“If you’re going to try, go all the way.”
– Charles Bukowski
I receive enough questions about blogging to warrant a post about it. The following is my advice to anyone interested in crafting a successful website:
- Write yourself as yourself.
Pretending to be someone else isn’t impressive. Creating some faux playboy/billionaire/athlete story won’t amaze anyone anyway. If you actually are some fat neckbeard in real life, write about it. It’d be far more interesting to read than whatever fictional story you may be tempted to concoct.
- Don’t be negative.
I was going to write “no one likes a whiner,” but it’s not true. Losers like a whiner. People who have something to lose aren’t going to find themselves attracted to a doomsday profit. Unless you want to surround yourself with the slugs of society, don’t start a blog based in negativity.
- Don’t expect to get rich.
I’ve never seen a blogger who was only in it “for the money” last more than three months. If you want to make money, start a business. If you want to blog, writing needs to be your passion.
- Write for an hour every day.
Buy a small notebook and carry it everywhere you go. Scribble down anything interesting you experience throughout the day. When you get home, dedicate an hour to elaborating on at least one of those events. You’d be surprised at how many posts I’ve built off random thoughts that popped into my mind.
- Listen to as few “experts” as possible.
Don’t over expose yourself to information from professional bloggers. I wouldn’t even recommend reading any of their advice until after your first month of blogging. After that, I’d suggest picking up a copy of Confessions of an Online Hustler, it’s one of the few good books on the subject.
If you have any questions or additional suggestions, feel free to post a comment. I’ll get back to you as soon as possible.