Around 2 years or so ago I decided to start a blog. Reason being I wanted to get back into writing and thought a blog would be a great way start. It began as more of an online journal and originally I never had any intention of making it public. Somewhere along the line I decided to make it public to get some feedback.
I’m not sure exactly when my plan for that blog grew but I later decided to focus on writing on just a few select topics. I also wanted to see if I could manage posting on a regular basis (1x a week). If I could do that then maybe it might be worth it to invest in a “real” blog later on.
So after about a year and a bit of blogging regularly, this is what I’ve learned so far:
POSTING REGULARLY REQUIRES COMMITMENT AND TIME
I’m not the fastest writer in the world so I found it challenging to make a post every week. Thankfully, I did get faster with a little practice. What worked best for me was to write as often as I could and just keep writing posts. When I was finished I would just schedule the blog to post at some future date. That usually let me have a few weeks posts set to go at any given time. This gave me some leeway in case I fell behind with writing on a given week for whatever reason.
Blogging does require you to commit to it, but so does anything you want to get good at. For me, it’s worth it. The benefits from blogging to me personally far outweigh the time and commitment costs. I’ll try to put out a post about the benefits of starting a blog sometime in the near future. Stay tuned!
YOU WON’T RUN OUT OF THINGS TO WRITE ABOUT
At first I thought I might not be able to come up with things to write on a regular basis. However after posting consistently I realized that as long as I keep on living and experiencing life, I will have endless material to draw upon. Writers block does happen, but that’s a different thing altogether.
IF YOU WANT TO DO IT FOR A LIVING, FOCUS
A blog with a central focus is probably the best way to go if you actually want to be a professional blogger. The more focused, the better in my opinion. My last blog site was a multi themed blog and over time I learned which posts and which categories received the most views. By having a more focused blog, it helps keeps your readers more engaged, instead of having to wait months for you to post about their topic again.
Wait a minute, this blog is a multi-themed blogged?! Tsk, Tsk Paolo. I know I know. If I was planning to monetize this blog then I would have focused it but as I mentioned in my about section, this blog is my creative space. No restrictions allowed.
WORDPRESS.COM IS A GREAT PLACE TO START BLOGGING
Using a WordPress.com is great to start if you want to dabble in blogging. It’s free, easy to use and has a great built-in community of bloggers. If you do want to take your blog to the next level however, a WordPress.org blog is where to be eventually. It allows you to really get the most creative freedom and also allows you more options to monetize your blog. Hence why I started a new self-hosted blog.
Since I’ve dabbled a bit in blogging I think I’ll stick with it for the long haul. I found that it’s something I like to do, and I don’t really need any extra motivation to do it, I just enjoy doing it. If you’re thinking about trying blogging I say go for it, you might just find that you like it too!
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