The Daily Post has some wonderful advice for beginners (like me) on sprucing your blog up and getting people to read it. The most practical takeaways (according to yours truly):
- You need better titles
- I can’t think of how to describe this need except to filch some great examples:
- The History of Philosophy, in Superhero Comics
- Henry James on Aging, Memory, and What Happiness Really Means
- J.R.R. Tolkien’s Little-Known, Gorgeous Art
- You can shorten your URLs to be more search-engine friendly!
- The biggest one, though, is that you should know
WHAT YOU WANT TO DO WITH YOUR BLOG
If you had to make a business card with the name and address of your blog (in a naturally tasteful typeset that perfectly conveys the tone you’re going for) and a tweet-sized statement of what it’s about — what would you put? “Walrus training and gourmet baking”? “Lots of my opinions on whatever I deem important”? “Literally my entire diet in Instagrams”?
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How I picture the Twitter
I tend to resist technological change. I still don’t know how to work a DVR, I use a computer made in 2004, and I’d rather carry five pounds of books than a six-ounce e-reader. Most of my tech knowledge comes from exposure through other people. I tend to be suspicious and dismissive of the new, the trending, the latest, and the popular.
But in becoming professional, that’s not gonna fly.
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Today begins my two-month, full-time journey of developing myself as a professional writer. Think of it as a short-term, unpaid internship at Nathan the Paul, Incorporated. By the end of this time, I’ll have learned/done a lot more about: Continue reading “Becoming PRO-fessional: baby steps”