where to start?

how-to-start

So, say blogging sounds great to you.  How do you start?

First, know this, starting while uncertainties still exist is far better than waiting for perfection before you begin.

Second, make a plan.  Think about these things: will you blog on a specific topic?  what do you want your space to feel like?  how often will you blog?  what are your goals?  why are you blogging?

Third, choose a platform.  Free ones include; Blogger and WordPress.com.  Some premium choices are; Squarespace, WordPress.org, and Typepad.

Four, begin writing and composing posts.  Write great words, use great images, don’t forget the white space.

Five, build your network, make friends, and share your work.  Decide which social media platforms you will utilize.  Facebook?  Twitter?  Pinterest?

Really, it’s that simple to begin.  It’s much harder to continue consistently.  Continuing consistently requires planning well, making good decisions, playing to your strengths, and being unafraid to blaze your own trail.  Saying “No” to things that look good on the surface but don’t fit your plan is imperative.  Try new things.  Drop what doesn’t work, and stick with what does.  Don’t worry, have fun, be real and true to yourself.

7 Comments

  • Reply August 6, 2012

    Dorien

    I was always waiting for the ‘right moment’ untill I realized there’s no such thing and so I just started and it was definitely the right decision because I love it so much.

  • I am finding a lot of the above evolves as you start to write. I just started in January and already feel like I have learned a lot about improving pictures, social media, good posting length. I just this weekend sat down and made out a weekly blog time schedule and rethought and reworked what I will write about and when. ( side note:I have been praying for you and your pregnancy in my morning prayers)

  • Thank you so much for writing this post and, really, this series. I just started a new job, am writing a dissertation, am preparing for a mission trip, and feel like anything that can go wrong is these days. But I truly love the idea of writing and using blogging as an entry point into running my own business one day. I just started my blog less than a month ago…not perfect timing, but thank you for reminding me it’s not about perfect!

  • A quote I recently came across (and I can’t for the life of me remember where) says, “Do you know what’s better than perfect? DONE.”

    And, while I don’t take it to mean get half-baked ideas out into the world, I do think there is a point where you just need to get your words out there. Otherwise you will spend hours, days, weeks waiting for it to be perfect. And I don’t think there is such a thing.

    xx

  • Reply August 7, 2012

    Deanna

    I am so happy that I came across this series- I just started my blog last month after months/years of “blog stalking” others, coming across things I have written in the past, and wondering if other people in the world might be able to relate. At this point I haven’t done much with it but write a few posts-I’m looking forward to these posts for some inspiration and insight into how to turn it into more than just something I did when I was bored one Saturday.

  • Reply August 7, 2012

    Tina

    thankfulmornings@blogger.com
    first post, August 7, 2012

    Thank you for the encouragement, and the no-how!
    Now, do you have any constancy you can share?? :))

  • Reply August 7, 2012

    Christina

    So very true! I think some people put a little too much thought into it and get themselves overwhelmed. I started writing just to write and my blog sort of evolved on it’s own, once I figured out exactly what I wanted my blog to be about. Just because you start with one topic doesn’t mean you won’t find a passion in another. Be open to change but be motivated to continue.

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