Have you ever thought about blogging? Maybe you have but you don’t even know how to start a blog.
I thought about starting a blog for 2 whole years before I took the leap and gave it a go.
What held me back?
I had written a blog before way back in 2009, and even though it was fun it never really went anywhere. I could have gotten more eyes on my words by posting to my Facebook wall!
I knew there were people out there making big bucks at blogging, but I was scared of hitting publish and hearing crickets.
But I couldn’t escape this nagging feeling that I could do this.
There’s a line in the movie Julie and Julia when Julie decides to start her blog. “I could write a blog. I have thoughts!”
That’s really all it takes, you know.
Do you have thoughts you want to share?
Why You SHOULD Start a Blog NOW
You have thoughts.
If you have ideas, projects, information, crafts, recipes, answers to legal/financial/spiritual questions…. ANYTHING you have something to share with the world. Do you ever give advice to your friends? Blogging is no different.
You’re a Stay-at-Home mom with no one to talk to.
I have to chuckle at this one. I love my role as a stay-at-home mom, but yeah, it can get lonely. There’s only so many conversations about Paw Patrol a woman can stand.
Your 2 year old may not appreciate your expertise in the kitchen, but that top-notch dinner you just crafted would kill on Pinterest!
You want to make money from home
Yes, blogging is a legitimate source of income from home. There’s more to it than just throwing up a WordPress site and watching the bucks roll in, but there’s definitely money to be paid. No lie, I just had an income check hit my account this morning. Feels pretty good.
You want to make a difference in the world.
Blogging is a great platform for sharing a message. Maybe you know your message is important, or maybe you think it’s just a little thing you want to tell people about. I believe that you have ideas and know-how that can bring value to someone’s life.
You want to grow your online business.
If you have a business that uses the internet for your primary means of marketing, you should definitely consider starting a blog. You can reach tons of people and build personal relationships with them through blogging. Garner more SEO attention to your website and dramatically impact your Know-Like-Trust factor. (If your eyes just glazed over, don’t worry. It’s not that complicated.)
Blogging is not for you if:
You aren’t willing to learn new things.
The world of blogging is constantly changing. When I started that first little blog, the one that no one read, it was before the invention of the number one source of blogging traffic: Pinterest! Yep. I didn’t even pin my awesome content. I also didn’t share it on Facebook much. No wonder no one read it!
You’re a Debbie Downer.
No one wants to read your depressing thoughts…well, maybe some Emo teenager, but I don’t know. I live in a world of rainbows and unicorns so I don’t really understand that whole thing.
Good blogs add value to people’s lives. If you are going to share about your depression (and that’s not a bad blog topic!) you share it for the purpose of connecting with other people who have experienced the same thing. It’s about relating and growing together through support, which brings me to the next point.
You Don’t Want to Share Your Real Self.
Blogging is essentially a conversation. There’s a chair in my room and I’m imagining you sitting in it right now as a I tell you all about blogging. We are having a conversation.
If I tried to be some perfect, all-knowing, flawless version of myself, you’d lose interest. If you don’t want to relate to people authentically, then you probably shouldn’t start blogging.
But That’s Not You!
I’m confident that you are none of those things. I mean, you are here, reading a blog called Gathering Joy. That means you’re positive, thoughtful, and willing to learn new things. You’ve definitely got what it takes to start blogging.
Just in case you’re not sure, you can take this free assessment to get confirmation on your skills! 🙂
After you’ve taken the assessment, come back and tell me what your score is. You can comment below, email me at christina@gathering-joy, or just hop in the Facebook Group and tell us your score and find out mine!
How to a Blog People Will Actually Read:
Advice Heard No Where Else
I’ve read a lot of articles on How to Start a Blog. They all start with the technical basics.
That’s an essential step, and one I’ll walk you through here: How to Set Up Your Blog
The first step in starting a blog people will actually read is to give some serious consideration to what you will write about.
What Were You Born to Teach the World?
Ok, that sounds pretty intense, but I promise it’s not as dramatic as that sounds. Simply put, there is a distinction between what you think you should write about and what you really are meant to share.
We tend to undervalue that which makes us unique.
What is Your Area of Expertise?
Are you an expert in anything? (Most people say no. No one thinks they’re an expert.) Think about it this way. What do your friends ask you about?
Imagine you’re sitting on the couch (eating bon bons? yeah, right) and your phone dings. It’s a text from your friend.
“Hey I have a question….”
What’s she asking you about?
No matter how insignificant it seems, take note of that.
Every year on the night before my niece’s birthday party I can expect a call from my sister-in-law about the birthday cake. My best friend has texted me multiple times asking, “tell me your recipe for icing again.” Once I picked up on this trend, I noticed that 3 other friends had asked me about parties this year!
I hadn’t even realized it was something I could share about. It was just something I loved doing. Which bring me to the next point.
What is Your Passion?
What do you get really excited about? What could you sit and talk about all night?
What types of content do you read online?
What types of content do you share?
Blogging is a long row to hoe. (If you’re not from the South that means it’s a long, continual effort.) To be successful, you’ll want something you really enjoy talking about.
I could probably draw a lot of traffic and make money if I talked about ways to save money, but honestly, I’m only interested in that for a very brief spell. Making money, on the other hand, is something I could go on about for days!
Before you settle on a theme, topic, and even name for your blog, you’ve got to get to the heart of your message.
I’ve created a downloadable worksheet for you to fill out if you’re ready to get started. Download it below:
Have you ever thought of blogging? What’s holding you back? Ask me ANYTHING and I’ll answer honestly! 🙂
Be sure to let me know what your score is on that assessment! And jump in our group to find out mine!
I’d love to welcome you the wonderful community of bloggers!