I updated my About Me section. I thought it deserved a blog post, too.
Out of the years that I’ve been blogging (both casually and professionally), I’ve learned a lot of technical skills and hacks from various sources like friends, online articles, and reputable blogging experts/professional bloggers. Over time, I’ve also learned how to make my own blog better and how to cater to what my audience needs and to not just do what I want.
Now I want to pay it forward and share a couple of simple actions that will effectively improve your blog.
Read on so you can apply them to your own blog ASAP!
A decade ago, blogging was easy. It was accessible, straightforward, and private. It was so private no one would know you blogged unless you told people so. And you’d most likely have only 3-5 readers at a time, nothing more like today’s readership/fan base.
Today, the blogosphere has been so saturated that anyone can claim that he’s a blogger. And hey, there’s nothing wrong with that! But alongside those who already know what they’re doing, there are some who are still confused and don’t know where to begin.
To the confused, this one’s for you. Allow me to share with you this beginner’s comprehensive guide on how to start a blog. Take in mind that this is only comprehensive in a way that I want to feed you as much information as I can (over the course of 5+ years, trust that I’ve already gained bits and pieces of knowledge from here and there), but not to the point of pressure.
Read: you don’t have to follow these steps one-by-one. Just take them as a heads up that blogging is not just blogging. It’s way more than that. And if you plan to take blogging seriously, best be armed with these basic tools and knowledge.
Disclaimer: This is going to take some time to read. So I suggest you grab a cup of coffee, tea or.. milk, and find a cozy spot to sit for about 10-15 minutes (without hurting your back or bum, of course!). That, or save this one for reading later. But pinky promise that you’ll get back to it, okay? Okay.
Ready? Let’s start!
Have you ever been in this situation where you stare at your laptop screen all day but no words come out? You want to blog but your mind just won’t function, your fingers won’t function. In other words, you feel that this is just going to be an uneventful day where you attempt to blog but fail. Sounds familiar?
You want to blog so badly, but can’t. And you’re almost going crazy from trying to figure out why. Honestly, I have the complete opposite problem. I have too many ideas, but out of practical reasons, I can’t write 3 blog posts in one day so I try to calm myself down. But then, this is not about me. This is about you and your problem with blogging – or the lack thereof.
So let me help you figure some things out. If you’re one of those people who want to blog but can’t, then this is for you.
A few days ago, Da Dominguez of The Diary Queen wrote a blog post that really caught my attention. I read it as soon as I could because I was curious on what she had to say. Basically, her blog post was about some things us bloggers are probably tired of hearing. And I couldn’t agree more with everything that she said. While I may not have a lot of readers as I would prefer, I sometimes get mocked for blogging, and I don’t get why? It’s just my hobby turned into a passion project. It’s like mocking someone who is passionate about video games and constantly telling them, “Naks, gamer!” I mean, is that really necessary? While I know Da’s goal is to shed some light on
annoying people, there are perks of being a passionate blogger. #1 is being recognized for your efforts. To counter Da’s blog post, here are 5 things most bloggers probably love hearing.
If you haven’t read it yet, you can check out Da’s blog post here: 5 Things Most Bloggers Are Probably Tired Of Hearing.
While this blog post somehow speaks for most bloggers, I can only really do so much if I base on my personal experiences. So I asked the help of my fellow bloggers and left this question for them to answer: “What are some positive feedback/statements you’ve received so far as a blogger?” Here are the answers I got…
Some months ago, I set my heart on being a paid blogger. I thought that if others could do it, I could definitely, too, right? Wrong. It was harder than I thought. I wanted to pursue a career in blogging because I wanted to share tidbits of my life as well as the experiences, knowledge, and thoughts that I have. I wanted to have a voice that would make people aware of this and that. I wanted to share things, spread news, and connect with people. I didn’t know progressing (more like deteriorating) in this career meant being down and feeling lost for a long time (I still am).
I wanted to have a voice that would make people aware of this and that. I wanted to share things, spread news, and connect with people. I didn’t know progressing (more like deteriorating) in this career meant being down and feeling lost for a long time (I still am).