BGTB – Week 4: What to Blog About

I’m a miserable little child and FORGOT TO DO WEEK 3 OF THIS WELL DONE!

In case you didn’t know, my amazing friend ateenagediaryonline is hosting something called Beginner’s Guide to Blogging and this time, it’s week 4, where we have to post about what we post about. CONVOLUTED? Err no, not really.

So I’ll put my own little spin on things, that isn’t really original. but shh I’m a complete and utter rebel so I do things my own way. Shut UP, ELM!

I don’t have a set theme for posting, except, well, life. You have beauty bloggers, book bloggers, fashion and travel and art bloggers, and then you have me. By that, I mean, I just blog about whatever the hell I like, WHEN I like, on whatever topic I like.

When you start a blog, you CAN pick a theme. You can blog about some good beauty products, or document your travels or write about politics or animals or ANYTHING you’re passionate about. Alternatively, you can just write about your life, which is what I do, mixed in with various other things like rants about music or people in general.

I’m a TERRIBLE example when it comes to posting about one set topic, so I just don’t. I don’t like the pressure; I just want this blog to be personal and about ME as a person, and maybe you too.

If you’re stuck for ideas, try some of these out, and put your OWN spin on it (like I didn’t do)

Christmas (if you celebrate it)
And if you don’t, what DO you celebrate? (For example, Eid or Hanukkah)
A random story from your life – it can be ANYTHING
Talk about a topic you have a passion for, like photography or writing or music, and maybe show us a bit of your work (that would be amazing)

Always remember: post what YOU want to post, not what anyone’s telling you to post. Don’t post because you feel pressured; post because you REALLY want to and you have that spark that gets you motivated.

Hope you liked this! What kind of stuff do you post about, and when you started blogging, did you have a set theme and have you kept to that?

From Elm ๐Ÿ™‚

Blogging Platforms – Beginner’s Guide to Blogging, Week 2

So, it’s week 2 of Beginner’s Guide to Blogging, set up by my amazing friend ateenagediaryonline, and this week’s topic is blogging platforms. And because I’m hopelessly inexperienced at that – okay, let’s just talk about that!

I’m a WordPress girl, no doubt about it. I LOVE the community, and the layout, and it makes sense. In my head, at least, I can get around it and I know what’s up and down.

And I mean, Blogger scares the shit out of me. Like it actually SCARES ME because the unknown is terrifying. But y’know, I think it’s because my google account is linked to my real name, and har har har NO.

Tumblr. Do not even get me started on Tumblr. I won’t go all arrogant-wordpress-is-so-proper-blogging on you, because that’s only me part of the time. But Tumblr. It’s good for bringing people together, and making people feel happy, but I’m scared of it. (Big bad Tumblr monster or whatever)

You know, depending on what kind of blog you want, you’d use different platforms. This is just my take on the challenge. So, as un-biasedly as possible:

WordPress: For the community and possible support whilst still retaining the blogging aspect of it; you can do a LOT on this site – okay I need to STOP with the biased nature…

Blogger: I think that’s more for appearance’s sake. So, I’d use it if I wanted to showcase my writing PROFESSIONALLY.

Tumblr: Hahahahahahaaaaaa!
But seriously, Tumblr’s great for helping people. Can it even be considered a blogging platform?

SUCH a shit post, Elm! *Claps*

You can’t judge a platform by a few people that’re on it.

Oh my god, I sound like such a judgemental prick!

From Elm ๐Ÿ™‚

Our Own Spheres in an Endless Void – Beginner’s Guide to Blogging, Week 1

So, originally, I was going to post this separately and make a separate post for the BGTB, but I thought that this fitted in with it well. Ateenagediaryonline, I hope you don’t mind!

Basically, the BGBT is a project set up by ATDO, for new bloggers, and it’s really great ๐Ÿ™‚ This week, we were asked to do an intro to blogging, and this is my… Intro, of sorts. It’s a bit different, and I’m sorry:

When I first started blogging, well over a year ago now, I just thought that blogging was a means to an end: I even thought that when I got my second blog. I viewed it as just a place to get your thoughts out – a flat plain to walk on, connected to other planes but remotely – you could walk into other pplains, but it wasn’t permanent. You just had your own space for ONLY YOU. I hope these analogies are working.

It’s coming up to my 7 month anniversary on THIS blog – and really, I believe this one’s the only one that has mattered to me. I’m not going to do a monthly post, because I think that doesn’t work for me, but I’ve realised several things over the last 7 months.

Don’t think of the world – the blogging world AND the real world – as a flat surface. View the world as an endless void, stretching in ALL directions; it’s 3D and you’re part of it. And instead of a plain that’s flat, imagine spheres.

The spheres can be as big as you like – the world’s endless, after all. And it’s not based on popularity or the amount of followers you’ve got – it’s how you feel about yourself. My sphere, for instance, would be quite small, because I’m like that.

I’m part of the teenaged community on here – if there IS such a thing – because I’m a teenager. I’d argue that we DO have a community: a united one, but we’re not separated from the “adult” community. We’re all linked. I’m a life blogger, but I freely talk to fashion, beauty, book and ANY other type of blogger. We’re all connected by one thing, after all.

Our spheres aren’t segregated by who we are. No matter WHAT your purpose in blogging is, people aren’t going to shun you. What would be the point? I’ve tried to find as many new bloggers as possible, so that they don’t feel like their sphere is just floating in the void with no goal, but it’s up to you guys to realise that you’re not alone. There’s always going to be someone who understands you – who can step into your sphere for a bit.

Maybe your sphere is your blogging site. Maybe your sphere is your readers and commenters and followers. MAYBE your sphere is just the idea that people understand you; maybe it personifies YOU and everything you stand for. Whatever it is, it’s just as valid. YOU’RE just as valid.

To new readers and new bloggers alike, I hope this made you think just a little. Maybe I’m just shouting in my own sphere, or maybe I’m shouting into the void, because I’m not separated by walls or URLs or followers or who I am.

Thank you so much for reading. I’d love to know – what does blogging mean to YOU? How do you see it?

From Elm ๐Ÿ™‚