Welcome to my first blog post about How to Create a Successful Fan Blog. For the past three years I have been writing and running a successful fan blog for the British tenor, Alfie Boe.
As such, one of the questions I am most likely to be asked is “how did you start a blog?”. No matter how hard I tried, I could never find a short answer to this question and so I decided to write a book instead:
Even though a lot of people had asked me about starting a blog, I was totally taken aback and overwhelmed when it became an amazon bestseller in the first week of release! To say you could have knocked me down with a feather is an understatement. If you want to know how to take the first steps in blogging then click here to buy.
I started writing after reading (what seemed to me) yet another poorly researched interview about Alfie and thought I could do better. I set up a WordPress account very quickly and published my first few posts. To my surprise and delight, other Alfie fans liked it and before I knew where I was, I had caught the blogging bug.
Audience engagement figures continued to rise and after a while I landed my first interview, with Alfie’s brother Michael, also a gifted tenor. That led on to other interviews which eventually led to being accepted as a Huffington Post blogger.
Now if this all sounds idyllic and easy, it wasn’t. By no means was it a bed of roses but like anything, the ups more than made up for the downs. The downs included the problem of staring at a blank page and not knowing what to write (still happens!), striking the right tone and balance with posts and the difficulty of juggling a full time job and a family with running a fan blog. Two years into writing the blog, I took the bold decision to leave my day job and writing quickly became my salvation as I was able to devote more time to it.
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