Happy 11.11.11! 5 Blogging Basics for New Beginnings


Happy 11.11.11! 5 Blogging Basics for New Beginnings

Thank you Georgia!

They say when you start noticing 11:11 on the clock, it's a wake up call from the universe. Knock knock! Ready to go deeper into this mystery of life? Not only can you say 11:11 represents "one-ness", but it's an indicator of synchronicity: things lining up for you in perfect timing. Isn't the very definition of life, "perfect timing"?

Today is 11/11/11, which means the whole world is noticing the synchronicity. A worldwide wake up call is pretty huge!

What is the wake up call telling you? What do you know you have to do but have been putting off? What new thoughts, beliefs, feelings and actions would you like to make yours today?

Take this day as the opportunity it truly is: a chance to align with the person you know you are.

Let's do it together!

It's easy to say we'll change and do better, but sometimes it really helps to share our ideas and support each other. Whether you do it under your own name or a pseudonym, documenting your journey on a blog or website helps you stay accountable, appreciate your progress, and meet people with similar ideas. Basically, blogging helps you stick to it, whatever it may be. Plus, there's always that possibility of fame and fortune if you achieve your goals—or fail particularly beautifully.

1. Get a site

I always recommend paying for your own web hosting so you can have complete control over your site. This gives you things like a domain name, infinite storage space, and ability to sell or monetize whatever you want on your site (porn and illegal things excluded). If you want to one day make a living from your site, this is the way to go. I have some easy instructions here. Keep in mind it will require a little bit of fiddling with code and software.

If you're not quite ready for the commitment or technical involvement, get a WordPress.com blog, a Blogger blog, or a Tumblr - whatever is easiest for you.

2. Start writing

Lots of people start blogs as a place to be heard. No one else can share your thoughts for you. And every thought you have is just as valuable as any other on the Internet. Who knows what gold is lying around your head! If you don't know what to write, check out this list of ideas.

3. Get comfortable with blogging. In public.

Sharing my thoughts in public is scary, but it feels good to do things I'm afraid of. I believe sharing what we think is pretty much the best way to remember each other's humanity. We all have thoughts and feelings and want them to be heard. Sharing thoughts makes us vulnerable to criticism, but who cares? Haters left!

Keeping a public blog is BALLSY. But there will be many times when you're not ready to go public. In that case, you can keep drafts of posts saved on your website, or on some platforms (like WordPress) you can publish password-protected or completely private posts. I do not advise this! Every keystroke you make on the Internet has a chance to be public one day. No password is strong enough to protect your privacy forever. If you need to iron out some ideas before sharing them, keep a separate journal on your computer. I often find that when I allow myself to write privately, I can make a lot of progress feeling better about the topic. Often by the time I'm done writing I have a piece I want to share anyway.

For good advice on blogging, read ProBlogger, Penelope Trunk, and Steve Pavlina. For web design advice, read A List Apart.

4. Understand Copyright

If you use someone else's image on your site, get permission or at the very least link to where you got it. If you want a clear conscience about using other people's images, use Creative Commons licensed images that are easy to search for on Flickr.

Then decide about how to license your own work. As soon as you publish something, it is technically copyrighted by you. No one has the rights to sell it or use it without your permission. But the best advice I have (which Russell Simmons and Steve Pavlina agree with) is to give it away for free. The best way to get your ideas to the most people is to not put any barriers in the way. Donate your work to the public domain or Creative Commons license it. You will still be able to make money from your art. But when you first start out, the most important thing is to get your ideas into other people's heads. Make it easy on us. (Recently one of my CC-licensed photos was published on Forbes, neat huh?)

5. Decide how you want to monetize

You'll be a lot more likely to make money from your site if you decide how you want to do it. Do you want to have a really high traffic site? Then advertising (using Adsense or other platforms) will make you a lot of money. The challenge of traffic-based revenue models is that you only make more money with more traffic, meaning you have to produce a lot of content to keep people coming back.

There are infinite ways to make money from your site. You can sell physical merchandise, digital downloads, subscription access, or affiliate products. And don't forget about donations! How do you want to make your money?

If you want lots of traffic, ask yourself why. What feeling would that give you? If you want to sell your creative works, ask yourself why. What feeling would that give you? If you want to people to donate large sums to you, ask yourself why. What feeling would that give you? Whatever feeling it is you're trying to achieve you can start practicing today. The more you choose to feel as if you've succeeded, the faster success will come. Be it, see it!

I like monetizing my site with donations. If you enjoyed this article, please consider supporting my work! I love you and thank you for reading.

Jessica Mullen
Living the magick life.
  • Sarah Monster

    This is a great tutorial! Probably one of your best yet. It sums up a lot of good info with simplicity :)

  • jessica mullen

    Thanks Sarah! I appreciate the feedback so much.

  • Cynthia Lou

    Hi love!
    My favorite part of this post is about posting. IN PUBLIC! :)

    I have so many posts never released to the public….looking forward to sharing more. You model enthusiasm and authenticity so well.

    This post, plus your post on being unabashedly, unashamedly happy, are so fantastically encouraging to me.

    xo, Cynthia

  • jessica mullen

    Thank you Cynthia! Release those posts! They want to be free! :D

  • PJS

    Can you explain how that Forbes thing happened? That’s awesome! Offline if it’s preferred. Thanks for putting this out there, amazing how fast that happened! I’ve added a couple links from this article, which was exactly what I needed. I think I’m going to dance between public and private and feel it out. Thanks again for the tips!

  • jessica mullen

    Hey PJS! I believe the Forbes author just searched Flickr for creative commons licensed images tagged with “resume” and mine was one of them.

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