Warning! This superhero monologue will kick start your blog and if your lucky, you might even get super powers.
My name…is Barry Allen and I’m the fastest man alive.
If it’s one thing I know, it’s how to go fast. And I don’t mean your grandma limping to bingo fast, I’m talking about unbridled tangible speed.
These days, running around like an aimless speedster has admittedly become tiresome – kidding. But now I want to show that I’m more than just a bolt of lightning, I’m going to shock you with what I have in my tights. That’s right! I’m going to supercharge your blog and send it into the blogosphere.
Most folks believe blogging is a slow tumultuous grind to the top, that the market is saturated and that you won’t be able to stand out.
Listen, just because you’re not the “lightning before the thunder” like me, doesn’t mean its ok for you to lag behind with those other doe-eyed bloggers. You’re a peacock, its time to act the part.
Ever since that lightning bolt hit me that day in S.T.A.R labs I realized my destiny. So now, I’m going to help you realize yours and show you not only how to start your blog, but in the process, help you go faster than any blog has gone in history…because I am the flash
Sorry about that guys, the Flash obviously stole my computer and then disappeared….in a flash. Now, let’s help you actually – start your blog.
Promote your blog
Self-promotion is one of the most ambivalent topics when it comes to blogging, it’s essentially the equivalent of selling your soul for rock and roll. However, if you want to catapult your blog to the masses, you are going to need copious amounts of it.
Promotion is king when you start your blog, so if you don’t know how, check out my previous post where I talk about how I self promote. (Ironically, like this.)
You might have to work overtime to promote your blog at first. It will be difficult and tiring, but if blogging is what you want to do – try looking at it like a part-time job. This endeavor is for you, so invest time and effort and it will pay massive dividends – or not. Most likely it wont, but, at the very least it can and will help others, so give it the ol’ college try, or if college wasn’t your thing, pretend your blog is that beautiful, flowing girl/guy at the mall that you have been wanting to ask out for a while. (Now who’s motivated?)
So, pass flyers on the street, sell your blog as if it’s the most delicious hot dog in history and the world just needs it. Be proud of your work and believe that you can truly make a difference and help others with your words, because isn’t that why we do this?
Make it useful
When you finally set out to start your blog, you might want to make your posts somewhat useful. I mean, things that will actually help others. So, for example if your target audience is people “who just love cats,” (Milly I’m looking at you) you might want to write about “ways to not pick up more strays”, “cat dental hygiene,” “tales from the kitty litter box,” “5 reasons they like to jump on your computer” and finally, “how their compulsion to stick their butt in your face is correlated to anxiety relief.” What you don’t want to do is write about “getting away with murder” to that same crowd. That, could be problematic and help the FBI build a case against you. We don’t want that.
My rule of thumb is that regardless of time and space, (And all things Rick and Morty) if your blog, in a vacuum is useful to people, then you are on the right track. If its use is tethered to other fleeting things that change with the wind, its value will probably diminish as time goes by. Blogging aficionados call this “evergreen.” I personally don’t have a name for it, but it will make your blog timeless and that’s ok too.
Don’t start your blog right away.
The best way to start your blog and be really successful out of the gate is…. to wait.
I know this sounds counter-intuitive, but the truth is – waiting, might be the most intelligent thing you could possibly do.
One of the biggest, monumental mistakes bloggers make is leaping in way to early and not knowing the very crucial elements of your blog like; direction, voice, theme, niche, or probably the most important – you haven’t even written a post yet.
Start there – write a blog post.
I know, its terrible. Try again and again, and again until it sounds unforced and genuine. If things go really well you can compile a few posts and keep them in the bank for later. Use this time to get ahead and find out what your vision is for your blog so that one day you can aspire to be awesome – like me.
Do some heavy research, remember, you’re terrible at this, so read other blogs, find out what styles are successful, and most importantly what resonates with you.
“Your blog is worth the wait.” – That…sounded better in my head.