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Rules, rules, rules. I get it, many, many rules when it comes to creativity, be it screenwriting to blogging and beyond, are incredibly useful for insight, guidance and inspiration but rules, my friends were made to be broken.

Creative geniuses (that all us lot by the way) break new ground, create art (visual and via the written word) by doing exactly that, going against the grain, thriving under limitations (time, financial, tools) and celebrating their own voice/desires/view on the world and blogging is the perfect way to do just that.

Why? Because you own your platform (get self hosted pronto if not, that’s one rule you shouldn’t break), you are powerful, in control, in charge, your own editor, using a platform to write what you want, when you want, how you want, which leads to opening doors, work opportunities and experiences that in other industries, could and often does, take years to achieve.

And here’s the thing about blogging, you can start a blog one week and be excelling the next. I wrote a post about Be Who You Want to Be that might just fuel your fire.

In this digital age, the work you put in, the talent you have, and hone, the passion, drive, and tenacity is rewarded-ten fold.

Yes you’ll stumble across those jealous, the trolls, the bad eggs, as with any industry (don’t forget healthy competition is good, it keeps you motivated and on your toes) but negativity (and with success that can arise) should be simply brushed off- kill them with kindness as my Mum says and smile.

Now go forth and do whatever you want to do, you rock.

Here are my 5 blogging rules to break-

1. Write For Your Audience

Yep, I get it, I did, as a writer/director and I know now, as a blogger, we have an audience that matters (use Google Analytics to get to grips with your demographic) but don’t get hung up on it.

My audience, in my head, when I write every single post, even now, is exactly the same as day 1: My Mum and immediate family. Yes it’s mental that I’m sometimes stopped in the street in London by randoms who follow my blog (because the majority of my readers in the UK are Londoners) but when I sit down to write, I’m blogging firstly for me (write what you’d like to read yourself) and then the people I know-the ones that get me, love me and want me to shine.

Being YOU is why people come to your site, your regulars, the ones who adore your voice, find you wise/funny/witty or whatever, it’s that feeling they get when they visit your corner of the world that brings the boys/girls/grannies to your yard (Hola to the over 50’s that give me blog love here). Remember that, when the doubt creeps in and you start over thinking your audience.

Blogging attracts like-minded people to your site, the majority via SEO and then of course all those fabulous followers: family, friends, social media likers and people behind their laptops all over the world.

2. Find a Niche and Don’t Deviate

NO, no, no, no! Why? Look I’m a writer, a shaker, a procreator and more…I’m a million different things-I love European cinema as much as reality TV, I adore Michelin starred restaurants and the odd naughty McDonalds, I flip between Margaret Atwood and Adele Parks, gluten free during the week, lots of bread on cheat day-I’m as complex as are you.

And guess what, I write about what I care about. My passions: family life, food, fashion, travel, style, culture, parenting, film and anything I fancy on that day/week/month or year. I evolve and my blog reflects that.

Yes I run my blogs as magazines, I vary my posts and mix things up but they always reflect my personality as your blog represents yours.

By the way, do go ahead and only write in 1 niche if you choose to, but never feel restricted, compartmentalised, pigeon-holed or feel you can’t be free to write anything you like, by yourself or others. You’re interested in something, then get blogging.

3.  Don’t Be Too Pushy

Look pushy can be annoying and irritating but the internet is a big place and you want and need to be heard/seen/discovered, so you need PR, to publicise yourself. Yes I might be British but I think like an American.

Don’t bother people or relentlessly tweet urls but equally don’t be afraid to pimp your posts, to reach out to friends/ tweeters with the odd url that might resonate and to contact sites who can help promote your blog.

If you were at a networking party, you’d seek out those who might be able to help you, to offer you work, push you forward. Think the same about the online world. Reach out, email, tweet. The more you do it, the more confident you will feel about it and your work. It’s time to grow a thick skin (more of that later).

I would advise though, not to set up auto DM’s or spammy emails as means of PR, this will irritate and backfire. Do offer guest posts on other cool blogs, contact relevant magazines and sites to write for them or be covered, contact local and national press with ideas and angles for stories relating to you and your blog and check #journorequest on twitter for relevant opportunities. Most importantly start believing in you, so the world will too.

