After over a year into the blogging world I felt I had to discuss conformity. Most of us are suffering from a severe case of blogging conformity. Because we just ran out of the uniqueness in blogging.
What is conformity?
Conformity is when you conform or comply or behave according to certain rules and standards because they are perceived as the “norm”. Let me make it easier. You act in a particular manner and stick to it because that manner is perceived as socially acceptable. Okay, this might work in the actual social world. But it really is something to think about when we enter the blogging scene.
Many of us have this tendency to stick to the same pattern of blogging behavior because we feel it might “work”; it will do the “trick” and because others are saying so. We tend to get into the trap that we feel will lead to blogging success and help us make money.
Two major symptoms of the conformity case:
- You don’t know what your passion is
That’s right. You are just blogging because everybody seems to be doing it. You don’t have any idea as to what you want to be blogging about and where your core interests lie. So, you blog hop and see how blogging is done and then seem to know it all. And begin your own blog about how it’s all done. Not everybody out there is blogging about blogging and social media. And not all top blogs have to do with social media. There are loads of topics, why stick to one?
- You have nothing new to offer
All your topics have been discussed and written about a million times over. You talk about the same old tricks and tips about making your blog number one, blogging ideas, making money, optimization and all that jazz. Why didn’t you think of something new? No one is going to read another SEO tutorial. There are major sites already telling them how it is done. What’s the point about talking about it all over again?
The conformity cure:
Though there isn’t one way to find the cure, there sure are a lot of things that can be thought about.
- Find your passion. I can’t stress this anymore. What do you really like talking about and writing about? What kind of posts do you enjoy? Where does your passion lie?
- If you HAVE to talk about the same topics, have your own twist to it. Be fresh, be interesting.
- Bring in new ideas. Loads of us are all waiting for new ideas to come by and strike us. Inspire us.
- Experiment, push your abilities, test your ideas.
Do you think there is such a thing as too much conformity in blogging?
Do you think you have fallen into the conformity trap?
Any other conformity symptoms that you have noticed?
Are you following your passion in blogging?
What is your take on the conformity cure?
I love talking and I love your thoughts! Jump right in!
P.S. A special thanks to Holly for her anti-conformity comment that started this discussion!