All die-hard bloggers (Yah that’s me), will spend hours reading material online and offline about the ins and outs of blogging. After having a mental blogger overload about two months ago, I took sometime to figure out exactly what type of blogger I want to be, and how I would like to brand Debt Free Martini.
The need to get out of debt was the catalyst that pushed me to start this blog, and that is still my priority. I went through a point where I felt what I was posting was not conducive to what a PF Blogger should post, and went through a short period of losing my voice. I remember going online and reading one of my post and when I was done, sighed in great disappointment for it didn’t sound anything like me. I realized then that I was having a slight blogger identity crises and needed to find myself again.
I will never solely rely on SEO
The books and the blogosphere has echoed loudly that without SEO your blog will not be a great success. There is nothing wrong with using SEO in fact I urge others to use this method to help increase traffic to their site, but this method is just not for me. I’m never going to research what people are searching for on google and write about those topics. My thoughts at the time is what I write about, and knowing the top PF searches on the internet will not stimulate my creative side to crank out a post. So even though I am aware of its benefits, I will only rely on a basic widget to sprinkle a little SEO pixie dust on top of my posts, and proudly push the icon publish.
I have had a few companies reach out to me to ask if I would become one of their affiliates and help push their product. So far none of the product or service that has been offered to me seems to be a good deal. The last rewards credit card company that reached out to me had cards with extremely high interest rates, and ridiculous annual fees which I am so not down with. If I don’t think its worth using, Debt Free Martini will not peddle, write, or push it.
Never pay for traffic
I want to gain my readers organically and not from a company who will push readers to me for $49.95 a month. Whenever someone new stops by my blog or I find a new blog that tickles my fancy I still get excited and I love that feeling. I’m cool with watching my audience grow slowly month by month with good old fashion guest posting, commenting, and writing material that people enjoy.
Never imitate other bloggers but stay true to who I am….Petrish
I get afraid sometimes that my humor is a little too much, or people may not get me. I also know that I love commas (,,,,,,) and I really love periods(…..), and at times just take it a little too far. I worry that people will be like what acid is this chick on? Yes I realize that I can get a little animated and can come across as a little too much, but it’s just me. I can’t help it.
I want to be a freelancer and I think I have found a balance for when I write for others I can me Petrish the Grown Up and when I write for my own blogs (only have this one, but working on having more), I can be the Awkward, Quirky, and Colorful Petrish that hardly can spell.
How are you staying authentic to yourself and blog?