Ever thought of blogging? All it takes is one decision and then you start delivering
“If I only had the time then I would be able to start blogging”. Does that sound like you? I hear this a lot. Most folks are really overwhelmed by the technical details how to get started. That is actually the simpler part of the whole endeavor.
The toughest part of this is to jump over your own shadow and make the decision to get started. Once you commit you can start figuring out how to best do this.
There is a bounty of resources that can help you get started. Here is writer Jeff Goin’s quick start up help: http://t.co/hJpn4hdD Also, here is Michael Hyatt’s advice on platform and blog building: http://michaelhyatt.com/ez-wordpress-setup.html You can be up and running in 8 to 20 minutes.
Next is planning out what you want to blog about. If it is your plan to monetize this eventually then you had better pick something that will provide value to the readers, but most importantly it needs to have a key focal point and clarity. No niche topic is small enough to write about consistently.
Now plan out your topics and the frequency with which you want to blog. Consistency and predictability are the most important factors next writing from the reader’s vantage point. Provide enough time slots for you to start writing out topics and then regularly start writing about them. Build up a queue of blogs that allow firing them off consistently.
Get into the habit of delivering the blog in a predictable time frame. Watch your readership increase. The secret of increasing readership has to do with being able to pick great headlines http://www.copyblogger.com/10-sure-fire-headline-formulas-that-work/ and also structuring your paragraphs. More important is to deliver content that is timeless. Finally do not demand and expect readers to sign up; write to earn every new reader.
Make it easy to share your content and finally think about guest posting. Work with bloggers that deliver similar content. Connect with well-known bloggers and writers – never, ever ask them for favors. Just listen to what they have to share with you and perhaps they may even consider providing a guest spot, or connecting you with another great resource.
Before you know it you will see how easy it is to amass blog posts. Blogging is one of the best things I have done for my personal development. Writing about a topic provides clarity and focus. Self-reflection helps increasing self-awareness If you are interested in doing the same, all you need to do is to make the decision to start and you will be up and running in no time.
Have fun and a great week – do not forget to start, otherwise this will nag at you for a long time to come.