“Start a blog,” I always tell people, “get free stuff.” Of course, nobody listens to me. Nobody (ever) takes my good advice. And, it does sound silly, ridiculous even, like one of those internet urban legends. “Start a blog and you get free stuff?” Sounds like nonsense. But, it is totally true.
Don’t believe me? Ask any regular blogger. If they maintain a reasonably regular schedule and are at least decent at writing and write intelligently or entertainingly about their subject, I guarantee you they will confirm that they have at least been offered free stuff.
Of course, it isn’t free. One has to develop a following and a reputation for consistency and quality before this free stuff comes. That takes time and effort. In reality, it would probably just be quicker to spend the time flipping burgers and buy the stuff; but there are times, surprisingly common times, when you receive an opportunity that you would not otherwise have been able to access were it not for your blog. But, you will never know unless you start.
So, I am finally taking my own advice and starting a blog. After 4 years of being one of blogging’s biggest proponents, I am putting my money where my mouth is. Or rather, my keyboard. Where will it lead? Who knows. But that is beside the point. The point is to start the journey, only then will you get where you are going.