In the past few days, I have seen a number of comments on social media and articles about blogging and why people do it, what they gain and how they feel. For me, blogging is my outlet, I like to have a rant every now and then. I like trying out new products and experiences, so if they present themselves, I also love blogging about that. I’m a bit of a veteran blogger and have been blogging since 2003. I’ve been blogging waaaaaay back before it was ‘cool’ and although every now and then I’ve taken a small break, it’s the one thing I always come back to. It’s relaxing, thought provoking and a great way to express yourself. It’s my passion!
Anyway, the thing that sparked this off was an article I read via Twitter, about a Mummy Blogger over in the US. She had a good old public tantrum over the fact that she was ‘faking it’ on her blog… She criticised the PR’s and companies for making her (yes, making her) post pictures and write things that were untrue. Well… I was flabbergasted by this to be honest! At the end of the day, the content on MY blog is controlled by me! I am the sole editor and what I post to my blog is MY choice. How you can blame others for something that is clearly your choice, I will never know!
I’ve been dealing with PR’s and Companies directly for many years now and I’ve had so many requests to post things that I wasn’t comfortable with. My answer… EASY! – “No!” I have my standards and I also have my own style of writing and if it doesn’t fit in, then I politely say thank you, but no thank you! I would never compromise my integrity or ‘sell out’ for the sake of money or rewards. I don’t need to and neither does anyone else. You can build a blog that is both money/ reward making and still stay true to yourself!
As a matter of fact, to this day I haven’t monetised any of my blogs. Yes, I know that will shock some people reading this! Even my award winning Girls n Gadgets has never been monetised. But I’ve always blogged because it is a real passion of mine! Although, monetising my blog is something I’m looking into, now that I’m a stay at home Mum and it’s started to make traction. Don’t get me wrong, I have been paid for a few posts previously, as it was part of the initial agreement, however, you can count on one hand how many times I’ve been paid. I don’t see that as being a failure though as I got what I wanted out of my blogging and I have throughly enjoyed it!
Here are my top tips on blogging:
Be you! Be true to yourself. Make your blog relevant to you and your readership. People read you for a reason and by changing to be more like other (possibly more popular blogs) it is taking away from the uniqueness of your writing!
Don’t be pushed around by PR’s or companies – It’s their job to make you want to write for them. If it’s not what you believe in or not a product you like or are likely to use, don’t review it. Other opportunities will come along! They found you somewhere, so others will find you also!
If you do accept paid/ sponsored posts, make sure they are something you can follow through. Also, make sure that you have set your payment limits and don’t let them take the piss! If they can’t stretch their budget to suit your requirements, then they need to jog on! Please remember that sponsored/ paid posts take time! All posts take time, but in some cases, you may have to take time out of your life and not just your blogging schedule. Make sure you are compensated for this adequately!
Share your content socially. Most people blog because essentially, they want to be read and in a lot of cases, they want to help and inspire others about their chosen topics. Even if you’re just a bit of a ranter, you rant because you want to make a statement… You want to be heard! Share it and engage with others!
Share the blogging love! Find blogs you love and comment. There are so many blogging groups on Facebook and Twitter chats. Find some that suit you and meet other like minded bloggers. Comment on their posts and you will see a big change in your viewing stats.
Take part in linky’s as well. I’ve met some amazing bloggers though the linky’s I’ve taken part in. Through the conversation it’s created, I’ve gained so much more knowledge and support from these lovely people.
I hope this helps someone in the blogging world. Whether you’re a newbie or you’ve been blogging for ages! I’m no expert by any means, I still have so much to learn, especially on the monetising side of things! Any tips would be gratefully received on that side of things! Please comment below if you know of any good articles to read or anything else that you think might be of interest!
Thanks for reading!