Friday, March 25, 2011

What do you want to blog about?

Forget a pretty website. Forget domains, GoDaddy, Yahoo, Google, Blogger, WordPress... Forget followers, comments, and anything else.

You are NOT going to have a good blog if you don't know what to write about. And so many times I see many people just using their blog as their diary, as I said yesterday. Unless you're a celebrity, not many people want to read about your daily lives. And general blogs are just so annoying, too! You have to have some sort of common theme to your blog, otherwise there is no point in following you. Don't even get me started on those blogs that just post something they find on the internet and do nothing else.... Now, there ARE a few exceptions to this rule, but you have to already be a very good writer to pull this off.

But you don't have to be a very good writer to have an interesting blog. It helps, but if your subject is interesting, you'll get readers that way too. And the great thing about writing is that the more you do it-- the better you get! So don't worry, it'll come along.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Eye-Catching: First steps.

Okay, so everyone wants a sleek and stylish blog, right? The easiest way to grab someone's attention is to have a nice banner. And those just happen to be my specialty.

(I made all of these so I'm allowed to post them here.)

When making a banner, this is what you should consider:
1. Use colors that in general blend well with other colors on the rest of your blog. You want it to flow nicely. But you also want to add in colors that are NOT found anywhere else on your blog, so it pops out and leaves an image in your reader's mind after they navigate away. Many times I'll see a plain black and white blog, and people wonder why I don't remember which one is theirs. Give me a reason to want to remember your blog.
2. Decide what message you want your blog to send. Look at the first banner I've selected. The writer's blog is about Hawaii. When looking at it, you definitely get a Hawaii feel to it. The second one is for my other blog, where I draw and review video games. So I drew myself drawing a Tepig with the help of De Blob and Comrade Black. You can probably guess what the others are supposed to be about.
3. ALWAYS include your title. You want people to associate the title with the image.
4. NEVER use images you are not allowed to use. Do not upload a picture of Miley Cyrus unless it is allowed. Do not steal a picture someone else did.
5. Try not to sign the banner, even if it's just going to your blog. It's just tacky to have your name up there, in my opinion. ESPECIALLY if you are giving the banner to someone else to use-- let the blogger decide on how to thank you/advertise you. It's really distracting from the image, otherwise. It's not like a painting where you SHOULD sign it so no one takes credit for it.

Now me, I'm going to break my rule and not make a banner just yet. Mostly because I only made this blog an hour ago and it's quite late right now, haha.

Til then, see you later, my lovely Suckers! (Or should I call you guys Sucks? Hm. I'll think about that for a while.)

I hate introduction posts.

They're so freaking awkward, you know? But whenever you see a new blog, you see this short and simple post saying how the person is new to blogging and how they've always thought about it, blah blah blah. But often times you'll see that blog post and there won't be anything else. Which always confuses the hell out of me.

Okay, I get not wanting to just randomly start out blogging, cause you feel awkward doing it. But don't you feel just as awkward not contributing anything substantial to your blog and expecting others to want to read it?

Also, what's really irritating is seeing people use blogs as their journals, and then they expect to make a career out of doing that. What? I mean, if you were a celeb, I can see that kind of blog getting somewhere, but if you're just making a public diary, who really is going to care to give you money for that?

These kinds of blogs are what I'm getting at. They suck. I want to help you not suck anymore. I'm not saying I'm great, but I'm saying I don't suck. I get lots of questions and offer lots of help to a bunch of new people in blogging, so I decided I'd make a blog dedicated to this sort of thing. It's a blog for bloggers, from advertising, to improving your writing. Hopefully you'll learn a few things and can make a bitchin' blog.