Lately it seems as if everyone is asking everyone advice on how to be a successful blogger. This week I have read 5 articles alone. Is it just me or is there more advice being flung around than actual content? So in true Greenlydia style, I have some advice to dish out of my own.
How do I start a blog?
This is a tough one. But I have 3 easy steps for you to follow to create a shiny new blog of your own.
- Buy a laptop – Blogging from your phone is so 2012. If you want to be a real blogger you need to be able to blog from prime locations such as niche coffee shops and airport lounges. You need a portable device for this. If you want people to take your content seriously, a Macbook is the prime device for this.
Pro tip: Always Instagram a picture of your laptop and say, coffee next to it. Or a beer. An air shot means you are a force to be reckoned with.
Never blog from home. The wifi might be good but this will do your image no good.
- Open WordPress and sign up, save yourself some effort. OR start with Blogger. Grow, become too big for it and then tell the whole world how much it sucks to move over to WordPress. Either way will get people to engage with you. So it’s your call really.
- Pick a cool catchy name. Something people can relate too. Like “My Spot” or “slim kak”. Your name and a colour also works. #Justsaying
What should I write about?
I have read answers like “Write about your passion” or “write about what you want to share”. Lets be honest, this is majorly unoriginal. I have a much better idea for you. (This one is free for the taking)
You will need the following:
Flower (Self raising)
Vinegar (White spirit will do the job)
Red food colouring.
Heres what you do:
Mush up the paper in the water. Cut it up real fine and keep adding water and flower until it becomes dough like. Once it has reached the consistency of day old oats its perfect.
Start moulding a cylindrical shape that bells out at the bottom. Go all “Ghost” and pretend you are in a pottery class. Make sure the inside is hollow. Let this dry for a few hours.
Now add the baking soda.
Get ready with your phone to snap the action – add the vinegar.
While this is erupting jot down how it’s making you feel.
First blog post accomplished.
How do I make money with my blog?
Easy. Set it up on your Macbook (assuming you are now a snazzy writer) Put the following add on Gumtree (or the likes)”BLOG FOR SALE on a Macbook pro”
I guarantee if you sell this as a package deal your blog will turn a nice profit.
Let’s face it guys. Blogging IS for everyone. That’s why everyone does it. Thats why its free. Bloggers as a community must learn to make peace with this. There will always be folks whom blog for free things, party invites and status. And some say “If you blog for the wrong reasons your blog wont last” Even I thought this to be true. But it’s not. If you blog for free lip-gloss incessantly, you will eventually get free lip-gloss. Blogs are less about content and more about connections. This partly sadness me but then again, The blogs I read (and have been reading for years) haven’t changed. The blogging for free things leads to one thing – actually getting free things. But I promise you. Once you get that first press drop, you will be annoyed to see the “Free things” bloggers who got it too. Just as you annoyed others. It’s one big annoying circle. So sit back, know that more people are doing it for “things” than you realise and stop caring.