There are a lot of things one must consider before starting a blog. Some are obvious, like the name or theme, but some aren’t so clear. Read on to find out the 5 things you should decide before starting a blog.
I started this blog on a whim – I was newly(ish) pregnant with Ryan and wanted to document my pregnancy and my journey to becoming a mom. On some random day, I started a blog, and the rest was history. (Never mind that I didn’t start posting regularly or taking this blog seriously for almost 1.5 years..) Sure, I’d thought about starting a blog a million times before – I always have been a lover of reading others’ blogs – but I’d never done it until that random day. And for all of the times I had thought about starting a blog, there are five major things I didn’t think hard enough about – so for all of you who may be contemplating starting a blog, here are the 5 things to decide before starting a blog.
5 Things to Decide Before Starting a Blog
- Do you want to reveal your true identity? This is number one because I think it’s definitely something you should think long and hard on. While I LOVE that you all know who I am, where I’m from, etc. etc., keep in mind that being open about who you are means that you’ll a. be searchable and b. people you know “in real life” will probably know you have this space. There have been more than a few times I’ve wanted to write a post about something going on in my life or an opinion or something, but passed because I either didn’t want to offend someone I know or it was about someone I know. Keep this in mind when starting your blog, because even if you just plan on posting recipes/workouts/crafts, you may one day wish to open up about a personal topic.
- How much time are you willing to put into this? Realistically, when will you be able to blog? If it’s an hour or two a night, don’t go into this immediately thinking you’ll post every single day. Blogging isn’t just about writing if you plan on seeing growth rather than hosting a personal online journal. There is so.much. that goes into it, so don’t set yourself up for disaster. Trying to do too much at once when you don’t have the time will make blogging feel like a chore, ensuring that you will want to quit asap.
- What’s your end game? What do you want from your blog? Do you want to share cute pictures and stories about your kids with family? Do you want to supplement your income? Do you want to connect with new people? Do you want a creative outlet? You need to decide your motivation for blogging before you start it. I’m pretty sure that 3/4 of bloggers always talk about how they never even hoped it would get this big! or didn’t go into this thinking I’d ever make a cent! but if we’re being honest, for the most part, I don’t buy it. For me, my blog is first and foremost a creative outlet for me, since being a stay at home mom can be isolating, but I’d be lying if I said I never wanted to make a cent or get any recognition from this blog. I’m human. And that is what pushes me to consistently send out content, to constantly try to improve my writing, content, photos, social media, etc. If you don’t know what you want from your blog, I truly believe that after a while that initial drive that came from doing something new will die off and your blog will either become a huge chore or it will quickly be abandoned.
- What do you think you want to write about? When I started this blog, I wanted to write about being a mom with zero child experience and being active. And I lost my passion for it. And I stepped away. Because I had written it in my bio, I felt I HAD to write about living healthy, working out, etc. But my life was SO MUCH more than that – in fact when I became pregnant a second time working out dropped away. I felt inauthentic writing about topics that I wasn’t 100% passionate about. So I started slowly writing about what I was passionate about, and my blog has finally started to see growth. Think about what you think you want to write about, but give your blog a title that doesn’t pidgeon-hole you there.
- Just do it. Stop researching, stop planning, stop Googling and comparing. Just start your damn blog. Because you’re going to do all of these things regardless of if you start it now or two weeks from now. And the sooner you start it, the sooner you can work out the kinks, build your audience, and get your name out there.
While there are about a billion and 7 things you could think about before starting a blog, these are the big ones I’d really suggest definitively deciding before you do so, because all of them are hurdles you’ll eventually come to on your blogging journey.
So bloggy friends – what are some things you wish you’d thought out a bit better before starting your blog? Any other advice for people looking to start their own? Leave it in the comments!
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