#1. Don’t Feed the Trolls. If you’ve been blogging for any length of time, chances are you’ve either run into trolls yourself, or seen them in action. If you’re lucky enough to not know what the heck I am referring to when I say “trolls”, count your blessings 😉 The Urban Dictionary defines Trolls as “Someone who goes about forums or other websites in an attempt to purposely upset people and cause arguments. There is no reasoning with them and any attempt to belittle or mock them is just pointless and makes you look stupid in the process.” Trying to deal with Trolls is exhausting, emotional and futile. Unfortunately, I know this from personal experience. The only thing you can do is ignore them… otherwise you’ll basically spend a ridiculous amount of time “bashing your head against a brick wall”. So take it from me, Don’t Feed the Trolls!
#2. Don’t Blog with Ulterior Motives. I wish I could tell you how many times I’ve been emailed or asked about making money via blogging. Yes. I do make a little money blogging, but it takes a TON of work to get to that point. It will not happen over night. Brands won’t just show up the day after you publish your first post offering you free stuff and money to talk about their products. Yes, there are bloggers that have been able to quit their full time jobs and focus on blogging full time. They are the lucky few and I can guarantee they have worked their arses off to get where they are! If you are willing to put in the work, commit the time, learn everything you can learn about blogging, then maybe someday you’ll reap the rewards as well… in the mean time, make sure your blogging for the right reasons!
#3. Don’t Link and Run. This applies to Facebook groups AND to Link Parties. Please, don’t just drop your link and leave without taking the time to visit and share some of the other blogs. We all work hard, we all want our posts seen, and we all want to be successful. Link parties are awesome. Blogger Groups on Facebooks are awesome. But they are only awesome;y effective if we all play our part. As a moderator of several facebook groups for bloggers, I can not tell you how many times I’ve ranted and yelled at my computer because someone else messaged me about not getting the proper amount of support. Or I’ve audited a thread and had to tag the same 5 people. ANNOYING! I get it, believe me, I do… life gets in the way, stuff comes up and you don’t get finished, but it shouldn’t be a regular thing. If you’re going through a stressful season, can’t meet all your obligations, or have fallen behind too many times, reach out to the moderators and let them know! Believe me, they appreciate it!
#4. Don’t Over Promote. You may now be asking “is over promoting a thing?” Yes, yes it is. And its a little annoying. I shouldn’t see the same post shared over and over and over again on twitter or facebook or on any social media really. By all means schedule your posts and share your own content (after all that is kind of the point), but please, don’t share the same time multiple times in a row. It might not seem like a big deal, but its a turn off… and seems a little desperate. Space things out, pay attention to what times you get interaction, do your home work… it will make a huge difference! (Great posts to follow up with >> The Best Times to Share on Social Media and Best Times to Post Twitter & Facebook)
#5. Don’t Sell Out. This might be a little bit on the touchy side for some. It relates back to #2 and to #1 in Part two of the Do’s of Blogging … It comes down to consistency, blogging for the right reasons and sticking to your blogging standards. I wrote about this once before “If you don’t know what you and your blog stand for, the offer of a post, free product or sponsorship can be very tempting. There are still many companies out there that think they can bend the disclosure “rules” and get away with it… and even more that want to pay you for a back link to their site. And believe me, the money is tempting. But sticking to your guns and holding true to your standards will benefit you greatly in the long run!” There are some things that I would never, ever write about on this blog. It doesn’t matter how much money or compensation is offered, it won’t happen. My standards are written in stone, and I hope yours are as well.
I hope you’ve learned from these Do’s and Don’ts of Blogging, that you found them helpful and that you’ve been able to take your blogging up a notch or 2!
What is your number one take away from these Don’ts of Blogging? Would you share below? Pretty Please 🙂