Kid President is back, and this time he’s got something for the Mom’s of the world.
Unless you’ve been living in a cave underneath a rock at the end of the Sahara Desert, under water with a blind fold on, you know who Macklemore is. You probably also know that what seems like an overnight success has also been a long hard road, mostly riddled with obscurity.
What this means is that his lyrics are peppered with great lines about his road to success, many of which are relevant to us in our world.
Here are the top 5 things Macklemore can teach us about blogging.
Now, this is my job, I will not quit it
Pulled me out the depths when I thought that I was finished
Yeah I questioned if I could go the distance
That’s just the work, regardless of who’s listening
Once you’ve decided to take on blogging seriously, you have to commit. Consistency is key, even when you feel like no one is reading your posts, no one is commenting, you gotta keep on keepin’ on!
Somewhere between like Rocky and Cosby. Sweater gang, nope, nope y’all can’t copy
Yup. Bad, moon walking, this here, is our party, my posse’s been on Broadway,
And we did it, our way.
Social networking is no joke. The people who read your blog, the friends you have on Twitter, the people that leave comments on Facebook, that’s YOUR posse. Once you find your voice, stick to it. You and your posse will find your way to Broadway!
Make the money, don’t let the money make you
Change the game, don’t let the game change you
It’s like he wrote that for us! This one is pretty simple, stay true to who you are and why you started blogging in the first place.
Try not to do THAT thing we all do when we read someone else’s post, or see someone’s new redesign and suddenly think everything you do is wrong. It’s not.
Also, like most things in life, don’t do it for the money. The money will come if you stick to creating amazing content everyday. We promise! Wink.
And we danced, and we cried
And we laughed and had a really really really good time
If it ain’t fun, don’t do it.
Seriously though, there are plenty of easier ways to make a buck that are less fun. We’ve chosen this path because it’s awesome, and it’s supposed to be a blast! We get to write about what we’re passionate about, connect with amazing people on “the internet” and we can do all of this from where ever we want. No a bad gig if you can get it.
This is my world, this is my arena
The TV told me something different I didn’t believe it
I stand here in front of you today all because of an idea
I could be who I wanted if I could see my potential
And I know that one day I’mma be him
Your blog is your arena. It’s your sanctuary. Leave it all on the page, and people will come flooding back. Some of them will disagree with you, or your opinions, and that’s just fine. There are plenty of blogs in the world, I’m sure they can find something else to read :)
So now that Macklemore has taught us a few things about blogging, I ask you………Is there anything Macklemore can’t do?
San Francisco Bloggers, do we have a treat for you!
Join us for an evening of wine, snacks and amazing conversation. Next Tuesday, May 14th 2013, we will be hosting Victoria Smith (SFGirlbybay), Dan Nguyen - Tan (PUBLIC Bikes) and Nicole Reber (Little Idea Shoppe) for an insightful panel about Blogging and Brands, and how we can all work together.
If you’re looking to start selling ads on your blog, or wanting to learn more about working with brands, this is right up your alley :)
The event will be held at our favorite SF clubhouse, MakeShift Society, starting at 6:30pm.
Tickets are $10 and you can grab the last few here.
Hope to see you there.
Great support guys, this is really setting Skyscraper apart from the others in the marketplace.
This is sweet! Very Impressive what you all built. I’ll be screaming from the rooftops about this!
So you’ve started a blog and you’re feeling pretty damn good about it.
Everyday, people come to your site to read your posts. People share them with their friends and sometimes they even leave a comment. No better feeling than that…..
One day a friend says, “You know, you should run some ads on your blog. Make some money!”. At first you’re like:
And then you’re like:
So you start doing some research.
It doesn’t take long before this happens:
And it starts to feel a little like this:
But you keep on pushing forward. You mess with widgets and Adsense and Photoshop and eventually…….eventually you have everything in place.
You’re finally in business. Ready to sell ads like a pro!
But then nothing happens. You sit and you wait. Nothing. No money in the mail, no advertisers knocking on your door.
Then it happens. Something happens.
Someone wants to buy an ad. They want to see your media kit, an invoice and reports on how their ads are doing.
You suddenly realize you don’t have any of that stuff.
After a few days of hard work, you finally have it all figured out and you’re ready to rock.
A couple days go by, everything seems fine.
And then you get a very angry email from your advertiser. The ad hasn’t been showing for the last 3 days.
You spend hours trying to figure out what has gone wrong.
Until eventually, the advertiser decides to cancel the ad. You kinda wanna be like:
But you’re more like:
That can’t be it………it can’t be over?
The show must go on! You must…..
And survive you must!
So before you do this:
Come and see us. We can help.
Now this is a Kickstarter campaign we can get behind. Ghost is a completely free, completely customizable and beautifully designed publishing platform built for bloggers.
I think this one has some legs and will certainly be one to watch as they get close to getting funded on Kickstarter.
You can help Ghost become a reality by throwing a few bucks their way.
Would you use it?
We love bloggers. We love blogging. So let’s take a quick look at where it all began and the journey it’s taken over the past few years.
As you may have heard we have started rolling Skyscraper out to a few users that signed up very early on our beta list. We will be ramping this up this week so if you’re on that list, get ready, we’ll be in touch shortly. If you’re not, sign up here.
In the meantime, here are a few of the bloggers that are already using Skyscraper to rock their ad sales.
Lifestyle and Parenting
Site Media Kit: Buy Ads Here
Architecture and Design
Site Media Kit: Buy Ads Here
Health and Fitness
Site Media Kit: Buy Ads Here
We’re excited to see all the new bloggers that are joining the Skyscraper family everyday.
Make sure you sign up to be a part of the magic!