Monday, 11 January 2016
How To's, Blogging Clones and Being A Bad Ass.
It is 2016, can we JUST STOP with the "How To Be The Best Blogger In The Whole Wide World" posts now, please?
The tutorials, the step-by-step guide to being the next big thing, the How not to's, can we just STOP?
Here is the reality.
You are meant to fail, your blog is meant to be SO bad that only two people read it, (and neither of them write comments) you are meant to give up on it.
And THEN, you will get a bit better, you will develop your own style, then one morning you will write something and TEN people will read it, and you are amazed. You will get your first comment and you will BURST with pride. The feeling of hitting 100 hits on a post for the very first time? WOW.
Then no-one will read again, and you will be plagued with self-doubt. You will change your header 15 times, you will tinker with the layout, hone your skills and you will see those numbers increasing over time or you won't, you are MEANT to look back on your early posts and CRINGE SO HARD and then have a quick internal debate over whether you actually delete them so that they never see the light of day again or whether you are going to leave them there so that you can see how far you have actually developed in style.
There is NO quick route to being the best blogger in the world, and what always concerns me with blogger tutorial posts on how to get bigger and better is that, yes, those tips and tricks may have worked for them, but that is them, it is not you, it is not me. There are hundreds of thousands of blogs out there, some good, some bad, if everyone is following "Ten Tips To Be A Bad-Ass Blogger, how are you going to stand out and actually BE a Bad-Ass blogger?
Are you even you anymore?
I could wrap this up with a paragraph or seven about being the best you that you can be, but quite frankly, that is a crap saying and I'm not going to preach blogging to anyone, at any time. It always concerns me when people take it upon themselves to bless the rest of the world with their blogging knowledge, as if they are doing everyone else a favour. Who wants to be a blogging clone anyway?
How about you?
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