Good morning world and thanks for tuning in to a beautiful Thursday (yes, it is very nearly THE weekend) so time to start your relaxation measures and get imagineering what yours will bring because the more planned it is the better it will be, even if you simply plan to lay in bed and watch Saturday and Sunday morning television (cooking shows in this household) then follow it up with some hardcore relaxation, it will always go much smoother if the relaxation is planned like a clinical operation… 😉
Anyway, enough of that old tripe, it’s time to get going with todays post. So what is it about?
The Hitch Bloggers Guide?
Well to be honest I have no real idea! I dreamt the title up and decided that I liked it too much to leave alone so am now committed to it even though I cannot see that I will be able to do it justice because there won’t be any blowing up of the Earth, any Intergalactic Councils OR Intergalactic Space travel, aliens, hand held devices telling us “Don’t Panic” or computers called Deep Thought spending millions of years to come up with the answer to the meaning of life (42 for those who may be interested).
No, this guide will be a much more tame affair and will only be the Blogosphere according to the Worlds Biggest Fridge Magnet and no one else so I won’t ask you to sit down and strap in and you definitely won’t need a towel, a pint of beer or any peanuts.
So what is a blog?
A tough one this.
The dictionary denotes it as “a regularly updated website or web page, typically one run by an individual or small group, that is written in an informal or conversational style”
I think sums it up because it is not specific about any type of “medium” whether it be written diary style entries, stories, points of view, photographs, jokes, adventures etc etc the list can go on.
This was honestly something I was amazed about when I started to explore other peoples blogs and see what made them tick, what made other people passionate and see how others used their blogs to expand their horizons and attitudes toward life.
In truth then, a blog can be absolutely anything you want. It can be used daily, weekly monthly or whenever takes your fancy. As many of you know I choose daily which if I am honest can be a little daunting knowing that I have to write something new everyday (even though sometimes I literally just say hello and goodbye as I am so busy!) but it is always up to the blogger.
What should it say?
What ever you like!
I know of blogs that feature a guy who travels all over his own country of Ireland exploring old ruins, photographing them and then writing a full explanation of what they are, how old they are, who might have lived in them when they were habitable and what they mean to the country in this modern day and age (plus lots more besides) I also know people who write blogs about Football/Soccer and their favourite teams, people who write about their day to day lives, people who write about their weight loss (how I started out) or people who like to write about recipes and food. The list can be endless but in order for it to be interesting it only has to be one thing and that is HONEST!
How much should there be?
Write as much or as little as you like BUT do be aware that if it is too little people will read the entire content of the post in their notifications or readers and if it is too long and rambling, people will ultimately switch off and go to something else for their entertainment. Striking a happy medium is tough especially when you are on a roll and getting things “out there” for others, but be sensible, always consider if you would read it yourself, a kind of literary do unto others type of rule.
Is it fun?
Absolutely! Certainly there are days when you might wish that you had never heard of WordPress or Blogging but on the whole I can tell you I personally have had more fun from writing my blog than I have had angst, boredom or pain. It can be cathartic for the soul on many levels, allowing you to vent on issues, to empathise with others and to clear your head of all the random thoughts that trouble us through our days as we strive to make our lives here on earth. Over the year I have worked many issues out so maybe you can simply take advantage of that one thing using it as a sounding board and making yourself feel better along the way…
How will my blog be received?
Well, that is the million dollar question!
Will others like me?
Will they like what I write?
Will I get comments?
Will they be supportive?
I think we can say that a great deal of this will be dependant on your content. Lets face it if you write hateful things, you may well attract an audience but they won’t be a particularly pleasant one. If you right stupid fings, yure speling is attroshus and the content dozent sense make then I am afraid that this will also be an issue because people that blog, tend to have a modicum of pride in their work and because of this their work flows and if they are unsure of a spelling, they will look it up. No, simply put if you write simply, kindly and with feeling, people will like your work. Follow others and people will follow you. This is a community of like minded people. If you comment on their work, they will comment on yours. It is a simple practise that really works.
I personally have to say that having been a blogger for over a year now, I have met some of the most amazing people (you all know who you are…. 😉 ) People are engaged, they are kind and they are sympathetic. I have made firm friends, some of which I will probably never meet but some of which I will most definitely make sure that at some point in my life I will be sat in front of them, regardless of where they are on this huge globe of ours.
Once again, the WordPress world is a community of friends and if you treat people how you want to be treated, then it will come back to you in spades, of that I am certain.
Headlines and pictures and a catchy name!
One thing I have learnt over the past year is that an important part of the process is having a decent name for the blog is a great tool to have because it sits in peoples minds. They can search you from it, they can tell their friends about it and they can enjoy seeing it pop up in their feed on a daily or weekly basis.
This is a difficult thing to do.
I sat and laboured for several days trying to come up with a good title even asking family members to help out. After a day or so of thought I was VERY fortunate when my brother came up with my title “The Worlds Biggest Fridge Magnet”. It was apt, funny, catchy and perfect for what I was trying to say and it stuck right away. I have been lucky on this account and have been complemented on the name many many times so it really does work.
The other two things are a little more simple. Always try to come up with a good post title. Something that gets the imagination going, something that piques the readers interest and makes them think I will read on. I always link this with a picture or illustration of something that is either relevant to the title (today is an homage to the Hitch Hikers Guide To The Galaxy from where my title has been generously pinched 😉 ) or relevant to the content of the post. Whatever it is, not too gory, not too x rated and not too bland. We look and imagine first so get it right and it will help as much as the title does and that is a Magnet Fact!
Now I could go on but I have blown that saturation point of over 1000 words and NO-ONE is that keen on my writing that I can entertain for that length of time, surely….!
So to that end, I shall leave you with the above thoughts and hope that maybe one or two points help you decide to go for it.
After all, what have you got to lose…..
Stay out of the fridge.