Just a disclaimer, this post is just for the bants! Nobody should come for me, because I’m also making fun of myself!
Oh, and also, I realise that “blogger” extends far beyond the niches I am into i.e. lifestyle, fashion, style, etc. Some people have blogs where they write news articles and all that. Well, this post applies to lifestyle, fashion blogs etc. Alright? Let’s go!
Alright, so I started my blog in April (just under 6 months old, hey!), just a few days after my 19th birthday. Between then and now, I have been through hundreds of blogs, and hundreds of blog posts. From my shameless perusing, there are some prominent trends I have noticed. And it is with that, I bring you the blogger starter pack. If you don’t have at least 3/5 of these, you’re not a blogger! (all jokes)
The Almighty Signature
Okay, nearly everybody has a signature at the end of their posts! Where and how did this start? Who originated this idea? Either way, a majority of people throw signatures! Why do we put signatures at the end of our posts? Anyway, it’s actually quite cute (when the signature is in a cute font, not scattered). It feels nice, you know? Like signing off a letter to your beloved readers.
Currently I Am/Life Lately/Life Updates/Monthly Reflection
As a blogger, are you even a blogger if you don’t do this? You better bring out your pen (or fingers, in this case) and get to reflecting and re-capping! Do it monthly, and of course at the end/start of the year! I like reading this segment though, because I’m naturally inquisitive and take genuine interest in the lives of people.
The above image is visual representation of me, lurking on your monthly/yearly reflections. Carry on.
I’d even say, I’m likely to be that passenger on public transport who will tell you to stop scrolling so fast through your messages so I can finish reading a particular line! I care that much! Lol, God forbid! Please, I’m not one of them! Anyway, do keep us updated on your life, we’re rooting for you! Well, I am, anyway.
Mystery/Sunshine Blogger Award
Awards, tags. This is actually the defining moment of blogging. If you haven’t been nominated, can you really say you’re a blogger? Of course, you don’t have to do the award post to be classified as a blogger. The main factor here is being nominated.
In fact, I am totally a certified blogger because I’ve been nominated..twice. That’s right.
*Takes a bow* I’m on another level, people!
“Sorry For My Absence”
Oh my goodness, this one annoys me the most, and I pray I don’t become one who frequently says this line. People! I for one don’t always feel entitled to explanations for why you’ve been absent. Life happens, things occur! It’s okay! Explanations should only come when it’s been like 1 – 6 months of absence. THAT would be cause for worry and interrogations.
If you are going to disappear for a bit and you know of this, just give us a heads up instead.
However, when you keep saying ‘clears cobwebs’ or ‘sorry for my absence‘ after like 1-2 weeks absence, it just gets boring (okay, this might be a valid apology if you post 7 times a week or something, but still, stahp!). I, as a self-appointed advocate for the cobwebs, demand you stop clearing us! Sure, I miss my favourite bloggers when they go silent, but when I get notifications of a new post from them I excitedly go and read, not always needing explanation. The abuse of this line needs to staaaahp!
Opening A Shop
And last but not the least, we set up shop. Of course, I’m not really complaining about this because I’m down for seeing my favourite bloggers glow & grow, making that coin!
It’s just funny how many people actually do this. It’s a great idea though, especially for style/fashion bloggers. It’s good to have a platform of people who trust you, then take advantage of that platform!
As a matter of fact, I’m not huge but already established and co-owned ELCI (@elcithreads) before I started blogging. I also operate a mini-store called ‘Ginger.‘, maybe I’ll do a proper post introducing you to it and all. In the mean time, if you love a page with good graphics & a gorgeous Instagram theme, pretty good amateur product photography, a store which allows you to find cute stuff for your aesthetic (be it 90s, bohemian, grunge, chic etc.) at affordable prices, then follow @shopginger.ng! There’s discounts, and just a whole lot of cool stuff coming up! Show some love!
Okay, now it just looks like I wrote this post to shamelessly advertise myself. I didn’t o! I just can’t help but talk about my little projects.
Blogging is awesome. I don’t regret it at all, and if you can’t tell, I extremely enjoyed writing this post! Once in a while posts should have a laid back feel, you know? I’m still figuring out my blogging style anyway. So, based on these starter pack items, I present my blogger report card/blogger CV:
- A blog signature (100%): Has a clean looking simple signature which has evolved.
- A monthly life recap (100%): Has a segment called ‘Mind on the Month’.
- Opening a shop (100%): Operates an online store called Ginger (@shopginger.ng)
- An award nomination (100%): Nominated for Mystery & Sunshine Blogger Awards
- Excessive apologies for absences (0%): Has not had any absences yet.
Did I miss anything? Do mention them in the comments! How many of these have you done? What does your blogger report card look like?