Hey everyone recently had to do a speech on Blogging and I'm a writer not a talker so I failed pretty badly, all I did was just read off my notes. Honestly, I thought once I finished University I would no longer need to do public speaking, Oh well, it's over now, what's done is done, hopefully, people will learn from my innate ramblings and if people didn't understand my speech I have turned it into a blog post so yay! But before I begin here is my latest post on Pillowfights, been so busy haven't been able to post on Sunday So here it is...
So let's start reading my amazing speech
Hello everyone my name is Chris and I am an amateur fiction writer and blogger. I am on my third edit of my first novel at the moment, called ‘Origin’ and I thought it might be a good idea to make a blog about my journey on becoming a future Author. Hoping that other newbie writers could learn from my trials and tribulations. However while on my journey a website in the United Kingdom by the name of Pillowfights took interest in my writing style and offered me a part on their website and now I have a professional blog that offers lifestyle and romance advice, even I don’t know what they were thinking I was like me, really ok I’ll talk about my romance with cake. Anyway been one month with Pillowfights and once I get my monthly stats I can start finding sponsors.
So that’s me you can find out more on my website or follow me on twitter, I’ve already put my personal and professional blog websites on the meetup page so if you can’t subscribe or follow me now you can do it later, you better do it later. Anyway I should start on helping you guys out and I believe my journey into the world of fiction writing might give you some tips towards your blogging goals and I have created...
Like all forms of creativity there is no defined set of rules, some rules can be followed and others can be thrown away, all forms of creative output are to give the creator a sense of freedom to express themselves and some of you guys have chosen to express your creativity through blogging. These tips are merely guides on your path to building up your thought process on unleashing that creativity and the best way to do that is to…
Now a lot of you must be thinking what is this idiot talking about, write badly, I want to write the best that I can possibly achieve so I can get several subscribers and followers for my blog. True all of us want to perform at our best but like all goals we start at the beginning and whether we like it or not we are going to suck.
Ok, show of hands how many of you are new to blogging or have not even started blogging yet?
Ok, quiet a few I assume Some of you might have fears of not doing well, or don’t have the time or energy to keep a blog running, produce engaging and well-developed articles. But all bloggers are going to start at this point and they are going to struggle, some have struggled and given up because of the pressure of writing to a standard they cannot achieve yet. But if you know that you are going to write badly then you will remove that pressure you have placed upon yourself.
So my advice, Just start a blog what is the worst that could happen it’s not like you can get negative subscribers, and just write and enjoy, you will look back a year from now and see what you wrote and you will be like I can’t believe I wrote this man or woman I suck but you got better because you started and you…
Again daunting, unachievable, an idiot is talking. I dislike the 'practice makes perfect' quote, there is no such thing as perfect… Well, there is Tom Hiddleston, ah Tom Hiddleston...
Anyway where was I, right I think the quote should be practice is sort of like exercise, whether you take a step forward or back you are going to lose weight. You learn from your mistakes and you develop your strengths through constantly writing.
On my website, I did an equation on how many words a novelist needs to write every day to finish a novel in one year and the total was 205 words for the average 75 thousand word book. So 205 words takes on a lazy day only 30 minutes to write could be done during or after breakfast, lunch or dinner, maybe before you go to sleep or on the bus, I have Microsoft Word on my phone and usually take the bus just so I don’t need to drive and can spend the time writing it is honestly a great tool apart from the time it didn’t autosave my work but still a great tool.
Anyway enough about my life story, writing every day will build up your abilities and posting every week will get people interested in your work as well as others that are willing to help with your writing, some might not be as nice but there are genuinely nice people out there willing to help, I mean there is this great Meetup and Facebook group dedicated to helping people with their blogs. And another great way to improve is by…
The notion of a writer wanting to write a book and has never read one would be strange so wouldn’t that be equally strange for a blogger to want to create a blog yet never having looked at a blog. Tongue twister anyway Search and research blogs, take notes, or maybe send the blogger a message about the design and layout of their blogs or their writing style and ideas.
They could either be ‘insert bad word here’ and ignore you or worse mock you and your work or they could actually be helpful and give you advice on your blog and if they are nicer, actually subscribe and offer to check out your posts and websites as you develop.
Another place apart from this beautiful and wonderful group here is to search on Facebook and twitter and google for other blogging groups and websites that will help you connect with other bloggers and get you some followers in the process. One site that I’m on is called Bloglovin which is sort of a blog database that helps you connect with similar blogs so you can…
STEAL IDEAS YOU MAD MAN
I would never do that. But you should. Sometimes it’s hard to create content for your blog, maybe we don’t know how to start writing several posts for our chosen topic. Or we want to be unique and copying a blog post or design another blogger has done would be insane if the blogger has done justice to the topic at hand.
But writers take ideas all the time and reword them into their own narrative. 50 shades of grey is a fanfiction of Twilight. Divergent is a fanfiction of Hunger games and the Japanese have their own version of Hunger Games called Battle Royale. So if writers can take ideas reuse them to create new and I use the word exciting very loosely works of fiction then why not bloggers.
I see a novel as a constellation and the stars are ideas, several constellations can use the same star but you have to make your own picture. Ideas are just a notion, a thought, like let’s take the idea Vampires, and examine the several stories around that thought. Blade a Vampire Superhero, Vampire Academy a school for teenage vampires, and last but not least Buffy the Vampire slayer the hot vampire slayer, and I mean hot, like whoa...
Ok carrying on.
We are allowed to take ideas, but we have to develop them, alter them to cater to who we are and we do that by…
Whether you are going to write a Food blog, a Travel blog, a Fashion blog, a blog that offers lifestyle advice or a personal blog that just shows your day to day life hoping that your experiences will offer some help to the reader. Then there will be several other bloggers giving similar views and beliefs on the same subject matter, two visits to Beruit, two chocolate mud cake recipes, two L’Oréal makeup tutorials because you’re worth it.
So the only way we can separate ourselves from the other food and fashion blogs is to make our blogs unique. Maybe we can add our individuality to our blogs, what makes us, us. I am a hardcore geek, I actually run a meetup group called the Otaku Guild which is dedicated to geeky events such as Marvel Movies, Boardgames and casual chats on anime and video games but we usually go off into random topics as the night goes on.
Anyway enough about my shameless promotion of my group, I add my geeky, quirky behavior to my writing which has gotten me some good attention but still it’s not enough we need that edge, that niche that will make us stand out from the other blogs. With the help of tips one to four you will be able to find that edge.
Maybe you can treat a travel blog as a food one, giving a recipe on the items you need to survive a trip to Moscow.
A dash of Warm clothes
A comfortable pair of shoes, maybe, some flats but if you don’t have any, sneakers will work.
And 2 duty-free bottles of Vodka to distract the locals.
Or a News blog that mocks traditional news and puts the most mundane and strange stories from across the world first giving a proper deadpan delivery to the story.
Man set to make $100,000 a year from drawing on bananas.
That ladies and gentleman is a genuinely real story which sucks any way you have to find those ideas yourself there will always be someone to help you out, give you tips and guide you on your adventures and hopefully I have been one of them but for now, that should be enough rambling from me, hope you guys have learnt something from my five tips and if you want to get more please subscribe to my twitter and website. They may be writing tips for future novelists but you can apply them to your blogging as well as other creative outputs and mediums so have a search around, learn some stuff and I wish you all the best on your journey into blogging.
Thanks for listening.