I’d like to think I have a pretty unique blogging style. I tried following “the trends” and found they didn’t work out in my favor.
Alignment? Takes some tweaking
I often read peoples’ pet peeves posts to figure what looks okay, and what looks like absolute crap in a blog post. I used to overuse the Center alignment but upon reading something on how shoddy it looked, it was time for a change. It’s okay to center photos and headlines but the entire post? No bueno. I took these suggestions for a test drive and saw a [awesome!] difference in my blog layout looked. I know a few bloggers that use the right alignment solely, and I now see how ridiculous THAT looked.
Outfit of the Day? What I Wore Wednesday?
Ain’t happening. Oversized teeshirts, clean underwear, and pajama bottoms. All day, erryday. Nobody cares. Nether do I! I don’t need to post what shirt, pajama bottoms [and sometimes socks] I’m wearing that Wednesday. I’m not about to run out to the coolest places in my town for backdrops either. Very rarely you get me into other clothes, and that’s when I’m heading out of the house. I have seen people in public in their pajamas and slippers. That’s just odd.
I went out in public in my pajamas ONCE in my life because I just had all four wisdom teeth pulled and I was too stoned to get different clothes.
Consistency? Pageviews? FUCK THAT NOISE.
Unless blogging is your full-time job or you’re out to get an audience, [and my blog’s aim is neither of those things.] don’t fret about how many times a day [week, month, year, etc.] I post. In a good month of “consistency”, I bang out about 20 posts. My lowest? 7 posts. I don’t care about blog stats anymore. I don’t care if I get 2 views or 12. This is also how I feel about comments. I always make an effort to reply to comments if they leave a window open to do so.
Extremely raw personal posts?
I don’t feel that’s right, and only will expose those parts of myself if I feel it is necessary. Just because I do not share every bleeding detail of my life in this very much public space, doesn’t make me a “fake” blogger. If I choose to only to post the ‘highs’ of my life here and the ‘lows’ either in my paper journal or on my friends-locked LiveJournal, it doesn’t make me a “fake” blogger.
Profanity is bound to happen.
I am the granddaughter of a man who was a trucker AND a sailor. Profanity is in my blood. Yes I know how to control it around crotch fruit. [That’s children.]
Hashtags in post body? = ridiculous.
I can understand hashtags in a post tag or in a post title for Twitter/Facebook inclusion [I’ve done it.] but in a post body? Ridiculous. Stupid. Just plain eye sore.
As an aside, three/four comments worth of hashtags on Instagram? Whyyyyyy.
Blog Goals? Procrastination.
I have a list of “goals” that I wrote down in April of this year in my notebook. I’ve only really accomplished a handful of them. In other words, I’m not setting goals, I never finish them.
Sponsorship? No thanks.
I even shy away from giveaways that offer ad space as a perk. I don’t want to deal with having to alter myself/my blog to “fit in” to a sponsoring blog’s guidelines. Not to mention sponsorship is fucking exhausting. I didn’t get much out of it both doing it myself and being on other peoples’ blogs. No traffic? No thanks. No more headaches.
I come from a time where “sponsorship” mostly meant link exchanges and pestering each other on CBox.
I even eliminated social media publishing of my posts because I got zero traffic from them, and I’m not about to post my new post on Twitter a thousand times a day just to get that traffic.