How to be a good blogger 

We all want to be the very best like no one ever was (please tell me in the comments if you know where this line is from) and it’s super difficult to do that in blogging when there’s tens of thousands of other bloggers around you all trying to be the best too. But in order to be a good blogger, you need to follow the rules and stick to the guidelines. Here is a small list of things that will turn you from an ‘alright’ blogger to a bloody good one!

1. Have a theme: your blog will look shit without it

2. Have a niche: you’ll get nowhere unless you fit into a certain niche

3. Make sure you consider yourself a brand: you won’t get any collabs otherwise

4. Post every day: or every other day if not otherwise people will forget about you and not read your blog

5. Always take your own photos: stock photos means you’re uncreative and lazy so don’t use them ever

6. Have Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, LinkedIn, Google+ and every other social media platform you can think of: I mean, you’re not really a brand otherwise are you? 

7. Hide in shame if you spot spelling mistakes in your posts: bloggers don’t spell things wrong, ever. Jesus.

8. Either blog as a hobby or blog as a job. You can’t do both: choose one

9. Follow all the latest trends: otherwise you won’t fit in

10. And last but not least, make sure all your photos have a marble background: otherwise what the fuck are you even doing? Just give up.

How to actually be a good blogger 

Do whatever you want. Have a theme that fits your personality or don’t have a theme at all. Write about whatever the hell you want too. If you’re jumping from books to sex and relationships to gift guides then that’s fucking cool because it shows you can write about anything. If all you write about is beauty then that’s fucking brilliant because it shows you’re so knowledgable in that area.

The key to being a good blogger is being a good you. 

You don’t need to listen to all those people telling you you need to have this, or do this or write about this. You don’t need to do anything. As long as you love blogging, are blogging for the right reasons and are passionate in every single one of your posts then damn it, that makes you a good blogger.

This post stemmed from a recent rant on Twitter where I said I was sick to death of seeing bloggers telling other bloggers what to do. On their blogs, on social media – everywhere. Blogging is such a subjective thing and what appeals to you will not appeal to someone else. What you like in a blog someone else may not. There is not a one size fits all approach to blogging and anyone who thinks there is, is sorely misguided.

We can all offer advice to new bloggers, things that may help them along their blogging journey; it’s not about that. Advice is good. Asking for advice is good and giving advice and sharing wisdom from years of blogging is bloody brilliant. But nobody has the right – however big your blog may be – to dictate what others should and shouldn’t do, brand them a “bad blogger” for doing so (or not doing so) and tainting their name.

The first part of this post was, very obviously, sarcastic and far from everything I believe makes a genuinely good blogger. It wasn’t intended to offend anyone (sorry if it did) but individuality is important in blogging and don’t let anyone tell you it’s not.


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Twenty-something lifestyle blogger from Essex. Book lover, Slytherin, organisational wizard and enjoys Motorsport, Disney and Yoga.

86 thoughts on “How to be a good blogger 

  1. Lol! This post is definitely entertaining. You’re so right when you said ‘blogging is subjective’ because It’s so true. At the end of the day, the best bloggers are people who can be themselves and be relateable, we can’t really start to box in people in the name of dos and don’ts. I find myself doing it now and then, looking at posts and thinking ‘this is lazy blogging’ or ‘this isn’t a real blog post’, but the truth is that I have different standards, and I should apply them to myself instead of trying to look down on others for some of their content

    1. It’s great that you’ve identified that. I’m sorta the same, for example it REALLY annoys me if I see a blog posts which consists of just 1 photo or GIF and no text. I feel it almost makes a mockery out of those who are spending hours tirelessly writing their content. But like you said, we all have different standards!

  2. I loved the line “to be a good blogger you have to be a good you” it screams confidence and embrace yourself!!

  3. 1st: you said to comment where that first line was from, and the only thing that sticks out in my mind is Pokemon, SO! 😂😅 but anyway, I really agreed with the points you made on this post. It made me feel better about my blog, but I’m having a huge issue right now. Maybe you could help me out?
    I see a lot of posts on other people’s websites where certain posts are categorized under certain pages of their site. So far I’ve only been able to put all of my posts on one page. Do you by chance know how to remedy this? I need help!

    1. If you’re on WordPress you need to create “categories” so the different topics your posts will be going under. Then you need to create a menu and pop them all under there. I’m not very technical and can’t explain too well but there should be help pages on it woenbwere x

  4. I really liked your point about blogging as a hobby vs blogging as a job. I have been looking at my blog as a hobby but expecting it to pay like a job. I’ll certainly have to consider what I really want from it

  5. Thank you for sharing this post. I appreciate how straight forward and real it is. I needed to read it this way. I have never blogged before and I am taking on a big challenge that I am trying to prepare to blog about. I just want to develop good habits before I start my journey. It is slowly but surely being created!

  6. Bloody brilliant! I’ve read so many blog posts telling other bloggers what to do to be a successful blogger – and when I read the first line of this post I was worried, as I don’t have a theme, or a niche. I quickly twigged that this was sarcastic though, and felt a huge amount of relief. Thank you for alleviating some of my fears that I am doing blogging ‘wrong!’

  7. I love your writing style! I was seriously about to close the tab when I read the first part lol. I agree I think it’s important to be diverse.

  8. I read the list and I was like “no way, this doesn’t sound like Jenny” and then I read on and realised the sarcasm! Blogging is such a personal thing and the best advice I ever got was “Just do you” and I began writing for me, content that I’d want to read!

