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6 Things that You Should Know Before Starting a Blog

6 Things that You Should Know Before Starting a Blog

Starting a blog site nowadays is quite easy to do, so to speak.

People who get the interest just need to register to any blog hosting service provider and they can have their blog site up and running in no time at all.

But would you start running if you have no idea where you are actually going? I think you know what I mean.

If you are one of those who are dying to give blogging a try, then you would agree with me when I say, “It pays to start things the right way.”

I may not be a pro-blogger yet but I can definitely relate to those of you who are about to begin or just began blogging.

What You Should Know

1. Establish Your Reason and Need

You need to start by doing nothing at beginning.

Don’t laugh. It’s true.

More often than not, people make haste to get things done out of excitement. They wanted to blog right away without due preparation.

But I say, to get the wheel rolling you need to hold your horses for the time being. Why? You need first to reach inside yourself and find a reason why you need to do blogging.

Why do you want to allot some of your valuable time for writing? Is it for fun, for self-gratification, for forming a new hobby, or are you thinking of having a potential financial gain out of it? There are people who get pleasure by writing, broadening their social network, and others make money through blogging.

Whatever your reasons are make sure it is enough to endure your long journey to the world of blogging. So now that you have meditated for this stage, what’s next?

2. Get Yourself Armed and Ready

Equip yourself with knowledge by reading existing blogs that interests you.

Study the design, the content, and the interactivity of these blogs with their readers. See how often they are updated. Learn the style of how publishers deliver their thoughts and what reactions do they get from their readers.

Imagine putting yourself in the shoes of the publisher. Would you do something similar or would you do something different and aim for improvement?

Slowly you will realize what it felt like to be inside the blogosphere.

If you like those feelings then you are ready to move on.

3. Find the Right Niche for You

I would say that finding and deciding the niche you wanted to pursue would be the most important part when beginning a blog site.

Most starters would think of choosing topics from personal journals or expertise on certain field or any other topics which they usually do and wanted to share on a massive scale.

The bottom line here is to conceive a niche that you think you have high level of energy talking about.

You don’t need to target everyone to be your audience. Just some among the millions of readers online will do just fine.

4. Gear Up!

Now it is time for you to choose your blog host provider.

There are a handful of blog hosting services out there that are both popular and reliable.

I wholeheartedly recommend a couple of them, the Blogger and the WordPress.

Blogger has intuitive user interface and uses Google accounts for access. They provide a number of basic blog template designs and widgets. Domain link-up is fairly easily once you decide to register a domain name using their service. Google Adsense is also integrated in their system which is a means of monetizing your blog content. Free hosting is available but your blog will bear the .blogspot.com as part of its web address.

WordPress on the other hand offers more advance features and widgets available through the admin page. Basic and premium blog templates are easily accessible in the dashboard using a template processor. It is also capable of nesting multiple article categories and support for article tagging. It also boasts a clean permalink generator whenever articles are being published. Free hosting is available and those acquiring this free service will bear the .wordpress.com as part of their web address.

Whatever you choose, both of these services deliver the basic things that every beginner needs to create a blog site, compose articles, and publish them for the world to see.

5. Heads Up, It’s the Headline!

Alright now, so you got your reasons and need.

You got inspired by studying successful blogs. You got yourself a blog hosting service and finalized your blog design. Now you are ready to compose your blog.

But wait, a story isn’t a story without a headline. And a headline must be something that is interesting, something that can grab attention.

After all a headline is the first thing that readers experience so take your time to craft it.

6. Contents… Contents… Contents…

Once a headline has been crafted, the contents will follow like a breeze of the wind.

Alright, that might be an exaggeration but still part of it is true. I usually write around the context of my headline and I tend to stay in focus.

Nobody does it perfect the first time so take a few moments. Or rather spend time to review your writings for obvious errors like spelling or grammar correction. Along the way, you can tweak a bit of what was previously written to improve its delivery.

Do not rush to publish your articles. Readers can hang around a little and your composition shall prove that it is all worth the wait and they will be begging for more.

 

Take Away

A parting away message from me to you would be, “Have fun while you’re at it.”

Blogging is a spectacular experience if things are done right from the very beginning. It can turn out that results may be different as expected but the thing is, do not be afraid to experiment.