4. Write X Amount of Times A Week

Look, this is your blog, your time, your terms. I personally go live sometimes 5 times a day-my readers know that’s my house style and frankly that’s how I roll.

I balance personal posts with advertorials (still writing engaging paid for posts on products and services I use and would recommend to friends), the latter only sometimes on the homepage, therefore I like to offer several posts, most days.

My blog is a business though, one with 2 employees (IT and design support and my PA/Publicist) and that’s the model that works for me and my job.

You should never feel the pressure or choose to go pro as a blogger if you don’t want to. Blogging is a fun hobby, I know my business started like that.  Nor do you have to post to a schedule or a set amount of times a day or week.

Yes, the more you post the better it is for SEO but the more frequently you post, the easier those golden posts can be missed and some of the world’s biggest bloggers only post once a week or less, and guess what, some of the other biggest bloggers in the world, post many times a day.

See, no rules, so do what feels right for you and don’t compare. What works for one blogger, doesn’t for another.

I write quickly, prolifically and I love what I do. Blogging really doesn’t feel like work to me although I work my socks off, because I love it so much. I do blog to my own time and schedule, I have time off in the week, I make deadlines at night, I operate to my own rules which I make, create and break because I’m my own boss.

I should also add, I love writing my style blog Mummy’s Got Style but I know I can only manage 1, 2 posts at best there a week there due to my schedule at Honest Mum and you know what, I still have readers when I post and subscribers, twitter followers etc. Do what you can and want to do. Simple.

5. Always Be On Social Media

I’m paid to tweet and offer social media packages to clients big and small, but I’m not always switched on. I don’t look at my phone much over weekends, I like to switch off for the majority of holidays and evenings, using tweetdeck for when I’m not online to tweet urls of posts. I don’t want to constantly be connected to my computer but I do try and reply to every single comment I receive on my blog and social media accounts, not always immediately but when I can.

Think about what you hope to achieve rather than how much you feel you should be on social media (maybe try and reply to comments on existing posts/tweets above writing lots of new updates) and look at other incredibly fun and fruitful sites like Pinterest and Instagram.

Pinterest is my happy place online, it’s so intimate and creative there, bringing me so much joy and it’s a brilliant traffic driver too. Focus on 3 platforms you love max and dip in and out on others.

So there you have it, rules to break (if you want to).

There are no rules, remember that. Go with what feels good and makes you happy.

There has never been a better time to blog and invent your way as you go. As with all artists, there is no right or wrong way to be a blogger and that’s what’s so damn beautiful about it.

I’d love to hear your thoughts and more rules you might break/make.

 

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96 Responses

  1. Sarah - Arthurwears

    Vicki I use blogger so going self hosted isn’t an option unless I were to switch to WordPress….I quite like blogger (I know I’m in the minority here) – but do you think it is a mistake to stay with blogger if I can’t be self hosted?
    I know that brummymummyof2 and the unmumsymum use blogger so obviously some can make it work?! What are your thoughts?

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    • Honest Mum

      I know nothing about blogger Sarah so best to ask them. It’s seems you can monetise from others but I do know if need a self hosted option with wordpress to monetise.

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  2. Lindsey Thomasson

    Thank you for sharing this! I am a brand new Mommy blogger and was starting to feel discouraged yesterday because things are moving slower than I expected. I always jump in headfirst and commit in the first couple of weeks and when I didn’t get the instant growth I got discouraged. But then I remembered why I started my blog and that took the pressure off to do like you said and write what is on my heart, even if it looks different every day. This post really helped me remember to do what works for me and if I stay committed it will pay off in the long run.
    thank you!

