You see, when I went to the first #BlogathonATX, I didn’t consider myself a “blogger”–I really just went to support my friend, Ilene. I was using one of the free blogging sites to post pictures and such of our customers’ dogs, but I really just did so because it was easy to do from my phone. I could be in the shop, take a picture of a dog and 30 seconds later it was on the web–on this site that I had also connected to our Facebook page and our Twitter account. One push of the button and I had done some online marketing for the day!
However, one day a person that I actually consider a “real” blogger, www.meanrachel.com, tweeted something to the effect of: “Have you guys checked out @austindirtydog’s photo blog? It’s one of my favorites!” To myself, I laughed and thought “PHOTOBLOG?!? Wait….ohhhhh, I get it! You don’t actually have to be a writer to be a blogger!” This happened right before the second #BlogathonATX, so this time I actually paid attention to what everyone around me was talking about. Within 15 minutes I had learned a tip from someone that completely changed how I do things now. I spent the entire next day revamping my blog–adding links, changing the way it looks, etc.
In any case, I wanted this “newbie” page on the site because I know there are other people like me. They are intimidated by the thought of hanging out with “real” bloggers, but please know, there is NOTHING intimidating about this day. In fact, the coolest part to me is seeing everyone, from pros to newbies, seeking and receiving help from each other. It’s truly one of the best aspects of living in Austin–the never-ending support that exists, if you just ask.
I’ve compiled some pretty basic sites that I thought were good starting places for people who might be interested in starting a blog, or even just to figure out exactly what blogging means. Look them over, pick a blogging site that looks good to you, and sign up. Write an introduction “post” and play around. Then come to #BlogathonATX with all your questions!
Hope these help. If you have any other questions, please don’t hesitate to ask one of the friendly #BlogathonATX volunteers.
A Youtube video I think gives a great intro to blogging:
An article that basically explores what I said about not having to write to be a blogger: “What is Blogging?”
Here’s an article that introduces the “Five Best Blogging Platforms.” There are definitely more out there, but he actually covers the ones that everybody I know uses. There are pros and cons to each, so you’ll have to decide which works best for you, but this is a good place to start.
If you want more, simply Google “What is blogging?” and you’ll learn more than you ever wanted to know!