You never have to look far to find blogging tips. Almost every day, someone is publishing a new post with tips for new and experienced bloggers alike. And like everything else, there’s some good advice and lots of bad advice. There are also lots of tips that seemingly everyone agrees upon. Many of these tips are no longer even viewed as such; instead, they’re almost considered rules for successful blogging.
But today, I want to take a step back and question the validity of some of these widely accepted blogging tips. I’m not even saying I fully disagree with these pieces of advice, but I think it’s important to at least question them and dig a little deeper to determine if these tips really are as sound as we’ve been led to believe.
Here are 3 widely accepted blogging tips I encourage you to rethink.
When you start blogging on a schedule, blogging can quickly turn into a chore…a job…rather than something you’re passionate about. And when you feel like you have to post something because of your schedule, you could very well end up posting mediocre, filler content instead of your best work. When that becomes a habit, the quality of your blog declines and you can start to lose readers. Isn’t it better to focus on quality instead of consistency?
While I do believe that it’s important to have a distinct writing voice and to capture a conversational tone in your blogging, the truth is that if you wrote exactly how you spoke, you’d end up with terrible content. Most people aren’t elegant speakers. Their speaking is hampered by lots of “umms” and “you knows” and “likes.” Their speaking is also disorganized and all over the place because they’re forced to think on their feet.
Better advice would be to take inspiration from your speaking, but don’t write exactly like you talk.
There’s just one tiny problem with this. If your top priority is to write search engine friendly content, you’re already missing the main point of blogging. Blogging isn’t about Google; it’s about your readers. Write with your readers in mind, and do any SEO tweaks at the end.
Do you agree that these blogging tips need to be rethought? Share your thoughts by leaving a comment below.
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