Happy New Year, friends! I’m so excited for this year. I have a feeling it’ll be a great one. In the few months leading up to the New Year, I was thinking about what I could do starting January to improve my blog. I read a bunch of blogging tips on Pinterest and took notes from them. I considered changing the way I blogged just so I could follow these “rules”. After a while, I decided against it. I reminded myself that this is MY blog, and I can run it however I want.
This New Year, I want to blog my way, not the way everyone says I should. I know it’s ironic, since I love to write about blogging tips. But once you’ve been involved in a creative endeavor long enough, the “rules” begin to become optional. The “rules” are only there to teach you the basics, but after a certain point, you can bend and twist them. Creativity is all about putting your own spin on the “rules”.
For example, I break the blogging rule of having only one niche. According to the “rules,” bloggers are supposed to have only one, narrow niche. But I like to blog about many things: college, self-improvement, and blogging tips. Maybe my blog would get more pageviews if I only blogged about one thing, since it works for many other bloggers. But I wouldn’t be happy. I’ve decided to ignore that rule so that I can express myself in many areas.
In the blogging world, what does following these “rules” even do for you anyway? Increase your pageviews? Get more brands to work with you? All those things are great, but I didn’t start this blog to become super popular or to make money. I started this blog to help college aged girls become the best they can be. I don’t need to follow all these “rules” to do that.
While thinking about this and realizing that the New Year is the perfect time to make a change, I decided I would change a few things around here. Yes, I will continue to blog about college, blogging, organization, and self improvement, but I will stop writing personal posts (like “goals of the month”) and weekly roundups. To me, those posts seem like fluff. I want each post to be helpful and easily applicable to your life, and posts like that aren’t. So instead of posting three times per week, I will post only twice, but each one will be a high quality post full of useful tips. This blog is supposed to be about helping you be your best, not about me talking about myself. I hope this change reflects that.
So when you read posts on how to blog (including my own), take them with a grain of salt. If you want to, feel free to follow their advice. But this is not like a college class, the rules are optional here. If there’s a certain rule you don’t want to follow, then don’t. Blogging, and any other creative endeavor for that matter, should be about expressing yourself and having fun, not about following a certain set of rules. Free yourself from the need to follow the rules with your craft. Be creative YOUR way, not their way.
Sorry for the rambly post, I thought it was necessary and I wanted to get it off my chest.
Have you ever bent a “rule” in your creative project? How did it go?