Thursday, 17 March 2011

How to Blog


"The human race is the most stupid and unfair kind of race. A lot of the runners don't even get decent sneakers or clean drinking water. Some runners are born with a massive head start, every possible help along the way and still the referees seem to be on their side. It's not surprising a lot of people have given up competing altogether and gone to sit in the grandstand, eat junk and shout abuse. What the human race needs is a lot more streakers."

- Image and words by Banksy

10) Go to your computer, write out a big, swishy, important blog post. The marketers and advertising networks and Important People will be happy. Then delete it. Now write what's in your heart and publish it. That will make you happy.

9) It's not a race. You may sense jostling of position ... (I'm looking at YOU, Australian blogging scene) ... a changing of the guard. Bloggers competing and crapping over other bloggers. Don't do that. Don't get involved in the politica of blogging. Stand to one side and smoke your imaginary cigar, then go home and write a post about that time you were twelve and tried to test God by setting traps in your bedroom. God failed, yet you still believe. Odd.

8) Make up your own words. I meant to write "politics" in the point above but like "politica" better. Make up your own scenery, your own language, your own pace, your own creative force. Your blog is a blank canvas. An empty page. A lump of clay. If there is a God who created mankind in His own image, then that makes you a creator too. (HINT: When you create things in life, a river trickles in your heart. If you keep doing it, it gushes into your secret underground trapdoor heart spring that you never even knew was there.)

7) If you want to build up your blog to get a lot of comments, or make money, or get famous ... that's fine. Do whatever the hell you want. It's a free world. (Is it?) Just remember that all good things take time. How connected are you to other bloggers? Do you really read their words and comment on their blogs because it resonates with you, or do you just want them to comment back? If you stop hiding and start write yourself into your blog, people will "see" you and be drawn to you. What are you so afraid of?

6) You don't owe anybody anything. Don't explain yourself ... if you haven't blogged for a while because Life Itself has torn you open and you're laying weeping on the ground - don't worry about backtracking and explaining every little thing. You don't have to! Just come to the page and open up a brand new post and start talking. About anything. People will follow wherever you lead them. It's like, you're the boss.

5) YOU'RE THE BOSS. You are in control. It's your blog, nobody elses. No rules, man.

4) At the beginning of every single blog post, picture inviting ten of your closest friends into your living room. And you say, "Now that I've gathered you all here ..." and start writing. Launch into a fantastic film you saw with your friend last night and it rained or a soliloquy on how you can't believe Japan has so many nuclear reactors or how mortified you were the first time you ever got a pedicure. Make it interesting. You must have interesting thoughts and ideas all the time. Notice them more. My sister Leigh said to me just this morning, "Eden, I often see things and think ... if I had a blog, I would take a picture of that and post it." How cool is that? She doesn't even have a blog but is seeing the world through blog-coloured glasses.

3) There will always be somebody doing it Better. Bigger. Stunning photography. Beautiful children. Getting swanky invitations to things. I get jealous of other bloggers .... mostly because I wish I were more normal and stable. (Sometimes I really wish I were a prolific, stunning Mormon blogger in Utah with a delightful etsy shop and children who I homeschool. Alas.) Somebody's got to be the unmedicated Australian lunatic who stalks Bono, writing strange things on the internet and yet somehow connecting with other people's Spirit while trying so hard to connect with her own. WHEW.

3b) Be happy for another bloggers success. If a blogger is "getting somewhere" ... it means they are raising awareness about all of us other bloggers. It's win-win. It's cool. Don't sweat it.

2) One day, you'll find that you have developed a Voice that you never knew you had. This is your very own Voice. Blogging with an open heart gave it to you. You begin to suspect that this Voice came from a deeper place - because seriously, blogging? Pfft.

You now have a duty of care to use your voice in the best possible way that you can. I can't tell you what that is, you must find that out for yourself. (HINT: Ever get the feeling that living this life with all these unanswered questions is like walking around with a treasure map but no idea where to dig? Dig inside yourself. It's the last place us humans ever look.)

1) Blog like a streaker, man. Blog like a streaker.

