I see a lot of people who are fucking sick of advice.
On the one hand you have a handful of people who love to share blogging tips. They say, “Do x to achieve y!” These people are typically just trying to help. They want to share their own experiences and guide you towards achieving their same result.
On the other hand we have people who despise this idea of “blogging tips” or handing out advice. They say, “Stop telling me how to blog! Let me do whatever the hell I want.”
Woah! Dilemma! What do we do about this?
If you want to achieve a specific result, there often are objective steps you can follow to get there.
For example, if you want to grow your traffic then writing quality content will usually help you do that. Getting on Pinterest will help you do that.
Do you have to do those things? No. Of course not. If you hate Pinterest then no one is going to make you get on there. Those things will help you grow your blog, but that doesn’t mean you HAVE to take those steps. Heck, maybe you’re not even interested in growing your blog.
Not all advice will be relevant to YOU.
Everyone has different goals. A lot of people do want to grow their blogs, but some aren’t interested. They don’t care about growth, page views, or subscribers. They just want to post about whatever they damn please. If that’s the case, then the advice doesn’t apply to them.
That’s where the distinction comes in.
It’s up to YOU to follow advice… or not.
Posting advice isn’t a bad thing in itself. I mean, c’mon, people are just trying to be helpful.
The best way for you to handle this is to read the advice (if you want), absorb it, and decide whether or not it applies to you. The power is 100% with you.
You might choose not to follow advice if:
- It doesn’t apply to you because you’re not aiming for that end result.
- It doesn’t quite feel right.
- It’s wrong (yes, sometimes advice is just blatantly wrong).
Let’s not jump down peoples’ throats for offering advice. Just like you want to blog about whatever you want, so do they, which means they get to post blogging tips (woohoo!). And you get to sick back and decide whether or not to take that advice or put it straight in your “don’t give a shit” folder.
That means if you want to keep bitching about other people giving advice, you’re free to do that too. I won’t stop you. To hell with my advice about advice.