The Rules of Blogging are ever so simple- write with passion and share your heart. Open yourself up to others and to the possibilities that exist to connect. Bare your soul and share your dreams. Let the echoes of the past be drowned out by the whispers of the future and shine a light upon your soul.
At least this is how I write now and how I have written. This blog was born based upon a whim and had it not been for life it would have been set aside rather quickly. But things happened and I discovered that I desperately needed this place. The blog is where I rekindled my love for writing and rediscovered certain truths about who I am and what it is that I want out of my life.
It is not an exaggeration to say that I have shared some of my greatest victories and lowest points within it. Seven years of blogging about forty-two years of living should cover a broad spectrum. It should shine a light on some of the darker spots of my heart and the bright lights of my soul. There are simple stories about what being a dad means to me. Silly and thoughtful memories of things that my children have done are contained within these walls. It is a chronicle of thoughts, feelings and ideas. The history of my heart is documented in places.
Some of you will read this and wonder when I am going to provide you with the rules for blogging. You’ll wonder if somewhere within this post I’ll provide you with the key tips, tools and resources for becoming a top blogger. You’ll look for advice on how to build your blog and potentially monetize it. And when it isn’t laid out in a neat little outline you’ll point and click your way to the next stop on your cybertravels. Â But if you hang on just a moment longer I’ll answer some of those questions and give you some advice.
I don’t believe that there is one way to blog. I believe that there are many ways. I believe in building your community around you. Be open. Be honest and be authentic. Engage, interact and engage some more with your readers. Some people will tell you that you must write for your readers but I’ll tell you that I don’t believe that it is always successful to do so. If you don’t love this you won’t last.
Some bloggers will tell you that comments are like currency and that if you don’t get many you aren’t doing it right. I’ll tell you that it shouldn’t matter. Some will look at my blog and suggest that I say this because I don’t generate that many comments per post. I’ll respond by saying that if you post with the same frequency that I do you cut down on the number of comments. Most people don’t keep up and consequently some posts are read by fewer readers.
But I don’t write for you- I write for me. And I work on building my community around me. My regular readers are solid and committed. They show up time and time again. If I issue a call to action they respond. And those of you who read me consistently know that true power in social media is derived from whether people respond to your call to action.
Some people suggest that you find a niche and try to become number one in it. I don’t have one set niche. I am a dad blogger who writes about parenting, news, politics, religion and business. I am an executive who shares business tips on sales/marketing/PR and social media. I am a guy who writes fiction and hopes to one day write a book. I am a tortured soul who is content in his contradictions and a work in progress. I am a thinker who works on living his dreams and not dreaming his life. That is why I ask questions like Do You Know What Makes You Happy?
It is not unusual for me to read my posts and cringe. I rarely edit them. After seven years of this I have found my voice and discovered that I get more out of this when I just write. Because when I provide the raw material that is when I find the truth that sometimes hides beneath the surface. That is when I find the secrets that I hide from myself and that is part of why I write. This is one giant journey and I am here to learn.
There is far more to say and not enough time within which to say it. I have two guest posts to write and a ton of work to do. Not to mention that there are things going on outside of this cyber refuge that I cannot ignore or put off. I have wanted to take on some of these challenges much sooner than now but life prevented me from doing so. But now, those roadblocks are gone and it is time to don my armor and ride off into battle. If you’ll forgive the melodrama it is kind of exciting to know that the dogs of war have finally been unleashed and now I can go after them. I am not good at sitting around waiting for things to happen- action is preferable.
Read this carefully as I am only semi inclined to keep it.