Do you want to write blog posts that catch your audiences attention?
Do you want to see your numbers grow?
Do you want to simply know where to begin?
Let’s start at the very beginning…
I can’t even tell you the number of times I have had people contact me telling me they want to start writing and blogging, but they simply don’t know where to begin. Because of all those people and all of their questions, I am writing this blog post!
First of all, let me give you a little bit of my back story. I have been writing my entire life. It started with doodles, journaling, and just random ramblings.
Rule #1 is: Just start writing. If you want to be a writer, write! There really isn’t anything else to it. If there is a desire on your heart to write, just do it, already! Start on your own by writing in a journal or diary. It doesn’t have to be a big, crazy, launch into a writing career (and unfortunately it just doesn’t really work that way), but just start writing.
I started blogging almost 5 years ago. Like many of you, I didn’t know where to begin and didn’t have any sort of system to it. No one was reading it, I had no audience, but I just wrote because I was passionate about writing.
Rule #2 is: You have to be passionate about something! What do you care about that you can’t help but share with others? If you aren’t passionate about your message, who else will be? For instance, I am super fired up right now to write this post because I am so passionate about helping other people along in their journey. My passion fuels my motivation to write each blog post.
I didn’t always initially know what to write about…I would strain myself trying to come up with exciting topics, and then I just got exhausted and burnt out.
Rule #3: Write about what you know. I realize this sounds basic, but truly, we often go crazy trying to think of what to write…and it should already be their in your mind and on the tip of your tongue (or tip of your fingers as they hit your keyboard). If you haven’t already noticed, when I write, I speak from experience. I can write this post because five years ago, I experienced first hand what it would take for me to start a blog. I share stories, because keeping it personal is always more inviting for your readers.
In my first two years of blogging, I truly don’t think anyone read any of my posts (okay, maybe my mom…but that’s about it). However, I just kept writing. God put a message on my heart and nothing could stop me from sharing it…even if no one cared. Now, after 5 years of being a blogger, I have a consistent audience of readers who keep me going.
Rule #4: Let your dreams be bigger than your numbers. Don’t give up. Be persistent. Even if no one is reading, no one is commenting, no one is sharing, no one is liking, keep on writing. Your writing should never be fueled based on numbers, fame, or fortune…it should always be about passion, remember?
It can be difficult, still, feeling like you’re writing, starting your blog, and just don’t see results. There may be a reason why, and it may not be that difficult of a problem to solve. It will, however, involve some work on your part.
Rule #5: Get resourced. Just like anything else in the world, you have to do your homework. Anything worthwhile and of value requires investing, researching, and gaining education. If you are just starting your blog and have no idea what to do next, find yourself at a loss with how to grow your audience, and just need some help as you get your blog going, there is a wonderful book that truly helped me with these problems. I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to seriously have a successful blog. It is:
“ProBlogger’s Guide to Your First Week of Blogging.” The incredibly informative book guides you step by step through blogging musts such as:
- niche selection
- audience targeting
- content planning
- social media and promotions
- post ideas
- Learn foundational brainstorming techniques.
- Create a content plan—and content, of course!
- Build a social media presence.
- Create practical quality assurance tools.
- Set up a publishing process.
- Master the components of a blog post.
- Develop your blog’s ongoing strategy.If you want to start a blog, are in the beginning stages of your blog, or are still struggling with some basic foundations of the blogging world and how to be successful in your journey, this book is an amazing resource for you.
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