Monday, July 20, 2015

Rob: 15 Ways Starting A Blog Is Like Being The New Kid At School

The blogging world is huge and the various blogging communities are both complex and layered. There are so many types of blogging genres, niches and specialties. There is so much to learn and understand, that when it comes to starting a blog, it's easy to feel just like that new kid starting at school halfway through the year:



1. The new kid is so nervous that he probably stood on the sidewalk in front of the school for a long time, maybe even started up the steps once or twice before finally taking the plunge through the front door.


2. The new kid is probably somewhat familiar with the curriculum and may even possess most of the general skills, but the new school has all kinds of fancy new multi media approaches that the old school didn't, so it's going to be a steep learning curve.


3. Even if the new kid was super popular at her old school, as the new kid, she has to start at the bottom and work their way up the ladder.


4. While the teachers and fellow students are really nice, they can only spend so much time integrating the new kid into the classroom. Unless the new kid wants to pay someome to boost his popularity.


5. The new kid might have brought the best cookies (peanut free) to school, but just can't find the right people to share with.


6. Figuring out the existing relationships at the new school may appear simple, but really isn't and takes time to sort through.


7. It might be easy to get an invitation to try out for the team or a club (getting published), but actually making it is another story.


8. While friendly and inviting, the other kids are just a little bit wary of the new kid, remembering the last new kid who came in with a flash, then promptly moved when his mom got transferred.


9. Often the new kid wants to go on the field trip to New York (insert blogging conference), but since forms were due before she started, it's too late for this year.


10. Finding the best, most efficient way just to get to school (multi-media) takes time.


11. The new kid may not realize that it's not appropriate to talk about some subjects in some of the classes and as a result, sometimes the new kid puts his foot in his mouth without even realizing.


12. Someone or some group usually takes pity on the new kid and takes them under their wing.


13. Sometimes, the new kid gets to wow all the other kids and teachers with a different perspective or skill.


14. Little by little the new kid starts to feel more comfortable, learns the ropes and makes some friends.


15. If the new kid can just make it through the rest of the semester, by the time next year starts, there's a pretty good chance she isn't going to be the new kid anymore.


How was your first day as a blogger? Did you find it intimidating? 

Trust me, if you're standing on the sidewalk, working up the courage, go on and dive in. The teachers and your fellow students really are all incredibly nice and welcoming.





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20 comments:

  1. I love this, all so true! Taking the first step is the hardest. I don't mean actually setting the blog up, I mean the first time you actually have to interact with other bloggers. I've been lucky that all the bloggers I've spoken to have all been genuinely nice people :)
    Thanks for linking up to #AnythingGoes
    Debbie
    www.myrandommusings.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks Debbie. I am inspired by the amount and quality of your writing. It's great that I've managed to stumble across so many great bloggers in the short time that I've been writing.

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  2. I can totally relate to this post as I have just recently started a blog. Knowing all the existing bloggers out there is very intimidating and scary. But they seem to be nice and friendly and willing to help tho so that's a big bonus! #TwinklyTuesday

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    1. I started and stopped a couple of times before committing to get in there write and interact with all the other great bloggers out there.

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  3. SIlly as it sounds, I'm three years into blogging and still feel like the new kid at times. I never really ended up in a particular blogging 'circle' which is much the same as in real school lol. Fiercely independent and confident but also sensitive and shy can be a rotten combination when blogging.
    Love this list. Lovely to find you via #thelist today x

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    1. I have definitely found the people to be warm and inviting and have really enjoyed the writing aspect. But like you say, it's tough to really find your niche. I mostly tend to write about parenting and being a dad but I do like to write other things. I think I've been trying to use the linkys as a way to share with different circles. Thank you for reading and I'm glad you enjoyed my blog.

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  4. Love this analogy - I didn't even think about it I didn't even know what blogging was and here we are.....! #twinklytuesday

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    1. So true. I had never really even heard of blogging and then I find this whole new community of great people. Thanks for reading.

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  5. Love this list - and it's so true that it is like being back at school on the first day of term. It can be very daunting, but it's so worth it! #TheList

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    1. Thanks for reading and I'm glad you liked it.

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  6. Great Post and such great advice and motivation for anyone wanting to start a blog, but feeling apprehensive #AnythingGoes

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    1. Thank you. I really appreciate the positive feedback and thanks for reading.

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  7. Your list seems to me pretty accurate, I can relate to a few, some of them even as far back as my school days *oops*. Blogging - well, for me it started very personal, just as a ways to keep in touch with family overseas. Now it is mostly photo and art with a touch of personal.
    Looks to me like you are off to a brilliant start!

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    1. Thanks. I think the hardest part was getting started and then I think the next hardest part was starting to learn the ropes. Some days I feel like I've got it figured out and others I'm not so sure.

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  8. Great blog post, very interesting - for me blogging was very quiet for months until I picked up the first hints of an audience!

    If you feel the need to guest blog I'd welcome a post from you, parenting related or not, over on my blog - thoggy.blogspot.com

    Cheers, Mike

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    1. Thanks for the compliment and I'd love to write a guest post for you. I thought your infomercial post was hilarious. I'll send you a message and we can set something up.

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  9. I fell into blogging by chance — I was writing for 2 years before I really started to realise what a huge blogging community there is! As a result, I never really felt intimidated!! Now I have such a lovely group of blogging buddies it feels like I never had the 'new girl at school' feeling! Thanks so much for linking up with #TwinklyTuesday — Please could you add our badge to the bottom of your post. Thanks! :)

    Caro | www.thetwinklediaries.co.uk

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    1. I must admit the community has been incredibly welcoming and I'll definitely put the badge up. (My bad and I'm sorry)

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  10. Ha ha, I've only been blogging a month so I can definitely relate to this. That feeling that everyone else knows each other and feeling nervous about joining in? Yep. #brilliantblogposts

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    1. Glad you enjoyed it. It took me forever to work up the nerve to actually start writing but I have been really enjoying it since then and the people are really welcoming. Thanks for reading.

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