The Daily Post yesterday was pretty epic. If you didn’t have a chance to read the entries, I highly suggest making some time to do so.
Give your newer sisters and brothers-in-WordPress one piece of advice based on your experiences blogging. If you’re a new blogger, what’s one question you’d like to ask other bloggers?
I’m a newbie, but I also have an irrepressible need to give advice, so I shall address both parts of this prompt.
Firstly, my questions for experienced bloggers or anyone who knows the answers:
- How do you introduce your blog to non-bloggers or non-blog-readers? In this, I mean everything from telling a friend that you have a blog to promoting it online.
- What is the appropriate real-world etiquette if you intend to reference someone or a business in your blog? Should you tell them before you do? Notify them afterwards? Hope that they just don’t notice?
- If you submit your post for a possible guest post, or for a possible acceptance into another website– and no one replies– how long should you wait before just using it yourself?
Now for my advice: Blog with purpose.
I’m not saying your blog has to have a gimmick or a niche, just that you should have a reason for doing what you do.
There’s a wonderful talk at Ted, by Simon Sinek. He talks about how the reason “Why” you do something is at the very core of whether or not you will succeed. He calls his circle the “Golden Circle”.
His idea is structured on the belief that people respond to Why not to What.
To put this theory in the context of blogging:
- What = The subject matters about which you blog
- How = Your posting schedule, your preferred format, your site theme
- Why = Why you wake up in the morning, intent on being a blogger
You might follow a blog because of the What or How, but you become a loyal reader of a blog because of the Why. You will support a blog reader whose Why you understand, and even better– one whose Why is one with which you empathize.
So find your why, blog with purpose, and succeed by whatever measure of success you choose to use.
Cheers to you, my blogging friends!
More Daily Post responses here: http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2013/05/07/daily-prompt-key-takeaway/