The Newbie Blogger Initiative for 2014 has begun. This annual event is a chance for new blood to mix with the old and to help strengthen the blogging community. I wrote about last year’s event and it’s nice to have another repeat. There’s a fair chunk of advice in that post as well.
In this day and age of Twitter and Instagram, typing more than 150 characters might seem like a chore but it is of my opinion that blogging is the framework on which all the other tools depends. That tweet you posted or that link you put on Facebook – it’s likely that the idea was from a blog.
I read a ton of blogs. I really should make a larger effort to link to them in posts, cross-seeding as it were. I have the ones I frequent most on the right side of the screen but for those reading on mobile devices or RSS readers, you might not see them. There are some real smart and funny people out there. Who knows, you might be one of them and you haven’t even blogged yet.
The neat thing about blogging is that it’s a zero cost investment, other than the time it takes to write. You don’t have to do it every day, though that’s certainly a good habit. It doesn’t have to be targeted to an audience because in reality, blogging is about writing for yourself. If you’re a perfectionist, you’re likely not going to be a having fun blogging. I know I rarely review my text except to fix spelling mistakes. I just get better at writing from doing it and reading other people. Practice makes prefect right? heh.
Give it a shot. Get a blog from Blogger or WordPress (or something similar) and just start writing. Link to some other blogs. Follow other blogs. Comment away. In no time at all, you’ll find out that there’s an entire world of people waiting to say hello.