Let me clear this first: This is a BLOG POST, not a DIARY. I know what it says in the blog title. But then Blogchatter wanted us to write a blog post inspired by our favourite book. And one of my favourites is the “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” by Jeff Kinney.
Observe the title of the post again. Yes, you’re right. This is a blogger’s take on the “Diary of a Wimpy Kid”.
Here are a few things you must know about the blogging world which lies beyond The Door. It’s quite similar to the secret door in the wardrobe. (“Narnia” Reference) It leads you into a world that’s completely different. And whether that’s good or bad, is for you to decide.
On opening The Door, you will see a relatively nice looking road. Don’t be fooled, though. There are obstacles set by the high and mighty gods of the blogging world on this road. To name a few – selecting between Blogger and WordPress, blogging on sensitive topics, search engine optimization, the need for a niche, staying motivated, and the worst challenge ever – Blogger’s Block. However, the treasure at the end of the rainbow is something magical – being known and respected as a dedicated blogger, with a flair for writing. I guess that’s the innermost desire of every blogging hopeful who gets in through The Door. (Attention, Potterheads. This was a HP1 Reference)
As you face these challenges, don’t forget the reason why you started blogging: to express your thoughts, or to express your wish to make your thoughts fill the bank account. So, the first thing you need to do is: get your priorities straight. Is blogging your passion, or are you doing it for the money? Or if you’re super awesome, both? Don’t ask me what my priorities are. You should have figured it out by now, knowing that I’m a total wimp.
The question of skill arises next. Are you good at writing down your thoughts? Can you whip up catchy blog post titles? If the answer is yes to both these questions, move on to the next: How do you intend to reach your target audience? You need some amazing people (besides family and bloggers) who will regularly read your blog posts and give you some much needed advice. And also share your posts via a tweet or a status update. Don’t ask me how to get such a wonderful audience. I’m looking for an answer to that question myself. (Did anyone get the “Looking For Alaska” reference?)
Then comes the dilemma of doing a guest blog post. Should you, or should you not? I haven’t done many- just two to my credit. But I have one tip for you – your guest post should offer a glimpse of your personality and your blog, simultaneously. It should be the perfect example of your writing style, your likes and dislikes. In short, it should be like the review of your blog. Something that makes the reader hop over to your blog. A simple example- when you read a book by an author, and love it to the heights of being a fan, don’t you grab each and every book by that author?
Lastly, don’t expect fame and a huge fat pay-cheque with just one post. Don’t even expect recognition within a month into blogging. You will be foolish to demand a million views after a year of blogging. Keep your aim low, and be delighted with the results. After all, that’s just how a wimpy blogger survives one year and five months in the world of blogging.
For those of you who didn’t understand a single word of what I’ve written, here’s the gist of “Diary of A Wimpy Kid”. The main character Greg, gives a complete overview about his life at home, at school, and with his friends, along with some humorous tips on how to survive in each of these spheres of life. If you read the post again now, you will be able to comprehend it!