I want my blog to be a place of honesty. I want to proclaim the Lord, I want to share about Him and have every topic honoring to Him. I want to be known as the blogger who LOVES everyone and who will be here with every email, every text, every call, just being a friend. I want to be a blogger who is known for talking about the really ugly times rather than the really easy times. In the past, Ive been discouraged because I have seen a lot of falseness going on with proclaiming who we are online and how we are in person. That is the last thing I want here.
Ive been thinking of things that blog friends have said in the past, things I have felt over the past few weeks and just things in general that we need to do in order to keep our hearts tied to our blogs.
Ways to Stay True to Blogging:1. Don't worry about the stats. These things can tieee you down. Just about every blogger I know will probably agree to this one. We can get so consumed with how many views, how many followers, how many comments...it will just drive you crazy.Plus, blogging isn't about your stats, its about you expressing, reflecting and showing us who you are.
2. Reflect who you are offline. This is probably THE biggest step with staying true to your blog. Its simple, just reflect yourself! Let others feel as if they are sitting down and having coffee with you. I am so glad to say that every blog friend I have met offline has been such a reflection of their blogs. That is what continues to build community and remember to never be afraid of showing who you really are!
3. Choose topics that interest yourself. If there is a topic you love, odds are someone else will love it as well. I have created posts that were simply about the things I love and they turned out to be some of my most viewed posts (using an example here, not relating to stats :) ) There is so much we can chat about on our blogs and talking about things that are true to your heart will really reflect on your page.
4. Stop trying to be perfect. One thing that really made me frustrated in myself was trying to be perfect with my blog. I would love to be a blogger who posts three or more times a week because to me, the more you post, the more community is built. But lets be real here, I have a full time job, full time school, becoming very involved in my church, a husband to be with, friends to spend time with, a house to clean, dinner to cook and time to just be for myself. Sometimes blogging just does not fit in there and Ive finally come to realize that. One day I would love continual posts all throughout the week, but I have finally come to a place to know that if life happens, its okay to miss a day of blogging.
5. Create a space that is you. Whether this is your layout, your photos, your content, just reflect yourself. Readers want to know who you are and what you are all about. It is so, so easy being you! Never let your space become a place where you are creating posts just to say certain things or taking Instagram photos just to gain more likes. BE YOU. Community and friendship is built on knowing all about the good times, the hard times and the honest times.
What I caught myself doing in the past was saying "blog for the reason you first started blogging." Go back to the roots of why you created your blog, what you wanted to share and what you wanted to express within yourself. Oh, and never create a lifestyle blog with the number one goal making money. This is where the above five statements can get a little rocky. Blogging can be one of the most beautiful pieces of our lives if we allow it to be. The friendships I have created would have never happened without this little space and it is simply a place to let the online community be used for good purpose. Always, always, always let yourself shine through your posts and generally all around your blog. You are so loved and there are plenty of people who are very excited that you are who you are!