There’s this crazy little ‘thing’ that happens on the way to the forum, or in a self-imposed hiatus from the Kingdom
blogging (due to actual real-life events- go figure) …
You may get the vapors.
The conflict, of course, is that writing a blog is hard work. It takes t-i-m-e and patience and inspiration. All things not always readily available, and yet, the not ‘doing it’, which feels liberating at first, is exactly what sneaks around the corner and bites you in your perfectly toned ass.
You start wondering what it is that’s gnawing at you.
The sun is out.
You’re throne is still shiny.
Binging on Downton Abbey in reruns is still as satisfying.
But you feel empty, but… not empty.
More like not full-up, but not really that.
Kinda like what you imagine giving up that second piece of chocolate cake must be like poor serfs.
Something is missing but you’re feeling liberated at the same time.
And there lies the rub.
Writing may be wrought with existential conflicts (much like running a fiefdom) but Blogging is ripe with good old fashioned ‘use it or lose it’ angst- or so it feels.
So what’s Her Majesty to do???????
Why get back up on that royal horse of course (See how that rhymed? Talent just oozes from my pores) and compile a Ten Things To Never Worry About If You’re A Blogger list… because it’s a sure fire way to get traction again.
The iterweb loves a list, much like the house maids.
So if you can’t find the time to blog about the ordinary day-to-day happenstance of your extraordinary life because you actually HAVE a Life, take heart.
It’s like riding a bike.
Like in the good ole’ days before Home Owner’s Associations and when dogs shit anywhere they wanted and you still never stepped in it. Imagine that… A Life without pre-imposed order based on your neighbors psychosis.
And today that Kingdom can be found on a myriad of Blogs.
You’re in great company, so don’t worry about:
Your actual or virtual neighbors. No one knows their audience- really. We’re all just guessing, and they move so frequently.
Writing to be the ‘Best’. Best changes. In fact, it usually depends on who’s trying to increase their readership off of good writers like you.
Your changing ‘voice’. It’s perfectly acceptable to begin a writing adventure with a predetermined bent in content. If you find yourself stuck or bored out of your own mind- change it up. It may be your path to niche content- or at least an authentic You.
Your readership falling off or increasing, or whatever. There is no rhyme nor reason, or any ‘formula’ that works longer then a New York second, that can successfully calibrate and increase your audience. People will find you, or they won’t, but there IS a key- find your Tribe: like minded writers, an age group, with a common interest, or a niche. It’s been my experience that most people/readers/writers/serfs are very generous in their support, both by becoming a reader, or by sharing your work with their readers. They aren’t chopped liver for late night bitch sessions with other Princesses either.
Selling a product. Unless you’re a published author hawking a book, or provide a service, you will be selling t-shirts- which is great (I own a few from my fav’s) but waiting to be discovered by a media outlet and being courted to be a contributing editor pulling down millions is a pipe dream. News/Social outlets, of any kind, do not pay well. Anyone that leads you to believe they do is pulling your proverbial pen- though it is nice to be famous if only for a minute, which brings me to…
Going ‘Viral’. I remember the days when being a good citizen was a standard. Memeing or writing, something that gets shared a million times ALSO brings controversy, so if you have a thin skin this may not be what you want to aspire to. On the other hand, thick skin comes with age. Thank God. And then there’s…
Controversy. Aside from the reality that the world is filled with haters who troll looking for people to
ventvomit on, stirring things-up can be empowering. Just mean what you say and say what you mean.
Whether you’ll insult someone. You will- even if you don’t intend to. A lot of grown-ups are babies. Many of them sound like your mother.
Adding ‘art’. You SHOULD but it doesn’t have to be yours (Just remember to attribute it’s origins) but KNOW that people are visual and a post without an image is like a crown without gem stones- and readers. And finally…
Don’t worry about what everyone else seems to be doing; all of their successes and tea with the Queen.
Being Royal comes with it’s burdens…
But I do serve tea.