What to Start a Blog
Today it seems like more people want to start a blog and podcast. The truth is blogging has been around for almost 20 years now.
It started off as a way for people to express themselves and has turned into a big business for many.
You can find millions of people writing about millions of different topics all from their perspective. Blogging has given people a way to have a unique voice on multiple platforms.
Today the internet is full of famous bloggers who run some of the top websites in their industries. These people have created multi-million dollar businesses from something people used to do for fun.
Are you new to blogging? or perhaps you been had a blog for years now?
No matter where you are in your blog experience, there are at least five things to consider before you start a blog, based on my experience.
I initially set-up my blog by buying a domain in 2014 but did not get serious about blogging until September 2016.
There have been numerous things I have had to learn and the learning curve has been interesting. I had to learn how to network my website and business to my peers.
If you blog you know that you will endure may games that are played between your conscious and subconscious mind. You can overcome this by understanding these 2 parts of your brain.
From the time I have started my blog till today, five things stood out to me that I wish I would have considered before starting the blog.
5 Things to Consider When You Blog
Have A Reason
What kind of audience are you hoping to attract to your new blog? The in-depth you answer this question, the better you understand who your audience is and will be.
When you know who you target audience is, the easier it will be to find new prospects to sell your products or services to.
What topic of interest will you blog about? Now that you know who your target audience is, you can better cater that content to them. You can even ask the audience what topics they would like you to cover.
Where platform will you use when you start a blog? What about looking at WordPress, Wix, Weebly, Blogger, Medium, Live Journal or a social media platform like Tumblr?
Will you have time to start a blog? Today everyone has a busy schedule and it is only getting busier.
Consider the fact that a well-researched and written blog can take hours to write, depending on length, do you have time to dedicate to your new venture?
Why do you want to start a blog? This is an important question to consider.
Are you knowledgeable on certain topics and want to discuss them? Are you a business owner looking for new ways to network your business?
Maybe you are a writer, a photographer or an artist looking to influence people with your talent and make some money in the process.
Find a Quite Space
I don’t know about you, but for me, I have a tough time writing and formulating thoughts when the space is not quiet.
It is hard for me to work when there is loud music or crowds around me.
When you start a blog, consider a space and time of day which will be best for you to write.
Many people find that the home office, a coffee shop, their lunch break or going to your local park works for them as a quiet and creative space.
If you do plan on sitting outside to write, consider an alternative location if it rains or snows.
Write from Experience
Discover Your Life Today is a blog that want to change real lives of real people with real solutions and improve the life of the reader.
My experience ranges from fast food restaurants when I was younger, to selling homes and cars in my late thirties.
I have traveled to different parts of the world and have had the opportunity to see and experience how people live in those countries.
I enjoy reading and listening to books on audio, being in nature weather on the beach or hiking in the mountains and listening to podcasts on various topics.
Health, sales and wealth creation has been a part of my day-to-day life since I was 20 years old.
What about you, what experiences could you blog about? What knowledge could you share with others and potentially start a business with?
Who is Your Audience
Before I started a blog, I did not consider my audience. My excitement was so powerful in 2014, that I just want to write and put out some great content.
Before I knew what I know today, I figured I could write about anything I want. Slap on a fancy title at the starting and people would find me through Google, Bing and Yahoo.
I was wrong. There is so much to know from SEO to marketing your content.
My heart was in the right place but my technique was not. I did not have a plan on getting my target audience to my website.
My recommendation is if you have not figured out your target audience sit down and figured this out. This one step will make your life in the blogging world easier.
Perhaps your blog is about dogs. You need to consider if your blog will be a general blog about dogs or if you will write about a specific breed?
Have a broad Understanding
Once you know your audience you can start to create content that they will enjoy consuming, sharing and interacting with.
Darren Rowse, from ProBlogger, says bloggers should consider writing from both perspectives of the topic. Not only do you expand you understanding, you also expand your readership to people who may not consider your blog as a go to read.
When you give write articles from both perspectives you double the amount of content your website has.
Write an article talking about the Pro’s of a product on one article. Then consider writing a second article talking about the Con’s of that same product, on a different article.
These are 5 helpful tips I wish I knew before I started a blog in 2014. I would have taken a different approach and would have saved myself some time, energy and effort.
With that said, I would not have been able to share this experience with my reader.
What one idea did you take from reading this article that can help you today if you have or have not started to blog?
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