The Older, More Handsome Posts for "Blogging"
When you first start a blog it all seems so fun and exciting.
And for the most part it is.
I still get a thrill waking up in the morning and knowing that I can spend the day wherever I like working on my own business, writing for my own blog.
But that’s not to say that there aren’t some really difficult things that happen.
In this post I’m going to talk about a few aspects of blogging that no one tells you about. It’s my hope that by bringing them up now you’ll be better prepared when they do happen.
And hey, this site and its community is always here to help you. So think of this as a positive event. In fact, I’ll end with the most positive one of all.
In a few days some very big things are happening here at Blog Tyrant.
We’re getting a new sister!
A sister blog that is.
To celebrate this crazily fun occasion Blog Tyrant itself will be undergoing some pretty big changes. They will be big, but not so big that Blog Tyrant doesn’t feel like “home” anymore.
I hate when websites do that.
Now, I’m going to be honest with you. When all this happens I’m going to ask you to promote it and spread the word for me. I’ve worked hard and I really need your help to get the news out there.
BUT… I’m not going to do that without giving something back (other than the years of free content ).
That is what today is all about.
Let’s kick off blogging in 2014 in really big way.
Thinking that you’d like to start a blog in 2014?
Or perhaps you already have one and want to stay up with the trends?
This post is for you.
You see, the thing about blogging is that it changes regularly but also hardly ever changes at all. That might seem like an odd statement but it will all make sense soon enough.
In this post I’m going to show you some really important things you need to know about starting (or running) a blog in 2014. Hopefully if you follow these tips you can save a lot of time and energy.
Let’s do it!
Why can’t I get my guest posts accepted?
It’s a question I hear almost every day, and it’s one I’m sure all of us have pondered from time to time. It can be really frustrating to reach out to big blogs and get rejected again and again.
Today I’ve got a short video for you (I promised I was going to do a lot more of them) that is based around the harsh realities of guest posting.
In fact, the main premise of the video is this:
Guest posts grow new blogs, but new bloggers struggle to get guest posts.
So how do you overcome that double-edged sword? Watch the video to find out.
Note: This post is a lot shorter than the usual 3,000 to 5,000 words that I normally put out and that’s because I want to make sure you have time to watch the video.
So you want to start a fashion blog, huh?
Or (if you read this blog regularly) perhaps the idea of starting a fashion blog sounds like a terrible idea to you but you really like the idea of having a blog that is fabulous.
Well, I’ve got good news for you.
This post is not just about starting fashion blogs, even though those things are really popular right now. I’m going to show you some step by step tips for starting any blog in any niche and making sure you do it properly.
Oh, and if you really do want to start a fashion blog this post will still show you how.
I’m writing this post from a couch exactly like the one in the photo on my About page. Except this couch is in a cafe in Edinburgh, Scotland – probably five minutes walk from the cafe where JK Rowling wrote Harry Potter.
I’m looking out at cobbled alleys, old stone buildings and the bustling crowds that are here for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
And as I type from this same couch in different part of the world I realise that the very act of doing something new has made me feel creative, energised and full of ideas.
I wonder if that’s how Harry Potter was thought up?
As you might know by now, I don’t spend a lot of time reading blogs.
But one thing I do spend quite a lot of time doing is visiting the best blogs and websites in different niches in order to “borrow” ideas from them.
You see, one thing that bloggers often do is get stuck in their own niche. If they write about the moon landing then they only read other blogs about the moon landing or related space travel geekery.
I think this is a mistake.
Quite a lot of my ideas for content or different future projects have come from looking at sites in niches I have absolutely zero interest in. In this post I’m going to show you a few things I’ve learned from my travels about what the best blogs do on their sites. Hopefully you’ll discover something you can apply to your own.
When people start a blog they often think that things will take off as soon as the first post is published. Traffic will flow in, readers will give you their email address and your fame and wealth with blossom and flourish.
Unfortunately it doesn’t work like that.
When you start a blog you need to do a lot of work away from the actual writing of posts. In fact, the writing is really only a fraction of what you need to succeed.
In this post I’m going to try and help you with a few things that you should do as soon as you start a blog. They might make all the difference.
Oh, and there’s a bit of news in number 14.
Your writing sucks.
Don’t worry, so does mine.
I’ve never published a best selling book and my blog is an error-ridden, hatchet job compilation of the English language.
But there is good news.
You can learn how to write good. Much gooder.
And don’t panic. This is not another article about spelling mistakes or how to master grammar like an 18th century poet. In fact, I’m starting to think that those things are a bit daggy anyway. This article is all about what it takes to become a better writer. Good writing just ain’t what it used to be – and a lot of people might find it a bit depressing.
Let’s dive in!
Oh, and I’ve added a collection of my favorite quotes about writing and how to write down the bottom.
I love blogging.
This post is designed to do one thing and one thing only – inspire you to start your own blog today.
You see, blogging has done a lot for me. It’s helped me to work from home and it’s helped me reach out to other people when I needed a friend. It’s helped me travel the world and make a modest living from something that I actually enjoy doing.
So, here are a bunch of reasons why blogging might be just the thing that you are after.
At the end I’ll even show you a few awesome success stories to fire you up!