3 Steps to Starting Your Own Blog

I’m often asked how I started blogging.  The truth is that I fell into it after volunteering to help a friend with her blog that served as a resource parents in our area.  I was never an intentional blogger but after just celebrating my site’s fourth anniversary, I can’t imagine life without blogging.

If you’ve ever pondered about starting your own blog, it’s time to start!  Your blog can be anything you want it to be— a place to share musings, document milestones, or serve as a resource to others through regular writing, or posts. If you are a frequent reader of blogs and have thought of starting your own, take the leap!

Here’s how to get started:

Find your passion.  Blogs range from intensely personal ones that chronicle journeys in parenting and document life’s milestones to resource blogs and pure review blogs.  Decide which kind you want to be or not.  Your blog is an expression of you.  There’s no reason why you should feel the need to define the content right from the start.  Blogs aren’t static.  Instead, they often evolve with the writer. You shouldn’t feel to be confined to a niche.  The best blogs convey the writer’s passion through honest writing.

Set up an account.  Blogger is a popular blogging platform because it’s free and easy to set up. With a variety of templates to choose from, it’s easy to find a look that’s right for you.  WordPress is another option and many start with their free service.  Take some time to blog and if it’s something you love, then consider taking your blog to the next level by upgrading your WordPress site with additional features or professional blog design.

Write your first post.  Writing the first post is often the most difficult.  I remember the anxiety I had about what I was putting out there for the world to see for the first time but once I clicked publish, I’ve rarely looked back.  The first post always causes writers’ block and questions about whether or not to blog in the first place. Your first post doesn’t have to be a profound life work but should be an expression of you.  Don’t worry, you can always go back and edit or delete it if you don’t like it later!

Have you contemplated starting a blog?  What topics would you write about?  Brainstorm in the comments below or ask me any questions you have about blogging!  I’m happy to help!

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