Four years ago, I was the one doing research and asking questions about becoming a blogger and starting my own blog and what to do. Jump to now and I am being asked the same questions that I went looking for myself. The information below is nothing new and if you dig around at all on the internet you will find many of the threads of thought. I thought I would simplify and save you some research time with adding some of my own experiences in with what I suggest if you want to start a blog of your own.
The fun part is thinking up a name, this is important because it will help you think of what theme or niche your blog is going to cover. Is it only on one subject or will you have it open so you can cover all sorts of activities. Both work, deciding ahead of time will help clarify your mission of the blog.
Next, everyone wants to grab their URL and get the blog up. There are a bunch of free ways to do this and if you don’t have a concrete idea yet, sure go for it. Me personally I would rather have more control and that will cost you some funds.
Buying your url
Setting up hosting
Building your pages
Thing is even though this is the fun part, often you will get ahead of yourself. You need to write some articles first; this is an important key point of consistency. Something I read over and over when I first got going.
Write no less than 12 articles, of at least 1000 words each. If you cannot do this, then my suggestion is finding some other blog to write for. Your words will have a better chance at being seen. If you can do this, that you are ready to have a post per month for 12 months. A good place to start.
The Meat and Potatoes
Writing articles, posts, reviews, of the ideas you have. This is the most important part. Also, the place most bloggers will fail when getting going. It is one thing to have a whole bunch of ideas, it’s another to get those ideas down on a paper for someone else to read, sounds simple I know, yet even good writers will have challenges to get this done.
You will here me say this often – Consistency is key – over the long haul it will when out for you. Be prepared to write or find other to write for you. Don’t be the person who writes 4 posts publishes them one right after another then doesn’t post for two months.
Rule of Thumb
Decide early on how long of post you want to write and stick to that average. This will help you also decide how often you post your articles.
Here is some averages
500or less = You will need to post frequently, possibly twice a day.
(Might be better to start an email list)
500- 1000 = This works out nice for a daily article.
1000-1500 = Once or twice a week you will be good.
1500 plus = Now you could be looking at a couple of times of months, specially depending on how you run the rest of your social media. This can be a strong way to expound on a thought. Were as your social media you are doing more with.
Now earlier I said you needed to write 12 articles before even building a page out. Therefore, now you can schedule those 12 articles out for once a month, creating consistency, next keep writing to where you have enough to do 2 a month. Then 3, starting to see the picture? the build blocks to get to 1 or more a week. This also allows for life, to busy to pound out an article, that’s ok you have some ready to go and your consistency never drops off.
This is where I say just do it, wondering if you would even like to blog, work it out with a friend to write for his. Many bloggers are always looking for more content, for content is king. This will give you a taste, as you think things through for yourself. In fact, you may like this better, because then you do not have to deal with the hassles of a website.
Not sure if you can even write a article take a look at what my friend Graeme is putting together to help people out with this.
How can I learn to write more and better?
Another friend, Jacob put this article together improve skills.
How to Improve Your Writing
These thoughts above are only the tip of the ice berg of what I have learned over the last fours year of researching and taking action to make this blog happen.
Have more question for me on this subject? Reach out I will do my best to answer them. Creating a successful blog is like going down a deep rabbit hole of fun.
Do not become discouraged, take small bites at a time and you will win in the end. Remember content is king, consistency will win the day.
Agnitio Veritas Macto
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