“Love God and be not afraid.”
-Silas Martin, 7 years old
I stumbled onto a book titled, ‘101 Things Every Blogger Should Know’ recently. I didn’t buy it, but just out of curiosity, I browsed around a few of its pages.
Now y’all, the calendar says I’ve been doing this for a living for 8 years this May, but according to that book, I don’t think I’m actually a real blogger! 😀
I’m serious though! For instance:
Tip #2: Your content must *always* blend to your niche.
Uh oh. I’m allergic to niches. I used to use this space strictly for my adventures in decorating, but it gets old just talking about your “stuff” all the time.
Tip #62: Don’t do news about your family unless you are a Kardashian. Don’t make your blog about members of your family because you will eventually bore out any reader you have.
Wait. What? My family is one of my favorite things to write about!
Tip #66: Let Twitterfeed or Hootsuite help. These tools will reduce the stress of blogging by almost 30%.
I’m confused: blogging *is* my stress releaser. Learning new programs is what feels stressful to me. 😛
Tip #74: You must know SEO.
SE-Oh Lord. Not another acronym.
Tip #83: Get ready to fast on a busy day. As a blogger, you must be trained to work for several hours without eating.
Okay. That one sealed the deal. I am definitely NOT a blogger. 😉
Tip #85 really tripped me up, too. It read: Avoid sending readers away from your blog unless it makes $en$e. It literally had the dollar signs in there too. It went on to say “one thing you must know is that anytime you send visitors out of your site, it must make you money”.
Whoops. Who knew?
Oh well. I decided a long time ago that I wasn’t going to let my blog (or blog “rules”) boss me around, so I’m just going to ignore that tip and use today’s blank canvas to link to a BEAUTIFUL blog post written by my friend Shannan. Click on the banner below to be sent away…
(The Table by Shannan Martin)
I cannot tell you what a huge impact it had on me. And even though it’s not going to “make me money”, being able to share it with you sure feels like a million bucks too. 🙂