Hey guys, I thought I would take a moment to simply sit down and write a more personal article to share some things I have on my mind. Now this post isn’t about tech or Android or any of the others things I usually write about. This article is more a “Food for thought” piece about blogging and what it means to be a new content creator. So lets jump in shall we?
Get ready to spend
The first thing you gotta know about blogging is you better get ready to sacrifice something. That something will be time and in most cases some money if you really want to do this thing we call content creation correctly. I knew that I could write my thoughts and feelings into a free platform like Google Blogger. What I didn’t know was that if you wanted to provide your followers/readers with a more pleasurable and fully functional experience that you might want to drop some coin and invest in WordPress and it’s many tools. Now luck enough for me and Damir we have Brian and Armando for those types of things and BOY ARE THEY RICH!!! (just kidding). Seriously, the first thing you need to know is that if you want to be successful, get ready to invest significant time and in some cases money into your craft it will pay off in the long run.
Patience, Persistence, Positivity
Second thing, STAY POSITIVE. Above anything else you need to remember to do while creating content it’s this. Your first 10 articles or posts may likely get zero likes or +1’s or whatever the flavor of positive feedback is on the network of your choice. Don’t worry it’s not that your content sucks! (well, it might) but if it does suck write or create more; you will surely get the hang of it with time. You may invest days or weeks between research and multiple drafts before you publish an article, only to see zero engagement or interest in what you created. Guess what? Your readers don’t know that, nor do they care so get over yourself. You are not entitled to views, likes, +1’s or whatever. You are doing this because you have an opinion or talent you want to share with the world. The world is not always quick to accept things, so stay patient and the positive feedback and viewership will come with time.
Your opinion matters (well sorta)
Third thing, You will post something you think is wonderful only to get negative feedback from your viewers or those who have read your content (there’s always one grammar nazi). It’s in these moments that I want you to take a step back and remember something, “Opinions are like assholes, everybody has one” including you ASSHOLE!!. Just repeat that to yourself as you read comments from others because they have an opinion, and like yours it should be respected. Blatant trolling should be expected and you should block these types immediately because they will sap your Patience, which will lower your Persistence and kill your Positivity (see above). Keep in mind, this is their job. A troll lives to make you suffer and for some reason they have some hard-on for getting a rise out of people (was that a sexual innuendo or what? SCORE ONE FOR ME).
Nothing is ever a FACT PERIOD!
Forth thing, Potato – Patata, Tomato – Tomata, for every statistic you find there will be some other that will be used to substantiate another persons point. Guess what, you might be wrong! Just because you read something somewhere doesn’t make it completely true. Just because they read it somewhere doesn’t mean they are correct either. Want to know how to avoid this? Cite your sources, and by that I mean give credit to whoever you got your data from. Don’t get into pissing match about whose facts are the most correct, if someone disagrees with you simply state that you disagree and move on. Time for another saying “Arguing on the internet is like running in the Special olympics, even if you win, you’re still retarded”. Now I say that in jest, but it’s very true (no offense to those with disabilities by the way).
You’re not unbiased
Fifth thing, I just have to get this one out there, you’re not unbiased. Nobody is completely unbiased (unless it’s about Big Red Gum, in which case we all can agree it’s awesome and if you don’t think so then Fu#* You). The key point is that as a blogger it’s important to be clear about your position. I write for an Androidcentric site. Does that mean I believe Google walks on water? NO. Does that mean I believe Android is the greatest mobile OS on the planet? NO. What it means is that I’m an Android user and I love the platform despite it’s flaws. It means that the majority of my expertise is in this area and if I were a college student this would be what I have my degree in. It does not mean I hate Apple or I want Windows to fail. I do not want the iPhone to go away and I do not believe iOS is a crappy OS. I believe that it is not for me at this time but I am always looking for “The next big thing” (please don’t sue me Samsung). I am a consumer advocate, that means I am all for anything that will benefit the consumer. I love competition and I want all companies to do well. I love Apples, hardware and the flexibility that Windows offers. I hate Windows 8 and I think I hate Touchwiz more. I also hate people who constantly take pictures of their food or their ugly babies (hey it’s your baby, and if you think it’s beautiful that’s all that matters. I’m just saying I don’t want to see pictures of them in every damn post).
Finally. Don’t forget to have fun
The last pearl of wisdom and I think it may have been Brian or Armando that said this to me, “If you’re doing this to make money, you’re in the wrong business”. This is the single most important piece of advice I could give to a new blogger. You will inevitably spend money and never recoup what you spent through what you make creating content on Youtube or blogging. If their are people that are making a living off blogging then great for them but their ain’t too many of us doing that. Many people wonder how we get our devices, well heres how. Ready? Im about to reveal a major secret here. Ok, go to a store. Next pick your device. After that go to the counter and then pull out that thing we call a “Credit Card”. Now this is key, before you hand over your card say the following: “I’m a tech blogger, I write for (insert blog or website here)”. While saying this it’s important that you use your inside voice (a low whisper) and then wink at the cashier, also make sure you nod your head a few times. This will result in the person nodding back at you and handing you said device for FREE!. If you believe that please stop reading here and go do this while recording it. When you eventually are released from prison or a psych ward please post the video on Youtube for our enjoyment.
In truth, we here at thedroideffect purchase most of the device we have, sometimes we are blessed with review units but that doesn’t happen often. Some other outlets may get review units but most of the time we are purchasing these products and then either keeping them or returning them. So again more money spent than earned. Why do we do this? We do this because we enjoy it, it’s fun. The day this stops being fun and becomes a job you may want to consider another line of work. Well, I think i’ve said enough and if you are still reading then thank you for reading the ramblings of a random tech blogger. So until next time, this has been a public service announcement for any aspiring bloggers brought to you by the letter B for (fill in the blank).