blogging basics
A to Z challenge - Blogging, Writing & Creativity

Back To Blogging Basics

I’ve written a post called 7 Reasons Why You Should Stop Blogging and read and agreed with  Vidya Sury’s  7 Deadly Sins of Blogging. However, when Fabida,  who writes at Shocks and Shoes brought this article –  12 Reasons  You Should Start A Blog Today – to my notice, I knew at once that I just had to write this post.  

I was particularly struck by the following points in the article:

  1. Make a difference in the lives of others.

  2. Document your life in an empowering way.

  3. Find your authentic voice.

If you’re a writer, you really don’t need more reasons than these to start a blog.

A while back I shared that my blogging mantra includes actively using social media and networking. However,  I’m starting to wonder whether I really want to be such an active networker. I’m increasingly disenchanted with social media and how it insidiously begins to take over our lives. What’s the value in it, I’m wondering? I will continue to be on social media, but have already begun to cut back on the time I spend there.

I’m going Back To Blogging Basics

Now I want to go back to the basics:

  1.  Writing with passion – People tell me anyone can be a blogger and I agree. It’s simple. Yes, software, templates, a good commenting system and great SEO are all important elements – because we want to get ourselves heard. What makes the difference between a blogger and a great blogger is passion. Today I want to remind myself to write with passion about subjects I’m passionate about.

 

Seth Godin quote

2.  Connecting with my readers on my blog. I’m not going to try to take those connections onto other social media platforms – except to find avenues to share the work of others.

As an experiment, I have taken off most of my social media buttons on this blog. I’ve left on some simple sharing buttons.

I never did buy the idea of link dropping, preferring to stick to smaller blogging groups, but I’ve already started to cut back on the groups I am a part of. The decreased social media presence will continue.

What I will do (yes, I know  you’ve heard this before ;)) is focus on responding to comments and visiting the blogs of those who comment and those of like-minded bloggers.

I would like you to take a minute to visit Leo Babauta’s website (do come back here after that!). Talk about keeping things simple. I won’t ever get to that stage as far as a template is concerned- because I like color too much, but I love the focus on quality content he has.

Leo Babauta quote

3. Publishing consistently – I think that it’s definitely important for regular readers to know more or less when we’re going to be posting. I try to stick to a twice a week schedule. If I’m going to be posting every day (like this month) then I let my readers know in advance. I also need to let them know when I’m taking a break. Once again, it’s about making that connection with your readers.

  1. Creating quality content – I aim to write stuff that evokes emotion and a response from my readers. My posts may not always be of the feel-good variety, because they will reflect my own questions and doubts, my experiences good or bad, and I try to keep it real. I think the important thing is to make sure my content is relevant and useful too.

I am attempting to keep things simple and will rely on you, dear reader, to keep me honest.

What are the blogging basics as far as you are concerned?

This post is written for the letter B for the Blogging From A to Z April Challenge 2014. José and I are undertaking the Challenge on our blog, From 7Eight too.

 


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105 Comments on “Back To Blogging Basics

  1. Did you read my mind this morning? I was just thinking along these lines about blogging and social media and how the latter is taking away a lot of time from blogging itself.

    I love the simplicity and elegance of the design on your blog and hope we continue to connect over the blog and elsewhere 🙂

    Big fan of Leo and so is my dad 🙂 He literally walks the talk, doesn’t he?

  2. Yay Corinne – my thoughts exactly – blogging is all about writing with passion and interacting on blogs and less about social media. Glad someone thinks like me 😀

  3. I so agree about writing with passion and connecting with readers! Yes, with so many social media options, which can take up a lot of time, keeping it simple is the key!

  4. Very interesting points. I think there can be a big problem with social media when you find that’s all you end up doing. Blogs seem to be where you can see much more of a person than something like Twitter. I’ve recently tried to add some things to my blog that might be useful to others, so hopefully there is more than just me bathering on :).

  5. Love this post! Back to basics always works when things get a bit too much. There is some deep beauty in keeping things simple and authentic. I really value this post from a seasoned blogger like you, because as a relative newcomer to this world of blogging I have a lot to learn. And when the learning such as this resonates with you deeply, it is so much more meaningful.

  6. Some time back I wanted to get away from social networking sites…. but now I use that to connect with all my blogger friends and blogs. For that… Thanks to you 🙂

    1. As long as we know how to balance it, Sheethal – too easy to add too many people, right? Then we begin to feel overwhelmed. I’m trying to ease out of a lot of unnecessary adds! 😉

  7. Passion..that is the key word… I am trying to get my basics right and keeping it simple. Connecting with my readers and making an identity for my blog is what I want to aim at as of now

  8. There comes a point when things get too complicated and it’s best to return to the basics. It’s time to rethink the basic reason why we started to blog.. for most of us it was/is the love for writing or sharing our feelings and thoughts. In the end that’s what counts – not the pageviews, not the shares and maybe not even the comments, other than the few regular genuine ones.

