Here’s the idea – a lot of blogs written by really sophisticated guru type people are great to read and think about. But I need something more concrete. I need to know how I can start doing some of the things I read about online or in books. Plus, I don’t want these ideas just bumping around in my head. I’d like to start a conversation with people who also spend time thinking about these things.
The premise of the blog is to take the good ideas I read about from professional bloggers and explain how I use them in my life – both personal and professional. This is the nitty gritty, rolling your sleeves up type of stuff.
A little about me – I love start-ups. I love trying to figure out how a company can get started. And I’m in a great position. A lot of my really talented friends are either in jobs they don’t love or laid off from those jobs and are striking out on their own. So I get to help all these different businesses take off. So far, I’m working with a clothing designer, a dating company with an interesting spin, a jewelry importer/designer, a tutoring business, and a software company creating software for specialized gyms. I also have my own business which I’m trying to get off the ground which will create hyper-specialized group travel tours for individual groups.
The blog post I’m working off today is http://blog.penelopetrunk.com/2006/11/10/the-easiest-instructions-for-how-to-start-a-blog/. She gives 6 steps to starting a blog. Here they are:
1. Ignore buzzwords. No problem. I’m technically deficient as it is, so moving right along.
2. Pick a topic — you can change it when you know what you’re doing.
This is like dating. Pick something that seems good, and if it isn’t, try again. Don’t get hung up on topic. As in dating, you’ll know when you’ve found one that’s the right fit.
I left in the original text here because it explains why the title of my blog is love/is/work. I actually don’t think love is work. Romance and dating is fun and anyone who tells you otherwise is probably doing it wrong. I’m linking love and work here because everything I read uses the same terminology to describe both of them. It goes so far as the owner at a software company I’m working withexplains business concepts in dating terms because then he knows I’ll get him. Hey, if it works… My topic is applying online lessons in the real world and writing about them to get some feedback/conversation going about what I’m doing.
3. Spend two seconds choosing software. Done. WordPress.
4. Post something right now. Done. Maybe getting started really is the hardest part.
5. Practice, practice, practice. I have a long list of things that I’ve been doing. I’ll be rolling out a post a day going forward.
6. Ignore your lack of readers. This seems straight forward. I admit – I write in a journal. Which is man speak for a diary. All my deepest feelings are recorded in there. And my strange teenage imaginings. Not all that interesting to anyone but good practice for writing to an audience of one.
Brazen Careerist advocates starting a blog to define what you’re good at and finding a community of people who appreciate that and want to interact with you based on your ideas. So here’s the blog – I think I’m good at looking at other people’s ideas, taking them out of their original context, and applying them in novel and interesting ways to a diverse array of situations. I’ll write more about that tomorrow.