{11} Rules of Blogging – A Blog is NOT a Journal

When I’m looking for something to write about for Project 52, I tend to pick topics that are of special interest to me, regardless of how uninteresting they might be to other people. They always tell you to write what you know, but sometimes you have to get out of that little box inside your head and write about the things people – not just you – want to read about.

Which leads me to: Rules of Blogging: Things I Figured Out Along the Way

Rule #1: A blog is not a journal.

Venting your ire about what happened with that crazy b** at work is perfectly fine (and even recommended) for your piece of mind, but it isn’t really necessary to splash your dirty laundry all over the internet. Similarly, it’s fabulous that your boyfriend is the sweetest, most amazing guy in the whole world, but contrary to what you feel, the world is pretty ambivalent to unasked-for declarations of affection.

The rule is simple. If you want people to read your blog, you have to blog about things people want to read. It’s a common sense truth, but it’s taken me a little while to figure it out. Hopefully I can spare someone else the mental meandearing.

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