Blogging: Try Not to Get Lost in the Details
It’s fun to set up new blogs, or any new websites. When you launch a new blog, it’s another avenue for you to share your thoughts and talents with the world. Just don’t get caught up in the nuts and bolts of actually launching it.
What do I mean by that, you ask? No matter how much these blogging platforms want to tell you, it’s not simple to start a blog, at least if you want it to look like it was made in 2012 and now 1998. There’s a lot of work to be done in customizing it or, if you’re skilled in certain areas, designing your own template. Never have I had a situation where I threw a blog together in ten minutes.
I’m in a situation right now where I’m crafting a new site, and I’ve spent my free time in the last week just focusing on design and site structure. The site isn’t related to writing, but if it was, that would not be the first in which I’ve been heavily engaged in site matters beyond writing. I’ve been known to spend a few days organizing and reorganizing, though remember this: the blog is just the vehicle for your writing. Looks are important these days, but it’s crucial not to take all of your time on making the site look good and none on actually giving the readers quality content worth a damn.
As long as you can balance the details of site aesthetics with the most important thing you’ll be doing on the blog, writing, then you’re fine. If you shy away from content and only focus on appearance, well, think of it like “pimping out” a 1987 Yugo. Sure, if you do enough external work you could make it look half-way decent, but if it’s crap inside, then you wasted your time and so did everyone who clicked on it. I love new blogs that have cutting-edge, eye-catching designs, but remember that the content is the most important thing.
Joe is a writer; that should be perfectly evident to you by now. If, for some reason, it is not evident to you, you should probably contact Joe and tell him that he's not trying hard enough. Joe is an author and freelance writer from New York. He has a B.A. from Boston College and has blogged for a number of years. Joe released his debut novel in 2012, and also has penned a number of short stories.