Although the rush of excitement from creating my first real blog has far from subsided, the idea is finally sinking in that this website bears my name and has to represent me. The day of experimenting with WordPress themes and clicking new buttons is over, and I’m left with the reality that I have to create content now… No big deal, right? I’m in college, I write all the time… But what am I going to say that matters to you? Writing about being late to work, getting rear-ended on the Parkway, and the ensuing conversation with my boss is stuff to write about in a private journal or complain to my best friend about over coffee. I don’t want to be another soulless hole on the internet filling the world with meaningless rants about my average life — I want to create!
So before I attempted to dazzle you with the new “thing”, what’s “hot”, or my opinion on the latest gossip buzzing around the blogosphere, I decided to do a little research: What makes a blog great??? One of the first things I came across was Sarah Arrow on “For Bloggers By Bloggers”, who says to make a 4 column list:
- “Things you’re crazy, insanely and utterly mad about – maybe you absolutely love knitting cat cuddlies.
- Things you’re interested in learning about – maybe you want to learn more about parenting.
- Things you’re good at – maybe you’re good at budgeting.
- Things you know a lot about – you may know a lot about optimising blog posts”
Reading further, I found Darren Rowse of ProBlogger, who stated “Many of the tasks that we do in the day to day of life can make excellent blog posts if only we’re on the look out to capture and repurpose them.” So then for me, a very novice blogger, I’ve decided that I don’t have to provide highly specific content in a particular niche, but I can just be myself. This blog is going to be a description of my journey into a variety of things I find interesting, and will hopefully prove to be a learning experience for us all. I like wine, but I’m no connoisseur; I enjoy gardening, but I can’t even put a planter-box outside my Newark window… There’s already so much out there about fashion, reading, college life, and cooking… I want to explore all that and more. I want to get my name out there and share my thoughts with the world.
By the way, if you’re looking to expand your own blog, a helpful resource I found was http://www.successfulblogging.com/.
Here’s some interesting quotes I came across in my research:
“the best way to deliver a message is by allowing passion to leap off the page and into the reader’s mind, heart and soul.” –Annabel Candy’s Guest Post on Successful Blogging
“There are no absolute ‘rules’ for creating a successful blog. If you have something to say, say it. Social media is, in it’s truest form, built for narcissists (and I don’t mean that in a bad way).” –Joey Strawn – 5 Steps for Guaranteed Blogging Success
“if you love what you are doing it will come through in your writing and people will respond to that. Rudy wasn’t the best football player in Notre Dame history, but he is beloved because of his dedication and heart and he truly loved what he was doing.” –Joey Strawn – 5 Steps for Guaranteed Blogging Success
“the best conversations result in both parties coming away from them better people. They are about two people treating each other as equals – wanting to share what they know but learn and be impacted by the other.” –Darren Rowse
“you might not disagree… but taking the opposing argument to see where it leads can be an illuminating journey.” –Darren Rowse