In blogging as in life there are the "cool kids". The kids who think they have it all figured out, a fair amount of whom actually seem to have figured it out for themselves anyway. They come out with posts and sessions where they tell you how to be a "cool kid" just like them.
You should write your posts like this.
You should promote them like this.
If you do anything the "cool kids" don't like like work with brands in ways they don't condone, write posts that are not fully composed beautiful essays from a unique and fresh perspective 3 days a week (more is too frequent, less is not creating a fully engaged community) and on and on and on then you are not serious enough and we will vote you off the island.
Bleh, I've had enough. BlogHer was sort of the stake to the heart of blogging this year. My previous blog was eclectic and a bit scattered, but people were engaged and commented and I was happy. So maybe the "cool kids" won't like me, but when I try to be who they want me to be I feel zapped of all energy and inclination to write.
MY NEW MANIFESTO
I will do product reviews, primarily on YouTube because I enjoy trying out new products.
I will try to stay to the content areas highlighted above: Woman, Mother, Blogger, Vlogger, Photographer, Friday 5 -- but sometimes I won't.
I will vlog more because I love it. I know it's not everyone's cup of tea, but I don't read everything you write so it's okay if you don't watch everything I post either.
I will blog/vlog a lot when I feel the urge to do so and back away when I don't and I won't feel guilty for it either way.
I will stop listening to what "they" say and start listening to me more.
What about you? Have you had a shift in the way you blog/vlog lately?
I seem to be getting that vibe a lot from the blogosphere.