Today I want to share a bit more detail about The Hobby Blogger’s genesis.
It was just nine days ago when I got the idea for The Hobby Blogger. I’d been ruminating about my education blog’s anti-launch for most of the morning.
Sometime after lunch, when I was leaving the bathroom – yes, I know, a source of inspiration for many of us – I thought, “Why am I stressing so much about this? It’s just a hobby.” Boom! An epiphany.
Seizing the moment
With some nervous energy starting to build up inside me, I quickly pulled out my iPod Touch and typed thehobbyblogger.com into Safari. When my ISP returned the “website cannot be found” page, my pulse spiked. That such a simple and apt domain name was available felt like hitting the jackpot since I already knew the importance of choosing a good one.
Though I had been planning to run some errands that afternoon, I didn’t want the exhilaration to evaporate. So I sat down, flipped open my laptop, and began writing what would become The Hobby Blogger’s first post.
The next three hours sort of resembled Tom Cruise’s Mission Statement scene in the movie, Jerry Maguire.
I banged out a first draft pretty quickly. Not considering myself the best of writers though, I spent some more time tweaking the post until it was nearly finished.
Registering the domain names
I was a bit nervous (irrationally so) about someone registering the name out from under me, so I immediately went to NameCheap to register the domain. I’d used them to register the education blog domains a few weeks prior as well as my own personal domain a couple years ago, and haven’t had any problems with them. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.
I registered the name for two years because I had read a while ago it would help a site rank better in Google’s search results. Digging a little further though, I found that the amount of time left before your domain expires isn’t currently a factor in Google’s ranking algorithm, but it could be in the future.
I also registered the .net and .org variants of TheHobbyBlogger and HobbyBlogger to protect from others using the name and confusing potential readers. An ad company is squatting HobbyBlogger.com, but since I already have the .net and .org versions, I’m not worried about another “hobby blogger” trying to buy that domain.
The role of passion
In hindsight, I think a lot of my initial excitement came from the fact that because I’d been learning about blogging and playing with WordPress for the last 7 weeks, I knew I had a lot to write about. Anytime I make a decision about any aspect of my blog, I’ll have instant material for a post. This contrasts sharply with the only handful of ideas I have for posts on my education blogs.
Maybe that’s why I was over-consumed by the mechanics of my education blogs. I wasn’t inspired enough to actually do any writing. I guess the lesson here is that passion will beget inspiration.
How about you? What inspired you want to start your blog?