Dear newbie blogger,
Back in the olden days, when nobody had heard about blogging, 10-20 years ago, people still did it.
They opened a TypePad, LiveJournal or Blogger account and they just did it. They fumbled around, learnt as they went and just wrote. Because they had stuff they needed to get out of their head. There weren’t any conferences, or websites or books about blogging, there was just a love of writing, or sharing our stories, of connecting with each other. A lot of us knew bugger all about the technicalities of blogging and what we knew we learnt ourselves by just fumbling around. Some of us went further and learnt a whole heap. Some of us have grown businesses from the knowledge we have gained from blogging. And all of us love sharing what we know to help those who are just starting.
These days you have conferences, books, blog posts, articles, websites, video tutorials and whole heap of other resources that can teach you about blogging. Some of them are paid, most of them are free, but they are out there, you just have to look. You know that Google thing people keep talking to you about? USE IT!
I am sick and tired of newbie bloggers coming into blogging groups, mostly on Facebook, and asking the same inane questions over and over again.
And then complaining if someone doesn’t immediately serve them up, on a silver platter, exactly what they were looking for. You want THE BEST answer.
You know what? We’ve had to figure it all out on our own. We’ve Googled, we’ve watched YouTube, we’ve read articles, we’ve paid for courses and conferences. We are not a free resource for you to use over and over again, because you are lazy and want your answers right here, right now. And we do no appreciate you getting all hot and bothered because we “misunderstand” your questions. No, darling, we don’t misunderstand – we just want you to do some work of your own and learn some stuff. Do it the hard way.
Asking for a little bit of free advice from experienced bloggers is fine in small doses, but when you abuse that right and expect instant answers, you take it too far.
Just get off your lazy arse and JFGI!
And you know what? There is no BEST ANSWER. There is only the answer that will work best for you and your blog. And you can’t find that answer by asking for it. You have to look for it, you have to try things and see what works and what doesn’t.
Yes, you have a blog, but that doesn’t make you king of the world.