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How do you get people to take you seriously?

I want to start a blog to challenge Gawker.com, but no one will take me seriously.

I have the ability and passion, but all I hear is crickets. I don't want to do a business plan, that is just not my scene.

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Roger Wu
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Roger Wu Entrepreneur
co-founder at cooperatize, native advertising platform
The barrier to entry to start a blog is a computer and an internet connection (or access to an Apple store). People will take you seriously once the site is up and running and the content is great! Good luck!
Michael Markarian
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Michael Markarian Entrepreneur
Founder at Mount Dream
A. Write GREAT content. Good content will get you as far as poor content. Your content must be great.

B. Promote your GREAT content in groups and channels where people will find it valuable and useful.

This strategy takes time. There are no shortcuts. But it will get you results! Good luck, Shelton!
Sean Hurley
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Sean Hurley Entrepreneur • Advisor
Strategic Marketing Leader with strong financial results for growing organizations
Without a plan, no one of any merit will take you seriously...
Sairam Chilappagari
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Founder @Jukebox.io
Rather than thinking in terms of challenging gawker.com, may be start a blog with great content that people start to take notice and appreciate?
Michael Barnathan
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Michael Barnathan Entrepreneur • Advisor
Co-Founder of The Mountaintop Program, Google Alum
Just Do It. People take traction seriously.
Julien Fruchier
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Julien Fruchier Entrepreneur
Founder at Republic of Change
They will take you seriously when you have something worthy to show them. Or when you present a compelling plan, which you don't seem willing to do.

Also, are you a writer, a photographer or a DJ? Hard to take someone seriously when they don't commit to doing one thing right.
John Seiffer
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John Seiffer Advisor
Business Advisor to growing companies
There are 2 kinds of ideas - the first is the kind that by saying the idea, it's easy for people to try and replicate. Something like "I have an idea for a facebook for left handed cat lovers" or "I have an idea for a vanilla cake with orange frosting that tastes like pineapple"

The second kind of idea even if you say what it is, there is so much work behind it that it's hard for others to replicate. Something like "I have an idea of how to launch satellites into space for 1/2 the current cost" or Elon Musk's idea for hyperloop transport.

In either case, you need to do a lot of work before anyone takes you seriously. But that's probably more true with the first kind of idea. Yours sounds like that kind. Do the work, get users, show that others care about it. Then people will take you seriously. It has to be more than a plan - it has to show user traction.
Lucie Newcomb
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Lucie Newcomb Advisor
Global Marketing & Business Development Leader | Founder| Strategist | Board Member | Advisor | Trainer | Diplopreneur
Anyone can publish a blog, for the most part, so enjoy that. But if you want investors, then you have to consider the blog - or what you build around it - a business and for that, you need a business plan. Great luck!
Greg Armshaw
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Greg Armshaw Entrepreneur
Market Entry and Product Strategy - Digital Specialist
Why? Is there a problem with Gawker?


This is a serious question btw.
Bill Percival
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Bill Percival Entrepreneur
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I am going to make the assumption that you need to raise some money to move your idea forward.

If that is true, you do need a basic plan to show investors. It is equally to your benefit in that the authoring process causes you to focus on assumptions critical to your success.

Developing a well thought out business plan can be hard work, and it may involve input/skills that are not in your domain - finance, marketing, etc. My suggestion is to reach out to your contacts that do trust and respect you and ask for their help, or guidance in developing a plan.
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