When a new blogger speaks.
I've had a few conversations with Eric Michael outside of ActiveRain recently, so was happy to see his first post. It's never easy taking that leap of faith and writing your first one, especially when you get that nagging doubt that says "who will care" and "who wants to read what I have to say?"
I applaud anyone who takes that first step, but since I've spoken to Eric, I thought I'd applaud him a little more publicly. I think he'll be just fine...
Hello out there in, well, wherever you are.
*big, deep breath*
Driving home from the office a few minutes ago, I thought of about 3 million things that I wanted to say on my inaugural blog.
Sitting down here to actually type them, they all ran away.
I was afraid that would happen.
But, the one thing I DO remember is that I was going to write this, whatever "this" is.
I thought I'd come up with a cute title. (I kinda, did. Didn't I?)
I figured I'd introduce myself, but I don't think anyone will actually see this. Which is okay. I just wanted to throw something, anything, out there. That way, I've started. No turning back.
Now that I did it, what next?
Here's what I figure. (correct me if I'm wrong)
Each blog will get easier... I read about first-time-bloggers' hearts racing when they hit the "post" button. Anxiety about "Will I look foolish?" or "Will anyone read this?" (I mentioned that above) or the worst "Will anyone even Care?" Well, I thought about all of this, too, and here's what I came up with. "It's my first blog post, they'll get better as I practice, learn and respond to feedback."
I'll learn what to write about... There are a lot of people on AR that I read a lot. A few I read almost daily (if they post daily). And a few that I wish would post more (or come back, Paul). I'll figure out a schedule or pattern to what and when I'll write. At least I think I will. The best laid plans tend to change, right?
I'll also learn about SEO... All the good stuff, like meta tags, long tail whatevers, key words, inserting pictures, highlighting and bolding words, using different fonts and colors, etc.
In time, I'll bring in new business... Referrals from new friends here on AR, potential clients that find me online and probably a few other things that I can't think of right now (wow, I guess I am a little nervous).
But mostly to express myself... I guess you'll have to stay tuned to find out what I mean by this one.
So, there it is. My first blog.
Hope you like it, there's more to follow.
That's one small step for Eric...