How to start a blog is a topic I know a lot of my readers are interested in. I discovered this in a recent survey of my readers, and was actually a little surprised by it.
So I thought I would write a tutorial for all of you interested in starting a blog but are unsure how to do it, or even why they should do it in the first place.
This will be a two post series, and for this first post I’ll concentrate on the why’s of starting a blog.
Why Start a Blog?
If you’re like most people I’ve talked to about starting a blog, you’re unclear about why and how you should start a blog. I can assure you those are questions that are easy to answer. It only takes a few short steps to start your blogging journey.
Let’s start with the most important question first- Why start a blog?
I believe the biggest reason is that everyone has a story. We all have experiences and a way of telling our own story that that is unique to us. And believe it or not, out of the 7 Billion people on the planet, someone out there would like to hear what you have to say.
There are a couple of ways you can approach blogging:
Blog About Your Personal Interests
Even if you feel like you don’t have much to share, I would bet you have interests that you like to participate in and talk about with others. You have unique beliefs, hobbies, and points of view that people want to know about.
Here are just a few things that you could blog about if they interest you:
- Your Favorite Sport
- Training Your Pet
- Raising Kids
- Being a New Mom
- Cat Videos
- Interior Design
- Saving Money
- Making Money
- Your Favorite TV Shows
- Your Favorite Movies
- Dealing With a Health Issue
- Caring for Elderly Parents
- Kids with Special Needs
- Or whatever may be happening in your life at the moment
The interesting thing is that no matter how generic or painstakingly specific your interests are (for example: collecting blue porcelain bunnies made in England), there is someone on this planet that would love to hear what you have to say about it.
You Can Also Use a Blog For Business
These days a blog can also act as a resume’. In fact, the traditional resume’ is pretty much dead.
Blogging is a great way to share your professional expertise and build a reputation as a “go to expert” in your field. It can bring you opportunities and job offers you never would have gotten otherwise.
You can even build an alternate career blogging about a business you are passionate about. For instance, I’m a dentist, but my blog is in the niche of Christian personal finance. Others such as Gary Vaynerchuk, Derek Halpern, Pat Flynn, Michael Hyatt, and many more are doing it with huge results.
They are making exponentially more money than they did in their original careers. They are more excited and passionate about what they are doing, and are much more fulfilled in the process.
Your Blog, Your Rules
Yet another cool thing about having a blog is that it’s your own part of the internet that is uniquely you. You rule the roost. You can talk about whatever you want, whenever you want.
You can use it as a public journal of your life to help others through the same things you’re going through. Or as a way to just get things off your chest. You could raise money for charity, build awareness for a cause, or even be helpful by ministering to the needs of others.
Make Money Blogging
Blogging is also a way to make money. You can make a little or a lot depending on your subject matter and how much work you put into it. I personally know people who make enough to buy dinner at a nice restaurant every month, as well as others who make hundreds of thousands of dollars a year at it. The sky is the limit!
Starting a Blog Is Easy, And I’ll Help
So what’s been holding you back? Starting a blog is so easy to do, it literally takes 20 minutes and only a few steps.
Here’s the cool thing. If you sign up through my affiliate link, let me know and I’ll help you out in any way I can to assist you in getting started with your blog.
I can help you decide what to write about, and point you to the right resources that will get you well on the way to building influence. Maybe you will even make money through the art of blogging.
In the next post, I’ll show you step by step instructions on how to sign up to start your own self hosted WordPress blog.
Question: Are you thinking about starting a blog? What will you blog about? Let me know in the comments