Other people will share the same wave, and that’s okay. There’s plenty of room for people to share the same topics.
Watch what other surfers are doing, but don’t be ruled by that. You want to learn from what they do right, but develop your own style.
Know when to stay out of the water. No matter how skilled of a blogger you think you are, some topics are going to hurt you.
You’re going to fall down. Repeatedly. In public. On camera. Don’t delete your bad blog posts, just explain your logic later and keep moving forward.
Good bloggers make it look easy. Bad bloggers make it look hard.
Some beaches are better than others, and make it easier to ply your craft.
Live near the beach but keep your expenses low.
Have a day job to pay the bills. While you might be able to do this full time someday, it’s not going to happen for years. Don’t do it for the money.
Good equipment is important, but you can’t buy your way to success. If you can’t bang out interesting content in a text editor, a beautiful WordPress theme isn’t going to win people over.
Nobody makes their own boards and wetsuits. Don’t focus on building boards and blogging tools unless you’re going to make a living doing that. Spend the bare minimum of time possible on the tools, and focus on your technique instead.
You have to paddle out. It’s going to take work.
There’s a lot of other people doing it, but it’s a solitary sport. You can talk about it with your friends before and after, but while you’re in the thick of it, you’re working alone.
There’s no winners. Yes, there’s competitions, but those aren’t why you surf. Those are something else.
If you enjoy it, it’s relaxing. If you hate it, it’s going to drive you up the wall – and you’re never going to be great at it. Don’t bother. Find something else you truly enjoy.
And when you stop blogging for a month to recharge, don’t apologize. You’ll be just as good when you get back into the water.