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    • Honest Mum

      Wise words Lindsey and remember we all started at the beginning, it takes time to grow a blog but opportunities can come from early on, keep doing what you love and I promise everything will fit into place x

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  3. Zara - Mojo Blogs

    I love this post! I think that we can sometimes get so hung up on numbers, rankings and what other bloggers are doing we forget why we started, lose our own voice and identity and try and blend in to be more popular. If you think about it, it’s our own personality that should shine through and really be the reason we get people enjoying what we write. And you are so spot on when you say ‘Look, this is your blog, your time, your terms.'< If we all remembered that I think the blogging world would be a happier place! Great post. x
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    • honestmum

      So glad you liked this, 100% agree with you, what drives me is doing what I love, yes this is my job but if I wasn’t passionate about blogging and sharing my life, I wouldn’t do it. Plus I only work with brands I love. We all must follow what feels right for us. Thanks for your fab words x

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  4. Toni @ Gym Bunny Mummy

    Fab post as always lovely. It’s so easy to get caught up the the whirlwind of stats & structure and what we think we ‘should’ be doing that it’s great to just stop and think about what we want for our blogs not just what ww think other people want x
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  5. Mrs H

    This is an amazing post! And just what I needed to hear. Sometimes I worry that I don’t post enough or don’t have a niche. It is grest to hear that doesn’t matter. It is more important to write openly and honestly and share a piece of me. I just need to continue doing what I want to. Thanks for the inspiration. Hugs Mrs H xxxx
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    • honestmum

      So glad this resonated and inspired, we must all do what works for us be it going live 10 times a day or once a week, thanks for your lovely comment x

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  6. Mother Mands

    Spot on! I get tired of reading what I should and shouldn’t be blogging about, I have too many interests and too many things to rant about to be limited to one specific subject 😀 Also this is what draws me back to other peoples blogs, variety and you can tell the ones who write with real enthusiasm and I love that.

    First time I’ve had a look around your blog (I’m a very slow newbie :D) and I love the variety you’ve got going on! 😉
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    • honestmum

      Yay thanks, lovely to have you! I say write what we want, when we want, a like-minded audience will always find you.

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  7. Alan Herbert

    Excellent post.

    I’ve discovered this week that its OK not to post every day. As time for blog related activity has been scarc, those few minutes every now and then I’ve used for reading and commenting on other blogs.

    The odd tweet and Instagram for good measure.

    Thanks for such a great post.
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  8. Jenni - Odd Socks and Lollipops

    Great post and some great advice. Blogging is such a great thing but sometimes it’s difficult to know what advice to follow! It’s nice to know that sometimes it’s good to break the ‘rules’
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  9. JuggleMum, Nadine Hill (@Businessmum)

    This post sums up brilliantly what you said at BlogCamp! Sometimes bloggers are far too conscious of the ‘rules’! Like who said? We should treat out blogs how we want and do what we want – it’s our blog and our way! Great post:-)
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  10. Mim

    This is awesome, thanks for sharing 🙂 You’re so right and it’s just so easy to get hung up on the ‘rules’ and lose sight then of why you blog in the first place. Mim 🙂
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    • honestmum

      Thanks darling, I say we should make our own rules, do what we like and feels great and makes us happy, whether blogging is our job or not, thanks for your lovely comment x

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  11. mummyofboygirltwins

    Funny how we all write posts about ‘what to do’ and yet you’re right – just break the rules and go for it! To be honest there are no rules in blogging and you’re proof that if you work hard and go after something enough you get it. Great advice thanks – Jess xx

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  12. Michelle Reeves (bodfortea)

    THIS! There are so many posts out there telling bloggers how they need to find their niche, post every day and be a slave to social media in order to be successful – it’s so refreshing to read a post that breaks all those rules and reminds us to get back to why we started blogging in the first place – because we LOVE it!

    I have a number of different themes at Bod for tea, from parenting to reviews, my Journey to Joy series, half marathon training and blogging tips. Lifestyle blogging that reflects what I’m interested in and thankfully others seem to be too! I post three times a week (plus extra for clients) and that’s what works for me. Another fabulous post from you Mrs, love it xxx
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    • honestmum

      So glad you enjoyed this Michelle, the important thing is to find what works for us and makes us happy. I dislike the whole ‘niche’ advice, we are our own niche, I write, like you on exactly what I want to, we are complex and unique and our blogs reflect that. Thanks x

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  13. Colette B

    I completely agree with this – particularly that we should write as and when and what we want x
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  14. Louise

