The Many Works of Pat Hatt
May 2, 2016
It seems Michael thinks I’ve run out of things to say. Pffft yeah, as if. But I’ll still play before I go back to writing the a to z for 2017.
“If a friend came to you looking for advice on starting a blog, what three pieces of advice would you give them?”
You are only limiting me to 3 and you want me to be inventive? Now you are just pushing your luck. But I’ll try.
#1 Unless you like to do work for free, most times, then run far far away and never start a blog. What? Blogs are work? No! You just have to stick up a cat picture and that is that, right?
Hmmm you have to make the blog. You have to have content for the blog. You have to have continual content for the blog. You have to keep it entertaining. You have to be part of the community to get seen. You have to have a topic that won’t leave you feeling bored. That won’t leave readers feeling bored. And….that’s all I’m saying about that. It’s just too much work. Wow, I proved my point. Yippee for me. Inventive, right?
#2 Have lots to say but say less with lots. Did I just make your mind see pokadots?
Yippee for you. You can rant on and on and be entertaining. At least for a bit. Then people will have enough of your umm wit. You can be the best writer in the world but no one is going to want to read a 50 paragraph post every time you post. Once in a blue moon is fine in many cases, but you won’t win any fans doing it all the time. Just split those 50 paragraphs up into 50 or 25 posts. Viola! Posts for you and easy on the brain for others. Oh and NEVER EVER use super tiny font.
#3 Don’t do the don’ts or you’ll get many won’ts. Blame the cat for that one.
You aren’t going to make fans by reposting the same thing every other week. You aren’t going to make fans by posting that you have nothing to say. You aren’t going to make fans by whining and going all poor pitiful me. You aren’t going to make fans by have fancy this or that. Like making it hard to find where to follow. Hard to find where your darn blog link is in that dumb Google + thing. Hard to comment with stupid Disquis or some other crap. Having stupid word verification on. And so on and so forth. Don’t make extra hoops to jump through.
And there you are. Have you ever tried to help one create a blog at your sand bar? Did it go well? Did they even last? Many sure do not. I’ve seen a ton come and go and come back and go. Blogging isn’t as easy as many think when they start. I’ve even seen celebrity blogs that have a whole 2 comments because they think people will just magically come. Pffft no work, no comments.
Enjoy life, forget the strife.