It amazes me how many blogs there are, run by average people, living average lives, just because they can. For me, blogging fills my need to utilize my creativity and my English Writing degree. It’s fun to have a little side project that keeps me busy, motivated, and engaged.
I think about blogging a lot lately – how I don’ t have as much time for it as I used to, where my blog has come from, and where I desire for it to go. And I think I’ve decided on a new direction.
When I started Freeing Imperfections, I did not intend for it to be categorized as a healthy lifestyle, foodie, or running blog. All of that just happened as I became more connected to the Health Living niche and as my life naturally progressed to healthier living. I have no problem that my blog naturally became categorized under those topics, but I have felt it a little confining at times, as I try to fit my blog into a general mold.
I no longer feel the need to do that anymore, though.
For a while, I didn’t even realize I was trying to “fit in.” But whenever I catch myself checking blog status and trying to craft up posts just for the pageviews or to gain popularity – I know I’m going down the wrong track.
It’s a tough cookie too, because part of me feels no shame for wanting more popularity, more readers, a Pinterest-expoloded post. What blogger doesn’t want some glory and fame for the work they do day in and day out, probably for free? But I realize that all my eggs can’t be in that basket all the time.
My New Blogging Rules
1. Post When I Feel Like It
I really don’t know who wrote the unwritten blog law of “you must post every single day,” but I hate it. Okay, I know no one really made that a law. But I can assure you that everyone who blogs has felt the pressure to blog more frequently because of the speed of the internet. Which is crazy fast.
Posting every day is just not my style. I know some blog’s thrive on daily posts, and that’s great. But for my own blog, I feel like I end up creating much worse content that’s less thought out if I force myself to post every day. And that’s just what I have to do – force myself.
I already adopted a new posting schedule at the start of the year and when I took my job, but now I announce it to you: daily posting will never happen here, at least for now. And I do not post on the weekends. That’s my time 🙂
I’ve decided I’d much rather have quality content a few times a week that shows my best writing and creativity skills than a bunch of just so-so posts that get lost in the shuffle.
2. Work on what works.
I have a habit of wanting to write a post start-to-finish in one sitting. I like to see the fruits of my labor, and quickly. I want to learn more patience with my posts and creative ideas, though.
I don’t want to be afraid to let my drafts pile up and work on posts a little bit at a time, here and there, until it feels right and complete. I don’t need to hit “publish” right now since I’m not concerned about posting every day.
I want to take time to only have the best of what I want to say on my blog.
3. Stop Comparing
Stop comparing my blog, my habits, my writing, my photos, my anything to anyone else. What I have on my blog is the best that I can do right now. Yes, blogging is always a learning process. But it has to stop being a comparison trap for me.
Take the followers, comments, and popularity out of the equation. My blog has come a long way and will continue to grow in its own time. I’m going to focus on being happy with that.
4. Focus on Simplicity & Authenticity
I’ve started to cherish simplicity over anything else in life right now, from design to my brand. I also crave authenticity in my voice. Overall, I want my blog to reflect a different side of me and my life.
So much of this blog has been focused on workouts and daily life ramblings, which is in and of itself fine. I think I just want to drop the “healthy” part and focus more on the “lifestyle” aspect. And I’m still figuring out what that means.
5. There Are No Rules
And any of this could change at any time. Because this blog is for me.
But really, I don’t want to fear change on here. In a month, if I decide I want to post everyday, so be it. Or if in a month, I decide I can only post 5 times a month, I will adjust to that too.
Overall, this doesn’t mean that tomorrow my blog is going to look and feel so different from it does now. To me, this is a mental note to self that says I can do what I want, follow my dreams, take risks, make mistakes, be myself, and forgive myself. Here and in “real life.”
This is a breath of fresh air that I’ve been waiting for. It’s amazing what happens when you just allow yourself room to breathe.
Questions for You:
- If you blog, what new rule would you implement for yourself?
- If you don’t blog, what new rule would you create for your life, work, or relationships?