So you’ve decided to take the plunge and start a blog. First off, congratulations on taking this wonderful beginning step into a new adventure. Whether you are a writer who is starting your blog to help boost your platform before or after you’ve published a novel, a chef looking to share your recipes, or just someone with a lot of thoughts floating around your mind, starting a blog can be fun, but they can also be a lot of work-especially in the beginning.
CREATE A SCHEDULE
Whether you blog daily, weekly, or monthly, determining your schedule right off the bat will help keep you organized and consistent. And, since consistency is the key to keeping a happy following of readers and visitors visiting, a schedule is very important.
BUILD YOUR AUDIENCE
A common misconception is that once you start a blog hundreds and hundreds of readers are going to flock to your writing, follow you, comment on all your stuff, and your blog is going to be an instant success. Truth is building a platform of followers requires effort and time. To gain followers, you have to become a follower. Commenting and following other blogs will draw people to yours and if they like what they see, soon you’ll have a bunch of blog friends.
OFF TO THE MARKET YOU GO
Sharing your blog on social media is another way to gain followers and draw people to your blog. Not only should you post your blog links to your personal social media pages, but joining different blogging groups in Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and LinkedIn, is another way to help expose your blog to even more readers. Never underestimate the power of social media.
CREATE, CREATE, CREATE
Creating good content is vital for the health of a blog and in promoting yourself. If you aren’t feeling a particular post is your best effort then certainly, don’t post it. Of course, not all posts are going to be popular and gain you tons and tons of comments, but as long as you are happy with all of your posts then by all means, have fun with your blog and enjoy the adventure!