Barnstorming

I guess you’re thinking that’s a typo in the header. What does barnstorming (flying a plane at a low altitude, perhaps while machine-gunning Nazis) have to do with writing tips?

Well, you know those successful bloggers out there? One of their posts might show up in your WordPress feed with 100 likes and 10 comments right out of the gate. I don’t know about you, but for me it can be a bit daunting. It makes a relatively or completely new blogger wonder whether there’s any space left on the heap for what they’re offering.

The good news is that we have something working for us. We’re barnstorming beginners. That’s beginners who barnstorm, we’re not shooting beginners from low altitude planes. What this means is that a newbie blogger or one who hasn’t “made it” yet possesses a set of unique advantages. These are things that the established bloggers lack.

We’re flying in under the radar. Yes, that’s because very few people have heard of us, but there’s more to it. When you’re at the top, every post you publish has to be solid gold and smell like roses. That’s a lot of pressure and I don’t look forward to being under it. For the time being, we have the breathing space to make mistakes.

What’s another benefit to approaching from a low angle? Well, the only way to go is up. You could crash and burn, I suppose, but I reckon you can handle the joystick well enough to avoid that. The downside to being an established blogger is that you’re old news. Your audience is always looking for something new. Well guess what, 100-like-bloggers? They’ve found that something new, and it’s us!

Motivation enough to keep the creative cogs turning, I hope.

Let me know in the comments if any of this was useful. Do you have any writing tips to share?

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