Hello readers, The stream of consciousness, #SoCS, topic this week is mail. I cannot really think of any recent mail. None. I have colorful stamps on the side of the fridge – getting dusty. I still (try to) leave the mail carriers snacks – and I truly need to soon blog about Oliver, the best mail carrier in the world.
Today’s stream is leading to blogging tips.
I had the idea a few weeks ago.
And I have been sharing blog tips with folks on and off for a while (things that help me) and it is time for a post.
I narrowed it down to four tips and some questions. I did edit a tiny bit – had to in order to trim the fat – but this actually all flowed after a SoCOS post last month and so I hope Linda and the other folks don’t mind my entry this week.
Also, I took these photos last night and they seemed a nice fit for this post.
So please join me with some monochrome madness and some blog tips. 🙂
Let’s break it down:
We all blog for different reasons, and your reasons might change- but always be yourself – be genuine. This might sound obvious, but subtly people might morph and try to build their blog by doing this or that – or because they overthink things they blog in a way that has a disconnect from the real self. We don’t necessarily need more of someone in “copy mode” and we sure don’t need more in “trying to impress” mode (yawn).
So how are you doing with the real you? – with your essence?
Remember that “you” are needed in the blogosphere. You can bring “what only you can bring” from your little (or big) slice of the world. Give things time to find your unique groove – and set customized goals for what you consider success.
ALLOW FOR CHANGE
Humans change. Part of growth. Blogs might need change too.
This might mean times of deliberate changing to find your new groove or it might mean times of yielding to a change that came your way. You have to adapt to a “new” unfolding you.
Some bloggers don’t really change that much. They might have started a blog to write, share photography, and/or build a business – and they stay in that mode and do just fine.
However, some of us DO change.
If you are the blogger that has these changes, remember that you might gain and/or lose followers — because readers that liked your past blog mode might not be so into the new mode. But that is okay – it goes with the creative process and should not impact your doing what you need to do. And if you try to only please your readers, then you will lose “you”- and everyone loses.
DO NOT COMPARE
Do not compare. When we compare with others we either feel better than or less than – and that is a terrible way of gauging individual success.
Sometimes we might need to look outward and elsewhere to get ideas or to set benchmarks (for blog goals or in other areas of life) – but too often we compare with someone else when we have completely different gift sets and different wiring – and it is wrong to do this.
Can a monkey swim like a fish? NO.
Can a fish climb like a monkey? NO.
And you will never have the same blog as someone else – so please do not compare. As humans, we have different gifts my friend.
Yet too often we are looking out at what we do not have as opposed to looking in and smiling about what we do have.
WATCH THE BLOGGING VORTEX
Have you ever heard of a blogging vortex?
A vortex occurs when a blogger is sucked in by the momentum of blogging but they feel burned out.
Sometimes we see folks with so much blogging momentum they reach a point where they are also a bit miserable and dissatisfied. Those are times that a blog fast is in order (maybe for thirty days to refocus, pause, and assess). Okay, not everyone will need this, but some of us do.
It is hard to pull the plug, because we have the support system, the fun, the creativity, the connecting…. ahhhh – and it is part of our routine.
Last year, after some assessing, I set certain days to blog. I limited challenges (which is so hard because there are some fun ones out there). It has been good for me. However, I hold my plan loosely – like I take some reward days to indulge in blogosphere. And one time, when I was set to take a planned month off, I had a really fun post unfold. That quick little post led to a blogging “aha” moment and my break was postponed. We cannot predict when “extra special” posts will flow – they just happen, we accept and enjoy them as gifts from God (for me they are at least).
So as we “beware of the vortex” (that can suck us in and swallow us) – we should also enjoy the gift of bloggin’ because it sure is a nice part of life.
To keep the blogging mode in check, maybe consider these questions:
- “Do I need a blog break BEFORE I need a blog break?
- “Do I need to put the blog on hold for a short while so I can see my current habits with fresh eyes?”
- “Should I put the blog on hold for a long time so I can work on other things for a while?” (Is it time for that book?)
- “Is this a time I can indulge in making extra posts and maybe enrich the blog?
- “Is it time to visit other bloggers a little more?” (Always visit in ways that work for you – please know that you do NOT have to comment on every post from bloggers you love – they might not even want you to – stay genuine (avoid the obligation visits) and be genuine – and if you share simple comments like “nice post” and someone bitches that they are tired of such simple comments – then take your visits elsewhere – some of us treasure those small chime ins because they can have much value- and sure – some folks visit and leave a link to solicit – but I think I made my point – not everyone can easily spit out deep comments and so try to have grace)
- “Am I making time to visit old blog acquaintances?”
- “Am I making time to meet new bloggers?” (Meeting new bloggers might not matter that much to you – but I recently met a couple of newbies that have been a huge gift in my life. Also – I love when bloggers with huge followings still stay open to meet newbies – and make room for me when I drop by.)
- “Are my posts what I want them to be right now?”
- “Do I need to revisit and/or refresh any of my old posts?”
- “Am I STILL doing challenges that no longer fit me?
- “Do I need to join in with NEW challenges that will challenge or refresh me?”
- “Do I need to rethink my blog’s aim or essence?”
There sure are some awesome people in the blogosphere. Let’s be smart about how we go about our contributing. These tips will not apply to everyone – so…
If you have any blogging tips to share, please chime in.
How do you keep your blogging groove? What you have learned NOT to do?
Looking for More Blogging tips: Here are a few posts to consider:
And Janet’s 2014 post (here) Thursday Thesaurus: The Art of a Better Comment