Back To Blogging Basics
I've written a post called 7 Reasons Why You Should Stop Blogging and read and agreed with Vidya Sury's 7 Deadly Sins of Blogging. However, when Fabida, who writes at Shocks and Shoes brought this article - 12 Reasons You Should Start A Blog Today - to my notice, I knew at once that I just had to write this post. I was particularly struck by the following points in the article:
1. Make a difference in the lives of others.
2. Document your life in an empowering way.
3. Find your authentic voice.
If you're a writer, you really don't need more reasons than these to start a blog.
A while back I shared that my blogging mantra includes actively using social media and networking. However, I'm starting to wonder whether I really want to be such an active networker. I'm increasingly disenchanted with social media and how it insidiously begins to take over our lives. What's the value in it, I'm wondering? I will continue to be on social media, but have already begun to cut back on the time I spend there.
I'm going Back To Blogging Basics
Now I want to go back to the basics:
1.Writing with passion - People tell me anyone can be a blogger and I agree. It's simple. Yes, software, templates, a good commenting system and great SEO are all important elements - because we want to get ourselves heard. What makes the difference between a blogger and a great blogger is passion. Today I want to remind myself to write with passion about subjects I'm passionate about.
2. Connecting with my readers on my blog. I'm not going to try to take those connections onto other social media platforms - except to find avenues to share the work of others.
As an experiment, I have taken off most of my social media buttons on this blog. I've left on some simple sharing buttons.
I never did buy the idea of link dropping, preferring to stick to smaller blogging groups, but I've already started to cut back on the groups I am a part of. The decreased social media presence will continue.
What I will do (yes, I know you've heard this before ;)) is focus on responding to comments and visiting the blogs of those who comment and those of like-minded bloggers.
I would like you to take a minute to visit Leo Babauta's website (do come back here after that!). Talk about keeping things simple. I won't ever get to that stage as far as a template is concerned- because I like color too much, but I love the focus on quality content he has.
3. Publishing consistently - I think that it's definitely important for regular readers to know more or less when we're going to be posting. I try to stick to a twice a week schedule. If I'm going to be posting every day (like this month) then I let my readers know in advance. I also need to let them know when I'm taking a break. Once again, it's about making that connection with your readers.
4. Creating quality content - I aim to write stuff that evokes emotion and a response from my readers. My posts may not always be of the feel-good variety, because they will reflect my own questions and doubts, my experiences good or bad, and I try to keep it real. I think the important thing is to make sure my content is relevant and useful too.
I am attempting to keep things simple and will rely on you, dear reader, to keep me honest.
What are the blogging basics as far as you are concerned?