Recently, a lot of people I know have created blogs, and I think that’s amazing. Some of them have asked my advice on what to do, what to write about, how to create it, etc. and I thought I would share some of my best tips about blogging and how to start right here for anyone else who is itching to create but confused on how to begin.
I know there are a lot of sites out there that can help you create your own website or blog and despite not trying them all, my loyalty stands with WordPress. Why fix what’s not broken? I have never had an issue when it comes to WordPress. It is user-friendly, their customer support is fantastic, and they make it really easy to get your blog, site, or online business up and running. I wish I had more to say on this topic, but really it’s just that simple. WordPress is the best in my eyes, and if you’re planning on starting a blog, I would highly recommend you use them.
It’s easy to get caught up in the planning, logistics, what your site should look like, etc. But it’s critical that you decided what date your first blog post is going to go up and stick with that. I started blogging in 2014, and my blog right now looks nothing like it did then. Your blog will grow and evolve the more you work on it and as time passes. As I alluded to in an old blog post, “Done is better than perfect.” Don’t look at other bloggers and compare yourself. Just start where you are and work your way up.
Write About What You Care About
Now I’m not sure if you plan to start blogging just for fun or as a means of income, but no matter what route you choose, I think you should only blog about things you care about. If you’re doing this for fun, then that’s a no-brainer. But when money is on the line sometimes, it’s easy to promote products and other things you don’t believe in. Ultimately that lowers your credibility with your readers in the long run and makes you look a little inauthentic. Instead, just write about things, situations, and people that you genuinely care about. If someone doesn’t like it, they can create a blog and write about the things they enjoy.
If you care about the numbers and want to grow your blog, then it’s important that you stay consistent. You don’t have to shout out your posting schedule for the rooftops, but deciding how many times you’re going to post a week, what days you’re going to post, and even what times your posts are going to go live and stick to it. For me, I shoot for posts to go live every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 8am. But find out what you can hold yourself to and do it. While I shoot for that schedule, I don’t always achieve it, and that’s fine. But it’s hard to grow an audience if you only post once every blue moon.
Blogging has been a fun outlet for me and a way for me to flex my creative muscles frequently. It’s also helped me to build a portfolio, and as I alluded to sometimes, it acts as my journal as well. If starting a blog has crossed your mind in the slightest, then I hope you consider creating one. I also hope these tips can help you get started.
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