Not Every Blog Deserves to Live

I have to admit, this isn’t my first time at the rodeo.  Once upon a time I used to have a blog. And it was a PET BLOG (AHHHH FAIL!)

Yes. It’s true. I used to write about my dog, starting with the day that I adopted him. I thought it was so cool. Honestly. Everyone wants to see pictures of my dog, right? Whelp… it’s no longer operational, and is just a sad remnant of the blog I thought it would be.

So it seems only fitting that one of my first posts to follow the mantra of “Yu Live, Yu Learn” be, well, about blogs. For those who may be inspired by my blog (don’t lie!) – here are 5 some simple rules to blogging that I can offer. Basing this all on previous failure (we optimists call these “life lessons”), I hope I can learn from my mistakes and transform this blog into something that will last longer than half a dozen posts. So here are my plans to keep this blog relevant, updated, and interesting. Let’s hope I follow my own advice.

1) Be interesting.
Ask yourself, what are you interested in? For me, I’m interested in telling people what to do. It’s the truth. I have an opinion about everything and like to think that my suggestions help (in general). So I’m going to put it to the test and share the ideas in my head. For you, you could be interested in cooking, or landscapes, or stamps. Make things interesting by sharing unique recipes, mind-blowing pictures, or (sorry, I can’t think of anything interesting about stamps).

2) Keep posting.
People used to come up to me and ask “when are you going to update your blog???” I would be surprised that a) they read it, and b) that they wanted to read more. I’d tell them I’d update it, but then life kicked in, and I was either too lazy, busy, or partying to keep posting consistently. That’s the best way to lose your viewership right there. No matter what, keep the posts coming. Good or bad, at least you’re releasing new material. Which leads me to…

3) Stop trying to be so damn perfect.
Man, am I OCD. I give everything way too much thought, and it ends up being a detriment to a lot of things I do. A lot of people I know are the same way. Sometimes I just need to wrap my head around the fact that not everything needs to be perfect. This is a g’damn blog. Post now, think later!

4) Keep it fun!
I’m not trying to make money off of this blog or do anything but to enlighten myself and hopefully others in the process. As I noted in my original post [And so it begins], one of the main goals of this is to make people laugh. I just want to keep things light and humorous, and that includes pictures, videos, and audio files. Most of them will probably be embarrassing, but oh well.

5) Know your voice.
There are over 156 million blogs and counting, and I would imagine that only a handful of those blogs are successful and are read daily. Is there anything wrong with that? NO! By definition, this is my web log and really it’s my voice openly available for the public, but not FOR the public. Keep your own voice. If you are as interesting as you really think you are, you should have no problem pulling readers in.

So there you have it. My advice of blogs for myself. It helps that I’ve typed this out for myself, cause the only way to be trusted is to practice what you preach. And in case you’ve read this entire post searching for my old blog, I hereby present you with The Chronicles of Roddick. Enjoy!

Yu Live, Yu Learn.

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