Last updated on October 26th, 2020 by Samuel Ryan, copyright reserved
It’s been 2 months since I published my first blog-post, and now seems like a good time to take stock.
I’m not a huge fan of writing this sort of post, where I talk about what I’m actually doing, but I do enjoy reading them. And, that’s the impetus here.
Not Another Blog About Blogging…
I’ve had a few blogs before this one, but they never really got off the ground (I’m sure my introverted personality was partially to blame). That said, Web, Blog, Life is the first blog that felt like me:
- The name works
- The content is interesting, and
- I even think I’m happy with the design …nearly
There is something that nags me though; the idea that the world just doesn’t need it.
With a million blogs already talking about blogging, why have I created another? Who’s gonna read it?
Yep, there’s about Zero chance of me appearing on the front page of a Google search result. Truth is, if you want to learn about Website Speed Optimization, or how to stop Pinterest from pinning an image, you can easily find help elsewhere.
But, it doesn’t matter. None of it.
At the end of the day, I’m finally writing about stuff that interests me: Blogging, websites, programming, online business, and success. Plus, I’ve got some great tips follow:
- Don’t be afraid to write your version: Everything that can be written, has been written, but don’t let that put you off writing your own version. The world hasn’t heard your view yet, and that’s what your blog is about.
- Be consistent: Keep writing and keep sharing. Let the algorithms know you’re for real, as well as any potential visitors.
- Stay on topic: This is a great piece of advice as it helps the search engines establish a clear vision of your website.
A Crochet Shop Is Not A Normal Blog
Over the last 5 years, I’ve learned loads about running a crochet blog, but the things I’ve learned there, don’t directly apply here. Also, crochet is a popular hobby -when I say popular, I mean tens-of-millions of people across the known world love crochet. So, there’s a large audience for the creativity at Hooked On Patterns.
Whereas, the stuff I write here? It’s a little less dynamic; my posts are mainly tutorials and tech reviews. So, getting the word out, has definitely proved more challenging.
It seems, while I could teach you about creating a successful crochet blog, I’m still very much in the learning stages of actually creating a successful normal blog.
Enjoy The Ride
In all honesty, I’m not too concerned with how things are going. Web Blog Life is new, and still developing into its own shape.
My plan is to keep doing what I’m doing, at least for now. This is my 10th blog-post, and I need to get into the 30’s before I start to wonder where all the organic traffic is.
Right now, I’m focused on creating quality content. On that subject, here are my simple rules for creating a new blog-post:
- It must be helpful
- It must be clear and simple to read
- There’s no limit on how long they are, but preferably above 600 words
There’s no shortage of ideas either, and the more I help people, the more ideas I get for new posts. Which leads me to…
Helping People: My Web Design Services
We all have that thing we’d be doing, if we didn’t need money. For me, it’s web design (well, guitarist first, but then deffo, web designer). In fact, before I gave up my soul for a pay-slip, I actually studied Graphic Design.
So, when I started this blog, it made sense to include web design as a service. The problem is, the people I can help most, don’t really have the spare cash to pay for it -And, while I don’t mind helping people for free, there has to be a limit for the sake of time.
Money has never been my motivator; freedom has. And now I have it, it’s hard to put monetary restrictions on what I do.
In truth, I’d rather my compensation were a percentage of future profits, that way there’s no money up front, and if it fails, you won’t lose out.
The problem with that is, most people would rather 100% of nothing, than 97% of something. Even more of a problem is, creating an agreement which is internationally legally binding. It’s just not feasible.
I’m happy to let it unfold in its own way. Web design will either completely disappear in 5 months, or become a core part of this website. Time will tell.
[Update: Services removed!]
Learning PHP and Blogging About It
On a final note, I’ve decided to learn PHP.
I should have learned it a couple of years ago, but kept putting it off.
As an extremely logical person, programming appeals to me; it’s the definitive nature of True and False. I’ve wasted so many hours, writing stupid little programs, that nobody is ever going use.
Now, with the world in complete chaos, and with one eye on the Apocalypse, I’ve decided it’s a great time to jump into something I enjoy so much.
Why PHP? Because PHP is what’s driving much of the internet. WordPress, Wiki and even Facebook, are all made with PHP. Also, it would give me the tools to create my own WordPress Themes and plugins.
I may write about that here as well. Maybe, I’ll create a category called PHP and add it to the top menu.
Blogging Is Cool, In A Yahoo Chatroom 1990’s Way
Yahoo chatrooms changed the world, at least for me.
I remember using the new (at the time) TV shaped i-mac computers in college; I used to love visiting Yahoo chatrooms. It felt like everyone in the chatroom was just as bemused as me, at the thought of actually talking to somebody from the other side of the world.
Writing a blog feels pretty similar to that, all these years later. Hopefully, my blog grows, because it’s more fun to work on this, than nearly anything else.
If you’re thinking about creating your own blog, my WordPress.org beginners guide might be a great place to start.
Thanks for reading!