How I Started My Blog For Real This Time
This isn’t my first attempt at blogging. Like I’ve ever just done something just once or even right the first time. Heck no. I started my first Blogger blog, “An Adventure Daily,” in August of 2005 and promptly stopped using it by November. In 2009, I restarted (reinvigorated?) the blog and kept it up sporadically throughout 2011 (with one post in December of 2012). And then it died.
I just couldn’t keep up with it. There was no focus (hello, the name of my blog was “An Adventure Daily” — daily…as in write about every. single. thing. that happens ever…my blog was one giant rambling Facebook post!), and I couldn’t keep myself motivated. My sister and I tried to encourage each other to write with a monthly blog challenge or a check-in post, but I’d just compile a couple months’ worth of entries into one long post and call it finished. I’m super-good at doing that: consolidating a simple step-by-step task into one big all encompassing project in which I have no time or desire to even attempt to complete it.
So I’ve spent the better portion of the beginning of this school year (I’ve taught high school for so long that I think of years in increments from Aug to Memorial Day) listening to my own advice. When my students come to me with an idea that they are excited about but afraid to try, I always say “What’s the worst thing that’s going to happen? You’re going to be an absolute failure. At that one thing. Not everything. Just that one thing.” Damn good advice that I have never heeded.
Finally, I’m focused. I’m ready to write. I’ve heard for years that I need to write a book or something because I definitely have lived a life I never planned on living. I have an idea of what I want this blog to be about. And, it’s specifically not going to be about everything. I learned that lesson!
I’ve spent the last month (after I came up with the name and bought the domain) collecting as much information about blogging that I could. And because I’m a teacher that uber-stresses the importance of giving credit and citing sources, I figured that I would do just that — I created a list of the resources I’ve used so far to get me to the point of being able to actually write a post and click “publish”.
13 Things to Do Before You Launch I love that Tanea created a checklist with this post. Yes, I do love lists – especially checklists – and this one is fantastic (and focused!).
A Beginner’s Guide to Starting a Blog: 50 Essential Tips and Tricks So far, I’ve completed #1 (Choose your blog name: The Accidental Heroine), #4 (Clarify your content strategy: 10 posts in 30 days, to start), #8 (Find your tone: that’s the easiest one – I’m sarcastic and not at all afraid to make fun of myself), and #14 (Shore up a bank of stories before going live: my Notes app has been overworked this month…I actually have ideas!!!). This list is one of the best and most concise resources that I’ve found.
How to Find Your Blogging Niche I didn’t even know that this was a thing! Hence, my former “everything” blog. Thank you Lindsay for the insight!
The ABCs of Posting Consistently Love the idea of scheduling time to blog. I’m a teacher; even my bathroom breaks are bell-scheduled! It should be easy enough for me to follow these three ideas.
Where to Find Free Images for Your Blog This post is a round-up of many places to find free pics. In fact, the image I used for this post came from one of the sites on the list. (To be honest, I used to be a guilty guilty guilterson when it came to “finding” images online and then using them on my blog. I always included source credit, but still, I used images that were not mine. Thankfully, my blog had an audience of a whopping 7 readers, and no one ever saw fit to sue me for infringement!)
I know I’ve skipped a couple of key steps in writing this post, and I’ve probably messed up my theme by effing with the CSS like I’m some sort of coding savant, but I feel like I need to get this post up on my new site. I’m ready to click “publish” — kinda nervy but exciting!!!
love, your accidental heroine