“I’m thinking of starting a blog. What advice can you give me?”

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“I’m thinking of starting a blog. What advice can you give me?”

I keep being asked this question.

And I keep copying and pasting a variation on the same message, so I figured, ‘Why not turn it into a blog post?’

If you’re thinking of starting a blog and want some help, there is so much I could say.

If you want to go more in-depth, read my Blogging 101 post.

As for quick tips I recommend you check out Darren Rowse’s ProBlogger.

Darren is an Australian guy who makes a living as a blogger. His 31 Days to Build a Better Blog is AMAZING.

I did this 31-day challenge before he turned it into a book. All his lessons are available free online. These are the same lessons I did myself in 2007. I can’t tell you how valuable they were!

If you want to start a blog, your first task will be to decide what your blog is about. If you haven’t worked that out already, check out the blog of a friend of mine. She just writes. About stuff. Pretty powerful stuff at times.

In terms of actually setting up your blog, it depends on how tech-savvy you are. If not much, use Tumblr. For the more tech-savvy, use WordPress.org.

I recommend you buy a domain name (if you’re serious about blogging). Buy your name (if it’s available) firstnamelastname.com.

As for your blog content, it’s super important you write with passion.

I don’t care if someone writes once a week or once a month but they need to GIVE A FUCK about their content. If someone sets up a blog and barely touches it, it will fail. You need to nurture it like you would a plant. Consistently.

But perhaps the most important thing is to write. Just do it. Don’t over-think it. Don’t get caught up worrying about exposing yourself or feeling vulnerable. Get over it. Just write.

The more personal and honest you can be, the better your writing will be.

Lastly, NETWORK, NETWORK, NETWORK.

You need to talk to other bloggers. You need to set aside a portion of your time to read other blogs and comment on their posts.

If you want to read more, I have loads of resources to keep you occupied for hours.

Happy blogging!

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