Blogging has gone from a pastime to a highly paid job and everything else in between in just about a decade. The evolution of this career choice was astonishing and it is still ongoing. All the stages of this evolution are still present as well. For example, we still have hobbyist bloggers who run blogs just for fun. On the other hand, we also have people who blog part-time for a bit of cash on the side (including blogging for SEO purposes) and people who are highly paid professional bloggers.
What amazes me is that there are still a lot of people out there who virtually know nothing or nearly nothing about bloggers, blogs and have no idea about the culture that is developing around it but more and more people are starting to give notice.
If you want to set up a blog and try out your writing skills, but are still new to the whole thing, I’m going to give you a few general tips related to how to set up a blog and a few more about the whole being a blogger thing.
How to set up a blog
These days, this is a fairly simple process. There are a lot of ways you can go to set up a blog in a ridiculously short amount of time.
Of course, I have to start with the reigning champion of blogging platforms. WordPress is pretty easy to learn and you can use WorPress.com to get your own free subdomain with a couple of important features included. They also offer you a wide choice of different free templates and an option to go premium, if you want to take things to a more serious level.
Blogger.com is the most popular blogging platform with beginner bloggers since it is the easiest one to set up. It also offers you some freedom when it comes to customizing the look of your blog, but falls short compared to the beauty WordPress templates have. One of the things I admire is the fact that you are not asked for any money when you want to go for a custom domain.
IM Creator is a drag and drop based online website creator anybody can use to create the website they think they need. You don’t need any programing skills to use it and it offers almost anything you might ever need. This is probably the choice that gives you the most freedom when it comes to modifying the look of your blog.
Tips for first timers
The things that make a brilliant blogger are not really defined and not all people would agree on all of them but there are few general things you need to know and strive to apply so you can gain the right to call yourself a decent blogger.
To some extent, blogs are like newspaper. We get used to them and they become part of a routine. As a blogger, you need to respect you readers enough to give them a new post at the time you usually do. The number of posts you are going to publish within a month depends on how much time you have but you have to set up a pace that you can always abide by.
You won’t always be inspired to write but when you are, write as much as you can. From time to time, you won’t have the slightest idea what to write about and instead of pushing yourself and posting substandard content, you will have something stacked and you can use it to get some breathing space and a chance to fill your batteries.
When you actually get your first fans, you will without a doubt answer every post and question from your users but you have to be aware that interaction with the readers is a regular part of blogging. You can’t answer them all but you can give the courtesy of answering valid and interesting questions or even praising a conclusion someone has drawn from you post. All in all, this interaction is a must, since blogging is a two-way street.
Bots, people, trolls and all kinds of internet creatures will siege your blog. You need to find ways to protect yourself before they suffocate your blog and drain the life out of you.
These are the basics, all you need now is a good idea and you are on your way. As far as the more complex things are concerned, you’ll learn them along the way.