Want to become a better blogger? Have FUN. Yes, it really is as simple as that.
I blog about writing, because writing is fun for me. A friend blogs about gardening, because she loves her garden. One of my students blogs about golf, because… you get the picture.
You’re much more likely to build a great blog if you’re having fun.
In this post, Angela Booth’s Writing Blog: Have Fun, Make Money: Write About Your Hobbies, I suggested:
“Wondering what to write about? Why not write about your hobbies? Everyone has hobbies — even if it’s just eating.
Not possible, you say? Well…
Consider that Julie Powell devoted an entire blog to Julia Child’s ‘Mastering the Art of French Cooking’ She promoted it as: ‘365 days. 536 recipes. One girl and a crappy outer borough kitchen’.
That blog grew into a book, which promptly developed into a movie…
Julie Powell is passionate about cooking; what are you passionate about?”
Make a list of what you love.
What do you spend time doing? What would you like to spend time doing? Another student wants to travel. With four children under seven, wander lust should be the furthest thing from her mind. Nevertheless, she’s created a travel blog. Yes, it’s wish fulfillment, but she’s also creating a firm foundation for a new career as a travel writer. By the time all her kids are in high school, I’m sure she’ll get her wish to spend her life writing travel books.
It’s not the destination, it’s the journey
When my first book was published, I was over the moon. I spent four days walking on air. I’d achieved the goal of my life — to have my book in bookstores. Looking back however, it’s not those four days I remember. Or “the call” (from my editor to say I had a contract.) I remember the time I spent writing, tapping away at my typewriter in a corner of the family room while my young sons argued and played… Those highs and lows of writing linger in my mind, all these years later.
I was happy writing.
Perhaps success colors my memories; I don’t know. Would I still remember tapping away at my IBM Selectric with such nostalgia if I hadn’t landed a contract?
Writing is always a journey. Enjoy the journey. If you’re writing a long project — if you’re blogging, or are writing a book — stop writing if you’re not having fun.
Over the years, I’ve realized that the amount of FUN I have while writing is a great indicator of whether or not the project will be a success. If I hate whatever I’m writing, chances are that I’ll be disappointed in the results.
So, if you want to create a money-making blog, make blogging fun. Blog about something you love.
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