Tweeting

To Tweet Or Not To Tweet

As a writer, I feel I should like Twitter. Of all the platforms, Twitter seems the most suited for writers.

I’ve just never been much of a social media user. I don’t always know what to say or share, especially online. Sometimes I think about sharing something but then stop myself for some reason.

In a way, tweeting is similar to blogging. I guess I’d rather spend more time writing or reading.

Also, there aren’t enough hours in the day to be everywhere and to do everything.

Perhaps I need to tweet about something unrelated to me. I’m not one to share personal details about myself in real life or on social media.

I’m better at writing than I am at posting. I have no problem drafting a tweet. But sending it out into the world is a different story.

It’s not easy to create content on a consistent basis. It’s even harder when these days almost anyone can criticize you.

I don’t know if I’ll ever get into Twitter. Don’t get me started on Instagram. I suck at social media. Big surprise, I know. So kudos to everyone who doesn’t.

Some days, I wonder if I was born in the wrong era. I need a time machine. Take me back to the days before social media existed.

Blogging

Posting Content On Other Platforms

For the longest time now, I’ve been meaning to post content on other platforms. Even though I love WordPress, I’m always looking for different places to publish my writing.

Unfortunately, I’m lazy. I procrastinate all the time. Still, I want to make more of an effort to get my work out into the world.

I haven’t worked through all the logistics just yet. I have a WattPad account, and I want to put more of my creative writing on there.

I’m also testing out Medium to see if I like the platform. I most likely won’t create another blog, at least not right now. Perhaps in the future. I can barely keep up with this one though.

I need to let myself experiment and try out different platforms. Once I get things going, I’ll share more details.

More than anything, I hope to have fun and enjoy myself. Which for me means creating content I like.

Of course, I’m still growing and maturing. As the writer evolves, the work will as well.

When people ask me what I want to do, I almost always say I want to write. And that’s true. I do. I wish I could write without worrying about anything else.

I like to think this blog is my home base. Even though I’ll post content on other sites, I’m not going away. I’m just going to new places and meeting new faces. I feel excited to see where my journey takes me.

Personal Reflection

What Won’t Kill You

Did you miss me? No? It’s okay. I didn’t expect you to.

If you noticed that I didn’t post anything on any social media site yesterday, kudos to you. Such an observant individual. You’re one step closer to being a writer. Or a better one.

I took a break from posting and from going on the computer in general. It was a much needed break for me to recharge.

I failed at managing my time on Saturday so I decided to take a day off WordPress, Tumblr, Facebook, etc.

But no worries I’m back. I’m better. I’ll be blogging and being a bother.

Nothing’s wrong. Everything’s fine. In case you thought the worst, in which case you’re probably a writer.

I feel like a brand new person right now. It’s amazing.

Breaks are beneficial. Repeat after me. Breaks are beneficial.

Take one. A day off won’t kill you.

Blogging

8 Tips On How To Gain (More) Followers

I’ve shied away from doing a post like this for several reasons, which I won’t get into right now.

But someone sent in a question over at my Tumblr blog, asking me for advice on getting followers, so I thought I’d adapt my reply and share my tips here as well.

I didn’t start my blogs with the intention of growing a following or having anyone read my writing. That being said most of us want someone to appreciate our work. I think you really have to enjoy making videos, taking photos, etc., to continue doing it even without a following. If you love the creative process, you’ll not only enjoy blogging a lot more, you’ll also attract like-minded followers.

I don’t claim to have the largest following in the world, but I have come a long way. I remember those days when I had zero followers, which is why I’m grateful to have some now. I’m still trying to wrap my head around why anyone follows any of my blogs. Thank you if you do.

I’m very particular with how I run my blog so I can’t claim to do what most articles or other bloggers will tell you to do. This is what has worked for me. It might not work for you (or you may not agree) so take what does and toss what doesn’t.

