Thoughts on Blogging
Saturday, September 1, 2012
Late last night, I had a thought-provoking chat with one of my blog friends, Anna. We've been friends for quite a while and have had a few conversations on the topic of blogging, integrity, and being genuine. We talked about the same thing last night, and it really got me thinking.
I know that my blog doesn't really fit into one particular niche. Sometimes this bugs me, like when I read articles about "find your niche, you'll be so successful!" but mostly I'm okay with it. Talking about my life, recipes, music, and sometimes fashion is what makes me happy. Instead of trying to be really successful at one thing, I enjoy sharing a little bit of many things that I like.
I love that the focus of my blog is happiness. I never want to seem like I'm not being genuine, but I also don't want to get overly personal or tell you all about my bad days. I talk about my life and my marriage, and, yes, I understand that I portray them in a very positive light. Overall, those things are really great. Sometimes they're not perfect, but since this is my blog, I don't feel obligated to share the negative details about my life. It's important to me though that you don't think that I'm being fake.
There is such a huge difference between faking a perfect life and focusing on the positive. On my blog, just as in my life, I choose to focus on the positive. So even if I'm sick, or having a miserable day, or Jordan and I can't agree on a paint color for the millionth day in a row, I'll still probably blog about something that is making me happy. I find happiness in every single day, so that is what I share.
As far as blogging and integrity go, I hope that I treat my blog and readers in a way that makes everyone feel okay about reading my blog. While I understand that my blog isn't for everyone (and that's fine!), I hope that I never give someone a reason to think poorly of me. I know that I'm terrible at answering emails in a timely manner, but I promise I'm working on that. :)
I make money from my blog, but I'll never be anything less than honest for the sake of making money. I don't endorse products I don't believe in. In fact, I just turned down a product review because it was something I would never wear in my real life. When I host giveaways, I pick winners fairly. I don't mention every time I use an affiliate link for a product, but you can just assume that if I've linked to a product on Amazon, it's an affiliate link. Again, I won't ever endorse something that I wouldn't recommend for free.
This post, as always, ended up longer than I'd planned. It's incredibly important to me though that my readers understand how much I value each and every one of you. The fact that even a single person cares enough to read about my life on any given day thrills me. I love you all enormously. I promise I'll always do my best to be honest, genuine, and respectful.
In an effort to do the best that I can to bring you great content, let me know in the comments what kind of posts you enjoy most so I can do more of that. Stuff about my daily life? Recipes? Outfit posts? Music? Posts written by my cats? (That last one will happen whether you want it to or not. The cats do what they want.)
Again, I adore you all. Thank you so much for reading Oh, Mishka!