Blogging is about sharing something you love with others. Sharing whatever you’re most excited about. With that in mind, the very first step, if you’re thinking about starting a blog, is to find your passion.
Think about it. What do you love?
- Being a Mom?
- Cooking? Recipes?
- Home Improvement?
- Your Business?
- Auto Repair
When you enjoy what your sharing and writing about, your articles will be filled with emotion and life. That’s important, since that’s what readers look for in blogs they follow. They want someone to connect with, to help them, to be vulnerable, or to get them excited. Of course, it depends on your topic, how much heart you put into those articles, but no matter what, it’s all about passion.
Another thing to think about is to niche or not to niche. Do you want to be a niche blog and specialize in one topic (auto repair, organic meals, etc…)? Or will your topics vary (family, life, being a mom, etc…)? Either way, readers will want some consistency in your articles, so they know what to expect each time they visit.
Now, for the hard truth. I’ve seen so many start a blog simply to make money, instead of to share knowledge, stories, or information. My advice – DON’T DO IT!
Some blogs go years without making a single penny. Making money on your site takes hard work and a lot of time. I blogs for a full 6 months before I saw a single penny and even then, it wasn’t much at all. Some might say I’m crazy to devote as much time as I do to a deal blog, but I do it because I love saving money and even more, I love helping others save money. It was that passion that kept me going when my site didn’t make a single penny and continues to keep me going through tough times, regardless of what causes those tough times.
Bottom line: Blog for passion and blog about what you love.
What do you blog about or what are you thinking about blogging about?
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