    Great post and advice! Always good to take a step back and remember that it’s your blog and therefore you shouldn’t have to feel restricted by “rules”. Thank you for sharing 🙂
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  15. A Cornish Mum

    So true lovely I like writing about anything and everything and so long as you do it in your own style, I think that works! I’ve only had my blog for 3 and a half months but addicted to it and loving it!
    Stevie x
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  16. John Adams

    Love this. I’m all for breaking the rules. I was especially taken by rule number two. When I first started blogging I was purposefully very issues based; fatherhood and men’s issues in particular. Over time I realised I should be having fun so branched out. I kept fatherhood issues at the core of what I do but (…as you’ll be aware) I write about what I want: style, days out, photography even the odd piece of fiction. The result has been a larger and more diverse audience! More importantly I started really having fun and earning money along the way.
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    • honestmum

      That’s wonderful to hear and I love that your blog reflects your passions too, you know how much I adore your style posts too. Keep rocking John.

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  17. Dawn of the Dad

    This will be my mantra, hopefully. It’s pretty much what I’m doing, and have been in my 8 month history. I’m busy(ish) building my self host site which will see, fingers crossed, lots more content, and will be up and running come my 1st anniversary.

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  18. Ann Winters

    What a good post! I feel sometimes pressured by all the rules, and It´s quite a relief to see that such a sucessful blogger deviates from the norm! 🙂 x
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  19. ERFmama

    Thank you for making my day! This post made me feel SO MUCH BETTER!!
    I keep reading stuff about what I should and shouldn’t do as a blogger to keep people happy and to gain an audience, but I often find my self thinking “what am I doing wrong?” “why is that wrong?” etc, and this post just made me feel better in my self as a blogger and helped my insecurities, so THANK YOU. 🙂 xxx
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    • honestmum

      My absolutely pleasure, so glad it’s made you feel better about yourself and your blog. Blogging should be fun and yes there are lots of ways to maximise SEO and grow and audience but it can happen organically too and it grows as you do and not everyone wants to make their blog their job too. Enjoy what you do and if you need anything, please give me a shout x

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  20. The Giggles Family

    I love this. I noticed you always take the time to reply or thank for a RT. It’s what have me a lot of respect for you from the beginning. I felt the American confidence in you when we met lol but you mix it with so much warmth it comes across as just confident and nurturing. Thanks for writing this. Always nice to read something that gives the confidence to just be yourself

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    • Honest mum

      Such a lovely, touching comment. I felt the same way about you, we instantly clicked. Thanks sweetie x
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  21. Susan Mann

    Great post. Think it’s about finding balance between life & blogging, having a job & blogging is hard, plus kids. I’m self hosted now. Thanks for the tips as always x
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    • honestmum

      Pleasure hun, my blog is my job but I still need to find balance and juggling work with kids is always hard. You have a wonderful blog hun, thanks for the comment x

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  22. Karen (@karenjwhitlock)

    Always love these types of posts you do Vicki. Always full of good advice and inspiration – just what I need at the moment. Thank you!
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  23. Laurie

    Thank you so much for this post,I always feel so guilty, not posting enough,keeping up with the social side of blogging.A kick up the backside I needed to feel less guilty
    Laurie x
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    • honestmum

      That is so wonderful to hear, don’t pressure yourself or feel bad, do what feels right and is manageable for you x

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  24. Tim

    This is so true – thanks for highlighting it, Vicki. For me there are no hard-and-fast rules of blogging, only a set of guidelines that will work for many people – but not all. If blogging success could be distilled down to a few basic rules then we would all be doing it – and all our blogs would look the same!

    Blogging is all about individuality in terms of both style and focus. So any ‘rules’, such as they are, are only there to be broken!
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    • honestmum

      Couldn’t agree more Tim, it’s the fact we have these individual, distinct voices that make each one of us (hopefully) so interesting and compelling to read. Thanks for your comment.

