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?
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!