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There is no right way to blog

Don’t let anyone tell you that you MUST blog a certain way. 

A blog is a publishing tool that you can use to express yourself.  However you want.

You don’t need to take comments, you can moderate them, you can write it yourself, you can write it as a team, you can do it daily or monthly or whenever the mood strikes you. 

Blogging used to represent free expression.  But some aggressive old-time bloggers will insist that you do it their way or you are somehow illegitimate.  Result: New bloggers who should be welcomed to the community are scared away by the clique.  Ironic, isn’t it.

It’s your blog. Do it your way.

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  1. Mitch Joel - Twist Image June 1, 2008 at 8:41 am #

    amen!
    I think the biggest gripe I have is blatantly over-salesy Blogs… but, again, you’re right… I don’t have to read them or subscribe to them.
    Man, I feel like I just took a deep breathe/exhale.
    Thanks Andy (as always :)

  2. Lynn Crymble June 2, 2008 at 11:18 am #

    Thank you so much for this Andy!
    I’m a new blogger – only 3 posts in so far – and I was definitely feeling anxious about it all.
    Now, I feel like I’ve been given an invitation into the party where the ‘real’ cool kids hang out.
    You know, the ones who are actually friendly and fun vs. the ones who are cliqu-y and elitist.

  3. Tina Kubala June 3, 2008 at 6:02 pm #

    I have a similar feeling about life in general. No one has all the answers and certainly not for everyone.

  4. Paul Chaney June 5, 2008 at 9:58 pm #

    Andy, that’s fine advice for someone who’s blogging for personal reasons or as a hobby. However, it’s not good advice for someone who is attempting to use blogs as a marketing tactic, especially if they’re hoping to get good SERPs on Google.
    Not only that, there is a measure of accountability that comes into play as a community is built around the blogger. Like it or not, people have expectations. Whether the blogger chooses to acknowledge that is their business of course, but it comes with the territory.
    I’m certainly not suggesting one has to blog rampantly, as some do, multiple times per day. But, if you’re in it for business sake, maintaining a regular posting schedule is a necessity.
    As to cliques…yea, they exist. I say, all are welcome and I’ll be the first to invite neophyte bloggers into the fold. In fact, I’ve been standing at the door doing so for years.

  5. Melissa Giovagnoli June 14, 2008 at 10:35 am #

    I agree with you, Andy. Creativity and great content rule on the web. The more we give ourselves permission to also creatively present new ideas and content in creative, engaging and community building ways, the better off we will all be.

  6. Melissa Giovagnoli June 14, 2008 at 10:44 am #

    I agree with you, Andy. Creativity and great content rule on the web. The more we give ourselves permission to also creatively present new ideas and content in creative, engaging and community building ways, the better off we will all be.

  7. Melissa Giovagnoli June 14, 2008 at 10:45 am #

    I agree with you, Andy. Creativity and great content rule on the web. The more we give ourselves permission to also creatively present new ideas and content in creative, engaging and community building ways, the better off we will all be.

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