Last Updated on: February 2nd, 2017
Today’s post is a guest post from “The Blogger” – Dear Blogger’s very own Greg Narayan! I had some technical issues with publishing this post, too. Sorry, folks, sometimes sh** happens when you’re a non-techie like me…so please realize that both this post AND the post announcing the new giveaway were BOTH published today! Make sure you read it and enter!!! Also, be sure to watch the video of Greg, my other special guest for today, and then read his guest post. I’d advise getting to know him; we may have a surprise for you next month! 😉
Take it away, Greg!
Hi everyone! I’m really excited to be here. So excited that I made another video. It’s not perfect; I’m actually working on videos a lot and will more about it soon, but if you missed my first video on beginners WordPress setup make sure to see that. Hope you enjoy!
My Story: Niche-Breaking Tales from the Dear Blogger Study
Note: I could talk about a lot here, like how I’ve guest blogged for ProBlogger, SocialMediaExplorer, PickTheBrain and other niche mammoths. But instead, I figured I’d open with a story…
In the late 90s, I found myself working at an IT consulting firm doing a lot more staring at my desk and playing Tetris than computer programming. Life just seemed meaningless. On a desperate limb, I went to see a doctor – or rather, a hypnotist with a good track record of helping people “snap out of it”. It worked, and literally instantly I was in charge of my life, telling others how I wanted things, roaming the office with my own theme song. Most importantly, I was getting to know a woman I actually had a crush on. Her name? Lorraine Reguly. In the months that would follow, the weather would brighten and we’d both grow rich as we roamed about Suburbia as if it were a foreign island for our enjoyment.
Wait up? Did You Just Say Hypnotist?
Ok, ok. This story isn’t completely true, though before I met blogging I did feel an empty void. I’ve never visited a hypnotist, though I’ll try anything once. This is actually the plot line from Office Space, my favorite comedy that only went viral after hitting VHS. That, and I’ve actually never met Lorraine. We do most of our damage in the blog comments.
When Lorraine found me, I was writing from home about my folks’ decision to move. Coincidentally, I was also making bold promises about 2nd and 3rd Dear Blogger books that would end up taking months to sell their first copies.
Where Did I Come From?
For those of you who’ve been to Dear Blogger or read my posts around the web, you know that I love writing about one thing: blogging. I blog under the pen name “The Blogger” and help up-and-coming bloggers each morning from the comforts of my study (or the Starbucks in Chinatown). By leveraging a lot of early excitement and channeling blogging questions (and my insomnia) into a few pages on the Web, I’ve been able to build something lasting rather quickly. I stick to highly simple ideology:
- One satisfied reader is enough
- Empower them with tools to share
- Blog often, be everywhere
But even for me, pretending to know everything gets lonely sometimes, and when I posted my guest blogging guidelines I half-hoped Lorraine would jump on it. She did! It wasn’t hard tossing out the other résumés. Teamwork!
That’s me one month before I began blogging. Look how happy and naive I was!
Name: Greg Narayan
Occupation: Blogger, deliverer of fine comments
Location: New York City
Pet peeves: Corporate values, anyone a little bit too sure of themselves
Values: Invest heavily in what you do, and when you’re down, find a way to give
Favorite blogging topics: PageRank, writing style, blogging tips [and felines of all shapes and sizes (next major blog?)]
I’m the kind of person who’s driven by people telling me I can’t, and has taken the Red Pill so many times that seeing the world differently has gotten a bit easier. That said, I can be pretty worthless. When Lorraine asked me to guest post I was half-naked, half-conscious and half-way through a Papa Johns pizza on the floor of my study.
I have work ethic that says write as much as you can while in the zone then crash, which has helped me produce some sizable posts for ProBlogger, Social Media Explorer and some big blogs overseas like HongKiat, but also makes me the world’s largest email space cadet.
I really believe in spreading my word, and helping others at their blogs, so that you too can enjoy your own empire. It’s never about the money, ever, but the excitement we can create.
Which brings me back to Lorraine.
One of the biggest reason I wanted to team up with her is her drive. We’re not the same age, same gender, or even in remotely the same locations, but in the one month we’ve worked together we’ve already changed the life-courses of several bloggers and we’ve heard it from them directly. 🙂
What skills do we bring to your blogging?
I bring a total lack of order lifestyle, while Lorraine brings a total lack of techie-ness. Is there anything stopping such a duo, aside from a futuristic robo-blogger? Doubt it.
What’s next? If I told ya, it would ruin half the mystery. In just my one year of Dear Blogger-ing I’ve:
✓ Answered more questions than sanity should allow
✓ Published posts receiving 100+ comments
✓ Made videos people actually pay attention to about the stressful task of starting a blog
✓ Sold ebooks
If you had a time machine to propel forward in our careers, I’d hope it would involve lots of travel and a touch of live speaking events. But we’ll see!
Visit me on Dear Blogger for some blogging tips!
And leave a comment here, and I’ll answer it!
Thanks for having me, Lorraine!
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