I’ve been asked a few times about blogging. I offered bits of information here and there but nothing close to a formal, intro talk on my own. Recent events and advocacies lead me to organize a core blogger group under one main blogging community. To jumpstart the orientation, I gave an intro talk on blogging for professionals, mostly trained on mainstream media and mass communication. A how-to start blogging tutorial.
Frankly, I made a mess in that tutorial.The confused stares after the tutorial are more confusing than before I started. But guess what? That mess pickled the minds of my audience and they asked a barrage of questions! Which is a good thing! I think.
For a half techie guy like me, an intro tutorial on blogging is ironically, super technical. The real challenge is to translate the technical gibberish into understandable concepts or processess. To think, I was talking to mass communication graduates already entrenched in the mainstream media! So I’m writing this post not as an excuse for that messy tutorial, but as a prologue to that tutorial. And I’m drawing similarities between blogging as an alternative media and that of the mainstream media though they may not be one and the same in the first place.
Let me answer that question with three traits I noticed with great bloggers and/or great writers. I’ve been blogging since 2006. While this doesn’t make me an expert on blogging, these traits will give a good insight about blogging for newbie bloggers.
Bloggers read a lot.
They read everything their minds can get into. Even with topics that aren’t in their list of interests. These blogger’s cerebrum have endless gyrations and gray matter that can hold bazillion of information. Their thirst for information is unquenchable. How they process this information is really up to the blogger but what i’m sure is, they read a lot. A lot more than an average individual does. This is why the internet is like booze to them. They are a fan of information explosion. Thus, a blogger should be a voracious reader. You know why? Everything in blogging can be learned, even the technical ones like web design. And if you’re a voracious and passionate reader, you don’t need my messy tutorial to confuse you when you start your blog! Start with Google search!
Bloggers write a lot
Of course. They match what they read with what they can write. It may be on a scratch paper, a tissue paper on ticklers, drafts, walls or on notepads, ipads etc, they just spit out what their mind is spewing every moment. Most people worry about control, grammars and so many things. Yes they are valid concerns. But they’ll come in soon as writers and bloggers evolve on their stuff. I’ve learned blogging this way, and every friend I have knew how much I suck with english spelling and composition. Not that blogging has improved my grammar now but, well at least I can write now without the fear of getting a failing grade on grammar and composition! Seriously, gramar, spelling and composition is important too, but first, write. Then you worry about these stuff when you have something to edit!
Bloggers are very passionate individuals
Their passion is unstoppable. This is what drive their persistence, their determination and sense of fulfillment. Yes, you can write dis-interestingly, but with blogging, every good reader will know if your writing just for the sake of writing. Don’t ask. Blog readers are an intelligent crop of information-getters mind you. So again, a blogger should be, I say again, should be very passionate about blogging. Otherwise, I would recommend you stick with just writing stuff in your mind.
Don’t get into blogging with moneymaking as your first, main reason
I said first, because I know a few successful bloggers who are into blogging for money. But they’re what? upper one percent? You’re chance of making it big the first time you blog is slimmer than you getting hit by a lightning. Of course you can earn money while blogging but that will come in later. Personally, I’ve spent more money on blogging that what I’ve earn from it in six years. This does not include the perks and freebies I get sometimes (thats a different topic ), but less than more, I’m spending for it. I came to the conclusion years ago, that blogging is not my source of income anyway, or in the future.
So is blogging right for you? Try asking yourself if you’ve got the traits I mentioned above and you’ll get your answers.
Fellow bloggers, what can do you think is the best tip you can give to these new bloggers? Please comment below for your answers.