Now, are you still here? Are you still interested?
So if there are so many negatives to blogging, why even bother? Because blogging if it is for you, can enrich your life beyond measure. I treasure the encouragement from readers, blogging relationships, the opportunity to encourage others, and enjoy the outlet for my creativity, writing and photography. These are the things that keep me here.
Are you wondering if you should start a blog? Here are a few questions to ask yourself before you begin.
1.What will you write about? Your writing needs to be about a particular topic, not all over the map. Most people have certain interests, and even if you are writing half the time about a topic they love, if you are going to spend the other half the time writing about things they don't care about, they will not stick around. Readers need to know what you'll be talking about to determine if they want to stay. They need to know what to expect on your blog.
I write about decor, DIY stuff, tablescapes, antiquing, thrifting, cooking, and ranch life. If I threw in some very different topics like car repair, I think readers wouldn't like that. Think of how a magazine focuses on a particular area or style. Would all of your topics work in the same magazine? On the other hand you don't want such a narrow topic field that you run out of things to say.
2. Do you love the topic you will write about? Could you live, eat and breathe it? If you are going to have a successful blog, you are going to spend a lot of time there, so I sure hope you love your topic. Don't pick a topic JUST because you think people are interested in it, or because you feel particularly qualified in that field.
Choose a topic you feel very passionate about. For example, I love gardening, but I don't love it enough to limit myself to just gardening. I would run out of things to say soon enough. I worked as an engineer for years and years. Although I could drone on about process control, it's not my passion. My passion is design, and I never get bored with my blog, and I am excited to come here every day.
3. Do you love to write? I mean A LOT, meaning you'll be doing lots of writing so you better love it a lot. Like a lot of bloggers, I have probably written enough on my blog to fill a decent-sized book. Turns out that I enjoy writing even more than I thought I would. Who knew I would be such a chatty Cathy on the web?
4. Would you do it even if you didn't get paid? A recent statistic I saw, mentioned that 81% of bloggers never make more than $200 from blogging.
I think a few people just fell out of their chairs. Let's give them time to get back in their seats. Are you okay? I know, I feel like I just told you Santa isn't real. Sorry.
I believe this statistic. It's kind of like acting, a few make a lot of money, but most don't. I hated to say it, but I want you to know.
5. What is your motivation? I am going to be blunt here. The bloggers I see go into blogging solely to make money, get burned out, frustrated, and fed up. In short, they don't blog for long. It takes months and months, and typically years to establish a blog and build an audience. Think about why you want to blog. If you love photography and writing, you are half way there. My motivation was to discuss DIY, decor and design with others and to encourage creativity in others. That may have started out as my motivators but here's what I got that I didn't expect -
- I developed friendships with people worldwide that I adore.
- I was validated as a creative person
- I became a better decorator, writer, photographer, friend.
- My home looks better than it ever did before blogging.
Come back for Part II. I had a lot to say about this and broke it up into 3 posts.
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