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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.

 

105 Comments

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  2. Cindy Cindy April 11, 2014

    Thanks for these awesome tips in blogging. As a newbie, they are to the point and exactly what I had in mind, but could not envision when creating and managing my content.
    I’ll be trying harder now.
    Cindy

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    […] or purple, lives on a diet of cheese and cupcakes or what. All I know, is I really loved her Back to Blogging Basics post. Not that I haven’t read a ton of these kinds of posts before. Corinne is a variation […]

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | April 6, 2014

      Thank you for sharing, Miste! You’re absolutely right about what matters.
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  4. Dorothy Johnson Dorothy Johnson April 4, 2014

    Thanks for your thoughts on blogging. You are definitely a connected lady! I enjoy your posts and am sure you’ll find that balance you want.

  5. RM Hepler RM Hepler April 3, 2014

    Oh, I am so guilty of the social media addiction! It’s both a distraction tool and a fun way to connect with other writers.
    I’m actually hoping the A-Z Challenge will get me blogging regularly again.
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  6. Sulekha Sulekha April 3, 2014

    Love your blogging basics.My blogging reflects my thoughts and moods. I love humor and romance along with motivational and inspirational topics but am yet to write on the spiritually uplifting ones. I am at a stage in life where my thoughts are undergoing a transformation and my outlook towards life is changing gradually. Social media is fine as long as it is contained to a limit.

  7. SD Neeve SD Neeve April 3, 2014

    Totally agree with you. This isn’t my first blog, but I learned through trial and error over the years that things soon begin to encroach on our lives. I now have two blogs on the go, one I only write to once a month, and thats Bloggers4Peace, and the other, which is the one I’m using now, about my stories and my writing life.
    I am only part of two groups, Blog Blitz and the recently joined IWSG, which I’m still finding my footing with.
    Basic is always best I find. 🙂
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  8. Aditi Aditi April 3, 2014

    Cheers to keeping it simple! Consistent writing is something I’d like to do diligently and hope the A-Z is a start! As for social media – it is quite addictive. In fact I have become active only once I started blogging but I have restricted myself only to one or two blogging groups ( you know that! ;)) and connecting with like minded people!
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  9. Proactive Indian Proactive Indian April 3, 2014

    I believe that I must “write with passion about subjects I’m passionate about.”

    In everything, including in blogging, after following the basic rules and etiquette, I believe in doing things the way I think are correct. I sometimes wonder whether I’m being a stubborn mule in thinking and doing so. Reassuring to read this post from you!
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  10. Shelley Munro Shelley Munro April 3, 2014

    It’s funny because I’ve been thinking about social media recently and read an article in our local paper about a reporter who closed his Twitter account. I enjoy blogging and have met some wonderful people this way.

  11. simple girl simple girl April 3, 2014

    Wow!! Interesting tips.. I do not know how much of a passion I have .. All I know that, for the first time, I am making time for something religiously after having joined work .. Hope to continue to do so…

    Personally I do not like social media. I feel very exhausted with it. It is like I am bombarded with information at such a rate that I cannot take it ..

    I love how you are being honest with yourself.. And I visited Leo’s website from here. It is simple, frill free.. I definitely go through his writings..
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    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | April 6, 2014

      Thanks, Simple Girl. You’re on the right track with your blog. I love your theme and posts for the Challenge.
      Glad you liked, Leo Babauta’s site. His writing is also simple and no-nonsense.
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  12. My Inner Chick My Inner Chick April 3, 2014

    I agree, Corinne.

    One can have everything, but without the “Passion,” one has NOTHING.

    Great points & insights. xx

    PS. Social Media is beautiful & horrible at the same time!
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    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | April 6, 2014

      I know you have loads of passion, Kim and that’s one of the many things I admire about you, my friend.

      And agree about Social Media – lovely to connect with old friends, but I don’t want to ‘have to’ do it for my blog.
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  13. Monica Deshpande Monica Deshpande April 3, 2014

    Corinne! I couldn’t agree more. I was just having a rant about how I would like to blog without all the distractions that seem to accompany it. It doesn’t help that I am a social media Luddite. 🙂
    Your post is a welcome read and very reassuring. Thanks!

  14. Amrit Rukhaiyaar Amrit Rukhaiyaar April 3, 2014

    Great post Corinne, you inspire to write, you know…

    one of the most important thing on my blogging basics is keeping the post from being too long.. readers run away seeing those long posts, I have noticed.
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    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | April 6, 2014

      Thank you so much, Amrit.
      Yes, long posts do put off some people. However, I’m starting to write to the length I need necessary. Content curation is also important.
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  15. Cathy Olliffe-Webster Cathy Olliffe-Webster April 3, 2014

    An authentic voice – yes, I completely agree. If you’re not speaking from your heart, what’s the point of speaking? My authentic voice isn’t always “nice” but it’s me.

    A good post – reminds me of what’s important in blogging.
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  16. Loni Townsend Loni Townsend April 3, 2014

    Passion, yes passion. Being unable to sleep at night and needing to pour out my thoughts is the reason why I started blogging. Networking had never even crossed my mind until this past year. I’m terrible at social media, barely have a presence on facebook, tweet only occasionally, and share rarely on Google+. But blogging? That’s fun. I like that.

    Excellent post, and I’m glad you’re getting back to the basics.
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  17. Kajal Kajal April 2, 2014

    Great blogging basics points. I think it does make sense to stick to smaller groups and interact and learn, rather thank just link dropping in bigger groups and not really creating an impact. Loved the quote from Seth 🙂 Thanks!
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  18. Chai a Cup of Life Chai a Cup of Life April 2, 2014

    Corinne, you hit the nail on the head. (Is that the correct phrase?) There is no shortage of social media, groups, etc that it is easy to forget why we started blogging in the first place. At one point I wrote down all the sharing tools I could use and ended up feeling overwhelmed and scrapped them all and kept the basic ones I enjoyed. Thanks for this post.
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    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | April 4, 2014

      Oh yes, it’s easy to get sucked into this – and they keep inventing new platforms on which we just ‘have to’ be seen, Amelia!

      PS: Hitting the nail on the head – absolutely right! 🙂
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  19. Darla Sue Dollman Darla Sue Dollman April 2, 2014

    Great post. I’m a firm believer that if you’re going to take the time away from your family, friends, pets, spouse, to write, then YOU should be in that writing. It should be meaningful, and reflect who you are!

  20. Cristina Cristina April 2, 2014

    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!!!!

    🙂
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    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | April 4, 2014

      That’s going to be a seriously expensive cup of coffee, Cristina. 😉 Someday, someday!
      Yes, I’m still wondering about Copyblogger – I can’t understand that.
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  21. Rachna Rachna April 2, 2014

    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.
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