Friday, September 16, 2011

BBAW Day 5: Blogging Practices

Today's BBAW prompt is to share three things I think are essential tried and true practices for every blogger.  Obviously, this is my opinion and I didn't spend hours thinking about it, just so you know.  Off the top of my head here are the three I try to abide by:

Be respectful, especially when you're angry.
It seems like every week there is a new blogging controversy that happens because someone says something and someone gets mad and says something and there's a whole bunch of nasty things said.  (Ok, most of the time, everyone is very nice.  But we all have off days.)  I think it's a great rule of thumb, particularly when you're angry, to step away from the computer and cool off.  You'll feel better if you don't make those nasty remarks online. 

There will always be someone more popular than you, so don't worry about it.
I know I tend to obsess about my follower number and how many people comment and how many people visit and how many, etc.  And I know I feel happier during the times I just forget about it and do what I want.  It's hard sometimes, but it really is so much more enjoyable.

Blog when you want to, don't when you don't.
Lots of people have said this and it really is some excellent advice.  I notice a drop in the quality of my posts when I don't want to be blogging and do it anyway.  It's better all around to just take a break.  People will still want to read your blog when you return.

The other question is about new trends or tools I’ve adapted recently or would like to in the future.  To be honest, I'm probably the last person in the world to adopt new trends and tools.  I know there are lots out there that will make my blogging easier and faster, but I just don't know what they are.  I'd love to hear about some though, if you have suggestions!

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  1. Good advice. And I'm the last person in the world to ask about tools for blogging. ;)

  2. I especially love your second point. Every now and then I get stuck on follower/comment numbers, and it stresses me out. When I can chill out, write what I want to write, and interact with other blogs in a way I enjoy, I am so much happier. It's not about numbers. For me, it's about how strong my community is, which is always something I feel I have in my control!

  3. Very good advice. Thank you, Melissa!

  4. Great thoughts and oh, so true! Have a great weekend!!! :O)

  5. great advice here, definitely the bit about remembering this is not a popularity contest

  6. Hear hear on all three of these. After almost four years of book blogging, I have come to the conclusion that I do it for me. I LOVE the community and I love all of the events and some of the prestige. But, at the end of the day, if it doesn't work for me, I don't do it.

  7. Jenny, I'm sure you'll pick up on tools soon.

    Erin, yes it's much more relaxing too!

    Maria, thank you!

    Diane, thanks for stopping by.

    Parrish, even though sometimes it can feel like it...

    Jessica, I think I'm getting to that point, but not quite there yet :-)


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