The beginning of somegosoftly was all about how everyone had a blog. So I wanted one. I wasn’t the first on myspace, blogger, facebook, or twitter, but I wasn’t the last. I was super curious about social media and what it would do, where it would go.
I dropped blogger immediately, thinking it was rather hokey looking. This wordpress site is completely free, and it offers a lot, but there are also things I can’t do. Like get rich. But come on. That’s unrealistic. I wanted to journal and share not because of some unique perspective, but just because the only way to get better at writing is to write.
So my struggle after a funny video was my blogging over at Ski Utah. I COULD just journal, but I wanted it to be much more than that. I wanted what Copyblogger says to gain: followers (and comments!!). Using a call to action. A great headline. Great content.
It was harder than I ever imagined. I run around telling people to check out the site, and try to provide value. My gimmicky video to win aside, I am a huge defender of Utah, skiing, and trying it if you never have.
I want people that don’t have Utah or skiing on their radar to visit/even move here and fall in love.
I want to be the reason for that.
My argument was that there are 10% phenomenal skiers, 10% beginners, and everyone else is somewhere in the middle.
I wanted to reach out and connect with those people in the middle, and I gained a platform to do so. And then the work was hard.
What to you blog to get people’s attention?
I tried to educate as someone learning everything for the first time. About gear, about the resorts.
I hit a wall when I started skiing.
That might not make sense, but the truth is good writing takes so much time.
Learning how to REALLY ski took up so much of my time, every day. Then you get home, put on sweats and turn into a zombie. Until last month, when I was finally good to ski all morning, and then go workout, work, do whatever after. No tiredness. Then I hurt my foot, and that slowed me down. I got a little depressed. I realized it is a PAIN to try and take pictures, and film on the mountain. I just wanted to ski.
I learned what I know about skiing, and what I’ll never understand. I hate making videos while skiing. You miss a lot of skiing. So despite labeling myself the wordy one, well, that’s what I am. Gotta do what I know how to do!
The good news- to me- is I’m back to writing and have posts outlined for over the summer and into the next ski season that I can be really proud of. It just took time. I’m so grateful for this opportunity and hope to bring my love of skiing to more and more people. With exceptional content!