So, you signed up to WordPress, answered all their intrusive personal questions, got yourself a blog and an “About me” page that says:
“This is an example of a WordPress post, you could edit this to put information about yourself or your site so readers know where you are coming from..”
Congratulations! The hard part is over! Now all you have to do is blog.
You might have some particular topic in mind and want to write themed articles so your readers know what to expect. Or, like me, you might just rush in and blurt out your thoughts without any planning or foresight in a stream of consciousness:
Naked women, fair trade coffee beans, transgender deviants, Barack Obama, zombie apocalypse, http, hashtag, sexy underwear, …
OK, perhaps it would be better to filter and structure your thoughts a little so that your readers can understand you better.
But what to write about?
Writing poetry is a popular blog topic. After all, WordPress has no “laugh” button, so what have you got to lose by sharing your poems with the world? Just an endless stony silence and the cruel shattering of your dreams. I say, go for it.
Or you could make money blogging by selling people tips about how to make money blogging so that they can make money blogging by selling people tips about … oh, nearly got swallowed up in an infinite loop there, thanks for pulling me out.
Here’s a tip – don’t pay anyone money for an ebook of 37 blindingly obvious ways to boost your blog traffic by 764% in three days. Especially if you get a bonus report if you buy within the next 24 hours. Just check out my free tips here.
Here’s some more free advice. Don’t get sucked into the trap of counting likes and followers. This can be addictive and destructive in equal measure. Write because you enjoy it and not because of numbers. It’s more fun that way. Remember that even if only one person reads your blog article, it was still worth writing. You changed the world, even if only in a small way. What more can any of us hope for?
Don’t be afraid to write whatever you feel or think needs saying. What’s the worst thing that could happen? Well, this is the internet, so almost limitless bad things might happen. You could be stalked by a random weirdo who makes your life a living hell. You could be spammed by a Chinese manufacturer of fake cell phone accessories – implausible, but true in my own case. You might even be mistakenly singled out by an alien invasion force as a spokesperson for humankind and made to answer for our species’ various crimes and misdemeanors.
In short, anything you could think of that could go wrong, might actually go wrong. And worse. But still, it would make a good blog article.
But it could turn out well, so prepare for success. Soon you might be one of those “bloggers” who gets interviewed on the news when no proper expert could be found to talk to. You might even become a celebrity. After all, if Justin Bieber can do it, anyone can.
But most importantly of all, remember to have fun. Because if you’re not enjoying it, you’re wasting your time. Do something more productive with your life, like go on Twitter.