Rethinking The Way You Blog

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There comes a time in a blogger’s life when they begin to ask themselves, “Am I going about blogging the right way?”

They might have a sneaky subconscious feeling that they need to changes things up a bit with their blog (And, that feeling of theirs could be on the proverbial money).

Realistically speaking, the majority of the top bloggers do modify their blogging techniques every so often.

Therefore, it is only fair that you change the things about your blog that you no longer resonate with.

So, without further ado, let us examine some things you might want to take into consideration.

You Might Want To Blog Less Or More

Now, as a blogger, you should know what you are capable of.

You can do a bit of introspection by asking yourself the following questions:

  • Am I capable of creating quality content on a daily basis?
  • Am I capable of creating quality content a few days a week?
  • Am I capable of creating quality content weekly?
  • Am I capable of creating quality content fortnightly?
  • Am I capable of creating quality content monthly?

For the record, there is nothing wrong with choosing any of those schedules.

The problem arises when you are unable to keep up your chosen schedule or you feel that a particular type of schedule is holding back your creativity.

You would be doing yourself a disservice if you forced yourself to post weekly when you are a prolific writer (Blogging daily might be the ideal thing for you).

And, if you happen to be one of those bloggers who run the risk of burning out easily, you may want to consider updating your blog a few days a week, weekly, fortnightly, monthly, etcetera.

In my case, I update my blog weekly because it is most appropriate for me.

Dear friend, you should not feel obligated to do less if you know for a fact, that you are capable of doing more.

And, likewise, do not do more if you are better off doing less.

Various blogging experts will want to tell you how often you should update your blog (The problem with this is that one figurative cap does not fit all; which is the reason why every blogger should stick with a blogging schedule that they are most harmonious with).

You Might Want To Break A Few Rules

I have always stated, “Blogging rules are not carved in stone!”

And, what is the underlying meaning of that statement of mine?

It simply means that blogging rules are flexible.

Therefore, it is okay for you to bend or break a few of them (Especially if they do not resonate with you).

There are bloggers that say that you should only post long-form content.

And, there are those bloggers who believe that you should only publish short-form content on your blog).

For the record, there is nothing wrong with publishing either long-form content or short-form content.

The truth is that most professional bloggers go along with publishing long-form content because it is more SEO-friendly (Search engines love beefy articles).

I genuinely believe that if you can put your point across in five hundred words, there is no need for you to use two thousand words.

One should not feel as though they are worth less than a penny because someone said to them, “Long-form content is the only way to go because it is considered as high-quality content.”

The truth is that not all long-form content is high-quality content.

Some short-form content is actually viewed as being highly precious in the eyes of Google and Bing (They managed to outrank the huge quantity of long-form content on the world wide web).

Anyway, if you love producing long-form content, you might as well continue publishing long-form content on your blog (Provided that it is well-researched and well-written).

Dear friend, the same thing applies to short-form content.

Do keep in mind, that the most valuable thing is making sure that your blog posts are of value to your readers.

You Might Want To Reconsider Which Social Media Networks That You Share The Links To Your Blog On

You probably know by now, that not all social media networks are equal; for example, when Facebook changed its algorithm, the links to blog posts were not seen by many people unless the blogger boosted their posts (Which involves a person paying a sum of money to have the links to their posts seen by a large number of people).

Twitter allows you to have a better reach (However, they also allow the user to pay a sum of money to promote their posts; which in turn enables them to be seen by many people on Twitter’s own network).

Oh well, one can only do so much with views that were accomplished via the organic method.

Some people are lucky with Facebook and Twitter, while others are not!

Last year, I gave up entirely on Facebook and Twitter (I deleted those two social media accounts due to the fact that I had outgrown Facebook and Twitter shadowbanned me too many times).

In my case, I have seen positive results with Pinterest (And, I would not be surprised if they changed their algorithm (Which could result in the links to my blog posts being seen by less Pinterest users).

If you have the budget to promote the links to your posts on social media, then go for it.

And, if you do not have the budget to promote the links to your blog posts on social media, you will have to rely upon the algorithm to provide you with the best organic reach that you can possibly get.

It would be in your best interest to find out which of those social media networks works the best for you and delete the accounts of those that are not working for you.

Always remember, that social media networks are money-making entities and if you are not a paying customer, you are their product (They also make their money by sharing your personal information with third-party companies).

