Ever since my blog starts to get a little more attention thanks to the media, I've friends who start to notice that I actually have a blog and I actually have been blogging for awhile and they will always ask some question regarding blogging and the industry.
More commonly they will ask some of these questions as below:
- How did you even got started?
- How do I get more people to read my blog?
- How did you get invited to events?
- How did you get sponsorship?
- How does sponsorship or advertorial works?
- How did you find time to blog so often?
- How did you even come out with all these random articles?
To be honest I really hate answering question 2,3 and 4 because it's really no magic for me and those are not what I set out for. Maybe I am lucky or maybe because I know the right people. These stuff didn't come to me with much effort over the years but of course I started blogging for years before those things happen so i can't exactly say it came at a snap of fingers. I will always say when you do good, good will come. #TotallyOutOfContext
Over the course of my blogging journey, I've also talked about social media as well as some simple blog tips on this blog. Today I hope this article gives you some insight for question 6 and 7. I might not be the best writer around but these tips do work for me until today. At least.
1. Think ahead and Love it
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I actually spent very little time when it comes to blogging. Usually when i got an inspiration I will always jot down the title of it on my phone's notepad/reminder list. On this list I have lots and lots of potential article headers and when I'm traveling on the road, in the toilet, showering or anything that allows me to think about something else, I will always think about the potential content that I can use to fill up the article. Once I have the chance to be in front of the computer be it when office work is a little slow, at home or during lunch time I will take the 30-45mins to cough out all the ideas onto this space. It's as good as any other hobby be it running, eating or watching drama, it doesn't take that much time and I don't find it like a chore because I enjoy doing it. It's like man and sex, if you keep thinking about it on the trip home while driving, we save some time on the foreplay. #ProTips
2. Meet new people
I guess this helps for me because my blog doesn't really have a very strict theme but instead it's a lot of "lifestyle" where I talk and share my ideas and experience. I always believe that the best way to learn is actually to teach. So meeting new people, talking about things really do help with coming out new ideas. Blogging can be demanding on ideas at times because we can't close a loop allow and more often than not blogging is something individual. We brainstorm at work to get our ideas completed by others in the team so same thing here. Talk to other people, share some ideas and thoughts. Just like this post itself! Doing it yourself all the time can be tiring, get a
room friend or better still, do it all together! *cough*
3. Dare to Draft
As mentioned in point 2. we don't get to go through a brainstorm or break a brief together with a team for our blogs so it's very common that our blogpost just started off with a very interesting idea but we run out of content half way or sometimes even I feel bored reading it myself but do not be afraid to draft it out. Keep it as a draft or save it somewhere on your evernote or even a jotter book that you keep under your bed. Keep it somewhere because you never know when you have something to close this loop! Nothing is too stupid or lame
when you listen to my tips and blogs like me for anybody.
4. Get Personal
Having good SEO titles is awesome. You get the clicks you get the readership but for me I guess it's not good enough. End of the day a blog is not a news site. We tend to keep things proper and clean when you are writing for news site i.e TheSmartLocal, Yahoo News but when it comes to your blog, don't be afraid to get personal. Give your personal opinion, get emotional and tell your own stories. It's your space after all. Why get so affected by how readers or client not accepting you? I will always put in my own emotions to make the article mine even when it is a sponsored post or paid advertorial. I do not understand why would people want to read my post if my post is just another post like everyone else's. I always remember how Jay and Fang Wen Shan replied to an interview about them always having the same style for their music and their reply was if you want a different style and something new, feel free to listen to another person's music cause this is how we do our music. Inspiring isn't it?
5. Don't get comfortable or just follow trends
There is a small difference between having your own style and getting comfortable. It's good to have a style you call your own but it starts to get boring when you get too comfortable. Talking about the same type of things in the same way for 20 articles. Best Food, Best Camera and everything seems to be the best? Seriously? Yes it might gets you some clicks blah blah blah but I guess we need to always improve ourselves and try to break some grounds on and off. You can't just follow the trend and get comfortable with doing something which is the "right formulae". I cringe hard at articles that starts with "Today I was very happy to be invited to this event by...." that kinda thing. It's so 2000 and late. If you want to know what I really hate, read this. For all that it is worth this post might be very outdated by next year and it might not even make any sense.
Is blogging that hard? Is it something you love doing or is it something you set up to do because you feel that it is a short cut to something for you? Whatever your reason is for blogging, I do hope that you enjoying yourself and not making yourself feel like you are tiring yourself out all the time.
Like a recent quote that I came out with while talking to a friend,
"There are many ways to make money but there are only so little ways that can make me happy. I don't think I want to let it go just for monetary sake."
Think about this. ;)
P.S: This is also the reason why it is very easy for me to blog. (TL;DR Version)