Friday, December 19, 2014

Blogging Advice Worth Ignoring

It must be a New Year's resolution thing, but right now Pinterest is drowning in blog advice pins.

  • 30 Ways to Improve Your Blog
  • 25 Ways to Increase Traffic
  • How to be a Blogging Superstar
  • Blog and They Will Come

I'm icing my eyes in an attempt to numb the pain from all the eye-rolling I've been doing.

Worst advice I've ever followed, though probably sound business advice:

  • Don't respond to comments. Or, eliminate comments altogether. I dropped that nugget of wisdom a few years ago. 
  • Pick one topic and stick to it. Hahahahahahaha. Oh, how I've tried! 
  • Post as often as possible. (Okay, this one I don't think I abused too much.)
  • Use no more than 5 categories on your blog. Any more than that looks cluttered and unprofessional. 

That last piece of advice inspired me to write this post. At my other blog I whittled down my categories from admittedly way too many to just 5. End result: hair pulling and frustration. I can't for the life of me find any of my old posts because Family, for example, had 952 posts. Home had 8 billion posts thanks to The William Morris Project. What a mess! I was going to start putting into Blurb some of the posts from over there, but now I think that when the time comes, I'll just thumb the grandchildren over to the computer and tell them to have at it.

Seriously, worst advice ever. Whoever came up with that advice must believe in form over function, or has stumbled upon some blogs with billions of categories (I have, too, and my very first blog was a under category deluge). But having only 5 categories is the equivalent to walking into a library organized only by subject matter. You know you're in the right place, but heck if you're going to find anything. I should know--that's currently how the school library functions, or at least that's how it feels like it functions. Over Christmas break I'm going to try to do some organizing.

I can already tell that my next category will have to be The William Morris Project. I may not blog about decluttering often, but I still seem to do it 2-3 times per week, especially in the library.


  1. Everything you do makes your blog a must read for me. Those rules blogs? No bueno.

  2. I love your blog. I'm so over every other blog. Love how you have a fresh clean space! Merry Christmas!!!!

  3. I love the old blog and this one too. And I guess I must be breaking all of those rules, too. I blog for fun, even if I have less than 5 readers.

  4. I love your new blog as well. In the blogging advice, did they ever mention actually having something to say?? You own that one. Also totally empathize with decluttering the library. Thursday was our last day of school and it was a half day. I spent the next four hours blessedly alone in my classroom madly cleaning and pitching things out. It makes me almost giddy to know that a clean desk and work surfaces will be waiting for me in the new year.


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