Tips From Bloggers Who Don’t Blog About Blogging

by Marian Schembari on November 16, 2011


I’ve made it pretty clear that one of the best things you can do for your blog is to branch out from reading bloggers who only blog about blogging (I’ll let you decide for yourself if this post is too ironic to read). I learn most from bloggers who talk about food and travel and design more than I’ve ever learned from people who have no experience blogging about other things than blogging.

(Let’s play a drinking game – you drink every time I say “blogging”.)

That said, almost every blogger worth his or her salt will occasionally write about blogging, regardless of niche. This is usually after they’ve become moderately successful and get bored with all the emails from fans saying, “How did you get your blog to be so popular?”

So they write posts. They answer questions, they give you a day in the life and generally impart their wisdom.

This post (about blogging on a blog that posts about blogging quite frequently) is compilation of those posts. The posts by people who don’t blog about blogging regularly but have occasionally posted on the subject.

Blog: Joy the Baker
Niche: Food
Post: 10 Real Talk Blog Tips
Takeaway: “I don’t think this blog would work if you didn’t know how silly bonkers my life is. You know that there’s cat hair everywhere. You know that I burn toast. You know that I date boys and get dumped.”

Blog: Young House Love
Niche: DIY
Post: Time, Money and Pies
Takeaway: “Our philosophy is that if you take the time to read what we write, the least we can do is return the favor.”

Blog: Carrots ‘n’ Cake
Niche: Healthy Living
Post: Blogging Tips for the 9 to 5
Takeaway: “I don’t have much free time, but I love blogging, so I make sure it’s part of my day… If you have a laptop or a mini laptop/notebook, blog on your commute. Use Windows Live Writer or Ecto if you don’t have access to Wi-Fi.”

Blog: The Happiness Project
Niche: Happiness
Post: 13 Tips for Beginning Bloggers (Which I Learned the Hard Way)
Takeaway: “Post every day. It’s counter-intuitive, yes, but strangely it’s easier to post every day than to post three or four times a week. You don’t procrastinate, you loosen up, you stay engaged with your subject, and you’ll be taken more seriously by readers.”

Blog: Design*Sponge
Niche: Design
Post: Online Etiquette and Ethics part 3
Takeaway: “Collaboration, like contributors, can be the key to a blog’s success, growth and pushing past those pesky creative blocks we all run into now and then.”

Blog: The Pioneer Woman
Niche: Family
Post: Ten Important Things I’ve Learned About Blogging
Takeaway: “Be varied. Change things up. Offer a smorgasbord of content. Unless you’re, say, a fashion blog. And in that case, you should probably continue to blog about fashion. But never blog about the same top twice!”

Blog: Penelope Trunk
Niche: Career
Post: Penelope’s Guide to Blogging
Takeaway: “Blogging is a conversation, and it is much more fun if you are part of it, instead of just talking at people. One of the great pleasures of blogging is linking to someone who I don’t think knows that I read their blog. A link to someone is like saying, ‘I really like what you’re writing and in fact, I want to share it with everyone I know.’”

 Any of these posts/takeaways resonate with you? Have I missed anyone?

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  • http://tsukiyomi.ca Tanith Perry-Mills

    I tried your drinking game, but couldn’t keep up with all the blog/blogging words that you used!

    The suggestion to blog everyday by the Happiness Project is one I would like to try, for a week or two (as time/interest permits). I think it would be a good challenge, and perhaps even reap unexpected results.

    • http://marianlibrarian.com Marian Schembari

      Agreed. I lost track in the middle of writing half the sentences in this post. Too bad I couldn’t use the thesaurus on this one.

      I’m going to try blogging every day for a week – see how it effect my productivity and how it effects my traffic. Could be an interesting experiment!

  • http://www.jobjenny.com/ Jenny Foss

    Smorgasbord.

    I truly need to incorporate that word more often in my blogging.  

    And if I didn’t just have a lousy cup of coffee right now, I’d so be on board with the drinking game! :) Holla! And… as usual… well said.

    • http://marianlibrarian.com Marian Schembari

      RIGHT?! That should be the word of the week and we can see how often we can use it in a sentence.

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  • http://twitter.com/financialsamura Financial Samurai

    Why do you think people post about blogging so much?  Wouldn’t it be better to blog about something else and let the blog do the talking about becoming a better blog?

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