This post is mostly for me — I need things in writing sometimes.
I’ve talked recently about my blogging slump and how I really want to refocus and keep blogging as what it is…a hobby. I’m the type of person who sometimes just needs to write a list or a mission statement to help myself redefine what my purpose is for blogging. Especially with recent drama and negativity, I especially wanted to sit down and lay out why I started blogging and create my personal blogging manifesto.
Why I Started Blogging: My friends don’t read and I don’t enjoy recommendations from newspapers, Oprah or any other sort of impersonal medium. I joined Goodreads and started the College Students group in 2008 to indulge in some bookish conversations and get recommendations from real readers. In June of 2010, after following several of my Goodread’s friends blogs (April from Good Books And Good Wine and Liz from Consumed By Books) I decided to start a blog with some people from the CS group (enter the Broke and the Bookish). I loved it so much that I started my own as well a few weeks later…in this space right hurrr! Basically, I blog because I love keeping a blog, I love finding new recommendations and chatting about books and topics related to books. I love the community and the void that it fills since I don’t have bookish friends IRL. I blog for me…I know, selfish right?
My Blogging Manifesto:
My blog will not define me. It is merely an extension of who I am.
I will do what I can, when I can and if I can — real life comes first.
I will always blog with integrity in a way that I can be proud of.
Passionate, honest and unique — the three cornerstones of this space.
I will not allow myself to become involved in drama or negativity as it accomplishes nothing.
When issues in blogging arise, I will weigh my opinions carefully and only participate in constructive discussions that will lead to understanding.
I will never allow blogging to become a burden. It’s a hobby that I enjoy.
I will step away for a little break the moment it becomes a chore.
I will never take shortcuts to grow my blog nor will I obsess over its growth.
I will be happy with my followers, stats and will not compare myself to others.
I will not be concerned with how other blogs operate, no matter how much I disagree with it, I will only worry about how I’m blogging and that I’m true to myself.
I will treat my readers kindly because they keep my spirits high.
Above all, I will blog because I love to read and share that love with others.
Do you have a blogging manifesto of sorts? What do you value when it comes to blogging? How do you help yourself refocus?