It’s a challenging scenario to start your own blog. You might as well have to build it from the ground up. To not drown in a sea of bloggers, it’s necessary to come up with a solid plan. In case you might not know exactly where to begin, we provide you with specific tips on how to take the first leaps into starting your own blog (it might even become a successful business!).
Whereas anyone can take a course in blogging, it doesn’t necessarily mean you will become skilled at it. So here’s a few basics for the starters among us on what to do when you’re setting off your blog. Go kick butt!
If you want to start a blog, motivation is key. There’s millions of blogs out there and you have to work hard to set yourself apart from the rest if you want to become succesful. It’s probably going to be hard and frustrating at times – especially in the beginning – and it’s going to take longer than expected. It’ll take a least a few months before your blog finally sets off. But with a little motivation (on your wall for instance) you can come a long way.
Know what you want to talk about
If answering this question is a stretch for you, then think a little bit harder on your subject. Determine (right away) what you want to talk about and what your unique position in the blogging landscape is. The sooner you can figure out what your blog is going to be about, you can start writing a mission statement and fill in your ‘about’ page. It will bring peace of mind to you and your readers know what you’ll be covering: a reason to come back.
Practice what you preach
Starting your own blog is about doing, not so much about learning. You can read every article about blogging that you can find, but you have to put the knowledge into practice to actually start your blog. If you want to be a great blogger, read about international success stories and the future of blogging. If by you want to be a good writer, write everyday. You don’t necessarily have to put up a blogpost every Monday to Friday, but write in your journal, collect funny quotes from others and keep reading material that inspires you. When you’re stuck: don’t hesitate to take some advice from someone who’s mastering their craft already.
Be kind to yourself
Remember, you can’t learn everything at once. Building up a blog takes time. Don’t go overboard, but take things step by step. Make sure you have a full understanding of the website – how does it work? how do I manage content? how do I manage comments? – before moving on to the next step. There will be some long nights working at your desk, but you’ll see that every minute you put into your blog, will lead you to new places in the end.
Do you have your own blog? How did you make your start as a blogger?
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