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Blogging Tip: Decide for Yourself

“Do you want 1,000 followers in one week? Then you need to do exactly as I say!”

“NO, you need to do exactly as I say!”

“If you really want to succeed you should listen to me!”

Blogging advice can be great (I must think so since this is titled “Blogging Tip”) but sometimes the advice and tips can become a little overwhelming and sound a lot like the conversation above. There are hundreds of thousands of opinions out there on how you should blog, how to gain followers, how to be successful, how to, how to, how to, how to, how to….

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Let’s be honest, it is EXHAUSTING trying to keep up with all of these different “tricks.”

While these tips and tricks are not necessarily bad or wrong, if you are listening to too many outside influences, they can become detrimental to your blog. Here is my advice (I know, I can hear the irony):

Accept that there are different opinions on every “how to” and decide for yourself.

Do you know what advice is? Advice is “guidance or recommendations concerning prudent future action, typically given by someone regarded as knowledgeable or authoritative.”

Do you know what advice is not? Advice is not a command. You do not ever have to listen or follow to anyone’s advice. You don’t even have to listen to my advice about not listening to advice. (Moving forward from that rabbit hole…)

This came up for me the other day when I posted “Blogging Tip: Stop the Hate; Moderate” and I had some other bloggers who disagreed with my tactics (no offense here guys, blogging is an individual journey). One follower, at my request, sent me a blog post that was the exact opposite of mine, arguing why you should not moderate your comments. You can find that post here: Your Comment is Awaiting Moderation

Check it out. Read my opinions on the subject, read their opinions on the subject, and at the end of the day, come up with your own opinions.

Everyone is going to have different advice on the exact same topic. Use this advice to learn and grow but don’t let it dictate your actions.

Decide for yourself.

Happy Blogging Everyone!

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17 thoughts on “Blogging Tip: Decide for Yourself”

  1. My favourites are those who say something along the lines of “You’re doing blogging wrong, this is how much you can grow if you do as I say” and then promptly mention that they’ll teach lessons for cash upfront

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    1. Hey there! I totally know what you mean. While I do offer blogging mentoring (which is one on one), I never try to push it on people and I always post my tips for free. I think that there are great lessons out there (even if they cost) but too often people are focused on making other bloggers feel bad to get money. I do believe that there are ways to improve your blog, but ultimately we have to find a lot of what works for us by ourselves.

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  2. Yes! It is up to us if we moderate or not. My personal journey allows previously approved commenters to post without moderation. Once new commenters are approved they bypass moderation also. ( That’s how it’s supposed to work anyway ) This works for me because I’m not getting cat calls, proposals, off-topic or inappropriate comments. If something changes, I’ll go back to full moderation. Nobody has time to clean up graffiti on their blog every day.

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  3. If people blog for the followers only then a big part of the enticement is lost, in my view. Like the community aspect. If you have 20k followers and half of those comment regularly you’d be chained to your computer forever just to read, never mind acknowledge.

    This is not to say that those who want to blog for followers shouldn’t. It depends. Some people do a very successful business this way.

    But that’s not why I blog. Like you say, decide for yourself. 🙂

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    1. I totally hear you Claudette! I have more followers than I ever thought I’d get (and it’s still not much compared to “big bloggers”) and I already at times feel overwhelmed because I want to reciprocate and visit all these other blogs! But it’s like you said, it’s a chain to the computer if I try to hit too many in one day.

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  4. I agree, Kayla Ann. Most tips are the same, one way or another when it comes to growing your blog. I appreciate the tips, but I admit, they can get overwhelming, which is why I’ve decided to do things at my own pace. Sometimes it’s better to listen to your own voice than everyone else’s. The tips are there to give you that extra boost on what to do if you’re stuck.

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  5. Great article!

    Of all the things I’ve learned about building an internet audience, it’s that I generally see the best returns when I’m actively engaging other like-minded creative types. The biggest problem when you start from zero is that nobody knows about you and your content. The question becomes, what’s the best way to spread the word?

    For the average person, I believe slow and steady wins the race, and it’s critical to identify and engage with the type of audience you want to build. There are multiple ways to go about building an audience, what’s important is to find what’s sustainable and works for the person delivering content. My two ++ cents. 🙂

    Sincerely,
    Brian

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  6. Excellent post! I say take it slow and build relationships; be consistent; quality and not quantity; read works of others and give credit where credit is due. Mingle and get involved with blogging events, etc.

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