97 comments:

  1. Yes, yes, yes! Brilliant post. I was nodding along with each point!

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  2. OMG. Eden, there is one paragraph in here that is almost, verbatim, what I've written for part of my speech on Friday. We must be channeling each other!! You're brilliant, as always. LOVE you. xoxoxo

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  3. oh, Eden, love you even more and more (is that weird in a stalker-haven't-met-you-yet kind of way?). Anyways, here's to finally meeting you tomorrow!

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  4. You should read this out at the Blog Conference. Love your work x

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  5. one of the best summaries of blogging I've ever read! Well done!

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  6. You could (read should) apply these 10 points to LIVING, not just BLOGGING. You are a natural born healer, not just a natural born writer.
    love you bro
    The Running Man xxx

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  7. I think you are one of the best bloggers I "know". You forgot to add

    "be an amazingly talented writer with an incredible ability to use words to draw people close to you."

    Brilliant post as always. And keep on stalking Bono.

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  8. I love number eight - that is beautiful!! yay you.

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  9. Thank fuck for some sanity in an otherwise racey kind of world on a racey kind of day.

    See you tomorrow! xx

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  10. You blow me away. Just when I think you can't blow me away anymore, you do step up and do it again. Bravo!


    I actually wrote 'Just when I think you can't blow me anymore', thankfully I re-read it before I clicked 'Post comment'! xx

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  11. Again, you make me feel like I'm wearing a chunky bracelet (bangle for you) even when I'm not.

    Bless you.

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  12. This post made my heart sing.

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  13. I never thought of things this way. It's exactly what I want to be like. What I hope I can be like.

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  14. What a great post. Love what you say and how you say it. Can't wait to hear you in Sydney.

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  15. Flippin' brilliant...articulated exactly what's been swirling around my mind as a newby blogger. Shame I can't be at the conference to hear you speak.

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  16. "Somebody's got to be the unmedicated Australian lunatic who stalks Bono, writing strange things on the internet and yet somehow connecting with other people's Spirit while trying so hard to connect with her own."

    You really do connect with your spirit and all of ours Eden, it's a gift your honesty.

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  17. What a great post! You rock Eden.
    Hey I wrote my lost post thinking of you, because you write about shit so well. Bahaha, I hope you think that's funny and I am not just laughing at my own joke.
    Love ya! x

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  18. Looking forward to meeting your unmedicated, Bono stalking self. I'd say that I was looking forward to learning from you too, but I already am. Have been for a while.

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  19. So true. I'm the boss. and a streaker. <3

    Thanks for the great post!

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  20. Great hints! started my blog up on monday, i guess i'll be finding my groove for a while yet. Following you now so hope to pop by often come by and check my blog out if you get a chance and tell me what you think :-)
    http://thatblogyoudo.blogspot.com
    thanks, Courtney.

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  21. That's beautiful, Eden. I needed to hear that today. You are right, there does seem to be so much competition and lists of how to do it right. But I feel happiest when I write what's in my heart. And occasionally people notice and like it...

    Unfortunately I AM medicated, but I hope it doesn't take too much away from me...

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  22. !!!!!!!(.)(.)!!!!!!!!!!
    That was me streaking.

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  23. You always make me feel so inspired, to keep on, to love myself more, to be myself more, to do whatever it is in life that I want to do. Thank you! Yes someone has to be the unmedicated Aussie blogger that stalks Bono because I adore the unmedicated Aussie blogger that stalks Bono. Thank God for you!
    Melissa in Durham, NC, USA

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  24. I love the way you put things. And yes, I shall blog like a streaker. I just hope my neighbor can't see my naked blogger butt thorugh the windows. Fantastic!

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  25. Thanks to you Eden. I am blogging again. I blog what I need to get out that day. Its my own personal journal. I could care less if anyone else reads it. Its for MY sanity! If you don't like it don't read it. If its not "interesting" enough. Well tough shit. Its my life not yours!!

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  26. Write what's in your heart and publish it!

    Brilliant post and right on the money too.

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  27. I have to add two more cents:

    I soooo agree with you; as long as you're coming at your "art" (whether it's blogging, singing, office-work, etc) with creativity and not competitiveness, you can't fail.

    Also, I loved this post so much, I had to read it to my husband and by the time I got to #1 (my personal favorite), I was crying. It's just so good. Just like every blog post you've ever written.

