Why You Should And How To Start Blogging

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. πŸ˜›

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.

Information Sharing
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. πŸ™‚ )

[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. πŸ™‚

[The Pirates Dilemma] – A book about “piracy” (the “illegal” sharing of shit on the web) and how it’s effecting popular culture. AND your cheap ass can [download it for free on the web.]

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.

Self Reflection
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.

Pwning
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.]

Tools

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:

[Blogger] – The Google owned one and where I started.
[TypePad] – One I see a lot of people use.
[Livejournal] – Where the [Emos] play (so it seems).

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. πŸ™‚

[Check out the fail that is was my first ever blog post.]

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. πŸ™‚ )

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.

Conclusion

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. πŸ˜€ Seriously though, where’s your blog!

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4 Responses to Why You Should And How To Start Blogging

  1. Magdalicious says:

    One more thing… remember to keep it positive.. or fun in some way.. or no one will wanna read that tedious shit! (My friends back home are not aware of this secret.. painful)

  2. molinabz says:

    It’s funny that you posted this blog. I have been contemplating for a long time now about starting up my own blog, mainly for my family back home as well and also because I just have been feeling the need to write and express myself, but I have kept pushing it back because I wanted to discuss it with you first (seeing that you are blog-professional and obviously know the dos and don’ts :P). Lately I have just been really busy but I have signed up, so that’s a start! πŸ™‚
    Great! Blogging starts this weekend (when I find time after all the piles of economics homework and chapters I need to finish reading 😦 ) Guaranteed, though, that I won’t be blogging about Hagrid and Centaur to any Crusty Wizards. ha ha!

  3. miltownmom says:

    Well, I did start a blog, but my “media room” always ends up so messy, but the time I clear out my inbox and read your blog, I never get around to it. I’ll see if I can find it and write again. I have lots of projects I want to get done–not as many as you–and I haven’t got a plan yet to get them all done. They just clutter up my mind.

  4. Kevin says:

    Check out this talk by Merlin Mann, literally the last thing I just saw before reading your post here (skip ahead to about 5 min mark):
    How to Blog
    http://www.kungfugrippe.com/post/50022261/how-to-blog

    He says:
    Find your obsession.
    Every day, explain it to
    one person you respect.
    Edit everything, skip shortcuts,
    and try not to be a dick.
    Get better.

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