Before I started my blog I spent about two years following other blogs. Fun fact: the first blogs I read – and still read – were Picky Runner, Peanut Butter Runner and Hungry Runner Girl (do I like running?). But 99% of the time I was a silent reader, never a commenter. It was when I started participating in the conversation and posing questions to both myself and the writers that I really enjoyed the blog world. To this day the interaction and learning is what I love most about blogging and I hope bloggers and non-bloggers feel comfortable speaking out on my blog.
However, there are some things I don’t entirely love about blogging. Alternative titles: Pet peeves, questions I still have, and double-edge swords. I’m not talking about the comparison trap or general healthy-living blog content. That would make this an even longer post.
I sometimes wonder, if I changed my ways would I be more “successful?” Whatever successful means…I know the likely responses to these thoughts are “it’s up to me,” but suggestions, comments, answers, critiques, and sympathy (yes) are ALWAYS welcome. Also, I’m by no means bashing or calling out anyone, just things I’ve noticed over the last year.
Social media- Confession: I struggle with self-promotion. As I was really hesitant to tell anyone at all about my blog I typically stick to one or two social media (“promotion”) posts per day. I feel like some people go overboard with self-promotion BUT I know that’s the way for “more views.” Should I get over my insecurity and post more frequently? What if page views isn’t my main goal? What if I sometimes still want them?
Commenting- I’ve read other bloggers say they’d rather have social media shares than comments but, personally, I love the comments too. I enjoy hearing people’s thoughts on my post…why did they think it was “share worthy?” I really hope that aspect of blogging doesn’t go away. Also, that notion that people comment just to self-promote? Again, I’m split. I comment on posts that I feel some connection toward (a similarity, opinion, feedback, congrats, etc.) and if that’s taken as self-promotion so be it. I also enjoy reading comments on OTHER blogs…I’ve learned so much.
Expert advice- Start of mini-rant: I’m a 20-year-old college student. I’m not an RD, personal trainer or mental health expert. Therefore, I’m not going to tell you that a certain food or exercise is bad just because I think it is. Also, all of my “research” would come from Google. I personally don’t feel comfortable writing about topics that I haven’t studied professionally. I can (and do) write about my experiences but those are just MY experiences and opinions, not information applicable to everyone.
My “issue” is that those types of posts are so popular and “Pinnable” (aka what every blogger SHOULD want to post, right?). I generally think it’s up to the reader to decide what to follow and believe but I also think the blogger should take some responsibility. I know that’s how I approach workouts/health posts but I don’t know if that’s the general consensus. How do you approach these types of posts? As a reader? As a blogger?
Planning- Every week I write maybe one or two posts in advance and the rest I write the night or two before I publish them. I know it’s “smarter” to work weeks or months in advance but a) I feel weird writing about the future, b) when I write something I want to publish it ASAP, c) I’m lazy. Obviously this depends on the post but how I can anticipate what I’m feeling in two months? I guess this works well for recipes and workouts but I personally work better in real-time.