Three wonderful bloggers, Dollfaced Writer, Frostilyte and Ace Asunder, have very kindly tagged me in a Blogger Recognition Award. Admittedly they may have forgotten this as it was months ago now but it is the perfect time for this (read: I am really slow and have finally finished writing this now so it becomes the perfect time). Now I may have done this tag before but I’m sure enough time has passed that I can respond again as my advice may have some more reasoning behind it.
For anyone who doesn’t know, the Blogger Recognition Award asks you to:
- Thank the wonderful person (or people) who nominated you and leave a link back to their blog
- Explain your blogs origin story or its history
- Hand out two or more pieces of advice for new bloggers
- Nominate 10 bloggers to participate (or do nothing in my case but if you want to do this please do)
Blog history/origin story
I know I have talked about this before but I’ll go through it again. My blog started so I had something to focus on and something different to do that was quite creative and a place I could talk about games that I loved. The main reason I finally started was because I wasn’t happy. At that stage my depression was undiagnosed and I was doing a PhD and having a really bad time with it. The blog was to give me a distraction and something I could enjoy. It was also a way to connect with people even though I didn’t think anyone would ever read my posts but I knew I could easily read and comment on other posts.
I started properly coming up with ideas about a month before I actually posted for the first time. I think that list still exists somewhere and probably has ideas on it that I still haven’t got round to. Much like many of my ideas and plans that still haven’t seen an actual post based on them.
That first post was the start of something that I’m maybe not the most consistent with and I haven’t managed to fulfil all the plans I have and have had but this blog is my happy place and I’m proud of it. Though very few people in my real life know about it specifically I love my little place to write and post.
Advice to bloggers
I admire so many bloggers who all have different styles or offer something different. I would love to be like them but I’m me and I can offer something. You will bring a style or a thought or something special that only you can that adds to the community. Find your style, the posts you like doing and so on. That makes your blog different from all the others and it is true to you.
Don’t feel that you are doing it the wrong way
There is plenty of advice out there for bloggers (new and old) and plenty of posts, links and paid for content that gives you the 50 things you should do as a blogger or don’t make these blogging mistakes and so on. These can be useful to some but don’t let the lists make you feel like you are failing. There isn’t one perfect way to blog. Some say you have to be consistent and some say do if you want to but you don’t have to. Some say write every day and some say write when motivated and some say write posts in one go. Some say you need to work on SEO and domain authority and others say just do it for fun. There are as many ways to blog as there are bloggers. There is nothing wrong with taking advice or tips but don’t feel that you are doing anything wrong if you aren’t concerned with having a set schedule or you aren’t sharing across every social media platform. The blogging journey is your own and you will find out what works for you.
Plans change, blogs change, adapting is ok
Just because you started with a clear idea doesn’t mean that won’t change in the future and it also doesn’t mean you need to stick with those original ideas only. Some posts will be more popular than others and some things will continue to bring in readers over time. However, if you want to add posts about another subject then don’t feel like you can’t. Remember it is your blog and your space so do what makes you happy.
Now if anyone is wanting a tag for this, do consider yourself tagged. I am not picking people to tag as I’ve done lots of tagging before and I’m not sure who would want one.
So, what advice would you give to bloggers or what advice do you wish you had been given when you started? Let me know in the comments.