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  28. I think I found my voice. Now I have to remind myself to stop wanting the voice of others. I forget soemtimes that blogging, like yoga, isn't a competition. We all have our own way of practicing.

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  29. beautiful, truthful, raw words as always lovely Eden.

    you give the best advice, even when you're not meaning to.

    ~x~

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  30. I have only just recently found your blog and yet it feels like the most honest, "real" place in the blogosphere.

    And thank goodness for the Land of Blog since the mainstream media doesn't have a microgram of sincerity left to it.

    I hope you can save some of the strength and generosity you send off through this blog for yourself.

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  31. You are amazing !!! I LOVE how you write, you seem to say what I think but never really stopped to listen to myself. Keep on being you.

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  32. Absolutely brilliant. My prob? Is that my brother and sister in Australia read my blog. If i get too open and honest, and moan about the state of Lisa, they start worrying and send me awkward emails.

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  33. Wow. Thank you for telling me your Truth .... I think we're on to something here!

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  34. I prefer the unmedicated Bono stalker...

    I prefer to blog like a flasher...skulking around in a trench coat and occasionally flashing people and surprising the hell out of them. :)

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  35. Dear Eden, Keep on Streaking and Stalking ( only Bono of course )!!!! that is all I can say, wish I was at the Conference with you. You Blogs are amazing and I agree with The Running Man, you really are a natural born writer and healer. I admire your spirit, and think your unmedicated, totally honest self is awesome to see. Keep on doing exactly what you are, especially with 'the little help from your friends' ( and family ).. you seem to have hundreds of people all out there for you.... as I said "Keep right on streaking".... Love you lots...Mum xxxx

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  36. What I appreciate about your blog Eden is that you aren't going around saying 'this is me, this is real' and then feeding us bullshit. Some bloggers do that, they present a life they do not have in order to garner people's affection, money and even to become famous. At least here, what you read is the truth.

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  37. Wow, this could have been a whole special segment at yesterday's conference; wise words indeed! A good go-to guide for we who still feel like newbies on the blog scene x

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  38. Wow. Awesome post.

    I'm just getting back into blogging after a long hiatus, and am still finding my voice again. Perfectly timed for me.

    Streaker. Love it.

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  39. Seriously, a streaker? that is GOLD. I came here after hearing you read at ausblogcon and this post is EVEN BETTER. You rock, lady.

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  40. thank God the kids will be at school today, because I'll be streaking!
    Thank you Eden. I really needed to read this.

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  41. Extremely well said. Lisa L sent me over and I'm so glad that I came.

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  42. Fantastic Eden. This is exactly what I needed to hear. I blog because I want to have a voice, and sometimes I can't hear it above all the other voices in blogland. I need to focus. I'm bookmarking this puppy, right here!! :)

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  43. I'm ever so late to the party, but I just have to say it again: you rock and I love you. Adore you. You are a genius and I quote you on a daily basis and I am proud to call you my friend. And I am excited that you are becoming famous - not only cause it makes me feel cool by association.

    Keep up the good work, my dear - the world needs your voice!

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  44. You have inspired me. I am going to go write something right now!

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  45. You are amazing....so happy to have met you x

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  46. What a refreshing read! This is just an awesome post. I'm newish to blogging and am already sick of the 'formula' that is passed around. Thank you for something different but totally 'getable' - see, I made up my own word.

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  47. I just read this. Eden, I think this is the best blog post I've ever read. You are a rock star. I feel privileged to have met you, and thrilled to have read your words.

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  48. I came here after reading Kerri's tweet. She was absolutely bang on. This post is the best I've ever read, it's everything I've thought but have never been able to articulate. Just fantastic!!

    Kirstyx

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  49. I loved all of your advice, especially the bit: At the beginning of every blog post, invite ten friends into the room... Brilliant! Such a refreshing change from the social media experts!

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  50. I came here because I know you now and must confess I've not been here nearly enough. You are truly fabulous in so many ways. You really, really are. xx

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  51. this a very good recipie on how to make blogging respecting yourself! thanks!

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  52. This is great, I'm new to blogging and I've read so many hints and tips it's easy to forget this is supposed to be about me and it's supposed to be fun. It would be great if my blog was read by hundreds of people but in the end it doesn't matter so long as I'm enjoying what I do.