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  25. Rosie @ Little Fish

    Thanks for this – this was a breath of fresh air and just what I needed to hear today! So refreshing to hear about breaking the rules and doing things your own way – what we should all be doing anyway!
    I’m forever beating myself up that I haven’t posted more often on my blog. I think as a determined person it can be hard to not always strive to do more. I absolutely love blogging and just wish I had more time to focus on it.
    But, you know, I have other wonderful things going on in my life, a gorgeous little boy being just one of them.
    I believe there is a right time in life for everything – and right now I want to focus on the things I love (and blog about them whenever I can!)
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    • honestmum

      That’s fab Rosie, we all must find what feels right for us and you certainly shouldn’t feel bad about how often you post. Thanks for your comment x

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  26. Michelle Bailey

    Great food for thought, thank you! I’d love to build my blog and spend more time on it. I just love writing things down! I’m not very good at asking for help so I really appreciate posts like this. Thank you x
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  27. You Baby Me Mummy

    Fab post huni. I am all for blogging tips, to read and write, but I always believe that people must do what is right for them and their blogs. If it works do it and sod the rules x
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    • honestmum

      Totally agree chick and as you know I write lots of blogging tips but I wanted to share that fundamentally you must do what is right and feels good for you, so glad you liked it x

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  28. Jeremy@thirstydaddy

    my thoughts are about the same as everyone else’s. Its good to hear from a pro that my breaking of all these rules constantly is OK. I’ve gone from 50 readers a day to almost 200 in my first two months and am pretty happy with that.
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  29. Adventures of a Novice Mum

    So funny reading this post; i’ve been thinking quite a bit about this recently. Infact, just tonight, I had the thought, ‘blogging is like motherhood, I’m just making it up and making it work for me’! I knew from the beginning that I couldn’t stick to the niche rule, it just doesn’t fit in with my personality. Yeah, no rules but the one I make myself. There’s no guaranteed formula either; like children, what works for one might not work for the other. I have way to go, but I get closer each day.

    Keep rocking the blogging world, Honest Mum … cheers to no rules! #aNoviceMumTwitterFeed
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    • honestmum

      Oh thanks lovely and I absolutely love that analogy, I always say my blog is my third child, my baby and you are spot on, love this comment, thank you x

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  30. Mummy Tries

    Oh darling I love this so much, and you will get nothing but agreement from me! Life’s too short for blogging gant charts and strict rules about what is (for most of us) a hobby. You’ve summed it all perfectly, and it should be a lesson to not take this game too seriously.

    Have a fab weekend xxx
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    • Honest mum

      Thanks darling, I really love blogging, I do take my job seriously but we mustn’t get overly sensitive and upset over rankings, keep being you and enjoying it, I say x
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  31. Mama and More aka Zaz

    Another absolutely brilliant and generously written post darling – you are so right, we can’t try to write to make others happy, we have to be true to ourselves and find our unique voice – just as in life! Also totally agree about not limiting yourself to a niche if you feel passionate about various things. We are all multi-faceted and this in itself gives perfect fodder for our blogs, I know I view my blog as a magazine too, although I need just a couple of ozs of your prolific energy! Wonderful and inspiring as always! Xxx
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    • honestmum

      Darling you have tonnes of energy and I LOVE your blog, your voice, who you are, represent and everything you write about. Love this comment and so glad this post resonated with you x

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  32. Fola lewis

    I struggle to keep up with what I feel is expecte dog me if I’m to be taken seriously ss a blogger. It’s a relief to read your take on blogging because I’m work full time and have a 16 month old. It’s very difficult to fit in multiple posts a day or even a week so I’m really relieved when you say to just do what feels right. I want to grow my blog but I work around 40hours a week and I also have other family commitments. Thanks to you advice I don’t have to feel guilty that I’m not a prolific writer. Maybe it it my day job this would be a completely different conversation. Thanks so much, excellent advice!

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    • honestmum

      Never feel guilty, our brilliance is in our individuality and blogging is first and foremost fun whether its your job or not, and needs to work for you. Thanks so much for your comment.

