I’ve been blogging a long time–since 2001. People ask me about starting blogs all the time. Here’s what I usually tell them.
- It’s easy to start a blog. If you can use Word, you can blog.
- It’s better if you are comfortable with web sites, icons, the Internet, and your computer isn’t scary to you.
- It’s better if you know the basics of HTML and CSS and understand images. However, if you’re a musician or an artist and don’t want to think about those things, you can still have a blog.
- You need to be sure you have something to say and are burning to say it. You need a reason to keep coming back week after week to produce new material. It doesn’t matter what your thing is, but you need to have a passion for writing about it.
- You have to commit to it. It takes constant time, effort, and work. If you don’t have the self-discipline to make a long-term commitment to a writing project, don’t do it.
- You need to be a decent writer. You need to enjoy writing. You don’t have to be a literary genius. But you need to be willing to spell check, grammar check, proofread, edit, refine, rewrite, and make an effort to write well. Within that restriction, be yourself. Use your own voice, your own tone, your own style.
- Don’t expect a miracle. There are millions of blogs but only a few people are famous bloggers who make a living from a blog. Do it because you want to say something, not because you want to get something.