Dear newbie blogger Laura,
Welcome to the wonderful world of blogging! I know you’re nervous, sitting there behind your laptop, staring at your shiny new blog and thinking ‘what have I done?!’, but try not to worry. You may have no idea what you’re doing, but trust me when I say you’re about to embark on a wonderful journey!
In typical ‘You’ fashion, you’ve been meaning to do this since forever, but have ‘never got round to it’. Basically you’re scared because you’ve been lurking on the fringes of the blogging world for ages, seeing the way bloggers comment and interact with each other, and you worry you’ll never fit in. Making friends has never been your strong suit, thanks to your introverted nature, so why would blogging be any different?
And yes, your blogging style is going to start out a lot like your partying style – ie. standing in the corner avoiding eye contact with anyone whilst wishing someone would talk to you so you look less weird and awkward – but it gets better, I swear. Once you figure out what a friendly place the book community is, you’ll work up the confidence to join in, and put yourself out there. You’ll start to comment and grasp social media – you’ll even be on Twitter and understand what a hashtag is, which may seem unthinkable now!
Because books have always been a huge part of your life, but you’re about to find out how amazing it is to share them with other people. Yes, it may seem now like there’s no better feeling than reading an amazing book and clutching that close to your chest, but having a place to go to rave about that book and talk about it with other people is even better.
Three and a half years later you’re still going to be doing it – ranting about books on the internet – and you’ll have no plans to stop any time soon. Yes, blogging will prove harder than you could ever have imagined, but it’ll still be one of the best things you’ve ever done, and will have allowed you to meet so many amazing people and do so many cool things (for example you’ve now done three NaNoWriMos…and no you don’t know what that is yet, but I can tell you it’s awesome!).
Through blogging you’re going to learn so much and gain so much confidence in yourself and your writing, and best of all, people are going to actually read your writing, and respond to it. That may sound terrifying now, but trust me, in a few years you’re going to feel nothing but excitement when your phone makes that ping to say you have a new comment. Because that really is one of the best things about blogging: putting something out into the world, something you care about or have been thinking about recently, and having people want to discuss it with you.
Because there’s a big friendly blogging community out there just waiting for you to join it, and so many amazing blogs for you to explore and people to meet. So stop stalling and start posting on that new blog of yours: it’s going to be an amazing ride!
So what would you tell your newbie blogger self? What has blogging taught you, and what have you gained in your time blogging? And if you are a newer blogger, what would you like to get out of blogging in the coming years?
Feel free to do your own version of this post and link to it in the comments, as I’d love to see everyone else’s letters!