Do you want to start a blog?
If so, do you know where to start? What you should do?
I’m not the first one to talk about this subject and I will not be the last.
Here, I just want to share some great tips on how to start a blog.
The first thing you should know, is your “WHY”.
Why do you want to start a blog? This seems very simple, but it can become very complicated if you start with a lie.
Whatever your reason, it’s all up to you.
Let’s clear something first. If your first reason to write a blog is to “Earn” a living online, then I should tell you something. There’s no guaranty that you’ll earn a living with your blog. Even if you are someone with a lot of creativity, there’s no guaranty that you’ll earn anything with your blog.
Second, let’s clear a little common idea. A lot of the “How to earn with your blog guide” will tell you that you “need” to have your own domain and web site. Me, I’ll tell you that before you invest any money, start to invest time into writing for your blog.
What do I mean with start writing before you get your blog? You need to write your post “off line” first. Most new blogger will start to write on their blog directly online. Bang! If you don’t care much about the quality of your post, it’s OK to do it like that. But if you want to do a good job, then you should take the time to write your post before publishing them online.
“The first draft of anything is shit.”
– Ernest Hemingway
A good advice. Write your post with a text editor. Rewrite them again and again until they are as good as you can make them. Then write another one and another one. Don’t start posting them online until you have at least 5 offline post ready.
Those posts will be your buffer. One of the key to have a successful blog is posting regularly. Having a buffer will bring you something to post on the bad days when you just don’t have the inspiration. You can still post even if you didn’t wrote anything on that day.
If you found out that you can’t write those 5 posts, then you found out that you should not start a blog. And if you can find it out before you buy a domain and a web site, you can put that money on something else. Blogging is not for everyone.
Let’s talk about the “On the spot” blog post. There’s very few blogger that can write a post on the spot and publish it as is. Most people that try to do that are publishing stuff that aren’t very good and some could even be seen as a waste of time.
Now, let’s talk about how often you should post. Some people are posting daily and some are posting monthly. To be honest, it’s all up to you. Me, I did posted daily when I started. It was really hard to keep the quality up. In that time, I did post some very bad text. Now, I post every 3 to 5 days. This means less than 10 posts a month.
Earlier, I was talking about the time. This is what you really need to focus on. Because it’s the first things that you need to know. If you can’t spend a lot of time on your blog, then it will influence the quality and the number of post that you will put on it.
Then, you’ll have to choose where you want to have your blog. There’s a lot of free blog host online. You can choose to start with one of them. But, as I told you before, you should keep a backup of everything that you wrote on a physical disk. If the host has a problem and delete your blog, you’ll still have your post and could find another place to set it up again. If you want to earn an income with your blog, you should look at getting your own domain and host.
Another way to earn with your blog, is to use your post to create a book. Even with a free blog, you have the ownership of your post and can use them to make a book.
The last thing I would like to say: “If you write your post with a smile, there’s a good chance that you are a blogger.”