This bucket list item is pretty simple, I want this blog, or any blog I post on, to be famous. I want a GAZILLION followers. I want to entertain the masses from the comfort of my own home. I want to share my writing. But most importantly I want share my experiences.
This semester, on my journey to better blogging, I had the opportunity to interview an experienced blogger, Pete Prodoehl. I’d say he’s pretty famous. He’s been on the internet since 1994 and has one of the longest running blogs. He’s kept his main blog, Rasterweb, going since 1997, which is a feat within itself. I mean most people who start blogs start them for specific reasons and after a couple posts they forget about them (It hasn’t happened to the Flabulous Bisexual, but I’ve had trouble keeping it up. Sometimes I leave for a couple months and then come back. The coming back part is important.).
The other thing about Pete’s (hope he doesn’t mind me being informal) blogging is that he posts his experiences to help other people. If he toils at a computer program and has to go to hell and back to get it to work, he then posts the process he went through and how he solved the problem. He does this to HELP people. He wants to give back to his readers. And, by the way, the money he makes on his blog via ads he doesn’t keep, he donates it to a project or charity he supports.
Most bloggers write to vent emotions or tell a story, but do we ever think about posting to help someone? Do we ever think, “I’m gonna post this story because I bet someone’s going through this too and it might help them.” I’ve always thought about entertaining my audience, but I never thought of my experiences helping anyone. I just talk about me. Hopefully what I post helps my readers, otherwise this all seems pretty selfish.