Before anything else, I'm just going to put my hands up here and say I have probably read and re-read every type of advice post there is out there, from design tutorials to SEO tips - heck, I have even written a few myself! But, I recently realised that although these authors are writing these looking out for the readers best interests they are actually doing the opposite.
I first started thinking about blogging about 5 years ago, however I never actually started a blog until 2014. Back then, blogs were almost like personal diaries, places where people could document their daily lives and many people would be interested. Now they have developed into businesses, jobs and income streams for many people. And, although it is great to see this happen, it leaves lots of people wanting to be in the spotlight and trying to be someone they aren't, buying all of the latest beauty releases just because they think they have to.
Perhaps I am being a bit weird, and rambling on about nothing, but I do think it is sad to see so many people so desperate to be like everyone else that they will do almost anything. I grew up to the belief that everyone is unique and they should treasure that, because it is the one thing that they can truly keep to themselves. With all of the blogging advice posts there are out there, so many people are being shaped into what everyone calls the 'perfect blogger' when in fact, there is no such thing.
From now on, I have made a pact with myself to only publish posts that feel right to me, and something that my readers will enjoy, instead of trying to please the audience that hasn't yet discovered this blog. The readers I am writing for will come along, and will enjoy the words I am writing. And, although I do care about stats, I understand that blogging isn't about how many readers or pageviews you get per post, its about the impact you make on those people who have read and listened (I couldn't think of the right word to use, but that'll do!) to you and bettered their life.
What are your opinions on this? I would love to hear them.