Having just moved over from my WordPress hosted blog, I thought I’d start up a series about blogging. I’ll include some lessons learned along the way here as well.
So you’ve heard about blogs and you’re ready to take the big plunge? Good. Here is my top ten list of things to do to start a blog:
1 – Select a good blog platform. WordPress is my favorite, but many others are also good such as Blogger, LiveJournal, Moveable Type (you’ll need a place to host this), and Squarespace are a few.
2 – Find a blog type that fits your ability and personality. How technical are you? If you are not, try a WordPress or Blogger hosted blog. If you love to geek out and tweak every plugin, go with a hosted solution.
3 – Have a topic in mind. Find a topic that youlike to write about and stick with it. Your content should consist of more than “sorry I haven’t blogged for a while.” Don’t write about nothing. Nobody cares that you didn’t post today. You don’t have to be sorry to your blog. However, be considerate to your readers (you do want them to come and keep coming back, don’t you?) and try to post regularly.
4 – Stick with it. Hey, everyone gets writer’s block. Keep on plugging away though. You’re bound to think of something interesting to write about. Check out the latest news. Review a product you like. Read other blogs in the same space as you. There is always something to talk about. You could even make a list like this one 🙂
5 – Your blog’s purpose. Is this going to be a business blog? If you plan on blogging for a living, you’ll find that while some bloggers are extremely successful, this is a hard road to go. Also, keep in mind that monetizing your blog and putting ads all over won’t work for several blog platforms and could get your blog deleted due to Terms of Service violations.
6 – Truly be interested in what you blog about. Don’t just pick a topic because it’s hot right now. Are you blogging about Web 2.0, but don’t know what Web 2.0 is? Well, it is a made up word, but stick to your knitting. Even if your blog is about knitting.
7 – Promote yourself.
The use of promotional blogging tools such as Technorati will help to get your blog noticed by other people.
Want more tips? This is a beginning of a blogging series that will expand on each of these items!