When I decided to start writing a blog, I received a lot of advice. To be more exact, I received a lot of advice from one guy. I can still remember the conversation like it was July 12th, because that's when it happened.
Guy: Hey, man, for your blog, you gotta, like, stick to one, narrow genre. Like, don't make it all about a range of topics.
Me: (pretends to write stuff down) Okay.
Guy: And don't publish until you have your layout fully completed. Nobody likes to see a work in progress
Me: (wonders if I left the stove top on) Okay.
Guy: And you should do give-aways, everyone loves free stuff. It will really drive some traffic.
Me: Are my fries done?!
Guy: (Hands over fries as if it were a hostage negotiations) You know those fries aren't good for you. It's a one way trip to artillery cloggage-town.
Me: (gives death stare as slowly backs away from front counter)
Now, I'm not one to be overtly defiant. Actually, I'm quite compliant. (Hey, that rhymed. Suck it, Dr. Seuss!) But when people I don't know give me unsolicited advice, I tend to get rebellious. I'll run my blog the way I want to run my blog, Mr. Frymenhizer. I'm not going to stick to any one niche, unless that niche is "Jack Grubb's Social Awkwardness." I'm going to build the blog as I go--this week I added a Twitter button which you should totally press. As for give-aways, I may move out of my house, and I have a lot of junk I don't want. If you help me move, you can get some junk.
I feel great about my mini rebellion, especially since it seems to work. My traffic rises with every post, and I even received a tweet out from some dude I don't even know (Thanks @Questingrat, you're awesome!). In fact, this act of defiance influenced a whole rash a deviancy. Here is just a small list of my insubordination:
P.S. I'm sorry, I do care what you say. I even changed the comment section so it should be easier for everyone to comment. Please comment. I just want to be loved.
Jack Grubb writes an incredible blog, Losing the Internets, which is read by at least 37 people and over 2,100 Russian SPAM bots. In his spare time he helps small companies find their marketing voice. Jack currently lives deliberately in Appalachia, Kentucky with his wife, two daughters, Jack Russell and a Lego collection beyond compare.