Weekly Blogging Tips: So you want to start a blog?

 
I remember my first blog. I stared at the white screen for about a half hour. I had no idea which direction to go. Yes, I had a journal full of ideas. But that first post seemed so important, so permanent.
So, what did I write about?
Writer’s block.
I am not kidding. That was my first introduction of myself to the blogging world. I look back and cringe. However, the reminder of the magnitude of that day is wrapped up in my silly first post title.
Starting a blog is a big deal. It is an open sourced window into your heart and soul. You are telling the world things about who you are and how you feel.
Which is exactly where everyone should start. There should be a passion burning inside of you that is calling you to blog.
My favorite bloggers are honest, heartfelt, and go with their gut feeling on issues. They may be controversial. That is fine. I love going to their space online and reading what they have to say.
Starting a blog will be hard. There will be days, maybe even weeks or months, where you stumble over your words or cannot find inspiration. You will begin to see the great, big, blogging world and become tempted to compare yourself to veteran bloggers. DON’T DO IT! Try your best to stay focused on your content and values. It is alright to go find ideas or tips, but don’t expect to grow overnight or find success immediately.
Which brings me to my next point. Pace yourself. There is a ton that goes into blogging. Wouldn’t it be nice if blogging just meant writing? Well, it doesn’t. Even simple blogs still need to change settings in their platforms, will have to block spammers, or reply to comments. Trust me, there are many mean people in the world that will trash your hard work with mean comments or rote spam messages. Ignore it and keep on trucking.
My advice to anyone starting a blog is similar to anyone starting a training program: stick with it for 90 days. Post every day, even if it is a sentence. Simply keeping up momentum will help. You will find your groove. You will miss a day. Maybe even many days. Believe me. That is ok. Just pick it up the next day.
Try your best to focus first on your content. Keep a journal and fill it with ideas, recipes, and bits of inspiration. It will be the heart and soul of your blog.
Start your blog! I have several friends who have told me they really want to start a blog but do not know where to start. I remember feeling that way. A great place to start is by picking a name, seeing if it is available, and simply setting up your space. I use Blogger, and love it. It is free, and very user friendly. If you want to get more involved with self-hosting, etc. go for it. A year after having my .blogspot I self hosted and it only cost me $10. I still have friends who have tremendous blogs that have the .blogspot in their name.
But I am getting ahead of myself. I will get more into the nitty gritty details of becoming a blogger in later posts. This first post is merely me being a cheerleader for you and telling you to go for it!
Please leave any questions or comments you wish for me to answer in future posts! This is going to be an ongoing discussion and series.
 
The next post will be on choosing the right name for your blog. See you then!

Comments

  1. says

    Starting my blog was one of the best choices I’ve made so far. I love having my own little corner of the world – even when I receive flack for some things I post. It has become such a passion of mine, and it’s like my little baby. I encourage everyone who has a story to tell to write a blog!

    • says

      My blog is like my little baby too! It is amazing how much time and care we take to make sure it is quality right? I love this comment! Thank you for taking the time to share this! So nice to hear from you.

  2. says

    I started my blog a couple of months ago and LOVE doing it! It’s so fun and allows me to be creative. As. stay-at-home mom it was important for me to find a creative outlet and it really has been! I look forward to reading your other posts on this 🙂

  3. says

    Starting a blog is really scary, but it can be so rewarding too. I really appreciate what you wrote here, and look forward to everything else you have to share.

    I am looking forward to your take on the next post. Finding the name for my blog was the single hardest part for me personally. I already had notebooks full of inspiration, a lifetime of growing up journaling, and a niche that I’d chosen, but the name kept me from starting my blog for quite a while. I was so happy when I was finally able to decide on one and get started!

    • says

      Hi Stacia,

      Thanks so much for your comment! I totally agree. I have had four different blogs now. I finally settled on this name, and love it. But it took a while! Your blog name is really great- I love it! What made you choose it?

  4. says

    Oh, that first big jump in the water was a tough one! I’m onto my second blog, needed a change after going through some things in life, which also consisted of a fresh start with a new blog.

    I totally agree with your tip to not compare yourself to veteran bloggers! I did that far too often with my first blog, and it killed the inspiration, made it difficult to write, and let me tell you about that writer’s block, oofta.

    I know love reading all types of blogs, and have to still remind myself not to compare myself with the veteran bloggers, and – stay at home moms that blog. I have to remind myself I may not get to it everyday, or have as awesome of content as them, but I also work full-time (plus a few side things) so I try to not be so hard on myself.

    I’m interested to see where you go with this series! Looking forward to it!

    • says

      Hi! Thanks for leaving this comment! Good for you for keeping a balance and trying your best to stay grounded. It is really hard to do, but find that it is so important. I have to pry myself off twitter or facebook and remind myself my family or other priorities come first.

      What is your blog? I would love to follow!

  5. says

    Love this! I’m pretty new to blogging and yeah, I am struggling a bit on having to post new content everyday. The people I get inspiration are from people like you who provide us newbie bloggers helpful tips, so yeah, thank you! 🙂

  6. says

    Great post. I started my blog back in May. I really am enjoying it but it does take your time and effort. I am still learning new things all the time. I recently went through a 2 week period of not posting due to family visiting and my kids off school for a few days but I have started up again. I try and post 2 or 3 times per week which is about all I can keep up with right now.

    • says

      Oh, vacations are really tough. I try and schedule a few posts for times I will be out of town, but sometimes I just fall behind. Period. Thank you for this comment. Another great idea for a post in this series is finding ways to keep ahead during vacations!

  7. says

    Hello,

    I just wanted to say that I’m glad I found your blog because your words of wisdom are coming in handy. I who’s love to start my own blog but I do not even know where to start. You mentioned blogspot but are there any places where they do not charge? I am clueless when it comes to this. I still have to research it 🙂

  8. says

    As a fairly new blogger I loved this! Thanks for the simple tips and words of encouragement! I found your blog via Wifessionals as I’m hunting for more Denver area blogs to follow!

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