Thursday, 10 July 2014

# Lifestyle

RANT // What blogging is about

I blog because I love it! I love writing posts about what I like and my daily life so later on in life I can reflect on my achievements. Blogging isn't about being 'out there' for PR companies that I willing to send you things. Yes, that is a blogging perk but you shouldn't fixate on the idea of 'freebies'. In order to have active and successful blog readers interaction is key. Bloggers shouldn't have an inflated ego and feel that they don't need to reply to comments. A odd reply is lovely for your readers. The smaller the blogs I see the more of a community and as you see blogs progress and grow, the 'bloggers ego' kicks in. There comes a point that there is nothing fun and enjoyable to read on a blog that you once loved because they took it a step too far. A blog should reflect you and your interests not someone else. My blog is pretty much about self experience and I like to write original posts but you would imagine how much plagiarism I've seen since starting my blog. I see people write posts with the same content as a more high-profile blogger like Zoella. People shouldn't blog in hope of making business from it as soon as it is created. Enjoyment should then develop it into a business if you are sure that you want it to go that far. What annoys me about bloggers is the spammy comments they leave on another blog. Don't just copy and paste the same comment on 356523676 blogs because you want followers. At least add some personalisation. I'm partial to a little self promo but I don't leave comment such as 'Great post. Follow me for the best posts you'll ever see!xo Molly Louise Blogs'. That shows how self obsessed you are. The 'great post' is really irrelevant and can be said about every other blog on the internet. It feels like a massive kick in the teeth when you've put lots of time and effort into your post. I go overboard on compliments when I visit a blog, I'll be like 'Wow, you look absolutely mind blowingly beautiful, I love your outfit! Great post!:)xo Molly Louise Blogs'. I think people love comments like that because it makes their day. 


How to be a good blogger
  1. Fish out the compliments - Be overally nice and give out compliments to your favourite blogs. It's encouraging and can make the biggest difference to someone's day especially if they're feeling low.
  2. Reply to your comments - It's important to be social and interact with your bloggers. This will help you deliver posts which your readers will enjoy. There's no point in blogging about something which isn't of interest.
  3. Find the writing style which suits you - Informal is important to me. I love to write posts the way I would speak it. I do love my fancy long words but I feel that's too formal for my blog.
  4. Reflect personality - Write the way you are in real life. Don't be like someone else and copy their style. Don't be act too professional.
  5. Do it because you love it.

13 comments:

  1. You hit the nail on the head in regards to why people blog and what really is compared to when people just change themselves to grow their blogs. You just have to stay true to who you are.

    Very insightful!

    ~Haley
    haleyyyp.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you, I get frustrated so easily by bloggers who blog for views and followers. It just loses meaning and is infuriating. xo

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  2. I totally agree. I hate spammy comments. I think it was like 'Great post and amazing design, check out my blog'. I remember that feeling, when I got this comment, like wow somebody liked what I did, but then I saw the same comments on other blogs. I was like c'mon...

    I think I enjoy reading the blogs that are smaller, because I'm sure, that for example the authors will reply to my comment, or just simply interact with readers.

    And by the way really great post. I enjoyed reading it.

    Mary x

    http://crazyinlife1.blogspot.com

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    1. I saw and thought 'wow, fishing for followers'. If it was the other way round she'd hate it. Thank you for the comment xo

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  3. I think that's one of the best posts I've ever read!
    And I totally agree with you about everything. People shouldn't write blogs only for business- one of the main reasons I write blog, is because I want to improve my English and meet people who are interested in same things as me :)

    Love, Sara Wallflower
    http://sarawallflower.blogspot.com/

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    1. Reasons the same. :) Since blogging my English coursework grade went from a D to an A. xo

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  4. Wow this is fantastic! I've been trying to find a way to put that in words, and you hit it right on the head. I love when bloggers respond to their comments, because I want to be able to talk to people about things that interest me, that don't tend to interest people in my life. (i.e. How on Earth could you spend so much money on eye shadow? And the ever popular, so you just write about clothes?...... Not many people get it)

    Likewise, when people comment on my blog, which is rare, and I find that it was just a mass response that they had also left on other blogs, I'm still not getting the community I was hoping for.

    I love writing and I love talking about makeup and fashion, yet it's so hard to find that in a lot of blogs now-a-days.

    -Shelby Lee
    http://shelbyleewrites.blogspot.com/

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    1. Exactly! I appreciate one simple lovely comment not the comments in mass production!:)xo

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  5. Aww, I'm sorry you were inspired to write this. But it's nice to be reminded every once in a while that it's okay to be yourself, so thanks for that! :)

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    1. You very much welcome and I just like ranting so I have to put my opinion out there. Thanks for the comment :) xo

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  6. Great post follow for follow? ;) clicked on your link from a comment on my blog thanks for leaving it:)
    I recently read a post on a blog, the blogger was also a PR, and she was writing tips for working with PRs and I found it really harsh and she said stuff like "see yourself as a business woman" I was like err no? My blog is my bit of fun time not a business to churn money out of! I reject most of the offers I get 'cos I'm not interested in what they're offering. Also agree with replying to comments- I use disqus now on my blog cos when you reply the person who commented gets an email to say they've got a reply! I think anyway! :)

    I always write such mega long comments, I'm such a chatterer haha, and more to reply to with longer comments ;) thing is though you can't just expect to comment little comments all the time and expect a reply, especially from posts with a lot of comments! IT's easier to reply to chatter :) xo

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    1. Ugh, people who think they know everything about blogging really annoy me. Like seriously you know just as much as the next person. I do believe when you start blogging you become a 'brand' whether you use it is up to you. I'm a huge chatterer too. :) I do reply to little comments because I believe it's courteous but if they look 'mass produced' I tend to write a sarky thank you. I love replying to long chatty comments I feel as if me and the blogger were having a real life chatter. :) xo

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