Why I DO Read Your Blog

Why I Do Read Your Blog

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.

LIFESTYLE BLOG

…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!

 

Why I Read Your Blog

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  • http://unlockingkiki.com/ Kaelene @ Unlocking Kiki

    I love when a blogger has a good mix of posts and their personality really shows in their writing! And bloggers that write positive community building posts like this!

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      I love being able to really get to know someone through their posts. You do such a great job of mixing it up!

  • Megan

    I haven’t seen any of the posts listing reasons why bloggers aren’t reading other blogs but that sounds really freaking negative so I love the spin you did on it! I totally agree- I want to read a blog that has a healthy mix of posts because it keeps me coming back each time to see what the new post is. I love that you’re using your voice to better the blogging community! xoxo

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      I have seen probably 5 of them, I skip over them almost every time. It is so unnecessary, we should all left each other up! I totally agree, it’s great to be able to follow along with various aspects of bloggers you follow! Then take it to the next level and become real life friends 😉

  • http://www.dreambigandbuytheshoes.com/ Emelia @ Dream Big & Buy the S

    YES! I am so over some of the blogs that are labeled as successful (which yes, they may be) shoving How To Make Money, How to Get Followers, Why You Should Do…etc. Success to me is making someone’s day , bringing a smile to their face, or inspiring a reader. I read such a variety of blogs and am sick of people telling me what to do or not do with my own blog. It’s mine for a reason, and if you don’t want to read it because my pictures aren’t A+ quality, then so be it. I’m all about ENCOURAGEMENT and KINDNESS to others. Thank you for this post!

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      Exactly!! I like to mix it up with posts and include some blogging tips and such along the way, but it’s because I want to share things I figure out. Every blogger should be able to lean on each other and learn from one another. It is about having fun and being creative in your own way, not trying to be just like somebody else. Thank you so much for reading!!

  • http://heidikate73.wordpress.com Heidi Knepper

    I love this!! I also love reading lifestyle/travel/fashion blogs and I skip the ones on how to get more followers!! Thanks for this post.

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      Thank you so much, Heidi! I am so glad you enjoyed it!

  • http://lostrightdirection.blogspot.com/ Jenn

    I wish i could use emojis because I would give this post the thumbs up emoji!

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      Awww thank you, Jenn!! I am glad you liked it :)

  • http://www.myborrowedheaven.com/ Meg Taylor

    Oh this is so much better than the negative counter-part posts!! I definitely agree about really getting to know someone through their reading, and I love trying things other bloggers are loving!

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      Thank you!! I totally agree, I love seeing what others are enjoying and doing. Being able to learn about someone through their blogging is so important. We all have different personalities and that should shine through!

  • http://northwestnativeblog.blogspot.com/ Mattie Roush

    Ahh this is so good! I totally agree. You can’t please everyone with your blog, and that’s okay. And there are some blogs I read where certain posts aren’t for me, but that doesn’t mean I stop reading the blog completely!

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      Thank you so much! You are so right! You can’t please everyone, but that should never be a worry on your own personal blog. It is all about staying true to why you started.

  • http://lifeweimagined.blogspot.com Laura Powell

    I totally agree! I’ve seen quite a few posts lately about this topic and I don’t get why there have been so many! Love this so much – way to keep it positive girl! :)

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      I know!! I don’t get where they are all coming from! Thank you! <3

  • http://orangeowldiaries.com Tabby

    You hit the nail on the head with this one! Thank you!! I admit that I skip right over those ‘Why I Don’t Read Your Blog’ posts now because they’re making it seem like there’s a set of rules to follow when posting. Blogs started out as a person thing, and that’s why most people start them now. If it turns into something to give out blogging tips (like ProBlogger) then awesome. I love reading others’ experiences because it’s likely I can relate on some level… and sometimes I end up making a friend out of a blog post.

    And I did see Nina’s post, and I love it too. That was another golden post! :)

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      Thank you so much for reading! I absolutely agree, there shouldn’t be a list of “rules” to go by- everyone should be able to blog about what they want to. If that is blogging tips then that is great, but if they want to continue without a specific “niche” that is totally fine as well!

      I am so glad you also enjoyed Nina’s post!

  • http://www.wearflowersinyourhair.com/ Nina B

    You and I have talked at length about this. I love this post.

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      Yes, lady you nailed it last week! Thank you <3

  • http://BurkeDoes.com Emilie from BurkeDoes.com

    Community is so so so important for blogging. It’s what makes it so easy to keep going.

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      It truly is!! Thank you for everything you do to keep it growing <3

  • http://www.themorrelltale.com/ Tayler

    I think it’s about time to celebrate the positives of what we have in our blogs rather than comparing and seeing what we lack or need to change.

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      Yes!! That is the perfect way to put it. We should all be excited about where we are with our blogs, not looking down on ourselves for not being what certain people want us to be.

  • http://montgomeryfest.com/ Annie Montgomery

    community, community, community. yes!! you nailed it, Macy!

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      thank you so much for reading, Annie!!

  • http://www.wanderingweekenders.com/ Ashley @ Wandering Weekenders

    I’m so in love with this post! I’d like to think that people want to blog because they enjoy it, or they want to help people out, or they just want a creative outlet. The reality of it is that a lot of people just do it for money, and that not everybody will enjoy reading what you have to say. But that shouldn’t deter you from wanting to write because if you’re honest and write about what makes you happy then other people will enjoy it too!

