I wanted to write this without sounding like a pretentious bitch.
Thats a tall order. Just know I’m not trying to sound like I have a Ph.D in blogging. I have a B.A. in B.S. and thats about it.
New blogs are born every minuet. . Your congressman, your mom/mum, your coworker, your librarian, and probably your gynecologist have a blog (pray that its not all about your vagina or your latest pap smear). And no matter what, everyone was a newbie at some point
But cyberspace is a cruel, complicated world. It can be fun and entertaining, but you can’t sink your teeth into the blog world without thick skin.
I know what your thinking:
Who is this know-it-all? What does SHE know about blogging? Shes not getting paid for it! She can barely spell!
The above statement is true, but hear me out: I’ve been blogging for five years. Not all on Eden’s Eats but I’ve had two other blogs and did some contributing work for other sites. So take from this post what you want, here is what I have to give you newbies out there:
Keep It Short: At least when you first start out. I only read content-heavy blogs if I’m familiar with the author. People have short attention spans and if you aren’t widely popular for your literary brilliance already, no one will read your novel post. Once you’ve been around the block a few times, maybe you can start getting a little lengthy…(a little, not a lot. If I wanted to read a novel, I have a John Steinbeck waiting for me on my nightstand).
Stand Out: look, I’ve mentioned this before how most blogs are of the exact same thing! Be a little different. Screw conformity! As a new blogger, bloggers will probably not want to read you cause their google reader or whatever is exploding with the millions of other blogs out there. So be you, and try not being like all the other blogs out there.
When in Doubt, Dont Blog: If you just kinda sorta want to start a blog because you think all the cool people are doing it, don’t. Cause let me tell you, only 5% of bloggers are cool anyhow (and no, I’m sadly not part of the 5%). Most blogs are diaries. If you want to start a diary go for it, but don’t try to make your diary a way to make money or get attention. If you DO want attention/twitter followers/book deal you better have a good premise. . Don’t feel bad if you feel you have nothing to write about. Trust me, as a reader, I will respect you on a whole different level if you leave me a comment. I know you are reading my blog out of pleasure and not because you want people to click over to your blog. And let me tell you, blogging is energy draining. If you have the time, great. But it can get really stressful. I’ve considered quitting numerous times and did, TWICE! Then I started Eden’s Eats and I can already feel Eden’s Eat’s getting ready to retire. She’s in menopause I think….
High School Rules Sort of Apply: Blogging is a lot like high school in that you kind of need help by someone “cool” (ie, a somewhat popular blogger) to think you are cool. I know, this is a painful, painful truth and it’s very unfair. Any blogger that is widely read got help from the praise of another, widely read blogger. Unless you are Oprah, your blog won’t become widely read on its own. The Blogosphere is not Marxist fairy tale where all bloggers have the same status. Don’t worship your blog idols; begging and pleading them for a guest post, or irk them in hopes they will click over to your blog. Just be real, leave thoughtful, genuine comments, and maybe they will click over one day and discover your charm.
Or…… they will totally ignore you and take more pictures of their oatmeal/cute pet/kin/marathon medal.
I have more to say, but I may make this a series or a two parter cause I don’t want to make this a novel…And for all I know, what I’ve stated may be complete B.S. (since I do have a B.A. in that field). So take what you will, but go do your own thing because my opinions are rather worthless.
But I would like to hear if anybody out there would like to add some advice to the newbie chronicles. If you are a newbie, how has it been so far? If you are just a reader, have you ever considered jumping into the blog shark tank?