At first, my blog was just a journal of my life with my two young children. It changed gradually over the years and eventually became what it is today.
Blogging has changed so much since I first started in 2008. Back then, it was mainly just for recording memories and socializing with other bloggers. Now, it's a major business full of advertising and Pinterest-worthy content. Blogging really is a lifestyle these days!
Although my blog changed a lot over the years, there are simply some things I just won't do!
I actually hesitated to post this because I didn't want to hurt anybody's feelings. But the truth is, there are some things that I won't do because they don't feel right, but they work well for other bloggers. It really is just a matter of opinion and I'm a firm believer in to each their own!
Yes, my blog is more business-like these days. But I refuse to let go of the basics: sharing my family and forming connections with other bloggers!
The Things I Won't Do As A Blogger
1. I won't stop writing about my family! I work hard to maintain a good balance of personal posts with sponsored posts. I believe that once a blog loses its personal touch, it becomes cold and unwelcoming. And, well, what's the fun in that?
2. I won't take every sponsored opportunity that comes my way. In a typical week, I take on one collaboration and turn one down. Sometimes more. It was difficult at first, but I learned to say that the content is not a good fit for my family. There is absolutely no point in writing about something that I can't genuinely discuss!
3. I won't hire a photographer to follow me around and I won't schedule frequent lifestyle shoots with a photographer for blog content. Do you want to know who my photographer is when I have to get in the picture? Lexie! My 9 year old actually has quite a good eye!
4. I won't obsess over stats. I know people that check them daily and post their stats on a weekly basis. Blogging IS a numbers game, but I only provide my analytics when I'm asked and I just give a quick overview of my social media channels on my Contact page. I don't feel like anybody else needs to read how many page views I have each day!
5. I won't share how many people followed me and how many people unfollowed me each week on social media. That's pointless information to share with my followers!
6. I won't let ads take over my blog. I don't find it visually appealing when I visit a blog and immediately see an ad banner right under the blog title, all over the sidebar, and in between posts. It's just too much clutter and impersonal. Plus, I recently heard some nightmare stories about how some of those ad companies aren't paying bloggers!
7. I won't join Retweet Groups. Biggest Twitter Pet Peeve Ever. They just clog up my feed and I lose interest in what the person has to say.
8. I won't use the words cohesive, aesthetic or organic (for describing something other than food). I believe those words are completely overused in the blog word and half the time, I'm not even sure the blogger knows what the words actually mean!
9. Speaking of cohesive and aesthetic, my Instagram feed will NEVER be either of those things. All the experts say it should be, but guess what? My Instagram feed is every bit as chaotic and colorful as my life with 4 kids. It's a good representation of ME and it's doing just fine!
10. I won't pay to boost a Facebook post. Sorry. NOT happening. Facebook is my least favorite social media platform for blogging. I've earned every follower I have without paying a single cent.
11. I won't post my blog income online. It's one thing to suggest which media companies pay the most, but I believe it's tacky to share monthly income with my readers.
12. I won't join a post share group to share blog posts on Twitter. I DO share blog posts on Twitter. I just share posts that I genuinely enjoyed reading instead of posts that I have to share in order to have my content shared. I also have a 5 share/RT maximum at a time. I believe any more comes across as spam tweeting. Plus, when you are required to share so much content each day, your own content easily gets hidden within your feed and people tend to ignore it.
13. I won't become a content only blog. Although Pinterest does drive traffic to your blog, every post is NOT Pin-Worthy!
14. I won't do large roundup-style posts. Although I do share links here and there, it's a select few. I get overwhelmed when I see titles like "The 50 Best Crockpot Recipes Ever" and open up the post to just see a list of links. I want to see pictures, too! Plus, I hate following links to another blog, then trying to backtrack to the original post. It's too time-consuming. I'm a big fan of narrowing it down. More than 10 links is overwhelming!
15. I won't fill up my blog with stock photography. Almost every picture on my blog, including flatlays and Pinterest graphics, was taken by me. It's a great way to get creative with photography and improve my skills!
16. I won't create automated Twitter messages to go to each new follower. They're just not my thing.
17. I won't add pop up follow windows on my blog. Nothing annoys me more when I'm trying read a blog than a window popping up right in the middle of the post. The ONLY time it isn't annoying is if it pops up after I post a blog comment.
18. I won't do a Friday Follow unless I actually follow the person on Instagram. I understand social media is all about promotion, but I can't authentically promote a person I don't know.
19. I won't do follow for follow. I like to pick and choose the people I want to follow!
20. I won't stop interacting with other bloggers. It's so important to read content on other blogs and comment on the posts. That's how connections are formed and that's the fun in blogging! How many blogs do you know that are popular, but have little to no comments? That's a sure sign that the blogger is just in it for the money. I believe that engagement on your blog is so much more important than page views!
The most important thing I've learned about blogging over the years is to never say never! Who knows? Maybe one day I will do some of those things. But for now, they aren't a good fit for me!
I want to hear from you! What's on your list of things you won't do as a blogger?