How to be a Boring Blogger

May 20, 2014

* Don't take risks.  Some of my most viewed posts are ones that I was scared to publish!  Sometimes it pays off to put yourself out there!

* Blog about what everyone else is blogging about.  If I see a post similar to ones I've already read, I'll just skip that in my Bloglovin' feed...like by now I already own Naked 3, have seen a million reviews, and probably won't read anything else on it unless someone posts an amazing tutorial.

* Fall into a routine.  I am guilty of this--I'll post my Weekly Wrap Up on Monday, Confess with Kathy on Wednesday, and then usually do another sort of link up.  While I obviously enjoy link ups, I realized that I also need to keep on publishing original posts here and there to change it up a bit.  I don't want to read a blog that is nothing but link ups, do you?

* Don't use graphics.  Again, I have published a few posts with no graphics, but I do usually try to include at least one.  If a photo catches my eye on my Bloglovin' feed, I'll open up the post and give it a read, but if there isn't even a photo, I might just skip over it.  For this post, I do not have an appropriate photo from my collection, so I went over to PicMonkey to make a simple graphic.  Also, graphics help break up all that text--readers might lose interest reading paragraph after paragraph with no visuals.

* Using too many graphics aka photo dumping.  I don't mind looking at a lot of photos, but I want to know what I'm seeing!  Pictures are important, but so is the content--it's about finding the right balance.

* Blog about the same thing over and over.  This one is self-explanatory...If you've already read a post by someone, why would you want to read a post that is pretty much the same exact thing a week later?

* Write a ton of sponsored posts.  If I see some sponsored posts on a blog, I won't immediately stop reading, but if a blogger goes overboard with them, I get bored and also take what they have to say less seriously.  Also, if I am not interested in a product, I'll probably just quit reading.

* Post about things the majority of the population cannot relate to or afford.  When I see outfit posts that only consist of designer labels or wish lists of all very unreasonably priced items, I am not intrigued, though if I were rich I might be.  Most of us are on budgets...we have loans to pay off, car and house payments, or families to think about.  Of course I splurge once in awhile like everyone else, but it's no fun reading about things you can't have again and again!

* Post for the sake of posting.  I have definitely done this...Like a few times I had a really boring week, but then I still had to host the Weekly Wrap Up, so I basically posted when I probably wouldn't have otherwise.  I do love hosting the Weekly Wrap Up, but a couple of times I just was scrambling to find stuff to write about because I didn't do anything fun, which brings me to my next point...

* Write posts about how you've done nothing and are bored.  Writing about doing nothing and being bored is, you guessed it, boring to read about!

* Don't ever interact with your readers.  Part of why I love reading certain blogs is because of the connections I've made with the bloggers themselves!  I (don't always) but TRY to comment back and visit other people's blogs if they comment on mine.  I will also check out links left in my comments section.  I also reply to everyone's comment on my blog and sometimes by e-mail, though I'll admit I don't do that as often as I should.

A lot of these points were derived by looking at my own blog through a critical lens.  I'm always looking to make improvements! What do you think makes a blog boring to read?

33 comments on "How to be a Boring Blogger"
  1. I agree, the most popular posts I have are ones I was afraid to publish! I am trying to focus on writing quality posts and not just posting for the sake of posting. Such true points!

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    1. I guess they get the most views because anyone can play it safe! :)

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  2. YES TO ALL OF THIS except the confession linkup, duh! hahah kidding :)

    i usually reserve wed and fri for regular-scheduled linkups and monday/tuesday are other things to inject variety.

    also, posts that are nothing but complains or bashing. who wants to read negativity??

    -kathy
    Vodka and Soda

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    1. That's a good idea--that way you're not repetitive!

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  3. these are all great tips! i definitely fall into some of these traps in my blog and i need to always work on making my content the best that it can be. i like doing sponsored posts so i can make a littttttle money but then it seems like they are all due around the same time and i feel like i'm alienating readers. ahh it's a tough balance!

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    1. I don't mind reading a sponsored post if the blogger presents it in a very creative way or if I'm interested in the product (though most of the time I'm just not!)

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  4. Completely agree with you... sometimes Im guilty of too many GIFS but I find them hilarious!

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    1. GIFS are pretty funny! I haven't used one yet...I get so paranoid about the copyright crap. Maybe it's from working at a movie theater for so long.

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  5. Great ones! I totally agree with the first one! My sort of "will people like this?" posts are usually my fav!
    Kallie - But First, Coffee

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    1. Yes, when I'm hesitant to publish usually it's because I was putting myself out there!

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  6. Posting for the sake of posting drives me NUTS! Nobody is forcing us to do this... take a day off when you need it and your content will be MUCH more interesting overall, even if not as plentiful!

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    1. I've done a couple of posts like that and later I just think, "Why on earth...?"

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  7. I hate when one person blogs something then everyone else jumps on the bandwagon. Be original!

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    1. Reading those types of posts months later is something I don't like!

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  8. Love this!! If you need to take a day off of blogging, you can! That is okay!

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    1. I think I need a bigger break from blogging!

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  9. i am guilty of a lot of these, but mainly because... my life is super boring and i'm not a good writer. sometimes i dont even know why i have a blog!

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  10. So true for all of these and Im guilty of some. I think original content is key and consistency but if you need to take a day off. Just do it. I did today because I was busy...

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    1. I do agree with you on being consistent--that is something I struggle with for sure...probably because my work schedule is not consistent at all!

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  11. I don't think weekly features (like the wrap up) are so bad as long as you're doing other stuff too! And there's still potential to mix those up. I started doing weekly food posts recently, but so far it's been both reviews and recipes so not exactly the same thing all the time? I don't read every single post on every single blog I follow, but if a blogger is posting nothing but tags and samey reviews I tend to skip it entirely.

    For me I think female-lifestyle blogs are the best because they tend to cover a wide variety of topics... opinion, beauty, fashion, food, personal experiences, whatever! But it seems like there are other people who prefer to read blogs focused on one topic so I guess you can't please everyone, haha.

    Sponsored posts are tricky. I've started doing them occasionally, but it's hard to tell if people are alienated by them... personally I'd just skip over a sponsored post if I wasn't interested in the product/topic, but I have no idea how other people feel about it.

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    1. I do a tagged post every once in awhile, but you're right--blogs with almost all tag posts are uninteresting reads.

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  12. great points! I think taking risks is the best one there. Trying something new can be so scary but it is worth it either way when it works awesome if it doesn't you know not o do it again.

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    1. Most of the time it usually works, too...it's just us being overly critical of ourselves when we don't need to be! :)

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  13. I so agree with all of these! I have been guilty of posting for the sake of posting but I've gotten over that. And it always amazes me when posts that I'm iffy about end up being popular.

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    1. I think most of our readers can tell when we post just to post, too!

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  14. I definitely agree with these - especially the posting just to post. Don't be afraid to take a break to rejuvenate your brain and think on new post ideas!

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    1. I think I need to do this! I haven't really taken a big break from blogging since last year at this time when I went to South Africa.

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  15. What an excellent post!! I am always trying to post quality posts! Blogging can def be tough sometimes. Thank you for sharing :)

    http://neatly-packaged.blogspot.com/

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    1. It can be! I love how you go out of your way to get your posts edited! :)

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  16. I am guilty about writing about the same thing!! I guess that is because I'm so passionate about what I write about :)

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    1. Haha, I bet you approach it at different angles, though! I have posted a lot about traveling, but try to give it some variety with a mix of tips, stories, and trip recaps. Going to check out your blog! :)

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