What is up with the constant posts about “Why I Don’t Read Your Blog” posts? Is this supposed to help others become better at blogging? Better at sharing THEIR own life with the community of bloggers? I get it, to an extent, some people just want to read the posts about how to get more followers, or learn how to quit your job and work as a full-time blogger. But why does that limit everyone else from sharing why they actually started blogging? Or make them feel like their posts meant to help others, aren’t good enough?
Two years ago I started blogging as a way to recount adventures I have went on, and share those experiences with anyone that wanted to read my tales. I wanted to have a single place to go to read about others lives as well (aka bloglovin’). While I have ventured into the world of sharing blogging resources and some education posts about social media, I still am here to talk about my life experiences. For example, every single Wednesday for the next several months, there will be something about my wedding. I absolutely love sharing about such an important day in my life, it simply makes me happy. If that causes you to stop reading my blog, I am sorry for that and I understand, but please don’t tell me not to do these things.
I strive to have a balance of post topics, I mean I did technically start as a lifestyle blog. For the reason of sharing my life. While this “title” of travel and lifestyle blog has transformed into travel, wedding, blogging tips, social media advice, and random stories I feel like telling, it is what I like to share. I don’t want to fit into one single category, I want to share my life, and all of these things are a part of it. So I have been focused on not getting caught up in the “find your niche” kind of thing, and remain a blogger with no niche. I enjoy talking about a multitude of things, and TTAB will continue to be the outlet for that.
…see my typical lifestyle blog?! ^ (weird face + awkward photo with the Eiffel tower + WINE + giving Dave a mean mug in a wedding dress)
As much as I would like to kick those posts about why people don’t read your blog, I don’t have that kind of clout, but I do have a voice of my own, and I want you to share yours as well! There are a mix of types of bloggers on my feed everyday, and while I love all of them for different things, I have a soft spot for lifestyle bloggers because I love learning about different people, their families and hobbies. It’s like having friends all over the world! So here we go, the reasons I DO read your blog:
- You share the good, the bad and the ugly. Anne from Love The Here and Now had a wonderful post about this a few weeks ago. I want to know who you are, I want to help encourage you when you have tough times, and it is great for you to have an outlet to let out some feelings when you are ready.
- You are excited to talk about things you love. This could be a place, a thing, a hobby, whatever. If you are excited, I will be excited!
- You show your personality through your writing. Do you make jokes or react awkwardly in normal situations? I love when people share this in their posts. It makes me feel like we are chatting over margaritas and guac.
- You share your opinion, but don’t force others to feel the same way. I enjoy reading about others beliefs, even if they don’t go inline with my own, other perspectives make the world go ’round.
- You write about things that you are passionate about. It shines through the words on the screen when the writer is passionate about the blog topic. If you believe the words you are sharing, it will be heard!
While none of this means that I don’t enjoy the posts about ways to help my blog succeed, because honestly who doesn’t enjoy making some kind of money off of blogging, but no one should be forced into that. I read certain blogs for the fun side of things, while I know others will provide helpful information regularly, but if you have a mix of both that is even better! But all this goes with saying, some blogs are for some people, and others aren’t. Not everyone will love what you post and that is okay. Write for YOU, not for everybody else. As long as you feel good about what you are sending out to the world, it is worth the time and effort!
Another post I find extremely important right now is “The Only Way I Can Keep Blogging” by Nina. The comments are just as important as the original post, and if you have the time to read it, I highly recommend checking it out.
Can you tell that I have been on a community kick? It is so IMPORTANT to me and I hope that we can all continue to grow together!