I broke the cardinal rule of blogging and you can too.

big, facebook thumbs up, like iconWhen I look at the blogs I enjoy, when I look at my friend’s blogs, when I look at blogs – period, they all seem to have one thing in common:  a theme.  Yet here I am.  I write about what hits me when it hits me.  I have trouble with rules.

Rules.  Yep.  Even in the blogosphere.  The biggest two being “Give Credit!” (and, okay, that’s not really a blog specific rule, but it’s worth repeating) and “Blog on Theme!”.  So clearly, no problem with the first one.  Whenever I use the work of another I make sure to give credit, and share links whenever possible.  But number two (the one that is pretty much the cardinal rule of all things blog)?  Good grief.  It seems like it should be so easy.

Garden Blog – http://www.katesgardenjournal.com/

Dog Blog – http://pawsitivelyinsanefordogs.blogspot.com/

Disney Travel Blog – http://www.returntodisney.com/

Heck…  even topics so narrow you’d never guess there’d be a blog Blog – http://www.fairyfiction.com/

And yep, that last one is a blog dedicated to fairy books for young readers.  Not just books, not just fairy books, not just juvenile fiction, but fairy books specifically aimed at kids and youth.  How’s that for a niche?

Goodness knows I’ve tried to blog on topic.  Had my own dog blog for a while at http://deardogma.wordpress.com/.  But I just can’t do it.  Stay on topic I mean.  I get bored after a while and need to write about other things.  Sure, I could set up multiple blogs, one for each area of interest…  but really?  I’m just not that dedicated.

Okay.  So, maybe dedication isn’t the problem.  I am on my third year of blogging almost daily.

It seems to fly in the face of every single “how to blog” blogger’s advice, but I just can’t help it.  Life is messy.  Life doesn’t fit in a neat little box.  I don’t fit into a neat little box – so why should my blog?

It works though.  I get to share, what I need to share, when I need to share it.  And I somehow still manage to keep a few of you coming back day after day, week after week, month after month, year after year.  And my wee little blog just keeps on growing (which I am SOOO appreciative of).

My advice then?  If you want to blog, just go ahead and start writing.  Ignore the cardinal rule.  Write what you need to write, share what is important.  It may take a lot longer to establish readership with a relatively random flux of ideas – but if you are honest and forthright?  They’ll come.  And it’s so worth the effort.

 

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About Tobi-Dawne

Tobi-Dawne Smith is many things to many people... photographer, canine behaviour expert, equal rights activist, green politician, lactivist, intactivist, writer, crafter, dog handler, third wave feminist, etc. But most important in her life is her role as mother to an amazing five year old. Learn more about TD at http://www.tobi-dawne.com/ follow her blog at https://td365.wordpress.com/ get to know her daughter at http://lilyannslemonade.wordpress.com/ or check out her work at http://tdphotography.me/

Posted on February 26, 2012, in Just a Note, Nuthin' much and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. I didn’t even know there were rules beyond “make sure stuff is spelled right” and “don’t mess up the your/you’re thing”. I’m doing ok myself with posting what I want- Every month I get more hits, comments and followers.

    I think most rules in the creative space should be called “suggestions”.

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