Do your research. Research! Research! Research! The internet is your best friend at this point. Blogging is like roses; it comes with the thorns you see. Find a niche you’re interested in and a blog name that will suit your niche beforehand. Read other blogs and get a clue as to what will work best for you. Just do yourself a favour and research as much as possible as this is the most important step in your blogging journey.
It will take time. Just like any business, blogging takes time. You need to invest as much time into it before you can reap its benefits. It will take you so many sleepless nights, so many hours at the desk writing, rewriting, deleting everything and doing it all over again. I’m not a full-time blogger yet but honestly, some days it feels like I am because of al, the time it takes me to even upload a post and get it running. I am constantly thinking about blogging. It’s really hard work, But I promise it’s all worth it.
You need to have a well thought out plan. Back when I started my blog in 2014, I didn’t even have a plan in place. Over time, I started thinking about what I would like to do with this gigantic space I just got for myself and little pieces started falling into place.If I could launch my blog all over again today, I would definitely put together a better plan. I would take time to think about every little aspect that makes a blog. I would seek advice on every bit of it and document every bit of my plan before I launch my blog.
It would be hard work and so you might need help. I wish someone thought to tell me how much work went into blogging. When I first started, I thought blogging was going to be a ride in the park and boy, was I wrong. Over the years, I’ve realized that one needs more than just writing skills. you also need content, a creative mind, work extra hours and less sleep meaning too much hard work has to go into it. Besides the content which you might have already in your diary or draft somewhere, you will need to design your logo and other graphics and so you might need to seek help elsewhere. You might need to hire a designer or use the internet available tools. Too much work? I know. But Goodluck anyway.
Your blog is your business. Besides being a hobby, blogging is a business. If you can’t treat your blog like a business, then you’re bound to fail. Whether you are a part-time blogger or a full-time blogger, you need to treat your blog like a business.
You have to invest money. As we said, your blog is your business. Just like any business, you need to invest some money into this business. First, you will need to purchase a domain name for your blog or you can choose to use a free one that comes with a WP account. However, you will need to upgrade to a personal, premium or business WP accounts to be able to reap much from blogging.
Be yourself. Have fun and make friends while at it (build a community). While you can decide to be a ghost writer, it will be better for you if you reveal yourself to your readers so they can trust and relate with your work. Choose a niche you can comfortably engage your readers in consistently while building an email list or fan base that will be your most loyal readers but most importantly, please have fun while at it.
That said, there’s obviously much more to blogging than just writing and I’m also still learning how to navigate all its spheres but I’m also excited to test the limits of what I can do and share my own experiences with you all.
For bloggers; I would like to know what kind of information you wish someone had told you before you launched your own blogs.