Blogging is something that is immensely personal, whether your subject matter is or not. Each and every blogger has their own approach to blogging. There are things that other bloggers do that some don’t. There are certain things that I do which other bloggers would never even think of doing. Some approaches that other bloggers do are things that I wouldn’t personally do.
There’s no right or wrong way to do things. Each and every individual is going to have a unique take on things and their own process. Just because we all have similar blogging resources doesn’t mean we’ll do things the same way or utilize the same ones.
So, I thought it would be interesting to do a post about things that other bloggers do that I don’t. This isn’t me trying to be presumptuous or condescending, this is just me sharing my input and views. I’m not saying that this is the right way but rather I am just saying that this is how I do things. You’re allowed to disagree with me and if you do things differently then that’s totally fine. What works for you might not work for me and vice versa.
I know someone’s going to be negative and picky, so I’m going to make it crystal clear. I am in no way saying that I’m an expert and that I’m right. I’m just sharing things that I do that don’t match what other bloggers do. If something works for you, then do it. And I’ll just do what works for me. Now that this disclaimer is out of the way, let’s get started.
- Have a Twitter just for blogging. I know that some other bloggers have given me criticism and scrutiny for having one singular Twitter. I don’t solely just tweet about personal things and I believe that Twitter is phenomenal because it’s casual, chill and candid. I do share blog posts but I’m also capable of sharing thoughts, what I’ve been eating and funny tweets with all of you! I don’t want to have one of those Twitters that is bland and lacking genuinity. If you want to have your Twitter be just a feed of posts, then that’s totally fine! But I like having a personal touch on mine.
- Utilize Bloglovin’. Bloglovin’ is personally not for me. I understand that there are pros to it and a lot of bloggers utilize it to increase visibility and to share their content. However, I don’t like that Bloglovin’ always prompts readers to install their app or join when they click on blog links. Not everyone is going to have a Bloglovin’ account and most people won’t make the effort to download it to read content. I don’t like how it doesn’t directly link to blogs and pages; I feel like that’s in a way, “stealing views.” I personally prefer directly reading blog posts from my Twitter and commenting there so that the blogger gets the views and engagement. But I do understand why others would rather use Bloglovin’. It’s just not for me.
- Follow everyone. Some bloggers follow a weird Hammurabi’s Code when it comes to Twitter where they will only follow you if you follow them or they’ll unfollow you if you unfollow them. I personally don’t follow everyone that follows me. I follow accounts that I like which inspire me and are interesting. If they follow me, that’s always nice. But it’s never an obligation or necessity. I’m still going to support you if I believe in your content, even if you are not following me. I think that follow for a follow concept takes the fun out of Twitter.
- Comment just to comment. I know plenty of people who comment just to comment. They’ll leave comments with few words BUT they’ll comment on a million posts. I understand and believe in supporting other bloggers but I feel like leaving ungenuine comments isn’t fun for anyone. I believe that when it comes to commenting, quality over quantity is definitely something to keep in mind! I don’t comment on hundreds of blogs per day but I do leave meaningful comments on a few blogs that produce really phenomenal content! I would personally rather have less comments, but they’re thoughtful and meaningful, than tons of comments which are impersonal.
- Schedule posts weeks in advance. I know that everyone has a system but I don’t preschedule posts weeks in advance. The most I would schedule a post in advance is a few days. This is because I write when I’m inspired and most of the time I’ll be so excited that I’ll want to publish the post ASAP! I prefer keeping my content fresh, new and current, and I find that when you schedule a post two months in advance they sometimes don’t age well. But I get that people operate differently! I just like to write and publish the next day or that day.
- Act impersonal. I fully understand that there’s safety and privacy concerns but there are just some individuals who are so impersonal with their readers! I like to think of you and I as pals who are brunching, where I share you little tips, tricks and recommendations! I love interacting with you all and giving you little glimpses into my personal life! For example, when I shared with you all my career goals and plans for school! I get that there’s a fine line but acting incredibly impersonal or disinterested is something that I won’t do.
- Blog with a real name. Every time someone blogs with their full real name, I am always highly impressed. Kudos to them, because I couldn’t. When I first started blogging this guy found me on my personal Facebook and it freaked me out a lot. I decided to blog with a pseudonym for my own privacy and safety, so I adapted the last name Bui. I totally understand why one would blog with their full name, especially if it’s for branding reasons, but I personally choose not to.
- Act mean to readers. This is something I do not understand.
- Don’t respond to any comments. I understand being busy and falling behind; it happens to me all the time! But never commenting back or never acknowledging comments? I personally get SO happy every time I get a comment and it brightens up my day! So, I guess I always am a little confused when other bloggers don’t respond at all to anyone who comments on their content.
- Act ungrateful. I think that the ability and opportunity to share your ideas, thoughts, and viewpoints on the internet is a special one. It’s not like people are just handing out blogs like free samples at Costco. So, whenever I see someone being mean to their readers or ungrateful it always puzzles me a little. I love interacting with you all and helping you if you need it! I love blogging and am never resentful of the fact that I run a blog.
I think we all have a different way of running things, and this is just how I choose to do things! I’m sure there’s plenty of things I do that other bloggers would not! And I’m sure there are some other things bloggers do that I don’t! Blogging is a very personal thing and it’s your own decision on what you do (or do not do). I hope this blog helped you out; it certainly made me reflect on how I blog!
What is something other bloggers do that you don’t?