Welcome to the Orange County guide to blogging, er sorry … Obsessive-Compulsive guide to blogging. More than likely, you’ve already started a blog. Been through these steps in your mind, or on paper. If you’re like me, you might be a little bit on the obsessive or compulsive; or both obsessive AND compulsive (two-for-the-price-of-one!) side of the mental health equation. (Regardless of having been, or not been, clinically diagnosed – and no, I haven’t been in case you’re wondering!). Let’s trace back the five steps to successful OC blogging – that MAYBE I went through; oh, and maybe you did, too:
1. The beginning
Everyone has to start there, and for the OC this is a whole new world of wonder and well, tremendous consternation – jackpot! (Like I didn’t have enough to rattle around in my head!) What should I be blogging about? I need to think about this for days! Stay awake at night, mulling over the possibilities. Ask my friends. Ask my family. Research the blogs. What’s not being done? What can I do better? What do I know? Do I know enough? Do I know ANYTHING? Should it be funny? Serious? Long posts or short posts? Oh no! … what IS a post?
2. Naming the blog
The name has to be perfect. It has to be. I don’t wanna get down the road in a couple of months – when I have millions reading my blog – and have to change it. How will I get all those dear readers to migrate over if that happens – uh, millions of readers?? *pseudo-cough*
Do I use my name, or something that describes who I am, or what I write? Will it be a name people remember? Will they liiiiiiiiikkkke me?? *uncontrollable sobbing*
3. Public or Private?
OMG!!! … do I want my family and friends to know I’m blogging and writing this stuff … about them?? (See #2 above to cyclically start worrying about the name of the blog again). Maybe I should just have it available to my friends … ? No, the world just HAS to read my blog! Otherwise, how will the masses ever experience these
narcissistic fantastic, amazing compositions?? Decision made. Must go back to “naming the blog” since this could change EVERYTHING about the name.
4. Write first post
With the first three steps nailed down, it’s off to my first post. It. Has. To. Be. GREAT!! Hear me, self?? Three weeks later – say WHAT?!?! – I’ve written “the perfect post.” Having spent every waking moment, when I’m not working, poring over every sentence … I’m certain the words, so carefully chosen and crafted, flow like honey. Just the right amount of spirited wit and seriousness. So creative and interesting. I’m sure this post will set the blogosphere on fire; it’s gonna go VIRAL!
excruciatingly patiently for feedback
The last step (thankfully, you say?) is opening up the post (over and over and over) only to see the
hundreds of two comments flooding in during the first five days. Unfortunately, I found out, it’s like that show “48 Hours”: If the feedback hasn’t come in during the first 48 hours, it isn’t coming in! *sound of bubble bursting*
Mind you, this is the simplified version of the process. I would love to hear some of the steps that you took on the OC blogging path (if you care to admit it :)).