I'm pretty new to blogging...actually, very new. I haven't decided yet if there are right and wrong ways to do it. I've read blogs about blogging, with great hints about how to get more readers, how to keep readers, how to guest blog, and how to organize your blog.
I've been told, "don't talk too much about yourself," and "just be yourself," and "only talk about stuff that is important to you," and "find a topic that people will be attracted to and write about that."
I've heard, "your blog posts should be 200-300 words max" and "your blog posts can be up to 600-800 words."
I've seen blogs on all kinds of topics, from marketing to motherhood, vocations to vacations, gardening to grand-parenting, and leadership to landscaping.
I've seen some great gimmicks like "A Photo A Day" and "Seven Sentences" (where every post is exactly 7 sentences long).
My blog is pretty much about whatever is on my mind when I sit down to write, along with the ongoing story of A Girl Named Little. I have no real topic, no real focus necessarily. I don't stick to a set length for each post, and I don't really do anything fancy to get more views.
I know that I'm called to encourage people to break the ties that hold them back, to reveal the secrets that weigh them down, and to battle the fears that tie their hands. I'm not sure that my blog is specifically about that, though.
So, am I a wrong-blogger?? (I just made up that term, by the way...just for fun!) Is there a right way to blog? Do I need to pick a specific topic? A consistent length? Do I need to post less about my own thoughts, and come up with a more "generalized" topic to discuss?
When you first started your blog, how did you decide what to write about? What blogging "rules" do you use?