    Also, is the first line pokemon? Gotta catch’em alllll

    1. Haha it is Pokemon 🙌🏻 I’d like to think I’d never become one of those “do this, do that” people. So glad you continued to read on instead of swiftly leaving haha! That’s great advice (: xx

  9. For a second I was afraid it was going to be one of those stupid lists you see everywhere. Luckily it wasn’t. I enjoyed reading it. You have such an inspiration way of writing.

  10. I read your tweets all the time and the whole start of the post I was just like whaaaa nooo??! Then I realised 😅😅 really enjoyed the post, new I would from the Pokémon theme song xx

  11. Love it ! I did a post a bit like this a few weeks Ago! I cant abide
    By rules the professional bloggers abide by either! It’s my blof and I’ll do what u feel happy doing!

    1. Yeah exactly! Even if you want to progress and blog more professionally, you STILL don’t have to follow the rules. If anything, a brand likes someone with a bit of individuality!

  12. Love everything about this post! My first thought was that I’m destined to fail because I don’t do a lot of things on that initial list, but once I realized you were being sarcastic, it was a major YES! moment for me. Great post!

  13. Wow, I started reading this and thought ‘that sounds like a lot of regulations and not much fun’, but I’m glad I quickly realised you were being sarcastic. I’ve just started blogging and, tbh, I mostly write it for my own pleasure. If people like it, that makes me really happy. If they don’t, well, there are thousands of other blogs out there for them to choose from! I’m too long in the tooth now to spend my time trying to conform!

    1. Haha, thank you for continuing to read on! Some people don’t and genuinely think I’m being serious! That’s a great approach to have, especially when you first start blogging (: xx

  14. Jenny, I’m glad I discovered you!

    I’ve been blogging sporadically since about 2006 (some of it over on blogspot, on a legacy page I can’t do anything with any more, dammit), and a few months ago I decided to try again. I love this post! To hell with the guilt trips and the condescending advice! Your blog is … well, YOUR blog! If you don’t enjoy it, then why are you doing it?

    … that said, I actually do have a rule that (most of) my photos have to be by me. But heck. I run a photography blog, sorta. 🙂 And all five of my followers appreciate it!

    1. Aw thank you I’m glad you found me too! I wrote a whole post about using stock photos, I’d be interested to hear your take on as well. I think things like using your own photos / stock photos can be very subjective depending on the person and their blog. But anyway, thanks for following and commenting! You do you!

  15. I love this post Jenny! So funny 🙂 i think it’s good that we are all different and can blog about different things and we need to just be ourselves otherwise things would get pretty boring! Great post lovely! X

  16. To catch them is my real test, to train them is my caaaaaause!
    …sorry about that but I actually couldn’t resist. Anyway, moving on, I loved this. I’m a new blogger, I dont have a particular niche, I dont have all social platforms and lol there is no way in hell I would have the time to post every day, but I’m enjoying it anyway! This was super refreshing after all the super instructional ‘helpful’ posts on blogging. Its all very well that there are certain things that might help with audience growth, but if you’re not liking what you are doing then there is no point. Sophie xxx

    1. Haha yes! So glad you got the Pokemon reference. It’s such an annoyingly catchy song isn’t it? And yeah I mean, some posts genuinely are helpful and valuable for new bloggers. Some things that you literally wouldn’t have known otherwise but there’s certainly a difference between a helpful post and a pushy comment! Good luck with your blogging venture lovely!

  17. I started to read this and, as a new blogger myself, the beginning was making me feel very disheartened. Thankfully, I read the rest! Really good piece, Jenny – thank you for posting this!

    1. Haha THANK YOU for sticking it out and reading until the end! I’ve done a few posts like this where the beginning is super awful and sarcastic and some people haven’t read to the end and it’s like DOH Homer Simpson moment haha. Don’t be disheartened- you do you lovely and enjoy the journey!

  18. I straddle this line where I stress out that I don’t post enough or good enough content when I do, but then I also don’t care enough to do better. lol Before I got to the gotcha moment, I was reading the checklist like not me, not me, not me! lmfao Not surprised you found something to rant about with the Twitter crowd though. So negative.

    P.S. First line is from the Pokemon theme song. I sing it every time I open Pokemon Go. lol

    1. Yes! So glad you know where that line is from. It’s such a catchy tune, right?! And I know, people will moan at oxygen on Twitter if they can’t find anything else to moan about. It’s exhausting sometimes haha! But you do you (: xx

  19. I really liked this post. When I first started blogging I read a few posts about the best way to blog. I don’t read these types of posts much anymore because they contradicted what I wanted to blog about so I decided to just go ahead and do what I liked. Blogging is to be enjoyed.

    1. Absolutely! I’ve done a few practical posts before, for example what to include in your book blogs contact page if you’re hoping to work with publishers but I hope these posts come across as informative and helpful rather than pushy!

  20. the list reminds me so much of how my mentality was when i started blogging, so embarrassing! 😀 Great post though! x

    1. Haha nooo! I was the same, I think we all would have been at some point. It’s easy to get brainwashed with the do’s and dont’s which are constantly being thrown at you! Thanks so much (: xx

  21. I love this! It’s so true, the thing that makes a blog standout to me is the person behind it. If you’re being you, itll show in your posts. No one wants to be made to feel like they’re doing something they love wrong!! ❤️🙌

  22. …this is a one-million percent superb summary of how it REALLY WORKS as a blogger that other folks like to be associated with… fabulous piece ! thanks , m’Lady, Jenny 🙂 🙂 🙂

  23. I’m so glad the beginning wasn’t the be all or I’d be sunk. Lol. At the Bloggers Bash this year Suzie of Suzie Speaks said blog from the heart. That is the no. 1 to do. Without it you can forget anything else. That’s going to be my motto!

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