You first start a blog by registering an account, not knowing what to write, or if you should write. Next you’ll go about choosing themes and deciding where to place the widgets around even when you have nothing on your hands that you can show. You’ll go searching for themes after themes, doing comparisons with many others, mostly free ones you can find. You’ll find yourself settling on the theme with visual feel that you think you and your future readers will like, then you’ll start to worry about the contents that you should post.
You’ll start penning (or typing) down your first post when you finally reached a consensus with your inner self, and you’ll start to wonder if you’ll have the inspiration to write the day and the next. You will consider procrastinating, but you’ll want to have something that will reach out to as many people as you did in your dreams.
You’ll start to read, and you’ll compare your writing with others, and more often than not, it’ll make you feel inferior. You’ll find yourself placing your posts at the bottom of your own ranking list, and you’ll start to ask yourself if you are good enough, or you’re just going to fake it like you are good at it.
You will find your style of writing to be among the worst of all the articles you’ve read, and giving up will soon come to your mind. But when you look back on how much time you had spent setting things right, letting go won’t be as easy as singing the god-damn song. Somehow, you’ll not realize that “your and you’re” is a mistake that even professionals overlook at times.
English will come to you like a language that suddenly becomes alien to you. You’ll wonder if you should use past tense, because the story you are writing happened earlier, or sticking to present tense because that’s how you feel right now. You’ll re-read and realized that the “right now” that you felt earlier would be more suited to be used in past tense, but that doesn’t make sense even though the feeling has passed.
You’ll think about grammars, and you’ll start to google how to construct a sentence that will sound right. You’ll start to hate clichés, and you’ll google for synonyms hoping that you’ll grow some vocab that will make you look clever.
Then you’ll post. And you’ll edit. You’ll read and you’ll edit again. You’ll play around with the fonts and stuffs, and you’ll start noticing that weird fonts just don’t make you look like a seasoned blogger.
You’ll start to worry about comments, and you’ll hope that nasty comments will never come. You’ll wonder why your friends aren’t with you in your writing, and you’ll start to ask if you are the odd one from the group.
You’ll realize that you haven’t upload a featured photo for one or few of your past posts, and you are convinced that you need one to capture the potential readers. You’ll go back to edit them one by one, finding photos to suit the post you wrote.
You’ll click through pages in google for free images to use, so that you’ll not find yourself getting into any disputes with photos’ copyrights. You’ll find that there aren’t many to choose from, despite articles guiding you to different sites to serve your purpose.
You’ll see that you had forgotten to tag, and you’ll start tagging. You will notice that your readership stays the same, and you’ll press F5 or CMD+R on the stats screen like you are checking Forex. Your readership is still not spiking.
Ok, perhaps it’s the indexing. So you’ll go around webmasters trying to index your blog, hoping that it’ll reach out using the keywords you have chosen. You realize that Yoast is not for wordpress.com, and you’ll contemplate self-hosting a WordPress.org.
You’ll see your readership growing one day, and you’ll think that the traffic is picking up. You’ll stay on this self-employed job in front of your screen or phone, refreshing the page hoping to see the numbers going up. Even by 1 reader is a bonus to you.
You’ll start paying attention to your followers, and you’ll forget to post. You’ll realize it, and you’ll start to write, while pressing F5 to check the visitors’ numbers, still hoping that it’ll grow.
You’ll wonder why there are people liking what you’ve written, but there are still no increase in the number of views. You’ll wonder if it is the problem with WordPress, or the problem with your blog’s indexing with the search engines.
The number of views in the stats page will drop, and you’ll wonder if readers are starting to lose interest in what you are writing. You’ll see yourself struggling to find motivation to move on.
You’ll realize that you have forgotten to write, and you’ll start to convince yourself that you have started too late; you’ve join this community when it has become too full. You’ll try to hang on, and when you do, you’ll start writing again hoping to see your posts going into Freshly Pressed one day, but you’ll find your mind going blank not remembering what were the contents that you wanted to write when you started the blog.
You’ll chance upon blogs that are younger than yours, and you’ll start to feel the pinch for them when you see how little Likes their articles are getting. You’ll be their friends; you’ll follow them and like their articles, even if the posts they wrote don’t make sense. You’ll find that you just want to give them the encouragement that you thought you didn’t get to have when you first started writing.
You’ll check on more blogs, and you’ll find yourself reading blogs that are good but yet to be found. You’ll help as many as you can find, and you’ll find yourself chatting and making friends with other like-minded bloggers. You’ll soon notice that your blog has grown, and you’ll see your efforts paying off.
You’ll continue writing, following, encouraging, and liking the new blogs that you will find, while your readers will grow and your posts will reach out, striking a chord amongst people who loves to read what you are writing from the start.
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.