January 24, 2013, 6:00 am

Advice About Blogging That I Would Share With High School Students

by: MD    Category: Career
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I had the honour of speaking at my old high school recently. I was asked to speak about blogging and how you can use the Internet to your advantage.

My brother is a co-op student. He’s learning how to cut hair by working at a popular barbershop. His co-op teacher often goes in for haircuts. During one haircut, the teacher became interested in my blogging and asked if I would attend. I naturally accepted because one of my goals is to improve my public speaking abilities.

I went in without much prepared because I was told that there would be questions asked. I figured that I would be as entertaining as possible, something I always try to do.

I started off by showing the kids the Perez Hilton blog about gossip. I joked around about how I thought blogging was all about gossip until I actually started a personal finance blog of my own. Then I showed them some popular blogs and got right into the topic. I was amused by how many questions came from the teachers and the students.

What advice about blogging would I like to share with all high school students?

Figure out what you like.

High school is a very confusing time. You’re insecure, always horny, often confused, and lost about your next moves. You’re not sure of what you like. You often tend to like what your friends like. My suggestion is that you take the time to discover what you actually care about and not just what your friends care about.

This is easy for some and difficult for others. The challenge is to remain true to yourself.

Then you can move on to the next step…

Start a site right now.

What’s that classic saying? The best time to plant a tree is thirty years ago. The second best time is right now. I would say that you should start a site, any site, right now. Why wait? I’m sure that you could hit up your parents, find a part-time job, or cut back on the pizza to fork over the $6/month needed for domain hosting.

Get your site launched and out to the world. See what happens next.

Stay consistent.

Consistency is key. We all learn this with our personal fitness. We eat well for two days and then we cave. We’re left surprised as to why we don’t look like Arnold. Well, consistency is key. This applies to education and blogging. Many bloggers crashed and failed far too early. I say that you stick with it. It doesn’t matter if you have 1 reader or 100 readers. You need to stay focused.

Have fun with everything you do.

Speaking from experience, it’s easy to get bored. When you’re bored you don’t feel like doing anything. You come up with any excuse possible. When I was in high school, I exploited every possible excuse to miss class. I didn’t want to be there. It was boring.

While you can’t control your teachers, you can control what you do in your spare time. This is why I want you to have fun with your blogging so that you don’t get bored and fade away.

Use the web to your advantage.

It’s easy to get lost on the Internet. The process is simple:

  • You go on Facebook to see what’s new.
  • Your buddy posts a YouTube video on your wall.
  • You end up watching other videos for a few days.
  • Your day is done!

Don’t let this happen to you. Try to take advantage of the positives that the web has to offer.

Explore all of your options.

You can literally do anything that you want to do when you’re 15 years old. My little brother eats like junk and comes to the gym with me. Since his metabolism is working at is peak, he’s been able to put on massive size all in muscle.

This is why it makes sense to explore every single option. See what this amazing world has to offer. Don’t get involved in conspiracy theories or celebrity gossip. Those won’t get you anywhere.

What piece of wisdom would you drop on a high school student? What do you wish you knew about blogging in high school?

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I am trying to learn about blogging now and I wish I could figure out a few things about blogging right now.

Why do I have 200 views one day and then 40 the next?

How come I have readers in Singapore but not many in Canada and I live in Canada?

Who is the wizard behind the curtain that controls the blog rankings and are the worth worrying about?

Jane my friend, Google controls everything. Here are my best answers:

Views varies based on how many pages. Unique visitors will show you how many different people came by. Views will always fluctuate because it all depends on how many articles a reader will check out when on your site.

You have readers in Singapore because the web has brought the world together. Someone from Singapore can search for budgeting tools and find your site. I’ve communicated with readers from around the world. It truly is an amazing thing!