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      Thank you so much, Ashley!! You nailed it. There are SO many different reasons that people blog, and it is totally fine to be a mix of all of them! I love a variety of posts, and it’s great when a single blogger provides that, I am able to learn more about them and build friendships! It’s a wonderful blogging world, and sharing in the exciting times with each other is necessary.

  • Lauren

    I’m so lucky that you read my blog :)

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      I somehow missed this! I will always read your blog! <3

  • http://www.lovethehereandnow.com/ Anne @ Love the Here and Now

    Yes, yes, yes!! All the reasons I read a blog. Our thoughts and ecoeruebces may differ but I love hearing about them. Those “Why I Won’t Read Your Blog” posts are offensive and bothersome to me. As if I should change my blog to fit your needs and wants. My blog is about me and what I want to share. You don’t like it? That’s ok. You don’t have to. But do not expect me to mold myself to fit your evie rations of what you like. Community is all about Debra king each other and lifting each other up in spite of differences and celebrating all. Bring it on….love community and support and encouragement. Great post!

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      I absolutely agree! I don’t understand what makes someone think that is a post they should be putting out to the world? Be positive, embrace others differences and move on if you don’t want to spend the time reading it. We are all different and we blog differently as well…and THAT is 110% fine!

      • http://www.lovethehereandnow.com/ Anne @ Love the Here and Now

        Agreed…and only now do I realize AGAIN that commenting on my phone and not proofreading is bad. Autocorrect butchered my comment. Edited it so it may make more sense now. :)

  • http://www.thefreeandwildblog.com Annie

    Yes, please! Thanks for being that positive, encouraging light in the blogging community! You were one of the first friends I made blogging and your positivity ALWAYS shines through your posts! You’re a blessing, Macy!

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      Annie, you truly are such a sweetheart. You have taken the blog world by storm with your encouragement. Thank you so much for everything you do <3

  • http://www.thelowcountrymama.com Jacquelyn @ Lowcountry Mama

    I haven’t seen any posts about “why I don’t read your blog” I think I’ve been way behind in my blog-reading this week. I feel like they’d make me mad though.

    I also love lifestyle blogs.. they’re the first kind I started reading and I think it’s fun to see all these different sides of people, like you with travel, wedding, your life, and blogging tips. Doesn’t mean I won’t read a food/recipe or other niche blog BUT lifestyle blogs just keep my interest.

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      I have read quite a few now and they make me so sad! Why would anyone want to share that in the world of blogging? I also love lifestyle blogs! It is nice to actually get to know someone through a variety of posts!

  • Stories of Our Boys

    Yes! I love this positivity. You are so right! I love reading things that I can relate to and that I learn from.

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      Thank you so much!! I absolutely agree, a variety of posts will keep me coming back.

  • http://www.blondefreedom.com Sky @ Blonde Freedom

    I absolutely love this! I blog for the exact same reasons and that’s what keeps me coming back to the other blogs I read. So happy I found your blog too!

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      Thank you so much!! It is so nice to hear that others feel the same way, and blog for similar reasons.

  • http://www.sagetheblog.com/ Cassie Lee

    Well done. Nina summarized my feelings so well in her post. I have lost my love for blogging mostly because less people respond to real posts and more respond to those “why I won’t read your blog, etc” posts. Twisted.

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      Thank you, Cassie. It does seem that blogging has started to take a turn for something quite different over the last few months.

  • http://michellesncheese.blogspot.com/ Michelle

    Thank you so much for writing this. Just last night I saw another post telling us everything we’re doing wrong, and I got so worked up over it I almost left a comment, but I wasn’t in the mood to start WWIII. I loved Nina’s post, and she said all the things I’ve been thinking lately about blogging. I love when people share the good, bad, and the ugly, and you can tell they love what they’re writing about. That is SO important. I have a different perspective on blogging since I’m not out to make money from it, but I think no matter why you blog, it’s important to write what you love and are passionate about.

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      Thank you so much for reading, Michelle! I can’t believe people would even put those kinds of posts out into the world. Blogging should absolutely be about community and building each other up. We all have other problems outside of blogging, this should be an outlet for our creativity. I absolutely agree with you. It is about what YOU love and what you want to write about.

  • http://sarahandstewart.blogspot.com/ Sarah Alway

    Another great community post! I have seriously loved these so much. I think it’s great that you’ve taken the time to focus on the positive instead of the negative.

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      I totally thought I responded to this! Thank you so much. It can be exhausting trying to please others, blogging should be an outline to let people share the thoughts they want to write about.

  • Kelly

    Thanks for this! With so much pressure to tailor your posts to the people we want to reach, I feel we lose the real-ness aspect that draws so much of us to blogging. I like how you put it – a lifestyle blog to share my life. Sometimes it isn’t always focused, and that can be a good thing.

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      Thank you so much for reading! I absolutely agree! While I love the posts about blogging tips and products I should buy- those real posts are what brings me in and keeps me coming back.

  • http://www.therachaelway.com/ Rachael | The Rachael Way

    Stopping by from Dream Big and Buy the Shoes… you are right on. I wrote a post about this last week as well and we as bloggers need to be more positive and encouraging to our community!

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      Thank you so much for reading, Rachael! I am so happy to hear that you wrote about the same topic. The opposite type of posts have been shared around so much, it is nice to see that there are others contributing in a positive way to the blogging community!

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