Confession time: I made a LOT of blogging mistakes (lessons) this past year. I had a shiny revamped blog which I was obsessed with at first, and then for some weird reason… I started following what a lot of other creative entrepreneurs and bloggers were doing. It was gradual and I didn’t even realise I was doing it.
I lost a bit of authenticity for a while, and at the same time, I felt like I was losing my blogging joy – the whole reason I’d started blogging again in the first place.
I was putting way too much pressure on myself to have THE “perfect” blog.
It got to a point where I just didn’t even feel like writing anything anymore.
Have you ever felt overwhelmed from your blog?
Maybe it’s not blogging, maybe you create YouTube videos or Instagram mini blogs or design websites or graphics on the side… Whatever passion project fuels (or used to) fuel your soul.
I swear, getting back into blogging again after a much-needed long break has opened my eyes properly – I feel inspired again for the first time in months. I actually forgot how much I used to love writing and just be creative for the FUN of it – not because I felt like I had to and go with this crazy-almost-impossible weekly schedule. (It wasn’t flexible at all and I used to feel like a complete failure if I didn’t stick to the times and days I planned to do things).
Perfectionism seriously sucks.
A Reason For Every Season
But you know, I always feel like things happen for a reason. Good and bad. They teach us these little life lessons that empower and equip us to try again. TRY AGAIN… those are the key words here. Because, I don’t know about you, but I’m not really a fan of quitting something (I’ve done that more times than I can count). Maybe taking a step back, or an indefinite break to see the whole picture again – and THEN, coming back full of positive energy and inspiration.
Even if that means starting over or switching things up.
Our passion projects should fill us with joy, not leave us feeling like crap, overwhelmed or mentally drained.
I’m kicking off this new blog (which by the way, I’m really excited about, because… well, I’m sticking to my lane again!) with a few ground “rules” so that I remember to just breeeeathe and actually ENJOY the journey.
JOY. More joy.
So, if your personal project or side hustle is feeling like a bit of a schlep right now, or you just need a little extra nudge to get your creative juices flowing again, maybe a few of these might inspire you to tweak or design your own blueprint guideline.
This is my blogging blueprint right now, or rather – a few guidelines I’ll keep coming back to whenever I need the reminder.
27 Blogging Rules I’m Choosing This Time Round
- Be authentic and real, always.
- Write with heart and purpose.
- Create content that fuels inspired action or feel-good vibes.
- Write content I’d want to read.
- Add value, but be realistic.
- Break the blogging mould; add colour!
- Have FUN with it.
- Be very flexible, but somewhat consistent.
- Stay in the lane you created and quit taking over-crowded detours.
- Listen to your own intuition and actually follow it.
- Inspire and encourage, but never preach.
- Beat blogging overwhelm and don’t force words that feel too hard to write.
- Quit being so hard on yourself.
- Create a “proud” list instead of a “to do” list.
- Design your own blogging blueprint.
- If it doesn’t feel good or simple, you’re trying too hard.
- Challenge your comfort zones on a regular basis. Learn. Reach out. Give back.
- Be realistic about your wild expectations – of yourself, and everyone else.
- Create a plan that fits into your lifestyle.
- Never sacrifice important priorities for the sake of blogging.
- If you want love and support, you’ve got to give it, too.
- Unfollow and filter online things that make you feel bad about yourself.
- You are not your blog, and your blog is not your identity. #notetoself
- Think about your blog like a treasure chest – only put quality things inside.
- Do it for yourself, first. Always.
- Do life and then your blog. Not the other way around.
- Create and re-invent your own blogging rules.
Hopefully some of these resignated a little with you to not be so hard on yourself and to just GO with the flow a lot more. (At least, that’s what I’m trying to remind myself every time I blog from now onwards!)
You CAN Go Your Own Way
The truth is, there are MANY, many talented creatives and bloggers out there who have done well for themselves and who mean well. BUT, I’ve found that some of them have a way of making the rest of us feel like we’re not doing enough (unintentionally for the most part) – or that we’re blogging the wrong way. Take it from someone who’s blogged as part of a job and as a passion project: there’s a big difference.
If you’re creating content for fun and not for clients or your boss, you actually don’t have to play it safe.
You CAN colour outside the lines and be 100% YOU.
Because… that’s what so many of us tend to forget, especially when we start something new.
It’s easy to just go along with what everyone else is doing, I get it.
We feel like there’s this magic online manual we’ve got to follow. When at the end of the day, what I think people really want (well, what I want anyway) is just more REAL, authentic stuff. And the only way to do that, is to quit being so engrossed in what everyone else is doing and to just DO YOU.
Even if it’s different. Especially if it’s different.
Create with heart and create things you’d want to read or watch that make your soul DANCE.
It’s as simple as that.
Because really, that’s where the magic happens.