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 NeedYou 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.
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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