Launch your dream of being a writer, blogger, or influencer today. Starting your own blog is a big step. I know how frustrating it is to want to learn how to do it, click on a link and be told you have to pay money to learn more. I'm not going to do that. It's stupid. This post shares how I took the next steps to leave my day-job and launch my career as a full-time blogger.
I started my own blogging career about 10 years ago. Back then, I just wanted to do something more with my writing talent. I was teaching preschool, working other small jobs, and every day I felt like I wanted to do more.
Writing was my dream and I wasn't living it. Every day I wrote in my journal, and every day I felt like I wanted to share my stories with others. But I didn't know where to begin or how I would be able to make money doing it.
When I first started, blogging was still very new. I didn't have blogging mentors, a ton of Pinterest pins to draw from, but I did have the drive to start reading everything I could. Finding a place to host your site is actually the easier of the steps. There are a few great free blogging platforms that will walk you through the first pages of starting your own blog. I use WordPress and I love it.
The next thing I will strongly suggest for all new bloggers is a tool I use every day and I know that I can't live without. Grammarly is your best friend! This is the editor that will sit next to you and point out all of the errors, best word choices, and you can even add it to your phone. I use Grammarly everywhere, and I trust that even when spellcheck lets me down, this tool has my back. And did I mention that it is free??
After installing Grammarly, I always suggest that you start writing as much as you can about the niche that you know most about. Write every day, as much as you can. Get it all out! Spend a few weeks just writing new posts between 500-1000 words long. These early posts will be the groundwork for starting your own blog. After you have 10-15 posts, then it's time to start the next step – tearing them apart.
Writing great blog posts
When I first began blogging, I wrote a lot of crap. Nobody told me they were crap, I thought I was pretty smart and my friends all told me I was a great writer. So I rode my ego tricycle around and wrote tons and tons of absolute garbage. I promise that if you search through my archives, you will still find some of that terrible work lingering. But I keep it around to remind me of how far I've come in my career.
When I suggested writing posts that you will tear apart, I do this because some of the early work that you start off with will actually be good stuff! Not all of it, but some of it! But you need to write in those early days to get all of the words and stories that are buzzing around in your head into someplace that you can use it. If you don't, you will keep trying to squeeze it in, you'll get distracted, and your writing will suck.
After you have written until you feel satisfied, the next part is taking some time to learn. Ego is a fantastic wall that keeps you from expanding your world and admitting that you can learn more. I suggest letting your ego do the first steps of writing before you go live on your blog, so you can let that monster be loud and proud, then you can take the steps to learn more and go back to edit your work with new eyes. Starting your own blog takes time, effort, and patience.
We found some online classes on CreativeLive on blogging that not only challenge you to be a better writer, but also teach you how to take that to a new level. You can learn the correct formula for writing the perfect blog post. Learn where to find topics for your blog. And you will also perfect the balance between blogging and your personal life. Watch FREE online courses live at CreativeLive.com
Build a Successful Creative Blog –Drawing on the same methods she’s used helping successful entrepreneurs around the world grow their online presence, April will teach you how to find your own voice and get more comfortable writing like yourself. You’ll learn how to develop a strong editorial strategy, attract the right readers and write engaging headlines that will drive traffic to your site. April will also explore some of the key problems that hold bloggers back
Successful Blogging Practices – During this course, you’ll learn how to create a marketing plan that’s so well-suited to you. Focusing on a combination of social media, word-of-mouth marketing and search engine optimization (SEO), you’ll develop strategies to attract the right client at the right time. You’ll explore planning and sharing blog content that will attract and motivate. You’ll also crack the Google code and learn how to use SEO as a networking tool.
How To Write A Blog Post That Drives Traffic-You’ll learn about the inner workings of publications and what editors are looking for in a writer or blogger. Darren will tell you which authors and publications to pay attention to and he’ll explain what kind of, and how much, work is involved in becoming a great writer. You’ll develop more clarity on how to improve, market, and monetize your work.
Perfecting Your Posts
After you've written your posts, take some classes to understand how to define your target audience. You can now go back to those posts that you have previously written and pull them out to edit them to work into your blog. I'm always surprised when I go back to files that I've stored for editing how much content that I either like and use or completely delete and rethink how I want to reword it.
This time with new eyes, narrow your post down to 800-1000 well-chosen words. Then start to think about your keywords that you want this post to be about. These keywords are words that are going to drive traffic to your posts. You are going to go back to these keywords for your pictures and anchor text in your post and headers. We will talk more about keywords and affiliate links in our next post.
Starting your own blog? Tell us about it in the comments!