By Beverly Harvey
“Fear Not!” said the Blogger Angel
Little did I know when I first read one of Wendy’s posts she would become a “blogger angel” to me.
Wendy is proactive in making new friends in the blogosphere and generous with sharing her knowledge. She is a person to emulate if you want success in your blog writing. Wendy puts my favorite axiom into practice every day: there’s enough room for all of us out here and we must not fear competition. Helping people succeed helps us become successful.
I happened upon Wendy’s blog site because she posted on a LinkedIn discussion group. I couldn’t figure out how to do it, so I sent her an email. She responded quickly with the answer. The change produced a large jump in traffic on my site, and I was grateful for her help.
I always felt tech savvy when it came to using different software programs. I’m not afraid to open up every window on the screen and see what’s available for me to use. Just because I want to do something I haven’t been taught, doesn’t mean I won’t try to do it. With this background I set off to start a blog, not having a clue how to set it up.
My initial reason for blogging was that I wrote a book (still in draft form) and wanted to build a writer’s platform online. I never would have thought about blogging if it wasn’t for the publishing “experts” who said writers must have one. I did research for months and read what people said about various blogging platforms before choosing WordPress. I was nervous to start the project; afraid the technology would defeat me, despite not usually being intimidated by it.
Starting a blog was a HUGE learning curve for me. Building a web site wasn’t like anything I had done online in the past. One day I tired of reading about it and just jumped in. I didn’t know that WordPress would walk me through the set up process. It was almost easy. I decided to master creating a post and publishing it first; then how to get the post to show up on social media; and then on the next post I would figure out how to add a photo, and then a video, etc. I took one hard thing at a time and figured it out in each successive post. This allowed me to not feel overwhelmed right at the start. I gave myself permission to take it slow. I continue to read about blogging from the “experts” because there are always new things to learn, but I am now less afraid to try something new. It was all fear of the unknown.
Today, I am happy to tell people I blog about “cat society.” I share anecdotes and advice about cats. I write about cat issues that pop up in the news. I never know what I’ll come up with for a post. It is always different, but I hope interesting or fun for my readers. Blogging for me is now bigger than creating a platform to promote a future book. I enjoy blogging just because I’m able to write all the time, and about a subject I’m nuts about (have I mentioned I love cats?), and I meet some great people online. I’ll keep doing it even if I never get the book published!
Realize that you don’t have to know how to do everything on the first day your site goes live. Don’t be afraid to read the help files, or visit support sites, or ask questions on discussion sites about blogging. People are very helpful. Before long, you’ll be giving other people advice and telling them how you got started.
Stop by and see what I’ve created at: http://moggiepurrs.wordpress.com and, if you wish, please leave a comment.
To contact Wendy McCance about a writing assignment, interview or speaking engagement, please email her at: [email protected]
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