Although I have blogged for other people and their businesses in the past, the decision to start blogging about my life and myself didn’t really come easy. One, there was the question of what to blog about. Two, how to keep it interesting. Three, will there be any readers at all?
If writing is something you truly enjoy (like I do), and you have been wanting to have your own blog, but you’ve been worried about the same stuff that I was, please allow me to encourage you (and possibly convince you to go for it) by sharing with you some of the tips I got from various blogging gurus on how to get started, plus a few humble discoveries of my own:
Be honest about who you are.
Before you begin setting up your blog, you have to make peace with who you are and identify what sets you apart from all the other bloggers in the world. That should set the tone for your entire blog and what it’s going to be all about. That should entice your readers to want to stay and read on. If you are a single mom trying to juggle work, family and love life, perhaps you might want to blog about that. If you have much to say about a particular craft or a hobby, then that’s it. That’s what you should start blogging about. Expecting a new baby? Maybe you would like to share the ups and downs of the entire experience with your readers.
Stick to the words you are comfortable with and actually use in real conversation.
You don’t need to be an eloquent writer to earn the right to start blogging. You don’t need to impress your readers with all those big, almost impossible to pronounce words. Even if you use the simplest words that you can find in the dictionary, for so long as you communicate your thoughts clearly, and you make sense (that’s the most important thing!), people will be interested in reading what you blog about. The bottom line is write in the same style you use to speak, in the way that’s natural to you, as though you are having a conversation with friends. Blogs are very personal in that way, for the most part.
Don’t rave about some new trend if you actually dislike it, just because it is the “IN” thing. Don’t promote anything out of a pathetic desire to please the majority (or a specific group of people). Your readers won’t always be in complete agreement about everything anyway, so better to stick to what YOU personally believe in. What you need to keep in mind is that regardless of a difference in opinions and beliefs, your readers will appreciate being able to depend on your word and your high level of character and integrity. Whether they agree with your viewpoints or not, they should be able to get an accurate perception of who you are and what principles or values you adhere to from your very own words.
It’s not the quantity, it’s the quality.
Don’t worry so much about having lots of posts published right away. Just take your time. You don’t need to compose a blog post every day. Even if you only have time to create and publish one post a week, you should feel good about that and give yourself a pat on the back. Remember, it’s no fun if you’re feeling pressured. Your blogging experience should be enjoyable and carefree for you – just as much as you want your readers to enjoy reading your posts and to feel as though visiting your blog is a breath of fresh air.
Straight to the point!
As much as it can be avoided, try not to be long-winded. Most of the people who will be reading your blog are busy people, too, and won’t have time to read extremely long posts.
Talk about what you know, not what you think people expect you to know.
I don’t mean that you should avoid talking about what you don’t know at all. If you are clueless about a subject matter, it might not be a bad idea to invite your readers to share their opinions on the matter or their firsthand experiences for your benefit and the benefit of others like you. It is a great way to gain new knowledge and promote positive interaction on your blog. The key word, again, is honesty. Don’t be ashamed to admit that you don’t know much (or anything) about a topic. If your readers are looking for a site with all the facts, they know how to type “Wikipedia“ on their browser.
Did this help?
So these are the most important points I’ve gathered in my short experience blogging. If you are “on the fence” about whether or not you should start blogging, but you really feel the urge to do so somewhere deep inside you, hopefully, you can take away from the points I’ve made above that it’s really not that difficult at all and you should really go for it!
What about you? Have you been just as irresolute about starting a blog? If so, what’s holding you back?
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