Why I Hated This Blogging Requirement (Part2)

23 Sep

My take on blogging now? I guess I’ve realized that I don’t really hate it. It just hasn’t been a good start for me. And, a big part of that is my fault. I expected some things about blogging and when those expectations weren’t met, I got discouraged. I got intimidated, and I wrote for the wrong reasons.

And so after all those realizations, I’ve come up with my own Blogging Commandments. These are statements that serve as my reminders on why I write and how I want to blog.

#1: I WILL BLOG FOR MYSELF FIRST BEFORE OTHERS

Although most of the blogging tips online stress on the importance of writing articles that will interest netizens, I think that writing for myself first before others will work better for me. I can be myself, and continue to adjust to writing online. When I’m comfortable with the whole blogging thing, by that time I can adjust my writing to attract more traffic to my blog.

#2: INTERESTS BEFORE TRENDS

It’s good to be updated with trends and everything, but blogging about trends just because you observe that they’re the kind of posts people respond to isn’t a good approach for me. I want to blog about things that are of true interest to me, and not just because they’re the “in” thing to blog about. Don’t get me wrong though. I don’t hate trends, I just don’t enjoy it when people blog about things just because they know it’ll get responses (and you know there are people like this).

#3: TO LEARN INSTEAD OF BEING INTIMIDATED

Finding a good blog or reading an excellent post need not be intimidating. It just calls for a change in perspective. If you think a blog/blogger intimidates you then just look at it as a learning experience. Learn from that blogger’s style, and see what makes his/her blog good. Maybe you can even ask for advice or tips.

#4: IMPROVEMENT IS DOABLE

Things like the blog’s theme, appearance, features can all be improved. There’s no need to put unnecessary pressure on yourself in making the perfect blog theme or title just when you’re starting out. Just go with the best you’ve got. You can still improve on it. Writing style and blog topics and gimmicks can also be improved on.

#5: HARD WORK PRECEDES SUCCESS

No one starts out great. All the great bloggers started out as newbies too. But they worked hard, they posted regularly and consistently created quality posts, gained fans and followers, and became what they are today. We shouldn’t be discouraged if we don’t get the response that we expect or want with each post that we create. We can’t please everyone, and for the people that we can please, that won’t happen right away. We need to make an effort if we want to make our blogs good.

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These five things are what I’ve decided to guide me as a blogger, my Blogging Commandments. If by any chance I think of something new that I can add to these, then I’ll be sure to post it.

Believe it or not, I am getting the hang of blogging. It just takes a little more work than usual but the feeling after you’ve posted something is great. I have to admit though that a Communication blog is not really my thing. Sure, I like communication and I recognize how new social media affects me and my future as an Orcom practitioner, but it’s not something that I can blog about regularly.

After this requirement I plan to keep this blog, and update it from time to time. But my major plan is to make a new blog, something that interests me. I’m actually preparing for it already. I’ve bought a small notebook and such so that in case I get any ideas for my blog while I’m out, I can just jot things down on that notebook. So watch out for that.

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6 Responses to “Why I Hated This Blogging Requirement (Part2)”

  1. sarahforward September 24, 2010 at 5:26 am #

    See Patty, this just goes to show that we “can” do it. At least this subject gave us the opportunity to experience blogging. So like what our parents always tells us, obey first before you complain.

  2. Pattydc September 24, 2010 at 8:04 pm #

    I get what you mean by that. Even if we had to crawl our way through this requirement, there were a lot of realizations and learnings. Yay us!

  3. Mina Loyola September 29, 2010 at 3:43 am #

    I like your first two commandments, not only for the reasons you stated above, but also because it would be very hard to write about something which you are not really interested with. I guess, it’s easier to accomplish other blog goals like traffic and comments when your writing is reflective of your being attuned to the topic.

    Aside from Muses and Mumbles, after this semester hopefully, I’d like to resurrect The Food Fuzz because I miss pigging out during bad times. What are your ideas for your new blog, Patty? Spill! 🙂

  4. Zid September 29, 2010 at 12:46 pm #

    Hard work indeed precedes success. Lord knows how much effort I put into creating and maintaining my blog. Constant critical thinking squeezed my brain cells to the last drop. Even as I make a comment, some neurons are being tortured. It was a love-hate requirement all in all. At least we learned a lot. I think that’s the point of all this.

    BTW this is my 45th comment. Yay!

  5. blahblahblogsheet October 1, 2010 at 1:22 pm #

    Blogging is fun! somehow! hehe I learned a lot from this blogging requirement. One, it gives us sense of responsibility and two, it develops critical thinking. It makes all those creative juices flowing, converted to words.

  6. strawberrysheepcake October 1, 2010 at 11:06 pm #

    I agree with you Patty. i hated this requirement too. Yet I learned my lesson. the problem is not the requirement itself, the problem is within me 😦

    I too was intimidated. I have this notion before that in blogging, you talk about something and then you try to sound as knowledgeable about it and blabber and blabber.

    Which is a big mistake.

    Right now, you might have noticed that my blogs are about me- and my life in relation to social media.

    that is exactly what I learned in this requirement. You shouldn’t try talking about something you don’t know too much of. It amazed me how fast i blogged last week, and that was because I like what I’m blogging, and i know what i’m saying. 🙂

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