I’ve gotten questions from a few people in the past week about how to start a blog. After being flattered and wondering why they asked since I haven’t been a very good blogger lately, I gave my best shot at a helpful answer.
My advice? Don’t let it become an overwhelming endeavor when you’re just starting out. Pick a random name on WordPress or Blogspot and just create it. Think about why you want to have a blog. Realize that if you want to start a writing career, it’s best to either keep your day job at first or to start a viable business that allows you to blog/write on the side. If you want a blog just to write? Just start it and let your brain pour out. Let form and organization come later. That’s the magic of having a brand new outlet — you can change things and people won’t really notice.
Again, the biggest consideration is to think about why you want to start, then act from there.
Why did I start blogging? I first started on LiveJournal in 1999 because it was the thing to do. Think public journal meets Facebook-like approval from peers. As I went on, I found it was a really nice way to get all of my feelings out without having to yell at someone. Then I moved from LiveJournal > MySpace > Facebook > Blogger > WordPress.com… and finally here at my own WordPress-based domain. At this point, I really think I’ve found my voice and a more defined purpose. I like fun, useful content, so I want to be a part of the crowd creating that. It’s why I share a lot of my DIYs and adventures — I think it’s fun and I might have some knowledge to share. Even more? I am super forgetful and it’s nice to have a nifty place to come back and remember what happened.
Do you blog? Why did you start? Would you add anything to my general advice? Let me know!