|Where to Start - Web Edition|
|Written by Graydon|
|Saturday, 29 July 2006|
Are you sitting there with an idea for a blog? Maybe you found something on this site that sparks your interest but you still have that lingering doubt about if you can really do it?
You've been researching your idea. You've been reading all of the popular sites about blogging and SEO and maybe have bought an e-book or two about how to do it?
But you still have that lingering doubt... "can I really do this, where do I start, I don't know the technology enough, nobody will come, I'll be a failure... oh woe is me."
Let me help you...
Get off your freaking rocker and just try it out!
And here is the key reason... IF you're contemplating a blog or website based venture where you know the path to your goal is to be able to put up relevant content on an ongoing basis, then the only approach is to just try it.
It's too cheap (free) and easy to get a site on blogger or a google page or squidoo (or countless others) and just start typing away. Don't worry about grammar or format or syntax or visual appeal... just start writing.
Why #1? Because it's the only way to actually determine if you can maintain the passion that it requires to keep with something like that.
Why #2? Because by doing it, you can determine how good you are at it and get this... if you think you aren't that good in the first place, then practicing will make you better... if it doesn't, then at least you tried.
Now for the disclaimer...
Repeat after me...
"I will not get 1000, 100, 10 or 1 repeat reader, EVER"
"I will at some point get dejected and want to post about how sorry I am that I haven't posted more"
"I will accidently delete all of my content and have to start over from scratch at least twice if not more"
"I will accidently crash the web by mistakenly typing in the secret code for deleting all files everywhere"
"I will wish that my system had a bitter spell ckecker"
Now, the point of the above is not to set your expectations low... but to remind you to be realistic in what you can accomplish when you first start off. Always harbor some high expectations... it's one of the drivers to improvement.
The point of this is to practice, to get a feel for your voice, to get a feel for your desire, your passion, your tolerance, you ganas.
BECAUSE... and trust me on this one...
If you start, and you like it, and you find it rewarding... then you will develop the drive to learn all of the other items that are key to building your blog / site.
Why worry about the proper SEO formatting on the first post (or first 100)?
Why worry about how your site is ranked by search engines?
Why worry about how to get feedburner stats on your site?
Why worry about a lot of the things that are discussed on the web?
Depending upon your outlook on things you could have some different outcomes...
- You realize that writing worthwhile content is hard and you lose interest... fine, move on with your life... you tried, you learned, you go on
- You realize that writing worthwhile content is hard but you love doing it... great, move to the next phase of getting readers
- You realize that the original topic doesn't hold your interest... fine, find another topic and try again... you tried, you learned, you adapted
- You realize that you like it, but you found someone that is better at it than you... fine, either get better than them, or move on
I think you are getting the point... if not, let's try again.
BY STARTING AND TRYING IT, YOU WILL EITHER FIND OUT THAT YOU LIKE IT AND CAN DO IT AND EVENTUALLY LEARN THE REST, or you will not like it and move on. But at least you won't be sitting there thinking about how you would / could / should have done it.
Good luck and get going.
|Last Updated ( Saturday, 29 July 2006 )|
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