The Rule Book on Blogging

There isn't one!

Just write what you want, when you want, why you want!

For those {in the blogging community} that feel the need to tell me, encourage me or suggest things to ME to do with MY blog, save your breath and your wrists from carpel tunnel.

I started this blog to offer help. I will continue writing this blog to be of help to others. If MY blog has morphed into something else, then it's MY blog to allow that to happen, right? I hope others consider that too.

I am blogging with a passion! Here's a thought, for those people wasting their time telling me what to do with MY blog, maybe consider going back to why you started blogging in the first place. Find that passion again and share that! Just sayin' it's a thought :)

So, yeah, this isn't a Rule Book on Blogging. But, if it were, I would start with this: there are NO RULES!

That is all :)

Oh, and if I see you at BlogHer next week, I am excited to meet you!

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Alternate post title from fellow #bigdealmoms:

Jenny: Pimpin' ain't easy but it sure is fun!

What would you title it?

by Savings Lifestyle: Andrea on July 16, 2009

33 Comments

  • Shannanb aka Mommy Bits - July 16, 2009 @ 6:58 pm
    1

    To quote one of the best movies EVAH… GREASE “The Rule is, there ain’t no rules”

  • Erin - July 16, 2009 @ 6:59 pm
    2

    Amen Sista! Thanks for sharing the Oh So Obvious!!! But apparently not to some! ;)

    Erin

  • Marianne Thomas - July 16, 2009 @ 7:01 pm
    3

    You got it, girl!

    If you’re adding to the web by helping or creating community via your personal passion(s), then that’s all that matters.

    Love Jenny’s title, too!!

  • mercedes - July 16, 2009 @ 7:07 pm
    4

    I wish more people will get it!! I am just so disappointed by what’s going on and that we are letting others narrowly define us under the name “mommy bloggers.” Realize it people!! there’s more to blog about that your children or husband.

    Mercedes

  • Angie [A Whole Lot of Nothing] - July 16, 2009 @ 7:08 pm
    5

    EXACTLY. Do what YOU want.

  • Melissa - July 16, 2009 @ 7:20 pm
    6

    Thank you! And I so wish that I was going to BlogHer to meet some of you wonderful and amazing ladies that helped to inspire me to start blogging! :) Hope you have fun!

  • Teresa - July 16, 2009 @ 7:23 pm
    7

    You scared me! LOL I thought “oh my, I prolly broke all of them!” And the others are right, it’s your blog.. you can do with it as you please!

    Love readin your blog!

    • mommysnacks - July 17, 2009 @ 3:36 pm
      7.1

      Teresa – I had to joke about the *rules* because there are bloggers out there who think they are the rule makers because they may have been doing this longer than me and many others.

      It’s sad that they feel they need to behave that way – creating controversy does bring traffic but it won’t last (and it’s just plain rude and ugly).

      • mommysnacks - July 17, 2009 @ 3:43 pm

        Thanks for all the sweet comments! This has been a topic brewing in the blogosphere for a while. Again, no one directed anything to me (as far as I know), but I felt it needed said. These self righteous bloggers who want to make all the rules clearly need to realize what their passion is. Maybe it is creating controvery and acting like experts??? That doesn’t fly with me!

  • Domestic Extraordinaire - July 16, 2009 @ 8:12 pm
    8

    I couldn’t agree with you more. Looking forward to seeing you soon!

  • paige - July 16, 2009 @ 9:14 pm
    9

    I love reading your blog! Whatever you write!

  • Amy @ AmyLovesIt! - July 16, 2009 @ 9:24 pm
    10

    Just so you know, I LOVE you…. and everything you write!

    Keep up the good work, Andrea. You are definitely one of my favorites!

  • Tony - July 16, 2009 @ 9:43 pm
    11

    Thanks so much for your series on blogging. It has been very helpful!

  • Carolyn G - July 16, 2009 @ 11:06 pm
    12

    Amen! You are exactly right. That’s how I feel. It’s my blog so I write what I want when I want. I created another blog to do reviews and giveaways because I wanted to do reviews and giveaways but not on my personal blog. It works for me. It might not work for everyone but it does for me. Thanks for the reminder that there are no rules except the ones you impose for yourself!!!

    • mommysnacks - July 17, 2009 @ 3:37 pm
      12.1

      Carolyn – go YOU! These bloggers just talking to hear themselves, make it seem like others are doing it wrong because they are evolving. Maybe if they evolved a little they wouldn’t have to be so controversial and consider us *commercialized*. Ridonkulous!

