Break Rules Sooner Than Saying Anything Barbarous

1000 Hours of Writing: Hours 240 - 260 


First of all, I need to apologize for this late update. It may have taken me quite a long time to collect the 20 hours - not something I am proud of. I assume this is because I spent some time watching F1, and petting the cat. In between those things I worked on research. There are possible new things in planing for this blog. Naturally, you want to do the best, you want to like it and you want your readers and fans to like it as well.

Furthermore, it is not exactly an area I am familiar with. If I'd say "I want to go jogging" I can easily figure it out because I already know how to walk. However, if I'd say "I want to learn how to fly" I am going to need the help of others.

This is what I did when I typed "vlogging tips" into google. While I am well-versed in the arts of video editing, I do not have the slightest about being the person in front of the camera. Of course, I went though the internet to ask and find tips and tricks. Little hints, or that I don't start with a big no-go, like only filming my left eye.

Sometimes the advice given is not even "useful" for you because you already know this - yay, validation! But then you end up with two tips that contradict each other. "Write for yourself" versus "consider your target audience." or "Don't worry too much about equipment" versus "Get proper equipment." Hmm ...


What really itches my nerves is when those advice posts become overly aggressive. They might as well write: "you're a dumb noodle if you don't do this!" Usually advice posts give you tips and tricks, "this is what works for me," and say you could try this. In the end you are still left saying "no, this won't work for my blog" or saying "I don't want to do that." Other advice posts have not heard of this concept. If we're honest, this is the perfect way to make sure that I won't listen to you. At all.

There are many reasons why this way is wrong, for one: every blog is different - that good old hat. Time - sometimes you simply do not have the time to post two #instagood photos a day, especially if it has to go hand in hand with "quality over quantity." Gut feeling - honestly, there are pieces of advice which I am sure would work brilliantly, but it just does not feel right.

What does this have to do with writing? You may ask. The reason why I bring all of this up is that you know best what to do.

Yes, getting advice is brilliant. But when all is said and done, do whatever makes happy. If you don't want to post three times a week then don't. If your blog is a bit of everything, do that. If you don't want to do the ever so popular Q&A then don't. Even if it's just the use of the word "however" if you want to use it more often, go ahead. Prefer to write pastry instead of cake? Do that.

If you ever find any tips, you do not have to follow them! I am not even sure if it is possible to follow all the rules and regs. Just do whatever you feel is right. This is what your readers will enjoy as well.

In the end I leave you with George Orwell’s 6 Rules For Effective Writing:

http://inspirationales.tumblr.com/post/155137285256/george-orwells-6-rules-for-effective-writing



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