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Should I start a blog? How to start a blog anyway? Is blogging even worth it? Can I make money blogging? What if I don’t have what it takes to become a blogger?
These questions probably cross your mind repeatedly since you first considered starting a blog.
carlytheprepster, a full-time blogger, in her YouTube video below, unveils top tips on how to start a blog and answers repeatedly asked questions about blogging for beginners
''I never intended to become a full-time blogger, so that’s just like the cherry on the cake. I’ve just always loved blogging.''
“I try to keep my blog like my conversations with friends because I think of my reader as a friend”
“When you start with anything in life you should try to sit down, take some time and figure out why you’re doing this and what you want your end goals to be”
The best way to start something is to take the first step and figure the details along the way.
If you keep thinking about all the ways, things could go wrong, and whether you have what it takes or not, you’ll never do it.
Don’t put a lot of pressure on yourself to perfect every little detail of your blog from the very first minute, take it easy.
All you need to do at first is to pick a blogging platform.
As a beginner, you need to choose a blogging platform which is:
1- Easy to use,
2- Has room for you to grow in the future,
3- will be easily monetized to earn money through blogging like Postquicker.
Before you create your blog, sit down and dig deep, ask yourself why are you doing this?
Earning money through blogging, the gifts, partnerships with big companies, trips around the world, etc. are certainly appealing. But this shouldn’t be your only end goal as it will not happen overnight.
In fact, when you start your blog, you’ll probably not earn much for quite some time.
You need to be patient and just enjoy what you do.
Your blog can be literally anything you want it to be. Create a blog that is your creative outlet, a way to share your photographed images with the world, or your written pieces. Opportunities will definitely come along the way. You just have to continue following your passion and keep going!
“As long as you’re enjoying it, it’s successful.”
The next tip is my personal favorite.
How to create a blog that has a distinct niche with eternal blogging ideas?
Try to keep your niche narrow, such that all your posts have a joint base, but also broad enough to be able to have topics to talk about overtime.
Running out of blogging ideas is probably every blogger’s monster under the bed, so to avoid this,
Carly talked about a handy technique to decide whether your niche is up to the mark or requires some rethinking.
“I always recommend to sit down and come up with a list of 50 posts’ ideas. If you get to number 25 and felt like you have exhausted the list, maybe your niche is a little too narrow. You need to broaden the horizon a bit so you can get to that 50 if you can get to 50, you can get to 100, get to 500, and even to a thousand.”
In my opinion and based on my experience, This will not only help you make up your mind once and for all but will also give you the motive to start!
Find inspiration from your life and surroundings then create posts from the viewpoint of your niche.
Look around you, recall your conversations with your friends, check your last searches on Pinterest, the news on the web, frequently asked questions, inevitably, you’ll find something worth writing about in any of these sources.
Now, never forget this, it’s always about them, not you.
Everyone goes on the internet to get solutions for their own problems. That’s why you should paraphrase your posts in a way that’s relatable and useful to your readers.
All your content has to be of high quality, and it ought to be the best you could put out.
Doing the bare minimum isn’t okay. Writing something just to fill a blank page or posting a poor quality photo will do you more harm than good.
I’m not saying things should be perfect, but you are supposed to give it your best.
Play around with sources and follow other accounts to inspire you.
Each post can be an opportunity to learn and improve yourself.
“People often say it’s quality over quantity, but, It’s Quality in a consistent quantity”
Yes, your postings should be of high quality, but the consistency is equally important.
For your readers to stick around, you are obliged to post in a regular manner.
Sporadicity is not the way to do it.
When you start your blog, don’t get too carried away and post like 10 posts a day then leave your audience high and dry for weeks.
One helpful way to not miss out on postings is to create a content calendar and stick to it, this way you keep things organized and systematic.
“Try to be on as many platforms as you can without losing the quality of your content”
Social media boosts your visibility and gets more traffic to your blog especially Pinterest
It’s important that you use the same username on all platforms to not confuse your readers.
Starting a blog is fun, you’ll get to speak yourself to the world and engage with people, so enjoy every step of the way, learn something new every day and aspire to become better.
Keep in mind that some days you’ll do better than others so don’t beat yourself up on your not so good days.
You will not see success overnight but following your passion is the way to stay ahead of the game.
See Carly the prepster’s video below