At the end of the day, with experience you can gain knowledge and through knowledge you can hone perfection.

So have you started your blog recently? How is it going so far?

 

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About Ramcel Gatchalian

Ramcel is the writer behind the Meek Watcher. He loves to write about tips for pre, newbie, and budding bloggers on how they can be better bloggers.
 
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Comments

  1. Wow, as a teacher, mentor and coach to new internet entrepreneurs, this is fabulous advice! You were spot on about everything in this blog, however, I do suggest that people start out with WordPress.org not .com. 
    as they grow and build their businesses (blogging is a business as well as blogging for business) WordPress.org has the capabilities to grow with them.  With the .com version, they will have to move everything eventually anyway to another blogging platform.  Why not start out right?  I went through this myself so I know what I am talking about. I started on blogger, moved to typepad and then WordPress.org where I should have started in the first place.

    Thanks for the great post!
    Blessings,
    Celene Harrelson

  2. Hi Celene. Thank you for a very insightful comment. And I do agree with all the points that you mentioned. WordPress.org is definitely the way to go from the very start. I have no doubt about it.

    However, not everybody can afford the costs of running a self-hosted WordPress blog. For many, spending $5 or more per month is like something that should be spent smartly on other things. This amount may be neglible to some but it is pretty big for many. And with the hardships of making ends meet they venture to monetizing online.

    I'm pretty sure that they are very much willing to move to self-hosted if they are able.

    By the way, this blog is running on Blogger and not WordPress. :)

  3. etsetera 143 says:

    Points 1 and 2 are definitely refreshing idea and newbies can benefit from your tips. Great article. Thanks.

  4. You're welcome and let me reciprocate the gesture for taking time to comment at my post and at the same time, pointing out the items that you find interesting.

  5. Ivin says:

    Hey Ramcel, great post! I ran around like a chicken with its head off trying to make a splash.  I read a post once that really set me free from my own pressure, it said to allow your blog to grow like a kid grows. It doesn't look like it, but as you keep blogging you DO grow. Blogging is not an overnight thing and one should just hustle on and see your blog pick up.

  6. Hahaha. That is commendably funny Ivin. But it’s true, blogging = hard work as oppose to how other bloggers make it seem easy.  And having a sense of direction of what you want to achieve will truly pick your blog off the ground. 

    Thanks for stopping by and taking time to comment. Cheers!

  7. sheila marie palma caranguian says:

    This is truly a helpful site to brows in.But i have to learn and read more to understand everything.Blogging is not that easy but sooner or later i can get a twist of every detail i need to know.Quite confusing at first i think but i will surely love doing this as it goes,right Ram?Of course with your help…Thanks.

    • Hey Sheila! Welcome to Meek Watcher.

      It’s nice to know that you are getting high interest in blogging. Yeah, I know it sounds tricky and can also be confusing at first. But if you stick around and follow this blog, you can learn a lot.

      You don’t need to suffer the pitfalls that I’ve experienced before. I already cleared the path for you. :)

  8. When I started my blog, I chose to write different niches. I’ve read those suggestions from probloggers that I should just choose one or a few niches but I ignored it, trying to be different. But eventually, I decided to pick one niche for my blog, which is about technology, because I find it too difficult to keep up with a readership with different tastes.

    • If a blog is too diverse you will end having diverse readership as well. Others may not prefer to have updates from topics that doesn’t interest them at all.

      And if you fail to consistently post for all of your niches others may feel you are ignoring what they want and you subsequently lose readership.

      That happened to me so I am speaking from experience here.

  9. I couldn’t agree with you more. There are probably thousands of new blogs popping out everyday and every minute of it but only few of those will last after 3-6 months. Most of them will give up because they didn’t realize the amount or the kind of work it really is, or maybe they just aren’t cut out for the job. Blogging is easy if you love writing and working to improve your knowledge but it is certainly not for everyone.

  10. Lydia says:

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  11. Mukesh Dutta says:

    Interesting post, Ramcel!

    I would also like to add that aspiring bloggers must also keep in mind that blogging is not easy and it’s tough when it comes to making money. I’m saying this because there’s always a hidden intention of making money in case of most bloggers. Blogging takes time to make money. Hard work and patience are two valuable things to be considered before starting a blog.

    Thanks for the post!