Monday, 6 June 2016

The 6 P's of Blogging

Now, I'm far from a blogging master - but over the past year-and-a-half of blogging, I've picked up a few things.

(Hopefully. Maybe. Kind of.)




6 of these things start with the letter P.











So, here are my 6 P's of blogging - handy little words I keep in mind when throwing my brain onto the page (screen? Still trying to figure that out,) for your amusement, enjoyment, education, and possible traumatisation.

I hope they help with your own bloggy-ness, or at the very least, provide light entertainment for your coffee-break.




Passion

(Not that type - gutter-brains!)


This one is a bit of a no-brainer. If you're not interested in what you're writing about - it's going to show.

So if you blog, blog from the heart (cheesy grin and thumbs up.)

Blog about something you honestly care about - and just give it your best shot.





Patience


Very few blogs grow quickly.

Yes, you may see all these success stories on the interwebs, but those are the minority.

Your blog? It's going to take some time.

It's going to grow so slowly that sometimes you feel like you're going backwards with it.

Unfortunately, I'm not a patient person. So this is one I kind of have to work on. A lot. (Grow blog, GROW!)



Perseverance


This is kind of tied-in to patience - you have to ride things out, you have to keep going.

Blogs fail. A lot.

The internet is littered with the abandoned half-formed blogs of dreamers and bored dabblers alike.

The key? Keep going.

Keep posting. Keep social media-ing. Keep sharing your posts.

Perseverance is half the battle; you have to give yourself the time to succeed. (And I mean years, not weeks.)















Personality


This is your little corner of the Internet. Own it, and be yourself.

You don't have to be all-out and in-your-face to blog. Some of the best bloggers are actually the quiet ones (you always have to watch out for the quiet ones...)

So let the bit that's you shine through - it's what'll keep people coming back (hopefully!)





Politeness


Be nice. Don't be a jerk.

Respect other people. Don't be a jerk.

Basically, don't be a jerk - I don't think I can say this enough. Nice will win out in the end.

(Oh, and other bloggers will appreciate it and support you in return if you comment, retweet, share, etc. other people's blogs.)











Progress


Keep making progress - writing new things, trying new formats and images, etc.

And celebrate the small victories - progress is progress, and should be appreciated for being a step forward, no matter how small. :)





So there you have it - 6 handy little P's to keep in mind when blogging. Enjoy :)



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10 comments:

  1. Great advice, Keep blogging!

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    1. Thanks! And thanks for stopping by :)

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  2. Patience and politeness are definitely the two big ones for me. I see all of these quick success stories and wonder wen that will happen to me,but now I think I've gotten to where I want to be.mand of course, people need to be nice. Don't start unnecessary drama!

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    1. I think people who get there quick are def. the minority. And it doesn't always last, because they haven't built on a good foundation. At the same time, sometimes you can't help being a little jealous!

      And YES! NICE PEOPLE WILL WIN!!!!!! Lol ;)

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  3. I agree with you! All these things are kind of necessary to do well and to be able to really enjoy blogging. It takes a lot of patience and a lot of effort too. That's what I think!

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    1. And it also takes lovely people like Liv leaving lovely comments to keep you going! XD

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  4. Passion, patience, and perseverance are the ones I struggle with most. Writing doesn't come that easily to me - so why do I blog?! - and I really have to push myself to make posts, and when I feel like a failure I think 'why do I even bother?' But then I remind myself that blogging is something I chose to do because I WANT to and there are no expectations so I can go at my own pace (another important P). Yeah, it'd be nice to have thousands of readers, but I have a small circle who read very often and I'm pleased with that.

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    1. I think you DO have passion - you just need to remind yourself! It doesn't have to come easily *remembers numerous incidents of screaming at a blogpost that just DOESN'T WORK* - the point is to enjoy it and go at your own pace (you're right, an important P there too.)

      I don't have much patience - at all! (Which is probably why I blog almost every day... I can't wait a whole week or whatever to write something else!)

      And I read your blog often! I promise! Me! Over here! *jumps up and down like a small child* XD

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    2. Yeah, I have bursts of inspiration where I'll write up loads of posts, but then I hit slumps where I'm like 'I hate blogging I want to quit'. I mean I doubt I'll stop, but if I ever need a break I can and will do what's best for me.

      See I have to stick to strict schedules with blog and if I miss posts it really irritates me! But then I don't have the perseverance to post really often...

      Yay thanks! I read yours often as well, I'm just not very good at remembering to comment on things before closing the tab >.<

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    3. Ha, no worries - I often forget to comment on things, or just point-blank don't know what to say!

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