I don’t know where I got these from but for some reason I recall blogging rules like:
- Always include graphics/pictures
- Insert hyperlinks, at least 3 of them
- people love lists and bullet points (see what I did here?!)
- Blog about a specific subject or theme…
I tried to look up a definitive guide just now. Guess what? There isn’t one. There are, however, plenty of other bloggers blogging about how to blog. I searched ‘Simple rules of bogging’ and the first search page came up with various random blog posts entitled things like:
- The 5 golden rules of blogging
- 16 rules of blog writing and layout
- The 23 unwritten rules of blogging
- Blogging ettiquette – 10 basic rules
…I could go on… but there’s nothing stopping you searching for yourself. And there’s obviously nothing stopping anyone from trying to offer advice to others how to write their online diary. Which is pretty much what I use this one for. In a slightly more anonymous way than I’d be writing in a single copy handwritten paper journal hidden in a locked-box under my bed (which I don’t, by the way, if you’re ever in my bedroom. I move house too often to merit carrying dusty old notebooks around. Actually, I do carry dusty old notebooks around…the world…but I’m trying to limit them. Which is why this is my version of an online diary. Anonymously. Sort of.)
Anyhow, despite trying to stick to using pictures and hyperlinks and (trying but failing to) writing almost regularly, I’ve completely and totally failed at the one that comes up more often than not…”Pick a theme. Don’t fire in all directions. Follow a niche…”. Huh. Yeh. So far I’ve done family stuff, musing, acting, history, poetry, personal history, movies, TV shows, nail art… So I’m totally failing on picking a direction and sticking with it.
But I’m ok with that. I don’t expect anyone to follow me. I’m not looking to sell advertising or become a household name from writing a blog about how fab my chocolate brownies, Welsh cakes and ANZAC biscuits are; nor am I expert enough to carry on telling people how to go camping. I have won an award for my acting (have I mentioned that before?) but even so I wouldn’t purport to tell people how to act (If they ask for help I will, that’s different…) because I’m not the presumptuous to try to pass myself off as more of an expert than anyone else who might end up reading this blog…which, let’s face it, could be just about anyone – some Hollywood star or director even? Maybe? (in which case, cast me in your next movie, eh? thanks…) no? Okay…
So I dug a little further and found this post on breaking blogging rules. And I think I’ll stick with this viewpoint for now. To be honest, I prefer blogs that keep me guessing and wondering what the blogger will say next…kind of keeps life interesting, don’t you think?