When I first started out blogging, I had no idea what I was doing. None at all. It was a couple of weeks short of my sixteenth birthday and during the Easter holiday period at school. Prior to setting up my blog, I’d edited a video games magazine site which I ran with some friends, which had taught me how to hack my way with WordPress and how to hack myself a readership. With this new blog, I was trying to merge those two key lessons with the hope I’d hack my way somewhere.
And hack my way somewhere I did. I don’t know if 2009 just had fewer “blogging tips” sites or I just didn’t find any, but I had very little in the way of guidance. My main inspiration was trying to copy-cat other bloggers who had achieved success of their own, and that started to get me somewhere. I released a free WordPress theme (which was somewhat of a novelty at the time) and started trying to identify “influencing” sites where I could guest post.