(Hopefully. Maybe. Kind of.)
6 of these things start with the letter P.
So, here are my 6 P's of blogging - handy little words I keep in mind when throwing my brain onto the page (screen? Still trying to figure that out,) for your amusement, enjoyment, education, and possible traumatisation.
I hope they help with your own bloggy-ness, or at the very least, provide light entertainment for your coffee-break.
(Not that type - gutter-brains!)
This one is a bit of a no-brainer. If you're not interested in what you're writing about - it's going to show.
So if you blog, blog from the heart (cheesy grin and thumbs up.)
Blog about something you honestly care about - and just give it your best shot.
Very few blogs grow quickly.
Yes, you may see all these success stories on the interwebs, but those are the minority.
Your blog? It's going to take some time.
It's going to grow so slowly that sometimes you feel like you're going backwards with it.
Unfortunately, I'm not a patient person. So this is one I kind of have to work on. A lot. (Grow blog, GROW!)
This is kind of tied-in to patience - you have to ride things out, you have to keep going.
Blogs fail. A lot.
The internet is littered with the abandoned half-formed blogs of dreamers and bored dabblers alike.
The key? Keep going.
Keep posting. Keep social media-ing. Keep sharing your posts.
Perseverance is half the battle; you have to give yourself the time to succeed. (And I mean years, not weeks.)
This is your little corner of the Internet. Own it, and be yourself.
You don't have to be all-out and in-your-face to blog. Some of the best bloggers are actually the quiet ones (you always have to watch out for the quiet ones...)
So let the bit that's you shine through - it's what'll keep people coming back (hopefully!)
Be nice. Don't be a jerk.
Respect other people. Don't be a jerk.
Basically, don't be a jerk - I don't think I can say this enough. Nice will win out in the end.
(Oh, and other bloggers will appreciate it and support you in return if you comment, retweet, share, etc. other people's blogs.)
Keep making progress - writing new things, trying new formats and images, etc.
And celebrate the small victories - progress is progress, and should be appreciated for being a step forward, no matter how small. :)
So there you have it - 6 handy little P's to keep in mind when blogging. Enjoy :)
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