Where to Start?

People blog for many different reasons. Maybe they want to share their life experiences with the world? Maybe it’s a way of keeping an online family album? Maybe it’s to share their knowledge with others? Or even simply because it’s another stream of income and a way of making money online? So what should you blog about?

What do you like to do? What do you feel passionate about? Is there something that makes up a major part of your life and who you are? Don’t think about whether or not you will have enough to create an entire site about. It will come with time, trust me.

Also, don’t start a blog simply because of how much money you plan to make from it. If you do, it will show and people will simply go on to the next one. You will also find it difficult to post frequently and it will seem like work and something that you dread doing when in all reality it should be fun.

So, what would you like to share with others?

Next you must get it started. It’s not about knowing how it all works, or having a bunch of articles written and ready to go. The wonderful thing with blogs is the fact that they are easily customized. You can change & tweak them as you go, and quite honestly, I doubt anyone will remember exactly what your blog was like in it’s first moments. It will grow and get better as time goes by and that is what people will see.

So don’t get bogged down by how it all works. Not yet anyways. Just get it started and we will learn the rest later.

  1. The 2 basic blogging platforms are blogger.com and wordpress.com~ Both will allow you to set up a free blog that can be set up in 5 minutes. We won’t go into detail about either one here, just pick one.
  2. Start setting up your blog. You will have to think of a name for your blog.
  3. Then follow the steps as you go. When you reach the point of picking a template or design for your blog, don’t get stuck trying to find the perfect one just yet. Pick one and we can change it later. In fact, you will probably change it anyhow, so pick one.
  4. Congratulations! You have your very own blog.

Now…

  1. Create an “About Me” page or post. Tell about yourself, or what you plan to share with your blog. What people can expect to read about or learn from your site?
  2. Start posting. Write about whatever it is that you want to share. Start with at least 1 post but feel free to keep going if you can. Keep your posts short and focused on a specific area. Long, hard to read posts tend to turn people away. I know that personally I choose to skim over the information and see if it’s worth taking the time to read or not. If I see a long, never ending post, regardless of what it is about, I tend to move on simply because I don’t have the time or the eye strength to get through it all, so why bother.
  3. Try to post daily, at least for the first week or so. Then at least once a week, more if it’s possible. You need to offer new information and resources to keep your readers interested in what you have to say.

So that’s the basics. Don’t focus on the “little” stuff just yet. We have plenty of time to add things to it as we go. You know, I have spoke with so many people who have told me that they would love to have a blog or they have one all ready to go but they are just trying to get it all situated before putting it out there. Don’t over-think the process. The wonderful thing about the internet is that you can put something out there, find out what people think of it, then simply erase it if it totally bombs and you know what, no one will ever remember it.

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