Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine, and at last you create what you will ~ George Bernard Shaw
Any dodo will tell you that the word Alpha is the first word of the Greek language, and Omega is the last one.
What I’m here to tell you is this: all of us bloggers start this journey for a unique reason. Alpha. And all of us diverge, triverge, quadriverge, multiverge (or is it polyverge?) from there into different horizons. Omega.
Let’s understand this better with today’s context. We start the A to Z Challenge with a unique theme. Only we and our blogs know where this challenge is going to take us.
And sometimes, even that isn’t in our hands.
For me, in 2014, the blog was an end. Not a means to an end. I never thought my blog would give me an identity, and become an integral part of my identity in so many meaningful ways. The stupid blog posts I wrote when I was sixteen, compared to my somewhat sobered down posts two years later, have been a journey unlike any other. I haven’t even understood the timeline and the entirety of this transformation. All I know, is that everyday when I log on to WordPress, there’s a new thought sitting in my head, waiting to spring out of my fingers and onto the keyboard in a completely unique way.
And I’m sure you’ve wondered when and how things changed in your blogging life too. When did you start noticing things like paragraph alignment and image sizes? When did you start googling Alexa ranks and all other nerdy stuff? When did you start feeling overexcited looking at the stats of your blog, and when did the comments section started mattering more and more everyday?
It’s a transformation, a transformation that Heracles would have been proud of.
And so should you.
Here are three tips for those who want to start from their blogging alpha, into the unknown omega a.k.a. if you want to start your own blog.:
1. Start with WordPress. I know, many say Blogger is easy, but having WordPress is way better, specially if you are conscious about having a neat blog without spending too much bucks. I started my blogging journey with Blogger, and I now realise that I missed out on a lot of cool features because of that. Case -in-point: the proofreader option, that’s super helpful for beginners.
2. Decide whether you’re doing this for fun, or whether you want to earn money from this. If it’s the former, don’t worry about registering domain names. If it’s for earning money, you’ll have to invest some money into making the blog look professional, creating a subscription service, getting out there and promoting yourself, etc. Plus, if it’s the former, do feel free to chill out with me in the comments or on Twitter. Birds from the same feather must flock together.
3. Figure out your USP. If it’s something as popular as cooking, book reviews, movie reviews, dance, music, go for it. If it’s something as unique as having a fan page for Dr. Spencer Reid and other nerds with eidetic memory (Prof. Robert Langdon, for instance), kindly send me the link.
Wassup, happy readers! This post is written for the #AtoZChallenge, and this is the third year I’m participating in this challenge. Do keep cheering me on all through this month, as I’m hell-bent on scoring a hat-trick in 2017, at the age of 18! My theme for this year is : The Encyclopedia of Blogging Memories, Feelings and Lessons.
Here’s a special question for you to answer today: Share some memories about the day you posted your first blog post. Did you start ranting the moment the admin site loaded, or was it a post planned with utter military precision? Do let me know in the comments!