Blogging Manifesto

I've been promising to get a new blog list up for ages and here it is at last, on my sidebar. I decided it was time to reinstate the old rolling blog list instead of a simple list of blogs on a separate page. I think it's more user friendly, more friendly in fact. My old favourites are on it, my friends real and cyber and also some new discoveries. They are a mixed bunch covering a wide range of interests and opinions, they are funny, thought-provoking, inspiring and all completely brilliant in their different ways.

Sadly several of my favourite bloggers have stopped blogging altogether and although I have found some lovely new blogs they aren't as many as I would wish. I'm sure twitter and instagram have a lot to do with it. I do love instagram but it's no substitute for blogging. Is blogging starting to seem old-fashioned now?  There certainly seems to be a move to a more professional approach to blogging, to building a bloggy empire; book deals, monetising, product reviews etc. I thought for a while of getting into that sort of thing myself but have firmly decided against it now, I'm too lazy for one thing. I also thought I would try to approach my blog in a more professional way by having a posting schedule and planning my posts. I wrote about it here. My book full of ideas has remained unconsulted. They were too prescriptive, too like magazine articles. My blog is not a magazine, it's place to connect with others. So I have replaced my blogging notebook with this simple and personal blogging manifesto ~

Blog when you like as often as you like.

Blog about whatever you like.

Ignore the stats, they make no difference to anything.

Have at least one photo in every post (whether it has anything to do with the post's subject or not).

Keep it real.





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  1. Sounds a good plan to me! :)

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  2. Sounds like a good philosophy :) Off to check out your sidebar now

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  3. Which is why your blog is so popular - it IS so real.
    Beautiful frostiness.

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  4. I love your blog just as it is!

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  5. I like your strong manifesto and photographs of the frost nipped leaves X

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  6. Thank you for including me, and there's some much-needed new reading material for me on the list too, as I rely on your impeccable taste. A big tick to your blogging manifesto.

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  7. Hi Sue.
    Thanks for including me again. You were really instrumental in my reaching new readers (OK, any readers) two years ago and I'm hugely grateful for that. One of the things I like about this space is your honesty and lack of pretension.
    I hope blogging isn't becoming old fashioned. If it is, then I'm happy to be uncool. I love the format of words and pictures without any techy faffing about. I've learned a few things thus far: don't compare yourself to others, and don't try to get involved in lots of social media. It gets confusing and compromises quality.
    I would dearly love to make money from blogging. I could work from home and get paid for my passion. But sponsored posts or self-promotion aren't for me. A website's an option, but mainly for aesthetic reasons. I'd rather write or take photos alongside the blog, as an offshoot. I too have noticed a few things lately about blogging: it can be quite cliquey (I've unfollowed some blogs as a result of this. It reminds me too much of school) and there does seem to be a lot of attempted bloggy empire-building. Again, not for me.
    Sound advice as usual from yourself. Stats don't mean much. Photos are good. Pressurising yourself isn't.
    I've gone into a bit of a dormant phase, not because I'm uninspired but I'm just enjoying the ebb and flow.
    Great post, Sue. I enjoyed reading it. And apologies for the lengthy comment. It's something I feel quite strongly about.
    S

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    1. I love a lengthy comment. I so agree with you about the use of lots of social media and how it can be confusing.

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  8. Love your new manifesto. I'm glad you aren't for changing your blog to be something that isn't really you. I so much enjoy reading it.

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  9. I shall enjoy looking through your list, and thank you for including me, I'm very chuffed. I'm with you on the manifesto front, I usually just turn up and write something.

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  10. A stress free blog is a happy blog to visit. You are right to follow your instincts and thank you for putting the old girl in on the right.

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  11. It's an excellent manifesto. I like your frosty photos very much.

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  12. All so true. And thank you so much for including me! Though I can see now how long it's been since I've blogged. Will just have to remind myself of the manifesto--'blog when you like as often as you like'...! xx

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    1. I just realized that while the side bar says my last post was 4 months ago, it was actually in September, so I don't feel so bad now (though I know I shouldn't feel bad anyway according to the manifesto!). xx

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    2. Oh dear it seems the blog roll isn't that accurate, that's quite a discrepancy.

