Miss March and I have become friends over the past couple of months and I am beyond flattered that she tagged me for the Blogger Recognition Tag – thank you, dear!
Actually, the blog was never my idea.
My preference for writing showed up early in life, so, yes, I had been dabbling in the dangerous waters of writerliness for a while, but my presence in social media – and even in cyberspace itself – was nonexistent at best.
Sure, I knew what a blog was, but it seemed like something that had nothing to do with me. I wanted to be an author. Of books.
So clearly a blog would be pointless. Right?
A friend, Annette, was the one who first suggested it to my parents, who passed along the idea to me.
I will admit to be immediately enthralled with the idea.
It meant writing, did it not?
And I thought it would be easy. Ha.
Little did I know of the horrors, the blood, sweat, and tears, that are required of a blogger such as I.
Just kidding. Kind of.
And now for my advice. Brace yourself for profundity, peeps.
Your Opinion Is Important
This is something I struggled with at the beginning of my blogging career.
I had been focusing on book reviews and suddenly it hit me – a million people had already reviewed this book; why should anyone read my review? What was the point in simply adding to the noise?
It took me a while to realize the truth…
My opinion was important. No one else could write the same review that I could, no one else had ever had the exact same opinion as I had, and no one could write is just the way that I would.
So even if you begin to feel like you are saying things that have been said before, don’t feel for one second like nobody wants to know.
Your take is important because it’s yours. No one could do it the way you will.
Get To Know People
Imagine this bit of advice coming from me, the self-proclaimed introvert. But have no fear.
I don’t want you to get to know actual humans from real life.
Because that, of course, is scary.
No, no, no. I want you to talk to the faceless entities that populate the dark world called the internet. Not scary at all.
But let’s be serious.
I didn’t realize that this was a big deal. I thought I could go it alone.
Ya can’t do that, folks.
There is a lot of advice about blogging out there, but the advice that has by far served me the best was to get to know other people.
They call it “networking.” Sounds innocent enough, right?
The point is that you need readers. And the way to get readers is to talk to other bloggers. Read their blogs. Leave coherent comments. Find a group of bloggers with interests that are similar to yours and join in. Blogging is all about community.
I never got much of anywhere until I embraced that – now I finally feel like I’m getting somewhere.
And, oh my goodness, I have to tag fifteen people?
My brain did not ask for this.
I literally don’t know any more blogging humans than that. I apologize.
If you want to steal this tag, feel absolutely free to do so! As always, just follow the rules – thank the person who tagged you – that would be me – tell us a little about how you got started blogging, give two pieces of advice for new bloggers and leave a comment below with the link to your post because I am nosy.