At some point in time, you might – chances are high if you are reading this from WordPress – have an impulse to start a blog of your own. Perhaps you think that you’re tired of reading what others are writing, or you might just want to be part of the community that writes something for hungry readers out there. No matter what is the reason behind your contemplation, you think that it’s kinda cool to have a blog, to have readers appreciating you and leaving nice comments to your posts.
But blogging is some hard work, and it pays off not as fast as you think it will. So, before you start firing away alphabets with your keyboard to piece sentences that will eventually form an article, it’s good for you to consider the points below, lest you come in unprepared, and go away (oh come on, bloggers come and go) with your arms swinging and you going, “fuck this shit!”
#1 Your Followers Will Come Slow
My definition of slow here is: FUCKING SLOW.
This is something that all bloggers can relate. But, the key question is, “What do we write for?”
Just for the sake of writing? You must be either a) kidding yourself, or b) kidding your second self, or c) trolling yourself. What’s the purpose of hours of typing and proofreading, if you are not looking forward to having someone reading it?
You write articles or posts to have it read and appreciated; you write to have something that you will be proud of; you write because you hope that it will benefit someone who’ll read it. Remember, it’s still about having someone reading it, and that’s what will be pushing you to keep writing.
But you have to hang in there, because your followers will not come like bees to flowers. Blogs don’t get discovered easily; there are millions of blogs on the Internet, and it’ll take a long time before your little literary world gets noticed. Sure, you can spread the joy by sharing with your friends via Facebook or Twitter, but as you tried, very soon you’ll realize…
#2 Your Friends Don’t Give A Damn About What You Write
Your friends may be your friends, but chances are they do not belong to the same hobby world as you. You may love writing, but this hobby you love doing is also the hobby that has one of the lowest pick-up rate.
One moment, you may write something that you’ll think, “hell, this is going viral!”, and the next moment you’ll find yourself going down to the deepest point in the pool of disappointment when you realize that none of your friends is giving a hoot about the article/post that you have spent the last 2 hours writing.
But you have to take it, because the like-minded ones are most likely not in Facebook; they are in the blogosphere waiting for you to find them, and they are finding you. Slowly but steadily, you’ll find those who’ll like what you are writing about, and usually they will be the ones who you don’t know in real life.
Your friends? Oh please. They will ostensibly not be the ones “liking” the Facebook page that you have set up for your blog. Unless you are surrounded by friends who are graduates from some English Language courses during college, you can be sure that no one will be giving a damn about the life hacks that you are selflessly sharing and secretly hoping that they’ll feel excited about. Even if you ARE surrounded by friends who love to write, they’ll hate you quietly, because the-fuck-I-know.
Unless you are a girl with many Facebook “friends” that are guys. Because everything is illogical when it comes to a girl with many Facebook “guy-friends”.
#3 You Have To Keep Going
You’ll be trashed, and you’ll feel that no one likes you or your articles. You’ll check on your stats and ask yourself why is it that no one is clicking into your blog.
“Hey! That’s some clever title I used there! Why are there no interests from the public yet?”
Lesson of life: Nothing’s fair.
Someone could be using a title as simple as “My 5 Ways to Overcome Sleepless Nights”, and that could go viral with no logical sense. You could be using “5 Sure Fire Ways to Tackle Sleeplessness”, and no one will be interested in clicking into your post. That’s life, and we really can’t compare and complain. Hell, the latest lotus fruit photo went viral because of the countless number of people who are stupid enough to believe Internet fakery stuffs. Common sense is evidently on the decline.
But you have to write on; you have to keep moving. Because life’s about keep moving even when it seems easier to just give up. Here’s Rocky giving you some motivational speech to remind you of life:
Yeap, just 3 points, and you’ll be good to go (actually, at the time of writing, it’s already midnight here in Singapore. I’m cheating by shortening everything to 3 and I don’t care). So if you think that you are ready to tackle the 3 points that I’ve listed, you’re ready to set up everything and start writing. Let me know though, because I’ll be glad to follow you to read what you are writing.
Andy Lawson is the average man on the street that you’ll not even trouble yourself looking at him if he passes by you. He’s sensitive to bullshit, and he hates mediocrity in most people. He is the author of his self-published book: Facts and Fiction of Fengshui: Facts that Masters are NOT Telling You. He doesn’t have Facebook or Twitter, because he hates to be associated with people who tend to be passive-aggressive online, but he does have a very limited set of vocabularies, terrible grammar, a twisted mind that makes himself God in his own twisted world and an ability to communicate with people who wish to be his friend.