So You Want to be a Big-Time Blogger?

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Do you want a blog that you can call your very own?

I have but one question.


Do you find yourself with too much free time to devote to your family, hobbies, or charity work?

Do you feel like you’re wasting time reading books, taking walks, or working on a Master’s Degree?

Is your mind so demented that you believe people want to read your every waking thought?

Do you want to come home from a full-time job and then work some more?

Are you just an idiot?

If you answered YES to 1 of these 4 questions, you are wasting my time. It is also possible that you are involved in a healthy long term relationship (with another human being).

If you answered YES to 2 of these 4 questions, you have goals in life and no time for a blog.

If you answered YES to 3 out of these 4 questions, you are close but aren’t truly committed to the world of blogging (come back when you are weirder).

If you answered YES to all 4, Congratulations… you have what it takes to blog. And it is quite possible that you are a moron, slightly creepy, and in a word… breathtakingly odd (sorry, two words… and there is no chance I want to ever meet you in person).

Now that we have weeded the rift raft from the uncommitted, it is time to learn what it takes to blog.

How do I have time to blog?

I get this question a lot.

Easy, I don’t.

How do I come up with 2-3 great ideas for blogs each and every week?

Easy, I don’t.

How do I write blogs that make people laugh?

This one is way too easy. I don’t.

In fact, I don’t even try.

I write blogs that make me laugh (a really good one makes my wife laugh).

If you are struggling with starting a blog, consistently blogging, or coming up with fresh ideas for your blog…I am about to solve all of your problems.

The key to a moderately successful blog is simple.

Now, listen closely because I am only going to say this once (yes, I know you are reading this… but one day… mark my word… this blog will be podcasted to literally tens of people).

The key to having a moderately successful blog is… at this point you should be doing that drum roll sound in your head…

… a couple of times a week, sit down at your computer and type.

I almost feel guilty giving away this information for free (mental note… I need my own infomercial).

That’s it.

That’s the secret to blogging.

Sit down. And type.

Did I mention you need to do this a couple of times a week?

Type. Twice a week. After sitting down (stand if you like… it is a free country).

Do this every week.

In a month you will have 8 blog entries. In a year 104. Slightly less in a leap year.

And there you have it. A blog of your very own.

Now you may ask, how in the world can I come up with humorous interesting topics that thousands of people will enjoy?

You can’t.

And don’t try. You might pull something.

Just type (twice a week… don’t forget) about things that interest you. And things that make you laugh. And things that you believe in. And things you want to see changed.

You will be astounded that those very same things that amuse you… amuse others. And things that you believe in and want changed, are the same things as lots of other people.

If you do this consistently, people will find you. That is the great thing about the internet (thank you Mr. Gore). You don’t even have to advertise.

If you blog, readers will come.

If you follow my simple advice.

Sit (optional) and type (not so optional).

No matter what your beliefs, there are thousands of people out there just waiting for someone to express them.

And that someone could be you.

Please keep in mind that the author of this blog has no English degree (or skills), no journalism background, makes stuff up as he goes along, and is generally full of it… Sincerely, His Wife.

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11 Responses to “So You Want to be a Big-Time Blogger?”

  1. MagistraM
    on Jan 12th, 2009
    @ 8:35 pm

    Thanks for a timely blog – we were just talking about the challenges (and fun) of blogging today. Sometimes getting something done, whether a blog or a thesis or anything else, is just a matter of sitting down (or standing up) and doing it. And having a sense of humor while you do it is even better.

  2. Susan
    on Jan 12th, 2009
    @ 9:10 pm

    I recently came across your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I don’t know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.


  3. Ed Shepherd
    on Jan 13th, 2009
    @ 9:33 pm

    How many times a week?

  4. Colin Becker
    on Jan 14th, 2009
    @ 2:12 am

    I have found that you are definitely correct. Blogging takes up a load of time that I don’t have, and yet, I enjoy and somehow find time for it. There must be things I’m not doing that I used to, ‘cos I can’t fit it all in.
    Or, maybe we just get better at doing more, as we get older. I remember being busy before having children, and now I wonder how I could ever think that being childfree was busy!
    I also agree that it’s just about writing what you want – afterall it is your blog, so why write what you think someone else wants.
    Thanks again for writing your blog, I really like reading it.

  5. Something to say...
    on Jan 17th, 2009
    @ 11:21 pm

    In a way I have been very happy to do little posts at Tumblr and I really doubt I’ll stop using my Tumblelog to keep track of little snippets of things I find interesting or inspiring.

    …Go check out mine and start your own, when you do, send me a link and I’ll follow you there and you know what, we may never be big time bloggers, but we will be friends, and not really like Facebook friends (the kind that you aren’t sure who they are but you keep them in your friends list.

  6. Lyn
    on Jan 21st, 2009
    @ 4:53 am

    I am a first-year principal and was totally convinced I was going to blog every day to keep a journal of events from my first year!
    I made it about 8 days. :)
    I am going to add this blog to my Bloglines; I am a more dedicated blog reader than writer!

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    Sweet blog. I never know what I am going to come across next.

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