4 things I learned in the first 48 hours of starting a blog
Its only been 2 days since I started upon this blogging journey and to be honest it's harder than I thought, that even my marathon of YouTube videos days prior did not help. Yes, I admit I am one of those that learn most everything from some random person I stumble across during my tireless searches- this time was no different. Now I would like to share a little bit of information I learned about blogging within the last 48 hours.
1. Its harder than it looks.
I've briefly mentioned my binge sessions on YouTube; I sat staring at my computer screen, headphones jammed up my ear canal, watching several different "computer wizzes" create a beautiful, professional looking blog in under 10 mins. Yeah, 10 minutes! This, for any of us non wizzes, is just not probable. It took me 4 hours to get a basic looking page and probably about 40 more hours to go to get it close to what I envisioned it to be. Sigh.
2. Its best to pay if your gonna play.
First, I must admit a safe-guarded secret of mine; I am penny pincher, cheap a$$, money grubbing, Scroogelike type of a person. Coming into this I naively did not want to spend a ton of money for something I really wasn't sure about. SoI stuck with the free site, free pictures, free domain, etc.. I ran through the pros and cons of doing so- talked to friends who are bloggers but it was my brother-in-law (lukedepron.com) that struck the cord with me. He said, "Yeah, just get your domain name. That's smart to own anyway." I mulled over that last statement. What if someone else with my name bought it and- heaven help me-ended up selling personalized dildos or worse wrote and sang original country music while looking dreamily into the HD quality video camera, urgh-- I'd die... Well bro, I did it.
3. Content isn't as easy as 1,2,3.
You ask, did I really think I could set up a blog and be able to knock out blog after blog after blog with my endless ideas? Like a 14 year old school girl, I did. I've have a million great HALF ideas but a completed thought, one that's entertaining and well written was going to take a bit more time than I had budgeted. I've now started to keep a notebook to jot down small ideas with the hope they will meld and morph into one BIG idea-- something blog worthy.
4. Pressing publish is scary!
Seriously! The first time I pressed the button to "go live" my heart dropped with fear. I almost immediately began worrying about spelling errors, image choices, and what everyone would think when they saw it. All this time I thought I had a handle on the thought of going public and putting myself out there so I didn't expect the dread I felt after the first click. Its normal to worry when you take a large step into an unknown territory. I'm just going to take it one day at a time.
So there you have it. Some of the things I didn't expect within the first 48 hours of releasing my blog out for all the world. I hope you enjoyed reading it as much as I had fun writing it.
I want to add that the obsessive thoughts have subsided leaving only excitement to see this thing through.