Why Blog anyways?
There are so many reasons that people are choosing to become bloggers. There are just as many types of blogs out there as there are bloggers.
From the Mommy bloggers to the Photo journalists, everyone is looking to carve out a place on the internet as their own. Blogging can be a great way to help a small business gain a reputation. I blog about what’s new, sales, and even as readers to help me choose what to create next.
Some choose to blog to spread the word about Religious or Political topics. Here’s your own personal soap box that you can shout to the world your views. Not everyone is going to agree with you, but it’s the internet go right on ahead! But beware, just because you write the blog doesn’t mean that other people won’t chime in just to argue. Drama can always flair up when topics get hot.
Want to keep the family involved when you move away? Blogging is a great way to share the details of your family, upcoming events, or photos about your travels. Start a new job? Go on a weight-loss adventure? Share those events on your personal blog with your friends and family without overloading Twitter and Facebook with tons of posts.
Are you brave enough to open up your thoughts and ideas to the world? Some bloggers enjoy sharing their personal thoughts as an online diary.
Whatever your reason for blogging, almost everyone is looking to gain more readers and maybe even make a few dollars while doing it. Selling sponsorships, ads, and even paid postings has been a great way to bring in some coffee money as well as bring in more readers.
Here are a few tips for setting up a great blog:
Think of your blog like creating a brand. Go off all willy nilly and start throwing everything up there and you’ll find that you aren’t really attracting readers. I have made that mistake, and to tell you the truth, I was the only one reading it.
What do you want your blog to do? Are you here to help people, educate, or talk about your business? Maybe your blog is to get other people involved and create a community.
Dancing with Fireflies is a collection of thoughts, quotes, and some of my writing put out there to share with others who love writing, reading, and critiques. I also get a chance to educate people about living with Chronic Lyme disease. Dancing with Fireflies allows me to show people that just because you have a serious illness, your life isn’t over and the dance has just begun.
READ OTHER BLOGS! One of the most helpful things I have learned about blogging is that if you don’t read other blogs, you will have no idea what you like and what you don’t. So make sure you are reading and following other blogs. Comment on the posts you like and even those you don’t. Don’t be a sneaky blogger.
Think Clearly! I have read a lot of blogs and the ones that stick out to me are the ones that you really understand what the blog is about. There aren’t a lot of weird posts about random things, but sometimes it’s cool to read something that the blogger just finds worth sharing. And the blog is CLEAN! Don’t get sucked into posting up every widget and linking everything you have ever seen.. it’s annoying and cluttered. Clean it up from time to time. Make sure you are keeping an eye on where your blog is going. It’s ok to start over, but don’t lose your readers when you change topics.
Promote your Blog. This has been the hardest one for me. I haven’t wanted to really run around with a sandwich board sign with my blog’s name on it until I felt that I was sure I knew where it was going. But when you are ready, have some content to share, and feel like it’s opening day.. get out there and share your work with the world! Facebook, Twitter, and awesome blog shares can be your best friend when you are ready to become a real blogger.
Good luck everyone!