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  53. Fantastic post. Great ideas, beautifully expressed. Thanks for putting them down in writing, and congrats on the Blogs of Note listing!

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  54. LOVE this post!!!! That's all. Carry on.

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  55. I've just startet blogging and I was feeling useless at it - especially after checking out your blog - but your post about blogging is brilliantly helpful. Thank you! xxx

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  56. I love you!!!!! T.T Thank you so much!

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  57. Thank you, Eden! Thank you for being the unmedicated Australian that got noticed, otherwise I wouldn't have stumbled across your wonderful words. Congratulations on Blog of Note -- enjoy every bit of bigness it brings you! And let it go to your head. You clearly deserve it :)

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  58. I have only met 3 other Edens in my entire life- so lovely to come across another. We just featured Banksy on our blog, too! http://fashionmash-la.blogspot.com/2011/03/no-one-will-be-boarding-up-my.html

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  59. Thanks for the awesome post. You're a brave, smart woman and a fantastic writer.

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  60. WOW - you make me want to be a blogger! Thanks for your powerful words.

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  61. I just started blogging today and fumbled across this blog. I feel like a giraffe of roller skates in this environment but so pleased to discover people like you helping folk like me in their first ventures into the blogiverse....my word for today:-)

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  62. Wow. That is beautiful. You are beautiful. (And I think Banksy is awesome too.)

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  63. very enlightening and inspiring... i'm glad i've stumbled on your page today... makes me want to continue blogging my heart out :)

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  64. Amen, sister.
    I take your advice wholeheartedly!

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  65. You just put blogging into perspective for me. I was never sure if I was doing it right. But, now I know I've been doing it right all along; I've just been me musing about what I like to muse about in a creative left side of brain kind of way. So thank you for boosting my blogging spirit and I'll just keep doing what I'm doing.

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  66. u knw, eden..i lyk ur style. That's all am goin to say

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  67. That was one of the most awesome posts I have read. It is truly a thing of beauty and does responate with me. I would love to be so unguarded and put myself out there but I'm still trapped inside my own insecurities searching for my key to freedom.

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  68. Thank you, Eden, for writing this post JUST FOR ME! I was thinking about starting a blog, but got caught up noodling around on Blogger instead of actually setting one up (I am easily distracted by shiny objects!) I came across this blog, then this particular post, and I felt like you were living in my head - which, believe me, is NOT a pretty place to be...

    I have since published my very first post - NO FEAR! - and I am working on my next. I felt like I really needed to come back here and thank you for kicking my ass. If it weren't for you, I'd probably still be just loitering. Or worse, cleaning the house.

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  69. Thank you! Thank you! I needed this!

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  70. "Sometimes I really wish I were a prolific, stunning Mormon blogger in Utah with a delightful etsy shop and children who I homeschool."

    LOL! Now I know I'm not the only one who has thought that!

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  71. Fantastic post! Although, the thought of writing my first blog still daunts me, I have decided to keep reading your blog until I take that first step.

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  72. This has calmed all my blogging worries and has reminded me what its all about. Thank you!

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  73. I can see why your blog was recommended to me ;)
    I haven't entirely figured out my blog voice yet but I'm posting away, simply for all the reasons you've listed.
    I would love to be a "successful" politically correct blogger but in the meantime I'm SoberJulie lol

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  74. just found you. really like your style. thanks for sharing, and I mean that sincerely! off to read some more.

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  75. For all the money in the world I cannot figure out this comment sign in thing and if you got my comment or not. All I wanted to say was that I think I really dig your style and I will be reading more. Thank you for sharing your world! If this is duplicate...please delete! obnoxious.

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  76. Hi,

    I enjoyed reading every line on the post. I enjoyed it at the same time I am learning. It was a helpful tip. Have a great day.

    Best wishes,
    Anne

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  77. Thx Eden for this post. I am just starting to blog and trying very hard to retain perspective. Reading your list helps. It also makes me laugh which keeps us healthy.

    Kim

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  78. You totally connected to something deep within me, Eden. Now I'm going to become an Eden stalker. I hope you don't mind.

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  79. Said like a boss!

    Brilliant.

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