  9. I agree, one needs passion for writing to be a great blogger, else the posts would just sound lifeless. Once in a while it’s always advisable to go back to basics 🙂

  10. I agree blogging first and foremost is about writing with passion…and also I agree that being on social media encroaches on our time…I have spent the whole day yesterday on facebook and it’s tiring and at the end of the day I didn’t write a word y’day…yes we should actually come back to basics

  11. I just read Vidya’s comment and smiled to myself because as soon as I had read this post I had sent you the same message.

    I confess I hated the idea of not blogging the way you have listed, initially. But then somehow the bug bit me, or the idea of defeating ‘them’ at their own game did, I don’t know. Now that I am into it I will agree the charm is intact. I love social media, it is something that finds me hooked on to. Perhaps a few months, years (or say never) I will get bored and move on.

    Until then my attempt will be too keep the blogging as a medium preserved while the ways of connecting suited to social media networks as well.

  12. Just this year I have cut back considerably to the groups I belong to a choice few, and at this time an A-Z group which you and I are both in. I found that I didn’t want to just drop links anymore or stress myself out trying to keep up with it all. Technically, if you take away the A-Z group, I belong to one group on Face Book. The other groups encompass the weekly writing challenges that I always participate in each week. It makes sense for me and is a lot more manageable. ♥

  13. I’d gone away from FB for a very long time, till I got into the AtoZ group this year. Till then, my presence on FB and other social media was very less. Now it is mainly for connecting with blogger friends, and for spreading a word about their work 🙂
    Lovely point, Corinne. Social Media or not, we are always with you as readers, and we know you’re with us 🙂 Cheers !!

  14. Great thoughts. I’m totally in love with blogging. I’ve been on the sphere since 2008, and I’ve seen so many people come and go, but I also have lasting relationships that have been so beneficial–whether from an emotional standpoint or a professional one. I couldn’t have done the publishing thing without my bloggies.

  15. Never been much of a social network person, Corry 🙂 Has its advantages and disadvantages. But oh, I’m glad to be writing regularly and happily again. Even commenting often, which I was missing of late.

  16. I am pinning Seth Godin quote. I agree, you have to have a purpose and you can use this platform to make a difference in others lives

  17. My blogging basics..ummm…write from your heart. Don’t write to please audience. Read blogs you like even if they don’t read your blog. Don’t make the statement come true, I scratch your back and you scratch mine 😛

  18. Interesting points! I so agree that the whole focus on social media means there’s hardly any time to blog! Now why didn’t I think of keeping things simple myself? 😉

  19. Thanks for this talk about these basics. Yes, I took up blogging seriously 2-3 months back just out of sheer passion in the path of reinventing myself. These thoughts somewhere echo with my own understandings as well. Thanks again.

  20. If everyone is sharing then who is writing and if everyone is writing then who is reading?
    Social media is intrusive and time consuming.
    You have hit it spot on!

  21. Corinne you are very correct. The focus on social media and writing the basics are entirely different aspects altogether.I prefer to write the basics and leave the frills all together.

  22. Thank you for the mention, Corinne!! That article mentioned several valid points, as does this post!! I completely get what you’re saying, sometimes social media even leaves me with a weird feeling of guilt; that of not visiting all the blogs featured. Sometimes all this talk of SEO and networking can be so confusing that it’s good to be reminded of the very basic reason we started to blog.

    1. You’re welcome, Fab. Thanks for the link. It really made me think. I like the aspects of social media where one can share inspiring links like you did and have meaningful conversations at times. It’s the link dropping and the pressure that gets to me. I think you’re very balanced about this. 🙂

  23. Wow! COming from an expert like you…this is something I’m definitely going to come back to… I’m not a regular blogger but one thing that has kept me coming back is my vision for why I first started it….and that’s to get me into the discipline of writing and making a difference….Great post!

  24. Hey Corinne,
    I checked Leo’s website, this is the first time I have seen something like that. Thanks. IT was so refreshing. BUt I could not find the comment section.

    1. Hi Ananya – Glad you liked it. Increasingly some ‘big’ bloggers including Seth Godin and Copyblogger are taking off commenting. Copyblogger has moved the conversation about their posts to Google Plus. 🙂

  25. You are so right. 4 years ago I was a crazed blogger, had a public site that got 1000 hits per day, got a shorty award (twitter) and then I came to the realization it was too much. I enjoy meeting a few quality people, I write for me, I’m doing this A to Z madness with the hope of finding a few potentials for publishing. Simplicity and stay true to you!

    Happy A to Zing

  26. Incidentally Corinne, I have resolved to do the same this year. In addition to blogging, I write professionally as well. And I wish to take blogging back to more reading and connecting with bloggers through blogs. Overdose of social media definitely distracts and detracts, and I am already cutting down my time there. Your post comes at the perfect time for me. Quality, honesty and passion were the reasons for the hobby in the first place.

  27. I wish we could have coffee and talk about how refreshing this is to read. You know, all I read and see is focus more on social media and then when CopyBlogger turned off comments – well the internet exploded and then blogs started to follow suit! I lean right where you do. Social media is great, for those that are about that. BUT, as a writer, we write and want that to always have a sense of intimacy and connection with our readers. Oh please, let’s grab that coffee together!!!!

    🙂