Many people are tackling the wonderful world of blogging, which has the rest of us wondering if blogging is something that we too should tackle.
Before you Google “blogging platforms”, here are a few things you need to know about blogging before you can truly make up your mind.
It’s a great way for you to share your stories or your expertise.
You can choose the topic(s) you want to write about, but you also need to determine if you want to blog for fun or blog for business.
If you’re blogging for fun, you can share your stories and your knowledge with others, and to you, it may just be a great way to house all of your information on one platform.
If you’re blogging for business, you can share your professional expertise with others, earn dedicated readers, and turn your blog into a must-read hub of important information.
It takes time.
Blogging requires you to come up with topics or stories to share.
You then have to sit down and write them out. Finally you have to post them to your blog and then share them with your readers.
If you want to gain a dedicated following, you also have to monitor what is being said in the comments section of your blog and post consistently. If you’re already crunched for time, blogging will only make you busier.
You need to write.
If you love to write, then blogging can be a great way for you to indulge in something that you love while sharing on topics that you’re interested in.
But if you despise writing, you’re going to become frustrated with blogging. Even though you don’t have to use perfect grammar, you still need to make it coherent if you want people to read it.
You need to market it.
If you want to generate readership, you’ll need to market your blog.
You’ll need to let your friends and family know about it. You’ll want to push it out through all of your social networks, add links to your website and email signature, and talk about it as much as possible.
There’s no guarantee you’ll build a following.
Blogs don’t become instant sensations overnight, and even if you’re marketing your blog in all the right ways, it’s possible that you simply won’t gain much interest or build much of a following. It’s just a risk you have to take.
You need to have something to say.
If you start a blog and only update it once every year, there’s really no purpose in you having a blog.
Blogs are meant to be updated on a regular basis, and they’re also meant to provide information to your readers. If you don’t have anything new, exciting or engaging to share with your audience, you’re not going to have much fun with your blogging endeavor.
Just because there are millions of blogs out there today does not mean that blogging is for everyone. Some people are just meant to blog, and some are just meant to read them.
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