They say to write what you know, to take your experience and do your best to help others with it. Well, if there is one thing I know, it’s how to suck at blogging. While things are picking up, it’s taken three years for things to start heading in the right direction. In truth, my illustrious blogging career is littered with missteps and outright mistakes and considering the goal of this site is to help people get better, it’s time I come clean about everything I’ve done wrong along the way.
As we enter a new year, I’m betting that several of you are just getting started on your own blog or possibly rededicating yourself to your writing. I wanted to start this series with the hope of helping you by sharing as many of my own mistakes as possible. I will also be looking to drag a few friends over to the site to share some of their own challenges as they got their own blogs off the ground.
Starting a blog is just about the easiest thing you can do; setting up your own self-hosted site is now easier than ever. So easy, in fact, that we are almost always stacking the deck against ourselves when we jump in. Blogging is easy, blogging well is hard, and succeeding with a blog is improbable at best. It’s going to take time. It’s going to take you in directions you never expected. It will force you to learn new skills and new things about yourself. Worst of all, you’re going to have to accept the fact that no matter how many posts like this you read, you’re going to make plenty of your own mistakes and you’re going to make them publicly.
So tune in tomorrow as I jump into my first mistake… just jumping in. And if you’re feeling generous, give a guy some courage and tell me some of your missteps as you started on your own attempts at blogging in the comments below.