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3 Blogging Rules Meant To Be Broken

3 Blogging Rules Meant To Be Broken

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Some rules are meant to be broken they say, and when it comes to blogging, this saying is so true. When I started blogging three years ago, I read so many blogging tips, and I thought I needed to follow every tip, to make it as a blogger. Well, 3 years after, I am glad to say I stopped following these tips (that were not working for me anyways), and I am still here, and doing quite well.

Here are 5 blogging tips you should ignore:

Be a Niche Blogger

I wrote about niche blogs some months ago, and how the jury is still out on whether to blog within a niche or to have multiple niches. When I started blogging in 2013, I had only one niche in mind – fashion (just look at my blog name), and then I wanted to blog about beauty and general lifestyle topics, and I found that I couldn’t because all these other sites said not to.

ThenΒ  one day I just decided to blog about whatever I felt like blogging about and I have done so ever since. I enjoy writing about fashion, beauty and lifestyle, and I also enjoy reading non niche blogs, I find the content quite interesting.

Being a non-niche blogger has done more good than harm. I have more followers, some are following for my outfit posts, some for my product reviews, others for my fashion posts or lifestyle posts. Being a non-niche blogger has also opened doors for more sponsored post opportunities as well, because I can work with various brands, and not limited to only fashion brands.

So I will advise you to blog about whatever you like, as long as the niches are related like fashion/beauty, parenting/lifestyle, food/lifestyle, you will be fine.

 

Fake It Until You Make It

I wrote about fashion and finances some years ago, and it is shocking that I still see bloggers, especially fashion bloggers living a lie, just to belong. They are wearing clothes, shoes and bags that cannot afford, to impress people they don’t know, just to feel among the ‘it’ bloggers. The rule – ‘Faking it until you make it’, will leave you broke. Trust me, I have been there and done that.

You don’t need to have a completely new outfit for every outfit post, you don’t need to publish a new outfit post every other day to succeed as a fashion blogger, please do not feel like you have to feature a shopping haul post just because every other fashion/beauty blogger is doing that, I have never featured a shopping haul post because I don’t see why I have to, I also do not enjoy reading such topics and I am still here.

Be yourself, and own it.

 

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Go Self-Hosted

When I started blogging, I went straight for my own domain because I knew from the start, that I was going to take it seriously. Along the way, I learnt about self-hosted and how important it was to be self-hosted to succeed as a professional blogger. Well, I am not self-hosted, and I have no plans to go self-hosted. I have ads on my blog (WordAds), and I make a decent income from sponsored posts and product reviews so there is another rule I have broken.

For those who still believe sponsored posts are not allowed on WordPress.com, and you can only make money off a self-hosted blog, here is a quote from the policies page:

When a company or individual encourages you to publish content for the purpose of promoting a specific product, service, or idea, we consider this a sponsored post. Whether you are paid to publish this material or not, we allow sponsored posts on WordPress.com as long as they consist of original content created by you.

So there you have it in black and white, another blogging broken rule I have broken.

You don’t have to go self-hosted to succeed as a blogger, as long as you have your own domain, you should be fine.

So there are three blogging rules. You can read more about how to make a success of your blog from my recently launched eBook – How to Cash In as a Blogger, now available on Amazon.

Thanks for reading and downloading, and have a great week.

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77 responses

  1. You literally took the words from my mouth. I’ve learnt to diversify my topics and it’s working very well for me, sometimes I get bored writing about one thing and that leads to frustration. When I started (and even recently), I had people telling me to be self-hosted but WordPress is working just fine for me, so no, thank you.
    Happy Valentine’s Day πŸ’

    http://Nappyhaired.com

    • Oh good. I get bored easily too. I find variety interesting. Go self-hosted only if you want to have more control over technical stuff, like having Google ADsense, Google Analytics, and so on. If you are not bothered with tech stuff, stick to WordPress.com. Happy Valentine’s Day x

  2. This is such a great post, but I am not self hosted at the moment and it is such a pain in the ass because it won’t let me run everything. I have a giveaway on my blog just now and people can’t just click in to take part, they need to jump through hoops to get to the link. SO ANNOYING!

  3. I can imagine it’s hard to be a fashion blogger. I like doing fashion posts on my lifestyle blog, but I don’t do more than 1-2 each month. I assume the pressure adds up when you try to stay within one niche: travel, fashion, beauty because you need new content.

  4. My favourite rule to be broken is the fake it till you make it because I am quite open about the fact that I don’t wear new clothes all the time because I don’t have enough money to. So you will see me wearing the same shoes or the same top but I will change it up because fashion is about recycling and not spending until your broke!

  5. Great article!

    When I started blogging 3 years ago, every single tip I read was saying that you need to choose one niche, 2 the most (only if they are related). And from the very beginning I thought that I’m not doing it. It’s my blog and my own platform, so I write about what I want – a bit of everything fashion, beauty, travel, lifestyle related. This is how we all are formed – with have complex personality and interests, right?

    I so don’t like shopping haul posts or videos. When I go shopping, why anyone need to know what I bought. At least not before I style up whatever I got into an outfit and beauty look.

    And your third mention rule – I’m self hosted. Because I’m a graphic designer and already had my super-dupa huge hosting space and it was easy to do it. What is more important is to own your domain name, rather than where you host your blog.

    • Exactly my thoughts Lubka. I don’t believe in sticking to 1 niche, I get bored quickly, and I rather my readers see how I have styled my new additions, or I can write about wanting them (wishlist). A vanity domain is all that is required in my opinion, especially as most bloggers have no clue on how to deal with the many hosting problems. Lucky you, you know your way around it all x

  6. This is amazing, thank you! You hit the nail on the head. I read so many things when I first started and was panicking like hell thinking I’d never be able to do/remember it all. Lovely to know that you can keep going without following the rules x

  7. Great post! There’s so much advice for new bloggers it’s confusing to know what to do or what not to do. It’s nice to hear someone telling people to break the rules and do what they want x

  8. Great tips, I went self hosted to begin with and happy with that, but always been worried about niches as I fit a few. Decided I don’t care now and will blog about whatever I feel like. πŸ™‚ x

  9. I have often been told to stick to a niche with my blog. I mainly blog about reviews, kids play ideas, but I also include loads of other things from crafts, recipes, beauty. I just write about what interests me.

  10. I enjoyed reading this post a lot…lots of good points…I totally agree with not bleeding your bank dry in the name of fashon…when I want to be totally intimidated ( : I look at some personal style blogs on bloglovn’, I mea some of them look like models all decked out in designer, make up and I’m like Woah….to be fair maybe some of them are getting freebies from Press but I can see lots of young impressionable new bloggers feeling the need to break the bank to keep up with those blogs…. ( :

  11. This is very true. I think when it comes to having a niche-there’s nothing wrong with that IF it works for you. Similarly, there’s nothing wrong with not having a niche. You’ve hit the nail on the head with this post.

  12. I think ‘Fake it til you make it’ is useful when you’re talking about confidence, if I act like I’m a confident person when I go into a room, I find that I actually start to feel more confident. But I’m still surprised that people fake their lifestyle or purchases just for a blog post. That’s just asking for trouble!

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