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  33. Rachel @ The Ordinary Lovely

    This is simply perfect! There’s so many rules posts around at the mo, most of which do contain healthy, inspiring snippets but ultimately, you have to do what works for you and your personality. I adore you and your blog but I know that what works for you wouldn’t work for me. We’re all different and our blogs are great because the reflect that difference and diversity. It’s really a case of being proud of yourself and happy with who you are and letting your blog be representation of all that wonderfulness 🙂
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    • honestmum

      That means a lot Rachel, so glad you like this. I adore your blog and totally agree that the beauty is in our difference and diversity. Thanks x

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  34. Lisa@intotheglade

    Oh thank you for this. I was getting a bit worried about not having a niche because I write about whatever I want. I am such a newbie and have no idea about stats ect., I am trying deliberately not to involve myself in it because I don’t want that to influence me. Thank you for saying that’s ok and I’m not letting this lovely blogging world down xxx

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    • honestmum

      So pleased, you don’t need a niche, you are your niche lady. Nothing wrong with looking at stats ( I do myself as I need to know) but the most important thing is writing for you and those who love you. Give me a shout if you need anything OK x

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  35. Babes about Town

    Yup, I think I’ve broken pretty much every rule in the book. I even tell clients that I’m the somewhat ‘anti-social’ social media consultant (ha), because frankly I can’t be bothered to be always plugged in and on top of all those many many channels! But you can still forge ahead, make the right connection and most importantly have your message reach the right people – no matter how random that message is.

    Love your blogging posts, so positive and inspiring, I’m always trying to get more people into blogging and you are definitely someone I point to as an example of why this scene rocks. Gwan girl! x
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    • honestmum

      Oh girl thank you, you are incredible at what you do-which is everything-screenwriter, blogger, businesswoman, and you know how much I look up to you Uju, you inspire me hugely and you are so right, it’s about speaking to the right people and starting from what makes you happy is the best place. Thanks for all your support and love x

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  36. Katie / Pouting In Heels

    You little blogging rebel you!;-) In total seriousness now this an amazing post and you are absolutely right, when it comes to blogging there really are no rules. It’s all about doing what works for you, your audience and clients and also not being afraid to try different things. Amazing tips and thoughts darling. Well done xxx
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    • honestmum

      Thanks sweetie for your lovely, thoughtful comment, you are bang on, we must follow what works for us and the best thing, we’re our own experts right xx

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  37. Amy

    Yes, yes, yes! Oh Vicki, this sums it all up so wonderfully. Yes there are some brilliant tips to there on how to write a successful blog, how to get more traffic etc etc but sticking true to yourself is such a huge deal, and breaking some of those ‘rules’ can pay dividends too.

    I do believe it will all grow organically (with a massive amount of effort and self promotion of course) but we mustn’t lose sight of why we write and who we write for.

    PS. I don’t mind a cheeky McDonald’s either. You are a girl after my own heart! 🙂 xxx
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    • honestmum

      Oh so pleased you liked this Amy, I’ve written lots of tips and advice for blogging as a business, but I really wanted to share that you can do it your way (and you don’t have to go pro), and not feel pressured to if you don’t choose to. We must all create the rules that make sense for us. We should go get a burger together sometime girl x

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  38. Sian

    Great insight as always! Do you have any tips for bloggers thinking about switching to self hosted?
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    • honestmum

      I don’t as I was self hosted from the start but you might find this useful: http://codex.wordpress.org/WordPress_Quick_Start_Guide. So glad you liked the post.

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  39. Claire @ life love and dirty dishes

    Thanks for this. I’ve been beating myself up about not posting more often. At the moment I run my linky and post once a week, maybe twice. But between looking after a baby and the school run that’s me for now. One day I’ll have the time to take over the world!!!
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  40. tracey bowden

    I love this post personally I am sick of seeing ‘tips’ on how to run your blog. I once got told my blog was awful as I didn’t have pictures on every post! Not every post needs one in my opinion. Thank you for this x
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    • honestmum

      Thanks Tracey, I think it’s our blogs so up to us how we want them to look and what makes us happy is the most important thing x

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    • Megan Cooper

      There will always be haters, Tracey. Ignore them. Your blog is as great as you want it to be and it’s great even if you don’t use am image on every post.

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  41. Potty Mouthed Mummy

    love this. Am laughing at pimp your posts. I think it’s good to feel free to do what we want on our blogs sometimes and not always be hung up on stats and the right way. Thanks for sharing lovely xxx
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