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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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Jenny in Neverland

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

86 Comments

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  3. Thank you for your tips. We have set up my blog for 2 years but we find a lot of things to learn on your blog.

  4. Good advice! Can’t blog everyday, twice a week for now. thanks

  5. 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!

  6. TechFlax says:

    Great advice. I am beginner so I’ll take care to these points

    1. I hope you realise these points are sarcastic? 🤣

      1. TechFlax says:

        Too much 😄😄…these are right truth i mean sarcastic truth 😄

  7. livinglavieenrose says:

    I love this!!

    1. Thanks (:

  8. Kieran Hathway says:

    Thanks for the advice! Definitely take this all on board.

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  11. taylorbateson says:

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

    1. Yayyy thank you! I was quite proud of that line to be honest 😉

      1. taylorbateson says:

        I would be too if I had come up with it! Lol 😛

  12. 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!
    -Yu

    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

      1. Excellent, thanks for the tip. Hopefully I can figure it out😅. Thank You!

      2. Omg I did it! Thank you thank you Thank you!!!

  13. 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

    1. Yeah it’s a funny, fuzzy line isn’t it?

      1. Definitely! I will certainly have to devote more time to my blog if I want to make it into a job

  14. 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!

    1. I just want to make sure you know that the top bit of the post is sarcasm? Haha

      1. I have to admit, I was not 100% sure. Oops 😊

  15. Yessss thank you for this, it’s pefect!
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    1. Haha you’re welcome x

  16. Hahahaha I love the fact that you were being sarcastic. I really like the end. Be good at you. Needed to hear that! (https://kikalavil.com)

    1. Thanks very much! (: x

  17. Fun post, highly entertaining and informative.

    1. Thank you x

  18. theethnichic says:

    I mean Good* post !

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