Blogging isn’t a science. And I do worry that, like with anything else where credibility evolves from notoriety, someone will eventually ask me what the magic formula is: as in… how do I do what you do? Or, can you make me what you have? For money…
And the answer is probably going to be a very complicated sort of “ummm… no.”
Complicated because it’s neither that I cannot nor that I won’t… it’s just the guts of a good blog come from (a) personal passion, (b) a lot of elbow grease, (c) never-ending tweaks and iterative changes to what you are doing, and (d) being willing to be smacked around, ignored, yelled at, and laughed at, often all at the same time, for hanging yourself out there for everyone to see. And I can’t make that for you. I can’t build that for you. I can’t re-create the conditions that will let you be successful in the way that I am just barely inching towards starting to be marginally and fractionally successful.
Like anything else: go out there with good intentions, understanding that statistically speaking you will fail a thousand times before you succeed, and try and do good things and make the internets a better place. No, really.
Want something more than that?
How meta? A collection of blog posts about blogging. I do have a thread where I write specifically about being a blogger, but I’ve also had a few things to say over the years in the way of specific insight, advice, and opinions. You could rummage through the archives to find some of those things, but I thought I’d save the effort and provide a list to make it easier for those looking
My blog posts about blogging are…
- On Names and Changes, Again
- Blogging the Trifling Inconsequential
- Future Histories: Blogging and the Art of the Personal Archive
- 6 Ways to Holiday-Proof Your Blogging
- On Re-Inventing a Blog
- 5 Blogging Tips for the Travelling Blogger
- 7 Kinds of Autobiographical Blog Posts
- Seven Sins of Blogging
- 7 Great Rules for Sorting Your Blogs Written Content
- Reading: Old Posts
- 7 Tricks to Help You Write More Posts for Your Blog
- How to Write a Blog
- To Share: A Blog
- Blog About Why You Blog
- Nine Slightly Odd Posts
- Blogging in Ten Easy Steps