a very natural progression, but my first posts do make me cringe a tad, but they also remind me that I am happy with how my writing has changed.

    You are totally right when you say there is no right or wrong to blogging, we must all blog in a way that suits us and that can never be wrong.

    xx

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    1. I’m glad to hear it Debbie. I’ve been to your blog several times and have seen the changes you have made over time. If your writing has improved through blogging, that is great. You are right be to happy about it.
      Keep up the good work x

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  4. Great advice. I have written a fair few blogging tips posts. I hope anyone reading them doesn’t end up feeling like they are somehow “doing it wrong”. I write these posts with the intention of helping someone who wants to gain more traffic etc, but if someone is happy where they are then I think that’s great and I would say to them don’t change! #BloggerClubUK
    Debbie

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    1. I think the thing with blogging advice, as a reader, is to always bear in mind what your own motives and goals are. As a writer of blogging advice, I think we all have other bloggers’ best interests at heart. It is up to the reader to decide which tips suit their situation.
      Thanks for stopping by Debbie.

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  5. As a newbie blogger (although I’m sure like many, I’m not alone in having started lots of blogs in the past) this is refreshing.

    Blogging has changed so much since my early attempts back in 2007/08 and there seem to be a lot of posts about blogging itself! It seems to be an industry within an industry 🙂

    There is always a pressure to excel at things and when we don’t attain the same kind of success we feel lacking somehow. It’s good to remember why we blog and enjoy it!

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    1. It definitely has changed Siena. When I began in 2008 it was much more of a solitary thing. Now interaction seems to be a top priority for most bloggers.
      When I got more involved in blogging, I was surprised at the amount of bloggers blogging about blogging. I hadn’t seen that 7 or 8 years ago.

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    1. Thanks Annette. When reading tips on blogging, or anything else for that matter, we really need to keep in mind what our own aims and intentions are and not get overwhelmed by the amount of information on offer.

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  6. Thanks for sharing this! I definitely fall into the ‘I started my blog for me’ camp, although I’ve now realised the appeal of having people actually read and comment on your writing. It’s always good to have a reminder that comparing ourselves to others isn’t always helpful, and that what worked for someone else might not be right for you. #BloggerClubUK

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  7. I’ve been in a blogging funk lately because of the constant promoting that I’ve been doing (and not really gaining more viewers) that hasn’t left me much time to write or post new blogs, that it has had me doing some serious soul searching as to where I want my blog/writing to go so reading your post is that reminder that maybe I just need to take a break from all of the promoting and just write for myself and those few who actually read my posts. If my blog gets noticed, great but worrying about quantity over quality has stressed me out too much. It’s time to put quality first and if the quantity happens then it happens without me sacrificing my content. Thanks so much for the reminder! Popping over from #bloggerclubuk

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    1. Oh I am so pleased that this has helped you. Concentrate on writing what you feel like when you feel like it. Your writing will be all the better for it, I’m sure.
      And if you want to promote those posts at a later stage, you still can.
      Go easy on yourself!

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  8. I’m one of those ‘I started for me’ people and what you say is so true. If it’s for you and you enjoy it then what’s wrong? I think the problem comes when people start out thinking they are going to make a career out of their blog (because they’ve seen other people do it) and they get disillusioned when the work offers don’t start coming in after a couple of weeks. My thinking around the purpose of my blog has definitely changed over the years, but the backbone will always be that I do it because I enjoy it. This is such useful reading for anyone who’s lost their blogging mojo x #BloggerClubUK

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    1. There is no denying a lot of blogs evolve over time into something other than what they were started for, and that is great. But for those that want to stay small and be what they set out to be, it can be tough to stick to your guns once you start to read around.
      Thank you for leaving a comment.

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  9. I think it takes some time to get comfortable with blogging. My first few posts I really sweat over. I re-read & changed them so many times. It’s not easy to know what your voice is or what you are saying util you just start! I agree – everyone is blogging correctly. The great thing is with each individual comes an individual blog. Thanks so much for sharing with us at #bloggerclubuk x

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