Hello Blogging Tips readers. My name is Debbie and I’ll be posting here every Friday. For this first post, I would like to share my basic philosophy about learning how to blog.
Blogging is not hard. Sure, there’s a learning curve involved, especially the deeper you dive into the technological end, but in its essence, blogging is very simple. People think blogging is hard because they get stuck in schoolish thinking.
See, I don’t care for institutional school. I think it kills curiosity and makes many people lose confidence in their ability to learn. I don’t want you to be stuck for even one more day in this trap so let’s take a look at how schoolish thinking can get in the way of your blogging goals.
In school, teachers are necessary for learning. Now, it’s perfectly fine to have a teacher when it comes to blogging. You may even choose to have several. Just don’t hang onto the schoolish idea that you HAVE to have one. You can learn to blog without a teacher if you want.
In school, there is only one correct answer. If you follow this view, you can spend so much time searching for the right answer, you never move forward. In blogging there are usually many solutions to the same problem.
In school, mistakes are bad. A big part of the success and fun of blogging is experimenting, and mistakes are just another way to learn. As a matter of fact, those who jump in and try new ideas often find themselves on the cutting edge. So go ahead, experiment in your blogging lab. You won’t blow up the internet.
In school, you don’t get to choose the topic you are going to study. When blogging, you get to choose a topic you are truly interested in. Plus, you can go as deep as you want into the subject because there will be no teacher or bell to make you stop and move on to the next class.
In school, they group kids according to ability. No matter how bad you think you are at blogging, you will never be put into the “special blogging class.”
In school, cheating is bad. But looking at your neighbor’s “paper” is a good way to learn how to blog. Read it and analyze what you like and what you don’t like.
In school, you’re required to wear a uniform and remain at your desk. But when blogging, you can do it in your underwear if you like. Or you can go outside. I recommend putting on some clothes if you do go out.
In school, class clowns are frowned upon. The blogosphere loves them. Many people read blogs for the entertainment value so don’t be afraid to get crazy and have some fun.
Now that you understand better how schoolish thinking interferes with good blogging, don’t you agree it’s time to drop out?