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  13. Good for you..I rarely comment and don't blog myself, but really enjoy reading your posts.

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  14. This is why I love your blog so much. (And I dislike Instagram and Twitter.) And thank you for the list of blogs to check out as soon as I have time.

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  15. Gorgeous frosty photos. It's been so mild here that I've yet to get a frosty pic. I agree with your blogging comments. I prefer the blogs which are a little random but interesting and more real. I was so pleased to see I'm still on your list, thanks! I'm still here but blogging time is very limited as I'm finding being an NQT with a young family fairly eats up the hours. I just make up for it in the holidays (love school holidays!), Anne.

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  16. I use my blog as an on-line diary for us to look back over. I totally agree with everything you say. Some of my favourite blogs have just become adverts with the occasional bit about themselves thrown in to keep it 'real'. I much prefer blogs that are are about the people writing them. xx

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  17. Here here! I totally agree with your manifesto. Instagram is ok for a quick note post, but there is nothing like reading the story behind the photo and the journey it took to get it. I have been approached a few tmes on the product review front but that's not what I am about and it just doesn't make me feel comfortable. Have a great week xx p.s I love your shots of the autumn leaves... stunning. xx

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  18. Sounds good to me. I try to post every other day if I can but don't loose sleep if I don't!

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  19. I agree. I have to admit I'm one of those that slipped into a dormant phase. For a while it did all seem that everyone was about empires, book deals and lifestyle envy (i.e. my life is so much cooler, hipper craftier than yours, don't you wish you were me?). Everything appeared to be about instant gratification as in more projects, more tutorials and very little finishes. It didn't help that I had a few other things going on in the background that left me feeling like there was very little to write about.
    I slowly remembered that my blog is where I celebrate the golden, magical moments. While there were still magical moments, I was forgetting to celebrate them. By writing again, I can celebrate these times and share them. It also makes me read others with a little more care - perhaps it is not all lifestyle envy and just others celebrating the golden moment too.

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  20. Anonymous10:21 pm GMT

    I'm with Ellen on all counts!

    Granny Dot - who commented occasionally a lifetime ago

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  21. Anonymous10:35 pm GMT

    Your blog is wonderful! I always look forward to reading it. I hope you won't change a thing.

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  22. I love your approach to blogging. It's real, and it's you. I have stopped reading quite a few blogs I used to read because they got too 'professional' for my liking. They started having 'sponsored' posts and I felt that they were only blogging to make money. I like your 'tell it like it is' eclectic style. I know that there is big money to made if you want to go in that direction, but the blogs lose their initial integrity. My nephew's wife has recently sold her photography blog to an an American. She will have no more input into it but all her past posts will be re-issued by the new owner. I find this really weird.

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  23. I am extremely honoured to appear on your sidebar, and delighted to have made a connection with you; blogging (even if it is now seen as hopelessly old-fashioned) does seem capable of bringing people together in surprising and life-enhancing ways. Thank you!

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  24. Good evening Sue, and thanks for including me in that sidebar of yours. Thank you also, for giving me easy access to clicking around to read more blogs.

    I do like the simple straightforward statement of your manifesto. It really does echo lots of what I have in my mind when I get around to writing a new post, or wonder why it's been a while since I did a post. I think that we all have a natural flow to our lives, even if that flow sometimes gets challenged by various hiccups. That's also part of the macro life flow.

    I will never, never be able to thank you enough for inducing me to let kale back into my life. Well, it was the added inducement of bacon what done it.

    xo

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  25. Perhaps you could bear to monetise sufficiently to market manifesto postcards ... we all need reminding sometimes that that's how blogging works best (I still have your calendar from a couple of years back by the way, I kept it as a kind of birthday 'book' and still enjoy looking at your lovely pics when I get it out to check dates.)

    And no, I don't think blogging is remotely unfashionable, but perhaps among the bakers and knitters etc. the quick fix of Instagram is currently a fashionable distraction.

    Thank you for including me in your blog roll again Sue.

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  26. Anonymous3:16 am GMT

    Love you, love your blog, love your photos. Thanks so much for being willing to invite us into your home, and for not trying to sell us anything while we chat. I'm really feeling blue today, and I clicked on your post to cheer me up. And it did.

