I would like to start off by saying I am extremely sorry for being terrible with the upkeep of this blog for the past few months. My lack of updating this page is what inspired the post for today. I love to write and share my ideas through my blog or even YouTube, but sometimes don't have the inspiration to actually see those ideas through. From December til' now, I have made several drafts of posts, each probably 3-4 paragraphs long. Never posted them because we are our own biggest critics and it doesn't help that I did everything on a whim.
With that being said, I have come up with a list of "do's and dont's" for those of you interested in blogging based off my failures and experiences with OfSaints.
1. Don't write a post simply because it seems like a good idea
It's great to capitalize on your ideas, but have a direct and clear vision for where you want it to go. I would always write different posts (aka my drafts) immediately after having an idea pop into my head and after rambling, I would hit a wall and not know what to do next. Planning is KEY!
2. Do journal and draft before making posts live
Blogging from emotional experiences is so important and adds a personal touch to your page, but just like a paper or an essay it's important to DRAFT! The last thing you want is to go on a wine induced ramble on your blog. One thing that grinds my gear is seeing posts riddled in typos and errors. We are all human but all it takes is a little revision to avoid mistakes (and reading your posts aloud before they go live).
3. Don't imitate another blog's style
Some say imitation is the finest form of flattery, but in actuality it's just wack. Authenticity speaks volumes especially in a space YOU have created for yourself to be vulnerable and almost detached from the rest of your world. With that being said, your creativity should not be distant for you to tap into. When I first started this blog and my YouTube channel (ages ago) I would always compare myself to others' and try what they were trying in hopes of reaching a more diverse audience. The audience you were meant to attract will come if you are being authentic to yourself and the content you provide. Don't force it.
4. Do use inspiration critically
If you're anything like me, sometimes inspiration strikes at the most random times. And if you're also anything like me, you tell yourself "I'll work on it tomorrow". I always have every intention to capitalize on my impromptu inspiration, I just never acted on it as immediately as I would have liked. If I took 30 seconds out of my day to write a note in my iPhone every time I was woken up by a good idea for this blog, I probably would not have had a 8 month hiatus. As soon as you think of something good, write it down! You might come to the conclusion that it was a bad idea after some thought, but at least you have things to work with. Along with planning, documentation is KEY!
5. Don't post just to post
As a "quality over quantity" type of person, I have always believed that people will more than likely appreciate a job well done over a job done (that's a message, y'all). Not only will you feel lousy posting a two paragraph post that was clearly written in the midst of desperate hours, but your readers will start to suspect a lack of morale and interest. It reminds me of those elementary school years when essays had to be "at least 5-7 sentences". Mine were always 5 sentences, no more no less. Be passionate about what you want to tell the world and it will happen without effort.
6. Do document your journeys
Whether or not you consider yourself a photographer, it is a great practice to take pictures wherever you go if you intend to share your experiences. Unashamedly, my camera roll on my phone has upwards of 3,000 photos and videos (128GB saved my life). Start getting used to asking people to take your picture in front of aesthetically pleasing backdrops, and even asking to take strangers' pictures. One regret my mother has of her childhood is not having many photographs to share with my brother and I. In these cases, vanity will work to your benefit in the long run.
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