While I am technically a professional writer, I want to start this post off by saying I am in no way the authority on or of blogging, I can’t stress that enough. But I do love writing and all things words, and I have a little experience in posting these words online (I don’t know if you know this but I am an English Major). So for what it is worth, I figured I would share a few thoughts or things I’ve learned from starting a blog of my own.
Write For You
This is the most important. J’s #1 rule. You will most definitely write words for others from time to time. Sweet words, instructing words, words of love, or words of insight. But remember the reason for blogging should be for you. Because you have something to say, or something to share, or (my personal favorite) you just enjoy it. While those words might be for people sometimes you should be writing for yourself. After all, they are your words. I say this is the most important because the rest of my tips stem from here.
Not Everyone Will Read or Care
And that is okay. Not everyone is your biggest fan. You will have people who won’t read, you’ll have people who read and don’t care, and you might even have people who are haters. And guess what, they’re idiots. Remember that if you’re writing for you, then anyone who enjoys it or cares is just icing on top of a delicious pie (icing on pie is a thing, yea?) It might be hard, but don’t let others discourage you from the words you enjoy typing or want to share. I promise you they matter, and I promise you you’ll have the biggest fan in your J here.
There’s No Pressure
If you’re writing for you, then remember to give yourself a break! I learned the hard way sometimes I have to give ole J here some slack from time to time. If it’s one blog a week, one a month, or one every six months, it’s still something. I for one, know how hard it is to generate words I think matter. So to take that pressure off, I switched to just writing words I liked. Whether that’s a guide to tacos, travel blogs, short stories, or rambling rants, I write words that mean something to me, and those are always the easiest kind.
Starting It All
I think the best way to start blogging is think of seven to eighteen topics (blogs) that you could write. You can do this under a theme, like maybe you want your whole blog to be about spanking ducks. If so, then come up with that handful of different blogs you could write about it. Maybe one on the different ways to responsibly smack those water fowl in the booty in a safe way, or maybe it’s reviewing your favorite duck spanking literature reads, like The Story About Ping. Whatever it is, list those off so you have them all ready for when you do start. You can even write a few blogs before you go through the trouble of setting things up to see how you like it! If you do then you’ve got several brand spanking new blogs ready to go.
You can stress about the platform or design all you want (I use Squarespace but others are great), or you can worry about the domain (I pay for my own name and hosting rights yearly, an email too), you can even list products that you can’t accept payment for (I will accept cash though, just phone me for coffee). All of that isn’t as important as you think. You should see what works best for you, do your research, figure out what’s easy and cost effective, but again, your blog should be for you, and that means the design and look too.
You Got This
All in all, this blog isn’t to tell you how to do anything, it’s just to let you know that if you want to start a blog, you can. I know it’ll be amazing and I know your words will be important. They’ll be witty and fun, insightful and awesome, lovely and wonderful. They’ll be special and they’ll be yours and I hope I get to read them, I wouldn’t have it any other way.