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Let’s be straight – blogging 5 Things You Should Reconsider Blogging About [Opinion] 5 Things You Should Reconsider Blogging About [Opinion] The world of blogging is an odd place, but at the same time, it's a beautiful paradise full of free speech and a variety of personal views. Granted, it could also be considered the graffiti... Read More is fun and blogging is cool, there’s no doubt about that. Of course, it can also be used by middle-school girls who believe that everyone in the world wants to know about the new pair of shoes they just bought.

With this being said, I’ve already given you some tips on blogging 7 Types Of Blogs You Can Write [Opinion] 7 Types Of Blogs You Can Write [Opinion] When you set out to write your personal blog, you'll realize that there are a variety of different writer's hats that you can wear. You may want to make a personal blog with your thoughts... Read More . However, I haven’t really told you anything you should ignore when writing your personal blogs. Here, you’ll find nothing on SEO Two Useful Google Chrome Extensions for SEO Guys Two Useful Google Chrome Extensions for SEO Guys Read More or raising ad revenue 4 Reasons I Won't Leave When Twitter Adds Adverts 4 Reasons I Won't Leave When Twitter Adds Adverts Twitter is a massive website. In fact, according to Alexa rankings, it is in the top ten websites on the entire Internet. Obviously, that means Twitter gets a lot of eyeballs, and when something gets... Read More . This is all about passion blogging and writing for the purpose of self expression. Granted, sometimes folks still get caught up in the rules!

Make Tons Of Lists

It seems that every single publication you see in the blogosphere– yes, even MakeUseOf – is chock full of lists. There are lists out there for every single topic you can imagine – Top 10 Underwater Basket Weaving Tips, Top 5 Reasons You Shouldn’t Marry Your Dog, Top 7 Bovines That Can Dance The Flamenco… If those titles don’t exist right now, I can almost guarantee you that they will in the next five years. Why? Because they are lists. (Well, part of the reason is that I may end up writing them).

But anyway, it seems like everyone’s doing lists, and anyone that will tell you how to write a good blog will tell you to make lists. Guess what? They are right – lists are awesome. However, do not feel like every single post you should write needs to be a list. This is your personal blog, and because of that, we can assume that you can’t always funnel your creativity Get Creative & Funky With The Mixel App [iPad] Get Creative & Funky With The Mixel App [iPad] While the iPad is mostly a media consumption device for surfing the web, reading e-mails, and watching movies, there are some amazing apps like GarageBand and Keynote apps that make it a really creative tool... Read More into this form. Feel free to branch out a little.

Stick With Proper Grammar

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Yeesh – this is sometimes a pretty touchy subject on the Internet. Basically, I say that there’s a stark difference between bad grammar and writing well with your voice. Bad grammar 4 Quick & Easy Ways To Review Your Writing Online 4 Quick & Easy Ways To Review Your Writing Online Read More is quite blatant – horrible sentence structure, misspelled words, comma splices, etc. But writing with your voice? This allows for you to break some rules, but at the same time, you don’t ignore each and every single law of grammar. I suppose it’s best to know the rules before you can break them.

Despite the many Grammar Nazis that exist on the Internet, you shouldn’t feel obligated to write in perfect English. Break some rules, accept your mistakes, and have some fun with it. Granted, I encourage learning the rules to the best of your ability, though. Furthermore, if grammar is what is preventing you from writing your blog, all I can say is, “So?” Go ahead and write it – it’s more fun that way.

Write Only What Your Audience Wants

You may notice a pattern in that people typically read only what they want to read, and there are folks out there that will tell you to cater to a specific audience. Essentially, they say that you should write only what your readers are hungry for How To Determine a More Accurate SEO Ranking For Your Site How To Determine a More Accurate SEO Ranking For Your Site Search engine optimization. It's a controversial topic these days. Lots of professionals have their own opinions about what constitutes a good SEO strategy. Some people insist that a solid keyword strategy is the only thing... Read More . That’s all well and good, and it works for a business model, but we’re talking about personal blogs, right?

Simply put, I believe you should write what you want to write. It’s your house, and you’re allowed to decorate it however you want. Yes, you could cater to a specific audience, and there’s nothing wrong with that. However, chances are if you are writing about something you like, there is someone else out there that is going to like it too. Just make sure that you share your work with the world.

