Being The Blogger You Want To Be
I think that we can all agree that blogging advice is taking over the blogging world, there isn't a day go by that I don't see a post offering some sort of new insight. Whilst I'm not at all against advice posts, in fact some of them can be incredibly helpful, I do believe consuming too much advice can have the adverse effect.
Things have changed a lot since I started blogging, blogs aren't just personal spaces for your thoughts they've evolved into business empires. Which is incredibly exciting as we're all seeing a new industry develop in front of us. As fantastic as this though it's left me wondering is there an unspoken expectation on new bloggers to be something that they aren't? Speaking from my own experience I know that I've done exactly that. When I first started From Roses I thought there was only one way of beauty blogging and that was it. Off I went and spent what remaining money I had on all the new beauty releases because I thought I had to blog about them.
In my heart, I knew this wasn't exactly what I wanted, but I continued to do it anyway. I was too scared to do it any other way in case that was the wrong way. It took me around 18 months to get out of the habit and started writing posts that felt right and natural to me. Going out on a limb is scary whether you have readers or not and sometimes I feel this fear when I post something that is out of my comfort zone.
With the amount of advice posts currently going around it seems to only show one side of blogging. Maybe I'm just a little old fashioned but I truly believe that blogging should be your own journey where you call the shots and do what you enjoy. As blogging for thousands of people is just a hobby, being bombarded with posts saying 'you have to know everything about SEO or you're doing it wrong' seems a little stifling. Personally I would love to see advice posts that encouraged people to find their own feet and voice. Instead of being so strict and structured about what you should and shouldn't be doing. What works for one blog doesn't always work for another and ultimately if we all do the same thing our individuality will become obscured.
I would love to know your thoughts on this