If you know nothing about computers, or are overwhelmed right now, don't worry, because the vast majority of new bloggers are, too. Many of them had no idea about this field a few months ago, but now they have their own blogs!
Regardless of where you are in this process, I would like to remind you of a few things.
- you are already ahead
I mean, starting a personal blog is no small feat, and you should be proud of the change you've made. Think about how many people around you have created personal websites and keep blogging? Compared to them, you're already substantially ahead.
- A difficult learning journey
It's not just you, we've all been through this, don't rush it, take your time. This is a long lasting marathon, not a 100 meter sprint. I know the process is exciting at first, but when you start to feel sad, take a break and come back. Otherwise, you might go crazy.
- It's not linear
Blogging isn't like adding various ingredients to a recipe, mixing them together and making the same cake as in the picture every time. The site is very simple to set up, and once you've done that part, it's time to explore all directions and ultimately succeed (whatever your definition of success is).
- there will be a lot of this depends on... The answer to
When I first started in this field, I wanted people to tell me: this will produce this result.
But the truth is that I never get such an answer, everyone seems vague, or they always answer: it depends...
At one point, this drove me crazy, but I soon realized that this is what blogging is like at its truest. Imagine you're talking to someone who has never been to your hometown and they ask you, "Hey, I'm moving to [your hometown], how should I live there?" A difficult question, isn't it?
If someone asked me that, I would say: Well, what do you mean? Do you mean live your daily life there, or live a different kind of life? Do you mean living in XX town, YY town, or ZZ town? Do you mean living, working, or preparing your children for higher education?
The same goes for blogging, many questions will depend on your reality, but in most cases, if you want to ask: What should I do next? Then the answer is: produce more and better content.
- Don't wait to be told what to do
Learn the basics, then get going!
When taking most courses, we typically review the course outline, read the opening chapter headings, and then study the main content and take the exam. We want to know what's going to happen, we want to know how to prepare, and we want to know what we've learned. But blogging is different, there is no set direction here, you can chart your own course and then produce results that make a difference.
- Don't be afraid to try
Sometimes being overwhelmed can cause a new blogger to mimic another blogger, and other bloggers, in the way they do things.
If you're a newbie, embrace your freshness, unique vision, and pie-in-the-sky way of thinking! Maybe you already have an idea, but no one else has tried it, causing you to be afraid to pursue it because you don't think it's the right way to open a blog.
- Keep moving
It sounds cheesy (and vague), but if you're willing to step out into the unknown and keep trying new things, more progress can soon be made.
You don't know what you're doing or are not technically proficient, but who cares? We don't know everything either. Sure, you're bound to make a lot of mistakes along the way, but most of them are fixable.
- publish some high quality articles
After the blog is launched, you will need to write 2 to 3 posts with enough content to be in-depth, thorough, and informative, and conceptualize 7 to 15 posts that are being drafted: drafts to edit, overviews to flesh out, and topic ideas to prepare for writing.
Don't post it hastily like "This is My First Post"! If visitors find you, provide some solid content. While two or three posts may not seem like a lot, it's a good start to a smoother blogging journey ahead.
- understand the target audience
Who is your ideal reader? Please write directly for them. To connect with them and learn more about them, find out where they hang out, such as social media, online forums, Facebook groups, offline meetups, etc.
- focus on one or two social media platforms
Don't do that because everyone else is doing it. You only need to do a small part of it well, adding more content as conditions allow. In addition to this, choose one or two more social media platforms, which may attract more ideal readers.
- Pick up tips anytime, anywhere
You don't need to know everything there is to know about blogging before you start.
While there are tips and suggestions everywhere, many of them won't work for you. If your time can only be spent on Facebook and Twitter, then ignore Pinterest; no single comment or suggestion can make a qualitative leap forward for your blog.
The most important thing is to produce great content and then learn new things as needed afterwards.
- Make sure you are very clear about your goals
Why did you create your personal blog? Why write articles? For entertainment? To make money? Somewhere, put these goals in writing. When you sit down ask yourself if what you're doing is moving toward that goal.
- learn from bloggers who do it better
Pay attention to what they've done, pay attention to what they're doing over and over again, figure out how they did it, and think about why they did it. Sometimes this may mean you have to reverse engineer something and you may have to Google it, keep the curiosity and the sense of discovery alive.
But that doesn't mean you can copy them, it just gives you an idea of where to focus your own way. Ultimately, you still need to find a way to adapt and try new things from a unique perspective.
- Interaction with other bloggers
A long time ago, blogs were very rare and back then it was easy for bloggers to stand out. But it's not what it used to be, there are now millions of individual blogging sites and in order to stay competitive you have to engage with others in the community.
For now, Facebook groups are one of the best places to find groups you can join by simply searching by topic.
- Keeping up with the times
Blogging is changing every day and things are completely different today than they were 20 years ago, and you must always learn and improve if you hope to be unbeatable in this field.
Regularly look ahead to what might happen in the future, maintain a scalable list of plans, and think about what new things you can offer your readers. Follow the pioneers and movers and shakers in the field, and know what they are talking about even if you are not actively involved in the conversation.
- Google is your (best) friend
No one can have all the knowledge, and sometimes when you ask questions to other professionals, they may just be looking for answers for you. Ultimately, only Google can help you with the most troubles.
- Hang in there
Building a successful blog is a tough road and you won't see results overnight. After a few weeks have passed, there may not be a single visitor and you'll wonder if it was all worth it. Comments and followers will be few (if any), and you won't even make a penny for months. Believe me, this is all too normal, 90% of blogs come through this way, and so do the Top 10 reviews.
- As a new blogger, you have a huge advantage
Don't take the wrong approach.
We all want to go farther down the road, but you are who you are and don't get caught up in everything being just so or making sure everything is just right. One of the great things about creating a blog is that you can make all kinds of mistakes, it doesn't matter because you don't have readers yet anyway.
Of course, you can either focus on the annoyance of not having a lot of fans at the beginning or on the fact that you have a lot of freedom.
The only question is, which side are you going to pick?
Let me know in the comments.