Today I'm heading to Las Vegas for the 4th Annual BlogWorld and New Media Expo. I'm looking forward to connecting with long-time friends and colleagues and as well as new folks I've met through my blogs, twitter and Facebook. Oh yeah, and attending a lot of content-rich sessions on blogging and new media. I'm particularly interested in the sessions on video and podcasting to see where those media are headed as related to blogging.
That brings me to today's post - a guest post - by a woman I knew in high school. I was good friends with her and her twin sister but lost touch over the years. It was the web and and social media that reconnected us a few months ago. At that time, they were starting their first blog for their fitness business. Recently Alexandra Williams sent me this article she wrote about 10 things she wishes she had known about blogging when she started. It seemed appropriate to share it while I'm at a blogging convention. I hope you enjoy the humor!
What I Wish I'd Known About Blogging
I recently came across this great question on a directory site for healthy living bloggers: "What do you wish someone would have told you in your first week of blogging?"
That got me to thinking, or musing, as the case may be. I wish I'd been told that:
1. There are places to get photos for the blog that don't cost money and are free legally. Who wants to go to jail for Photo Poaching? "Whatcha in fer?" "Bank robbery." "Murder." "Stabbings, maimings." "Bad Monty Python Quotes." "Illegal photo download." Really, who will sit with me in the commissary after that?
2. I'd be mainlining Twitter. If you haven't gone there yet, don't do it. You'll get sucked in. Too many twerps, goons & stalkers cool people.
3. Not all your family and close personal (damn those fair-weather) friends will subscribe and comment. Even after the blackmail pictures.
4. Some people will write mean, snarky stuff. But enough about my family and friends.
5. Having mean or condescending comments actually means you're becoming successful. Why be so bland that no-one disagrees with you? Unless your blog is about oatmeal.
6. It's actually quite easy to get newspapers, syndicated sites and radio hosts to print your stuff and give you air time. Just call and ask. If your writing's good. And you pay them. No, you really can get media attention. Be good at writing. Ask. That's it. Oh, one more thing. Relentlessly hound them. That also works.
7. It's a waste of energy to be jealous of others' success. There's always room for more talent. Or you can kneecap them. (Oh, I hope Tonya Harding doesn't read my blog)
8. My back would hurt from sitting at the computer for hours on end. Or is that "hours on my end?"
9. I'd need to be prepared to change as we see what's working and what's not. For example, my blog is actually "our" blog as it's written by my twin sister and me. But she wasn't working so I got rid of her. Besides, she's imaginary.....Oh, hi Kymberly. JK
10. Sometimes it's more of a slog than a blog. But stay committed. It really is fun. And rewarding. And you meet lots of great people. Especially on Twitter.
Alexandra Williams, MA, co-writes Fun and Fit: Q and A with K and A, a humorous fitness blog with her twin sister, Kymberly, with the hope that readers will laugh themselves into a fit state. Together they speak at events, on the radio and in public rest stops!. Alexandra is a contributing editor and writer for IDEA Fitness Journal, and teaches in the exercise sports studies department at UC Santa Barbara.. Talk to Alexandra and Kymberly on Twitter, where they go by @Alexandrafunfit and @Kymberlyfunfit respectively.
What do you wish you had known about blogging when you first started out?
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