I had this post in my head “How To Blog” that I never wrote. Then this morning, I had an experience that was like “This is why people should blog” then the 2 posts came together in mine head like [Voltron]. Now you have this.
Why You SHOULDN’T Start Blogging
Money. Now, don’t get me wrong. I think the idea of running a profitable blog is AWESOME. But don’t jump into it like:
Phase 1: Start Blog
Phase 2: ???
Phase 3: PROFIT!
I just wouldn’t recommend having money being the main motivating factor. With money being the main driving factor, I don’t think you would last long enough to even make it profitable and if you did, it might not be that fun to work on. 😛
Why You Should Start Blogging
There are a TON of reasons. I’ll give you the one that slapped me in the face this morning first.
When you write a blog post, people tend to leave in the comments things they think you might like. This is the cool shit I ran into in the last couple days (because of those EPIC ass blog posts I wrote. 🙂 )
[Gtdagenda.com] – This is a webapp based on the book (which I’ve read and it pwns) [“Getting Things Done”]. I haven’t checked it out yet, but it looks like it’s going to kick some ass. I tried [Rememberthemilk] a while ago and didn’t get into it. I’ll let you know how the testing goes.
[The Church of the SubGenius] – If I only knew there was a Church dedicated to mastering [slack] back in high school. I would have just stuck to what I was good at (slacking) and never even attempted college. 🙂
Now see what I just did? I shared some shit that I thought was awesome, because I thought you might think it’s awesome and the overall levels of awesome in the universe just exponentially expanded. One word. Awesome.
I’m pretty sure some really smart mofokos somewhere talk about the importance of “self reflection.” I think this is one of the reasons womenz tend to be so “smart.” They all communicate and shit (with themselves via diaries and by talking all the damn time). Dairies are for pussies and men should have nothing to do with them, but blogging is GANGSTER. Now YOU TOO can tap into the secret powers previously only privy to womenz!
Your Writing Skillz
You’ll become a much better writer by writing. That [“The pen is mightier than the sword,”] shit is truer now more than ever. It’s my firm belief that a person will be able to one day cripple a government/corporation with an expertly crafted Twitter message.
English classes (usually) suck (and are probably doomed to continue sucking for a long while) but you can start enhancing your pen ninjitsu RIGHT NOW! By blogging you’ll learn basic [copywriting] shit (the importance of the subject/title, how to break shit up, you know, shit like that) AND communication ninjitsu.
miltownmom, where the hell is your blog? I’m tired of this shit!*
How to Start Blogging
It’s seems so simple now, but blogging is actually pretty hard to start doing without the proper guidance. Let me be your [Mr. Miyagi.]
Start anywhere. I’m using [Wordpress.com]. If you have an email address, you can have a blog. Just click the big blue SIGN UP NOW button and poof! Another cool benefit is when you leave comments on other wordpress.com blogs while signed in you don’t need to fill all that stuff out.
If you want to keep things simple, just sign up at WordPress, but that’s not the only place. Here are some other places I see alot:
What do I write about?
This is probably the hardest thing to sort out. I’ll tell you what to write about: Whatever the fuck you please. That’s what. 🙂
Actually, writing “whatever the fuck you please,” isn’t quite enough. You also have to choose a person that you’re writing to (whether they’re going to be reading it or not). This makes writing SO much easier. If you look at that first post, I was writing to aspiring “Crusty Wizards” and people of the internet. Just have a person (or group of people) in mind when your writing and POOF: Easymode.
The person I always had (and have) in the back of my mind is my mom, so I try to keep things “mommy friendly.” (My own version of that obviously. 🙂 )
Choose One Person
I’d like to elaborate on that some more. I think it’s a good idea to choose one person that you’re writing for (not to). In my case it was my mom so she could know what the fuck I was up to and thinking while I was in Taiwan. That will help you set the pace and tone of your blog in the beginning. Things will change over time, but that will help get the ball rolling. In the beginning you’re like “What can I write about.” After doing it a while you’re like “I have too much to write about!”
How Do I Make My Blog Pimp?
Don’t even worry about that in the beginning. Just use the basic stuff and make little changes as you go along. NO ONE starts with the “perfect” blog. Anyone that has what appears to be “the perfect blog” straight from the beginning either paid a bunch of money, or did a whole lot of [fail blogging] before that one.
Blogging makes you sexier, makes your pimp hand stronger, gives you +17 INTELLIGENCE, helps you lose that last 5 pounds and makes you smell good.
[Start failing today] so you can be GREAT SUCCESS tomorrow.
*Just kidding mom. 😀 Seriously though, where’s your blog!