Blogging for a non blogger

My intentions are to create blog posts that express my opinions and generate traffic for my site. They will be entertaining and informative enough that you will want to give me your money. You need to wake up every morning with the internal struggle over feeding your children or buying my art.

I intend to post at least once a week. Small posts. A new image I’ve made. Something I am working on and would like your feedback. An opinion about a song, a show, a film, a book, a comic. Maybe some random thing I find on the net.

I intend to make a long post once a month. A long film review, espousing on a a comic character, artist, real world event, and the like. I may show the process of creating an image. I am a process person.

I intend these things. Honestly. Sometimes depression will interfere. Sometimes family. Sometimes general frustration with the world. Stick with me. I will make it worth your while. The blog is the only place that I will publish art not made by me.

Please feel welcome to engage with me. I will answer your questions, address your criticisms, and likely will ask you questions.

Alex Raymond
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Re-Opening my studio

Taking care of my aged mother, COVID, and stress made me close my studio for a time.

You’re going to publish a post today. Don’t worry about how your blog looks. Don’t worry if you haven’t given it a name yet, or you’re feeling overwhelmed. Just click the “New Post” button, and tell us why you’re here.

Why do this?

  • Because it gives new readers context. What are you about? Why should they read your blog?
  • Because it will help you focus your own ideas about your blog and what you’d like to do with it.

The post can be short or long, a personal intro to your life or a bloggy mission statement, a manifesto for the future or a simple outline of your the types of things you hope to publish.

To help you get started, here are a few questions:

  • Why are you blogging publicly, rather than keeping a personal journal?
  • What topics do you think you’ll write about?
  • Who would you love to connect with via your blog?
  • If you blog successfully throughout the next year, what would you hope to have accomplished?

You’re not locked into any of this; one of the wonderful things about blogs is how they constantly evolve as we learn, grow, and interact with one another — but it’s good to know where and why you started, and articulating your goals may just give you a few other post ideas.

Can’t think how to get started? Just write the first thing that pops into your head. Anne Lamott, author of a book on writing we love, says that you need to give yourself permission to write a “crappy first draft”. Anne makes a great point — just start writing, and worry about editing it later.

When you’re ready to publish, give your post three to five tags that describe your blog’s focus — writing, photography, fiction, parenting, food, cars, movies, sports, whatever. These tags will help others who care about your topics find you in the Reader. Make sure one of the tags is “zerotohero,” so other new bloggers can find you, too.

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