  • paula - July 16, 2009 @ 11:07 pm
    13

    Well sounds like some people have been rough on you lately. I think that most people start with a blog and what they want that blog to be and it turns into a bunch of stuff. I know mine did.

    If people want to leave nice comments or wonder if you might be interested in expanding on a subject then that is one thing but if they don’t like your blog or want it to be something else, then don’t visit and or start your own. Blogging is so awesome and I dont understand the need to leave comments if you have nothing good to say there are plenty of other blogs to find.

    Keep up your good work. I like your blog the way it is.

    • mommysnacks - July 17, 2009 @ 3:39 pm
      13.1

      Paula – it has been directed at me necessarily. I just felt the need to tell them to zip it, really. I don’t care what they have to say and it’s thrown in my face every 5 seconds when I’m on twitter.

      I am definitely open to critique or suggestions from my readers – they are the reason I do this. But, for other bloggers who don’t know my readers like I do, they can just ZIP IT! We have different audiences and I know what works best here.

  • [email protected] - July 16, 2009 @ 11:59 pm
    14

    Right on, Andrea! But you forgot. There is a rule. Just one: don’t copy and paste stuff from blogs and pass it off as your own work. (Not saying YOU did, but hey, it happens!)

    I am SO excited about finally meeting you face to face at BlogHer! Get your autograph-signing pen ready for me! ;)

    • mommysnacks - July 17, 2009 @ 3:39 pm
      14.1

      A, yes, that one does seem like a no brainer, huh but sadly it still happens :( And, I don’t know who I’m gonna squeeze first…you or Collin!! Can’t wait!

  • Sarah @ FiddledeedeeMom - July 17, 2009 @ 12:05 am
    15

    You. Go. Girl. Love your blog, more now than ever :)

  • Briana - July 17, 2009 @ 8:22 am
    16

    My alt title is “Do as I say, Not as I do” because most people who are writing these so called “rule” on blogging on the ones breaking all the rules! But yet, they think they have higher standards!

    • mommysnacks - July 17, 2009 @ 3:40 pm
      16.1

      B, AMEN!!! Hipocrisy at it’s finest…For people who see the posts and know those bloggers, they totally know that. Guess it’s OK for them but not others? Jealousy or Threatened?? hmmmmm

  • Becky (Nickels-n-Dimes) - July 17, 2009 @ 8:32 am
    17

    You are so funny! Someone’s always gotta put in their 2 cents. If they don’t like it, move on. No one is forcing you to come to MommySnacks or anywhere else for that matter. Right?

    • mommysnacks - July 17, 2009 @ 3:41 pm
      17.1

      Becky, nope – no one forces them to come here or anywhere else so I still get baffled when bloggers just want to make their own rules. It’s just sad and ridiculous and they need to save their time, really.

  • Carol - July 17, 2009 @ 9:39 am
    18

    YES!!! Now there is a rule we can all live with. YOUR blog is wonderful just the way it is. Change only as you feel lead to do so. Thanks for letting us all share in your savings.

  • sharon - July 17, 2009 @ 1:25 pm
    19

    your blog is just about my favorite!!!! i love everything you write and agree with just about everything. i’m trying to get started blogging and you are my inspiration. keep up the good work!!!!!

  • sharon - July 17, 2009 @ 1:27 pm
    20

    i forgot to say thank you for all your hard work :) i’m saving soooooo much money.
    !!!!

  • Kelly - July 17, 2009 @ 3:09 pm
    21

    I like you the way you are – you are real and someone who I think I would enjoy having a cup of coffee with and eating some mexican. I choose to come to your site because of that…and there are an awful lot of sites I don’t go to because I don’t care for the personality of the blogger. We are all different – thank goodness.

    • mommysnacks - July 17, 2009 @ 3:41 pm
      21.1

      Kelly – I love coffee and mexican – when are we going :)

  • Marcy - July 18, 2009 @ 11:41 pm
    22

    Ha! Love Alyssa’s point about cut & paste! AMEN sister. I’m so tired of all of the negativity swirling about “mommy bloggers” and am grateful that you posted this.

  • Sandy - January 20, 2010 @ 11:36 pm
    23

    You go girl! I am new to blogging so it was interesting to stumble upon your post. Now that I read it, the happier I am. I am glad that there are no rules and I can do whatever I want! I don’t want to conform to others b/c it’s MY blog and I can post and say what I want hehe! Thanks for the inspiration!

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