You Might Want To Set Aside A Certain Amount Of Time To Interact With Your Fellow Bloggers

Interacting with your fellow bloggers is one of those things that every blogger must do (And, bloggers need to devote a certain amount of time to carry out that task).

From experience, I can admit to you, that hours can easily fly by when you are checking out the blog posts from the people that you are following on your WordPress Reader.

It is no huge secret, that you need to use that time of yours wisely.

You also have other aspects of your life that you need to attend to; such as:

  • Attending your place of employment (People who are retired are exempt from doing so).
  • Cleaning the house.
  • Making sure that one’s yard is clean.
  • Doing the laundry.
  • Preparing meals for the family.
  • Socializing with friends, associates or family.
  • Going to the gym.
  • Carrying your dog for a walk (Provided that you are a caretaker of one).

Those are just some of the things that people do on a daily basis.

Therefore, you cannot spend twenty-four hours glued to the WordPress Reader.

However, you could devote one or two hours for the purpose of going through your WordPress Reader (That should be more than enough time to check out the blog posts of your fellow bloggers and interact with them).

Final Thoughts

It is good to rethink the way that we blog (Especially when we want to grow as a blogger or to change some of the aspects of blogging that is not working out in our favour).

As you have learned, you can accomplish that by doing the following things:

  • By examining whether or not you would like to blog less or more.
  • By breaking so-called blogging rules that you do not agree with.
  • By reconsidering which social media networks that you share the links to your blog posts on.
  • By setting aside a certain amount of time to interact with your fellow bloggers.

Are you pleased with the direction in which your blog is heading?

Or would you like to fine-tune things a bit by rethinking the way that you blog and by making the necessary changes?

66 thoughts on “Rethinking The Way You Blog

  1. I am happy with my schedule right now but if at any time I felt that itโ€™s too much, I will cut back on it. As for breaking the blogging rules, I never followed any to start with.
    I always enjoy your posts and advice on blogging.

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  2. I think some bloggers find it quite reassuring to hear that it’s okay to break the rules. I did a post on that topic recently and was surprised how much attention it ended up getting.

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    1. ๐Ÿ™‚ Yes, most bloggers would find it most assuring to hear that it is okay for them to break the rules.

      One of the blogging rules that I hate the most is the one that states people should not blog on WordPress.com and that they should host their blog on WordPress.org instead.

      Thank you for reading and commenting!

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  3. So many bloggers stress using social media to promote their blogs. I have social media accounts but I don’t actively use them. Honestly, I focus on connecting with other WP users as well as local bloggers through meetup groups and whatnot (this is my version of “networking”). I would love to get business cards but I am not at that stage yet.

    When school starts, I probably won’t be blogging much, if at all. I haven’t figured out how I am going to manage blogging with school and other responsibilities. One thing I did do was simplify my iPhone and cut down on other distractions.

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  4. I’ve never thought of using Pinterest to share my blogs, I’ll look into it. Also, I like the practical advice of only spending an hour or two going through the WordPress Reader – otherwise it can take up a full day, especially when you fall behind a day or two on your reading!

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    1. ๐Ÿ™‚ Pinterest is okay for sharing the links for your blog (Well, at least for now).

      And, one needs to apply some sort of time management technique where the WordPress Reader is concerned.

      Thank you for sharing your point of view!

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  5. Dear Renard, it’s very gracious of you to exempt us, older folks, from some of the obligations and responsibilities (LOL). However, when health issues interfere with blogging schedules, people don’t always want to publicize their private concerns. Granted, it does happen at any age, but the older one gets, the greater probability of it happening, don’t you think?

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  6. Increasing viewership is of the main concern for a blog. Social media does helps but not much unless you give time to it. One can easily open an account but maintaining the same is time consuming which increases the reach.
    I find giving time to the blog(which improves your creativity and productivity) reasonable.
    Social media feels exhausting after a period a time.
    Thank you Renard for your articles. Enhancing knowledge about how to productively handle the blog. ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  7. Renard you really solved my confusion as I was stuck between the confusion that whether I should write long content or short content.. and also the interval to post..
    Thank your for sharing this post and removing my confusions as I m a beginner so i have lots of queries and confusions , some of which are like answered by your post..

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  8. Funny you wrote this, because I found myself fine-tuning my social media strategy earlier this year. For the longest time, I resisted Pinterest because I didn’t think I’d come up with the images for pins. However, I caved, and I now have a Pinterest for my blog. Now, not only do I have a Pinterest, but it seems like one of my “pins” related to a post of mine caught fire!

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