Only a week has passed since coworker, Morgan Locher, started her blog recently and inspired me to finally figure out how to start my own. The past week has taken me through the following steps as I learn.
Bought a domain.Bought 6 domain names. reading and watching videos about branding. What if I want to build a brand one day? I only started this to learn, write, and have fun, but I’ve got 6 domains, just in case. Or maybe i have 6 domains to overcompensate for the failings of my first one. Anyway, domain naming is where my biggest lesson lies. We’ll get back to that soon.
- Posted 4 posts. This is important, because while it has required more research and work than I expected, I’m writing and having fun doing it.
- Tried my hand at illustration. So many how to videos encourage using your own photos, but I didn’t want to wait to get some good photo equipment.
- Squealed with delight at my first follower. Screamed even louder at my first follower that wasn’t already an acquaintance, friend or coworker.
- Anguished over blogging etiquette: What response is expected of me when I get a like, comment or follow?
- Laughed often–at the Vanilla Ice-ness of my domain name.
It seems I didn’t do quite enough research before starting my WordPress account. I went in knowing two things:
1. Brand- keep it simple and try to incorporate your name
2. try to go for a .com–its easier to remember.
So there I was, staring at the domain name checker, eager to start my WordPress account. I decided to try names I’d used on other Social Media and typed. . .
Voila! First try, the domain is available! As a “.com” too! So I took it, feeling quite proud of myself. Yes! Got my name in there, AND got a “.com.” YES! This is going great already. I’m doing this blog thing. Go Sylvia! Do a happy dance!
Later, as I went to show a friend the beginnings of my blog. She googled ‘Simply Sylvia’ and what came up was not me:
There was a Simply Sylvia who writes a fashion blog (Definitely not me), and a long list of links of people named simplysylvia+ (whatever you want to add to the end of that).
“No, you have to add the JO.” I told her and in that instant I realized, “HOLY #$@%! I’m Vanilla Ice!”
People are going to think I tried to copy this other Sylvia, and just like Vanilla Ice had to explain so many times how his Ice Ice Baby tune was different than Queen’s Under Pressure (It’s not different), I’m going to spend so much time saying “No, but mine is DIFFERENT. Mine is SimplySylivaJO! See? It has a JO!.”
This Blog quest has turned out to be more work than expected, but it’s also been more fun than expected. I’m laughing at myself as I learn, maybe you are too. I hope so, especially the other Sylvias.