Spark Lots Of Controversy

I’m one to talk 4 Things You Should Stop Joking About Online [Opinion] 4 Things You Should Stop Joking About Online [Opinion] No longer must we use smoke signals to communicate. Long gone are the days in which we used cave walls to document events. It's an age of technology, a time in which we are supposed... Read More , but you don’t always have to tackle iffy subjects when writing. Sure, if you want to build up your traffic, that’s okay. Also, if there’s a controversial issue that you feel like you should speak up about, then that’s even better. All I’m saying is that you shouldn’t feel pressured to do it. You can spend hours paying attention to current events and subscribe to every single news RSS feed Pulse News - A Feed Reader App With A Stylish Tile Layout [Android] Pulse News - A Feed Reader App With A Stylish Tile Layout [Android] Pulse News is a feed reader app that transforms articles of your favorite websites into a colorful and interactive mosaic stream. You can add websites from a featured list, browse categories, search your own, or... Read More you can find, but that’s not going to make you a better blogger.

Instead, I’d suggest writing about what moves you. Are you upset about unfair overseas working conditions? Then by all means write about it. Is it going to start up controversy? Likely. However, you’re not writing solely to stir up controversy – you’re writing because it’s something you’re passionate about. I’d just say don’t spark controversy for the sake of sparking controversy. Besides that, you could always stick with articles about marshmallows and hummingbirds.

Conclusion

Blogging is a way for you to get your voice out there. It’s your chance to share with the world what you think. Don’t fall victim to the many rules that exist around it, and definitely try to have some fun.

What types of blogging rules would you ignore? What blogging rules should you not ignore?

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  1. YouBihar
    February 8, 2012 at 9:34 am

    Once you start writing, you will realise its fun. Over time you will start getting some interest and some followers. Once you have applied some SEO and got some decent amount of traffic, apply for ads. Hopefully you will become famous and feature on news sites and papers. Till then keep writing.

    • J. Lockhart
      February 8, 2012 at 7:14 pm

      Haven't quite done that yet, but that's an ideal way of doing it. I'm sure there are a lot of twists and turns along the way.

  2. Yudono Fixens Ra
    February 8, 2012 at 8:17 am

    ah.. i got disconnected before finishing my post ==" 

    "I'm gonna keep out from social media romance for now, gonna focus (again) on writting ^^b" re :  response from my last post from here :)) 
    http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/4-stages-social-networking-friends-opinion/

  3. Yudono Fixens Ra
    February 8, 2012 at 8:13 am

    another nice and insightfull post mate/man/bro (choose whichever do you like most :P), i never make any top list in my blog btw.

    "i like what i write, and i only write what i like" that's my motto for writting 

    ps: (a lil OOT)

    • J. Lockhart
      February 8, 2012 at 7:14 pm

      I prefer matenbro, actually. 

      Also, making the top list isn't as important if you're just wanting to do this for fun. I mean it's cool and awesome if you make it, but focus on doing it for the enjoyment! However... if you were wanting to make a little bank from ads, you may want to change your focus.

  4. Anonymous
    February 8, 2012 at 6:12 am

    I have one rule for you - there are so many ads on your blog that we cannot see the real blog bits. I just use RSS feed and that means I can actually read your blog

    • J. Lockhart
      February 8, 2012 at 6:44 am

      Mita, this post was actually brought to you for free because of those ads. Granted, if you'd like to pay for it, then that's great. Else, going right along with the article, I believe this is one more rule we might have to ignore.

      • Anonymous
        February 8, 2012 at 7:52 am

        Granted but perhaps the layout could still ensure you keep the ads but make the posts readable - otherwise it seems to be meshed up in your posts and its sometimes difficult (at least for me) to distinguish between the two

        • J. Lockhart
          February 8, 2012 at 7:11 pm

          My apologies, for I thought I responded to this. I see which ads you are talking about, but it's really just not my place to make any decisions about that (I just write). Perhaps you could contact someone a little higher up than me, and they might talk to you about it.

  5. Chris Hoffman
    February 8, 2012 at 4:10 am

    "Break some rules, accept your mistakes, and have some fun with it. Granted, I encourage learning the rules to the best of your ability, though."

    This is key for writing in general. You have to know the rules so you can break them. And when you break them, you break them knowingly and with style.

    • J. Lockhart
      February 8, 2012 at 6:44 am

      Bingo. That's the beauty of it.

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