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  27. I completely agree with your manifesto. Perhaps blogging is a bit old fashioned - it's like sitting down to supper with friends while instagram is more like grabbing a coffee to drink on the go - but I don't think that's a bad thing. So pleased you won't be going down the sponsored posts and empire building route as I've stopped following blogs that do that.

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  28. Anonymous8:33 am GMT

    Keep doing what you do. I think you know what's best - fairly regular and always lots of good photos to accompany interesting text.

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  29. Sue, I have been one of your silent readers hitherto as I do not blog or comment myself, but I have been following your blog for a number of years now and I really enjoy it just the way it is. Perhaps us quiet ones need to get on the page now and express our appreciation so you know we're out here. Lesley

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  30. Now that's a good manifesto. And I feel strangely comforted by the fact that blogging might be a little un-cool. It got a bit swallowed up for a while by the monetising hipsters. Would like to check out your sidebar if I can figure out how to find it on my phone - that's the real scourge of old school blogging if you ask me....

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    1. Now that's something that didn't occur to me but then I like a big screen for blogging and blog reading.

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    2. If I scroll down to the bottom of the page I get a 'view web version' option.

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  31. That is a good manifesto to have, your blog has always felt right and comfortable to me.

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  32. I am a regular reader through Feedly but a very rare commenter. I love all of your posts - the books, the cooking, the knitting and, of course the photos. Your manifesto sounds just right - I think bloggong needs to be a habit but not a chore.

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  33. Yes, I like your manifesto. I would apply them to my blog as well. I keep going back to the reasons I started blogging-- chronicling my daily life for me and as a way to connect and network with others. I like a mixed bag with little glimpses into the bloggers life.

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  34. I love your Manifesto! So sensible, and I won't feel guilty about my 3 week absence then :-) I'm with you on IG, I really like it too but it's absolutely no substitute for a blog, more a quick visit at the corner store with lots of other customers around than a nice one on one cup of tea around someone's kitchen table. Thank you so much for adding me to your list, I'm really chuffed. I also like the rolling list down the side but I no longer have the sidebar capabilities with my new blog design so my blogroll is sitting down the bottom of the page, I hope it is still visible x

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  35. Love the manifesto, going to keep it in mind for my blogging. Also, thank you for pointing me to Standard Issue and also your new blog list, holiday here and it's snowing so shall stitch, cook a bit and READ.....bliss!

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  36. That's a good manifesto and those are very evocative photos.

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  37. hear hear!

    I approve. (I do like 'cake of the month' though... don't stop that!)

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  38. I was just thinking that your manifesto really needed to include cake in it somewhere, and then Monica beat me too it!

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  39. Thank you for the inspiration to just write.

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  40. Keeping it real is what keeps me coming back for more. With our Thanksgiving holiday out of the way, we can finally dial in to Christmas music and decorating our house, I love this time of the year.

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  41. Dear Sue - quite serendipitously I was reading a blog which had YOU in the side bar and I clicked on it; I haven't blogged in a month, nor have I been reading and catching up on other blogs. Just gearing myself up to get cracking, really, and the inertia grabbed me and held me static. I do so agree with all you write about blogging, it chimes with my own feelings.
    And there I am, in your side bar, so chuffed! You have galvanised me to get cracking the the half-written post just sitting there in ethereal blogosphere! Many thanks, and more power to your very own blogging elbow!

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  42. Good manifesto. I have stopped following a few blogs recently because they seemed to be too involved in empire building and had become predictable. Looking forward to checking out the ones on your blog list ...thanks.

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  43. Great manifesto for a great blog! I love the fact that you DO keep it real!, pati x

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  44. And this, of course, is why I love your blog. You do it for you, to share your chosen experiences/moments with us. Simple and elegant. I believe in that. I believe that is what makes a good blog, rather than a ho-hum commercialized thing. When I visit your blog I feel as if I'm visiting your home, your life. Truly, I feel like an honored guest because of the care you take to write and photograph. Thanks for that.

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  45. I feel the same way! Lots of my favourite bloggers have stopped writing, which is a real shame. I've been on and off blogging for a few years now, and it's only once I decided to stop feeling stressed out that my blog wasn't good enough that I've really started to enjoy the process again!

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