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How to Start a Successful Blog

I like blogs and I’ve had them running for some time now, so I’ve come up with some tips that I use to better promote my work and make sure my blogging is a successful venture. I’m here to share what I do so that you too can learn the ropes and make it in the world of blogging.

What you don’t know about writing?

To be honest, I don’t know a lot. I don’t know anything about why blogging is important to me. I just do it because I can’t find the words (see, I can’t quite get it out of my head) and it feels good to talk about what I’m feeling and what I’m thinking. I’m not sure if it’s the way I think about it or simply the fact that I feel so strongly about it.

Whatever it is, it feels powerful and I like being able to express those feelings. However, I guess what I need to understand is that having a blog is not only about expressing what you think. It’s more like an information-fueled information vortex.

Once you have a blog, the next thing you need to get to know is how to run it!

I don’t take it lightly. You can be an amazing blogger and yet not know much about the ways that running a blog actually works.

So, let’s start here:

1. Don’t overwhelm yourself.

It’s hard. There’s something about your writing/blogging life that makes you feel like you have to completely understand every aspect of it.

Well, there’s only so much that you can understand about it. It’s pretty simple once you get started.

Don’t get stuck. Everything comes with pros and cons. Don’t get scared when you get up there and realise that you don’t know exactly what you’re doing.

The key to be successful is to be fearless. When I started out, I saw everything as a hurdle that I had to get over.

I don’t even like thinking about it now. That’s how I choose to think of everything and to always stop and think of what I have to learn as I go forward. Don’t feel guilty if you don’t know what you’re doing. Just remember, if you feel comfortable, then you’re okay to be wrong. You’re okay to make mistakes. You’re okay to have no idea what you’re doing! It’s all on you. Use your creativity and your attitude to make your blogging work. There is always room for more knowledge and more ideas. I always say that the more knowledge you gain the more good writing and blogging you’ll do.

2. Create content when you’re comfortable.

To be honest, I never really felt comfortable with blogging. I love people, and I can give everybody what they want. I’m self-employed. My day to day happens at 2 AM in the morning. I don’t exactly feel like it’s normal that I have to face a new deadline for blogging.

Yes, I think they give it to you as a gift. Just be grateful for it because it’s a gift from your readers. Fancy a couple hours at the start of the day? Write a story that addresses your challenges today and next week and maybe even the week after. The creativity is unlimited. This is a great way to get started, and your readers will love it.

3. Don’t sell your soul, sell your thought.

Any great business owner knows that one of the things they should do is to get their audience to a certain point before they even think about selling their soul.

Because selling their soul just means the endgame (goodbye world!). Think of your initial idea that you already have (maybe it’s a story) and find a way to express it as a thought. A thought can be taken from a great story or a great article or from the news.

That’s all. So, decide a thought. Find a language to describe it. Break it down into words, grammar and structure. Make it meaningful. Make it wonderful. Think of it as a thought you’re proud of that you could put up there, or a thought that you have the power to help transform something that was difficult to take your time to say but you can now share. Find it!