It is my blog’s second birthday. I would like to write a post full of helpful tips and advice for those just starting out, but I am still rubbish at all of it! So don’t listen to any of the following advice, it is nonsense :-
Don’t think that HTML stands for Help! Totalled My Layout!
Find a niche they say. Don’t choose biscuits though, unless you are actually a serious cookie tester. In fact sod it, don’t find a niche, unless a niche is a new kind of biscuit that I have never tried, in which case find me one now.
Don’t attempt to start a linky called ‘My shittest post of the week’, unless you want to be the only one who is publicly declaring their own writing shit. (I didn’t actually do this, but I seriously considered it, all the good linky ideas are taken…)
Don’t expect everyone to know you are being sarcastic – invent a special font to help, or you may be explaining yourself for weeks. ‘I was joking’
Don’t press publish straight away, you will re-read it an hour later and find all the words you missed out and massive errors of one kind and another. Spell check is your friend. I am embbarressed to say I can never spell embarrassed.
Just write. Sometimes I publish things that I think only make sense in my brain, but someone usually gets what I am on about. Discovering you are not the only weirdo out there is such a relief. And a bit terrifying.
Equally, it is OK not to post everyday. Sometimes even I have nothing to say, and I have learnt that is OK, the world doesn’t collapse if I go quiet for a day or two. (which is frankly a little disappointing, but still…)
Don’t tell a newspaper journalist that you usually read his column naked. Especially don’t do this if you are sat on a stage in front of your peers.
Don’t accept every offer. It is exciting when your blog first gets noticed, and you get offered a freebie to review. This novelty wears off when you are trying to find something to write about removing the dead skin from your foot.
Do accept the offers that scare you. I am shy, nervous, don’t do public speaking. Yet I have spoken twice at blogging conferences and it was a really great experience.
The above suggestion does not apply if it involves spiders, creepy sex games, or extreme sports.
Feel the love. This community is totally epic, immerse yourself.
Don’t attempt to write posts while your toddler is shouting ‘coo-ee’ at you in ever more demonic voices from the other room. Who knew ‘coo-ee’ was a phrase that could be said with such menace?!
Don’t listen to anything I have to say on the matter. As I said, I know nothing. Do your own thing. Freestyle blogging rocks.
Love Miss Cisco XXX
P.S. *pops on embarrassed hat* The nominations are open in the BIB awards, and as they have once again omitted both the ‘Best Biscuit Blogger’ and the ‘Talks the most Nonsense’ categories, I would love to be nominated in either Laugh or Writer.