Thursday, 14 September 2017

Saying All I Need to Say

Dublin, Ireland

Top- H&M
Skirt - H&M
Tights - Claire's Accessories
Socks - Primark
Boots - Primark
Bag - Primark
Earrings - Primark
Glasses - Glasses Shop (Use Code: GSHOT50 for 50% off! )

I had typed up all of last night's post as I very often do on my phone and sent it as a text message to myself. At the time my Google account on my new-ish phone was experiencing errors that the basic methods of repair could not fix. In the end, I had to resign myself to an FDR, or Factory Data Reset. Unable to back up my messages and lost in the frustration of having to experience such an issue with my new phone I threw caution to the wind and went ahead and did the FDR erasing a lot of data on my phone, which I knew would happen.

However, when it came to time to copy and paste my post from messages to my Blogger app so I could edit it online, I saw my mistake. My foolish mistake. I couldn't bear the thought of typing out all the sentences I'd worked to carefully curate. Sentences structured to convey the emotions felt at the time, happier emotions compared to the frustration and slight annoyance that now replaced it. I was grasping at words and phrases as they fell out of my temporary memory bank still unaware that they are no longer stored in the secure confines of the blue coloured speech bubble of my text message dialogues.

Needless to say, I felt gutted. Especially when I was so proud and happy with what I had written. But alas, I will concede and deal with the consequences of my own actions. I will also try not to think about why I didn't just send it to myself on messenger too!

In this said deleted post, I spoke of the days before I started taking blogging a little more seriously than I'd like to right now. It's undeniable that the world of blogging has changed significantly since I started writing on blogs over 5 years ago. There are now blogs successful enough to gain money for a full-time living and also blogs successful enough to have a dedicated audience to drive the person(s) that write on it. Both are different forms of success.

When I decided I wanted to go for the kind of success that had the potential to bring in some money after the birth of Albatroz & Co, I read a lot of tips and tricks on improving my blogging game. And although I didn't necessarily fall into an obsession with money and numbers, there were times where these factors did affect my blogging experience and enjoyment. I picked up a lot of habits from my readings. Some have helped me be a better blogger like joining facebook groups geared at helping you become your best blogging self in a community of like minded people and others that I have tried, tested and kicked to the kerb like the idea of pods or follow for follow threads.

Today I am kicking another one to the kerb. I don't remember where I came across it or why it became so ingrained in my mind this idea that to rank higher and improve my SEO, I should be writing approx. 1500 words otherwise I may as well not be trying. Did this improve my SEO or bring my views to my page? To be honest I can not see the correlation between long texts and views on my site.

My most read posts are a combination of my most promoted and also well-written pieces with engaging content. If you're writing about something people want to read and you say all you have to say, what difference does it make how long it is? Especially if I am just writing for people to read and not necessarily to become no.1 on google search? The idea of having to write a certain amount to get a certain result may be proven and I am by no means disputing its validity, I'm just saying it doesn't always work for me.

I have tried it and yes it has tested me and challenged me to research my views or get informed on my opinion before broaching a post to ensure I am confident in the knowledge of what I have to say. However, there have been times where I have not had much to say but felt as though for my work to be significant I need to at least write this amount of words to make an impact.

It's restricting and has gradually become a habit I do not like. An inbuilt characteristic I now want to get rid off. Like an antigen my body has just become aware of, I no longer want this idea that morphs into a necessity to write more than I want to or more than I have the knowledge of to take over and influence the joy I get from writing and navigating this creative space that is my blog.

I fell in love with the blogs I follow not because they write endless pages of text, I fell in love with them for their content which then inspired me to create my own. When I first started out in Fashion  blogging, I looked up to Luanna of Le Happy blog who's beautiful outfits and pictures were always enough to speak for themselves. I too wanted the big, pretty pictures and I didn't put too much focus on the text. I want to go back to this simpler time and share outfits and speak through pictures. Not all the time but some of the time.

Like I said I am not disputing the benefits of writing lengthy text ( of good quality), I'm just simply not going to make it the main focus of everything post I write here on Albatroz & Co. For the likes of articles and sponsored posts, I'll want them to perform really well so of course, I will acknowledge points such a length and keywords that will help it perform better in search engines because at the end of the day if you're looking to earn money and want people to find something, you have to make it somewhat easy for them to find. But I will not be selling my soul and will embrace this mentality to write as much as I need to say what I have to say.

To find out why it is important to have long text and keywords for SEO ranking, check out this rather helpful post from Yoast here.

Till Next Time

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1 comment so far

  1. I used to write really long posts but then I was told people don't read long posts ...hard to get the balance right! I actually never knew it was suppposed to be better for SEO x


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