Ten years ago there were things out there called "'zines." These were homemade magazine that spoke about certain topics, like, skateboarding, music reviews, poetry, and on and on and on. But now it's ten years later and the internet has become affordable and accessible (even at Arby's) so here we are with the invention of the "Blog." A "WeB Log" (if you didn't realize that's where the name came from...)
With sites such-as blogger, Live Journal, Wordpress (just to name a very select few) - blogging is free and with so many people being around it no longer costs $200 a year for a URL. (which it did once a long time ago)
Blogs are everywhere. Blogs are where you want to be, ESPECIALLY if you're a write. You had better have a blog or two. A person blog is a must, blogging for others is even better - doing both at the same time will help generate more traffic to your site! And that's what we all want, right? Readers. We're writers goddamn it! READERS WHERE ARE YOU?!
Ten years ago you made your little 'Zine and then you went to kinkos and you made a ton of copies. If you were really lucky you had a mailing list of people and you actually got people to take out ads. Now you whore yourself out for people to just click the "follow" button at the top of the page - after that who cares! The number to the right is essential to your blogs life - just like ads and mailing lists was way back when...
You don't have an advertising department.
Hell, you don't have a budget! HA! That's something RICH people have... MONEY! LOLOLOLOL! (I'd LMAO but my A fell O years ago... it's a sad story. I'll save it for another post.)
So you really need to have a catch.
"Hi! I'm Sally! I blog about [insert catchy idea here]"
Now, this is where the money is at, you need to get out there and start NETWORKING! Find as many like minded blogs out there that you can find! I'm not joking even a little bit. Set aside an hour a day and get to googling the hell out of every label or tag you've ever posted on your blog posts and find others blogging about the same thing. DON'T feel threatened by this - you're still you which automatically makes you different because you've had a different life and that is just that. You need their help, these other bloggers, so you need to find their sites, read their blogs, COMMENT on their posts and then say, "Hey! You wanna swap links?" or "If you talk about me I'll talk about you!"
It's scary and hard and if you think about it too much you'll get a head ache because it really is that moment in grade school when the teacher tried to explain the universe to you and you just stared out the window for the rest of the class because trying to wrap your 7 year old head around "Infinity" wasn't going to happen. Or was that just me?
Know this - no you're not alone out there BUT that means YOU'RE NOT ALONE OUT THERE! Having support is important because it can get lonely out here in cyber space... Trust me, I know... I have a few followers, whom I love. I do! I LOVE YOU ALL YOU CUTE LITTLE CUDDLY FOLLOWERS! I'M SENDING YOU ALL CYPERHUGS RIGHT NOT! (and yelling too!) - but I'm tried and true to being inconsistent with no center theme outside of myself.
And let me just clarify - I'm pretty wicked rad so in my book thats A-OK! But it does limit my audience. Hell, I don't think my husband even reads me... I'm not sure he KNOWS I even have a blog... Suddenly I know what tomorrows dinner conversation will be about...
And I've also tried to theme the heck out of my weekly adventures - it's not like I don't have passions: Veganism! (SAVE THE ANIMALS!) And my love of Yoga - I AM a yoga instructor for Krishna's sake! There is also my BELOVED love of writing. LOVE IT! and lets not forget my secret obsession with food and DESSERTS! (This isn't a secret. I talk about food all the time) & MUSIC! I love, love, love music.
So in theory I could easily get all "Julie and Julia" on your butt - but at the end of the day it's hard for me to find the time to come on here and when I do I like to just disgorge all the emotionally built up words that have been lodged in the crevasse of my head. Or is it dislodge? Well, I guess the ideas "dislodge" as I "disgorge" all over this site...
But that's me.
What is your thing? What do you want to write about?
People will read you. Oh baby, they will. You're just going to have to want it. You're going to have to want it enough to have a Facebook and Twitter account. And then you're going to have to blog - some say two, but I think 3 days would be better. And you're going to have to want it enough that you'll be patient. The internet wasn't built in a day...
Send me your links! I'll post them on here. My 25 followers will check you out - well, I know for a fact that 3 of them will and you know who they are? BLOGGERS! WOORRRTTTHHH IIIITTTT!
So what have we learned? Its time to get out there and get to meet new people! Tell them your name! Get them to write about you and you can write about them.
We have also learned that I like to jump over all the place and I think chaos is funny.
My last piece of advice is just a general tidbit - If you try you are not a failure, a failure is a person that seals their fate before lifting a finger with comments like, "It's not like anyone will read me." And the biggest one of all... Just because someone ELSE can't do it in no way mean that YOU can not.
GO GET'EM TIGER!
And send me you're links. I really need new things to read.
Here's one for you - http://fictitiousadventures.blogspot.com/