  • Post consistently. Aside from rare occasions where I forgot or a technical mishap occurred, I post (original content) at least once every day. Anyhow reblogging (which I don’t do) or anything else that keeps your blog active works as well. You can schedule posts to go out on certain days if you know you’ll be away from your computer and living your life.
  • Post at certain times. I have experimented with this. Frankly, I just post when it suits me best. I will say that posting at a peak time when many bloggers are online means more people have the chance to see your work, although you’ll be competing with more content. Posting at other times when there’s less traffic means fewer eyes stumbling upon your content but a higher chance someone will see your work and share it. If you’re like me in that you don’t care then just post what you like, when you like.
  • Find a niche that will attract an audience. Granted different people will like your blog, but see if you can narrow down who you’re writing for. On the same lines, narrow down your purpose. What do you hope to achieve with your blog?
  • Stand out. Do something or make stuff that people can’t find elsewhereRather than reblog everything I come across, I create my own articles. Post original content whenever you can. When you first start out it’s hard to get noticed. Over time people will.
  • Tag your content with common tags. Obscure tags are funny, but people won’t actively search for them. Come up with relevant and prevalent tags for your posts so more bloggers can find your work.
  • Pay attention to your layout/theme. If your blog is hard to read, hard to navigate, etc., you’ll turn potential followers away. Keep it simple. Keep it neat.
  • Approach others. I’m horrible at striking up conversations in real life and on the Web so I’m a total hypocrite for including this.
  • Be kind to everyone. Respect people even if they don’t respect you.

That’s all you’re going to get from me today.

Blogging

Deleting My Blog?

I’ve been blogging for more than two years. That’s insane. I felt like I started this blog two weeks ago.

Don’t you love when things are relative?

I know I do.

Two years ago I never imagined I would take blogging seriously at all. It might not seem like it at times, but I do. Obviously if I hated publishing posts, I would have stopped by now.

So wager your bet as to how long you think I’ll keep blogging before I delete this site.

Until then I’ll be around. And you’ll just have to put up with me. Or not follow aspiringwriter22 in the first place.

Blogging · Personal Reflection

The July-August Transition

The first day of August is a couple hours away (where I live of course). And if that doesn’t scare you then you’ve probably already accomplished something this year. You have, haven’t you? But if you’re just realizing you have about 5 more months left in 2014 to make it memorable, don’t fret because there are others in the same boat as you. Like, for example, me.

Since it’s going to be a new month, I will strive to be a better blogger because once school starts, all bets are off.

Here’s what I hope to do in August to make up for my inadequacy as a blogger in September all the way to June…(Speaking of inadequacy, the title of my post is horrendous. Moving on…)

  • Leave at least one comment on somebody’s blog every day. It will most likely be someone I am following. If I’m not following you and you’re reading this, you have every right to yell at me.
  • Post at least once a day. I’ve done well in the past several months so I want to continue to blog daily. More importantly, what I post won’t be total gibberish or complete nonsense. I’ll try to make my posts meaningful or insightful. Possibly both. I’m open to suggestions as well. If there’s something you want me to cover that I haven’t already, I will gladly do so. Unless you ask me to write about cars.
  • The last goal may be the hardest one of all: Work on being funnier than I was the day before. Why? Because I’m going back to school—entering grade 12—in September and I think I at least deserve one month where I can be stress free, relaxed, and happy.

Do I look like someone who breaks my promises? The correct answer is no. If I do, however, fail to meet one or all of the above, go ahead; report me to the blogging police for lying under oath.

If you love me more by the end of this, thank you. I love you too. If you hate this blog and still do by the end of August, that’s okay too. I’ll like you a little less.

Have an amazing day. If you’re reading this in August, happy August!

Blogging · Personal Reflection

Can’t Get Away

I mentioned I needed a break from blogging yesterday. Just because I said I needed one doesn’t mean I am actually taking one.

My blog post the day before was written in haste as I was sick, my back hurt, and I lacked any energy.

I’m still sick, my back still hurts, and I’m still feeling a little low today. But that doesn’t mean I can stay away from this wonderful blog and an even more wonderful community of bloggers. What I realized from this experience is that I’ve been blogging so consistently these days that it’s hard to stop. I’ve been blogging for over a year now. I can’t just quit cold turkey, walk away, and live life the same way.

Not that it’s a bad thing but you’re just going to have to deal with my posts, whether they are good or bad, long or short, happy or sad. You can’t get rid of me, no matter how hard you try. And I’m not about to let a stuffy nose or some back pain stop me from blogging either.

Oh, and neither should you. Otherwise, I’ll track you down (regardless of where you live) and I’ll force you to follow your heart by doing what you love so you’re happy. Don’t make me do that. I shouldn’t have to tell you something so blatantly obvious except I already did. Now you’re just going to have to deal with it.