We are celebrating a Fun & Fit Friday here on adroyt with a guest post by none other than (drumroll, please) Alexandra Williams, half the dynamic duo behind the feisty fitness brand she founded with her twin sister Kimberly. We’re thrilled to be showcasing the fitness guru-cum-fab-writer’s sharp wit, which we know is going to result in such a brouhaha on Twitter (find her here) and Facebook we’ll likely rack up some Klout points in the next few days. Hang on for the ride here; no matter how adroyt you are at keeping your composure, this gal’s gonna make you laugh. Warning: adroyt is not responsible for any liquids sprayed onto keyboards or monitors. We strongly suggest you don’t drink while reading this post!
I recently came across a great question on a directory site for healthy living bloggers: “What do you wish someone would have told you in your first week of blogging?:
That got me to thinking, or musing, as the case may be.
I wish I’d been told that:
1. There are places to get photos for the blog that don’t cost money and are free legally.
Who wants to go to jail for Photo Poaching? Just imagine:
Whatcha in fer?
“Bad Monty Python Quotes.”
“Illegal photo download.”
Really, who will sit with me in the commissary after that?
2. I’d be mainlining Twitter.
If you haven’t gone there yet, don’t do it. You’ll get sucked in.
Too many twerps, goons & stalkers cool people.
3. Not all your family and close personal (damn those fair-weather) friends will subscribe and comment.
Even after the blackmail pictures.
4. Some people will write mean, snarky stuff.
But enough about my family and friends.
5. Having mean or condescending comments actually means you’re becoming successful.
Why be so bland that no one disagrees with you? Unless your blog is about oatmeal.
6. It’s actually quite easy to get newspapers, syndicated sites and radio hosts to print your stuff and give you air time.
Just call and ask…
… If your writing’s good…
… And you pay them…
No, you really can get media attention.
Be good at writing. Ask. That’s it.
Oh, one more thing. Relentlessly hound them. That also works.
7. It’s a waste of energy to be jealous of others’ success.
There’s always room for more talent. Or you can kneecap them.
(Oh, I hope Tonya Harding doesn’t read my blog.)
8. My back would hurt from sitting at the computer for hours on end.
Or is that “hours on my end?”
9. I’d need to be prepared to change as we see what’s working and what’s not.
For example, my blog is actually “our” blog as it’s written by my twin sister and me.
But she wasn’t working so I got rid of her.
Besides, she’s imaginary…. Oh, hi Kymberly.
10. Sometimes it’s more of a slog than a blog.
But stay committed. It really is fun. And rewarding.
And you meet lots of great people. Especially on Twitter.
Our next post with be a #TravelTuesday zinger with Max Lamb in a starring role. We profile the design visionary who Paul Johnson of Johnson Trading Gallery will be taking to Design Miami. There’s a dramatic performance (um, if you call a kid with a shovel on the beach dramatic–and since it’s a future design icon, we shall)! What are the 10 things you wish you’d known before beginning your blog?
*A note to adroyt readers, this post was crafted in 2011 and though social media and blogging continue to influence marketing, quite a lot has changed philosophically during the intervening five and a half years. We see these dated posts merely as proof of our evolution as a new media strategy firm, working in an industry that changes pretty much minute-by-minute. We leave these posts up because we believe someday they may even be historical documents showing the evolution of the digital marketing model.