Ted Demopouluos is writing a book called What No One Ever Told You About Blogging. He’s asking bloggers to share their own answers. I read about it last night and woke up in the wee hours with the question spinning in my head. I have a feeling no one is going to like this simile, but I believe it’s apt, so here goes…
No one told me that blogging would be like being a new kid in high school. Basically, everyone wants to be popular (thus we have our Technorati rank, our feedburner subscriber list, our precious site meter). You have your popular kids, your wall flowers, your geeks, your smart kids, and your cut-ups. There are sub-cultures and the whole herd mentality.
What I’ve found is that my mother’s sage advise still rings true:
- Be yourself. People want to know you, not just your product or business. Authenticity will serve you well in the long run.
- The only way to have a friend is to be one. Don’t just listen – comment – post – joing the conversation. It’s the only way others will get to know you and what you have to say.
- Give it time. Blogging grows organically and exponentially. Slow and steady win the race.
Now, if I could just remember my locker combination!
Flickr photo courtesy of Kelli372