You Want to Create a Blog, Now What?

You will read many posts telling you what you should do AFTER you’ve created a blog, however, only find a few that will tell you what to do BEFORE you start blogging. Today, this is just what I want to talk to you about.

Where do you start?

As someone who created numerous blogs on several different platforms only to delete them later because they were awful, first and foremost answer….

“Why do you want to blog?”

This should be your #1 question in my opinion. Let’s narrow it down a bit.

Why do you want to blog?

Do you want to:

  • Make money
  • Share your stories
  • Build a Business
  • Sell a Product
  • Sell a Service
  • Keep an online journal
  • Other

Let’s break it down even a bit more.

To Make Money

If you’re going into blogging to make money, Don’t! It’s going to take you quite some time to figure out how to make money. This is not a get-rich-fast gig for sure!

Let us not forget how stiff the competition is!

To share your Stories/Experiences

This is a good reason to start a blog.

Actually, my first blog was about rescuing a pit bull mix. I documented our journey and networked with a lot of dog bloggers.

However, ask yourself this. Will you just be sharing your stories or will you be engaging other via your stories? Do you want others to comment on your story or do you want them to discuss and share a part of their life as well?

To build a Business/Sell a Product or Service

A lot of people are building an online business.Β  If you want to draw attention to your business, product, or service, you will need to blog to engage with others and get them to visit your site to SEE what you’re selling. It takes Time and Effort!

Remember again, the competition is stiff!

An online journal

Many people like to document their struggles with health issues, talk about parenting and relationships. This can be an excellent way to find support from like-minded people but don’t forget to ENGAGE your readers. Don’t be all about you, even though it’s a journal.

 

 

In closing

Whatever your reasons are, make sure you PLAN AHEAD. Write it all out on paper and think is this really what you want to do.

Blogging takes time, a lot of it. It’s not as simple as writing if you want to be successful and network with others. It takes time sharing and promoting your content, networking with others, commenting on others blogs and behind-the-scenes maintenance.

If you feel that you don’t have the time nor the patience, don’t create a blog. Buy yourself a few $1 notebooks and start writing there. Create yourself a brand page on Facebook and writer there. Don’t establish a blog without thinking through the entire process.

Don’t take it just from me, though, do your research and see what others have to say. Only then do you make your final decision.

Over to you

Are you thinking about creating a blog or have you already? Is blogging what you thought it was going to be? How many times have you created a blog only to delete it or abandon it?

42 thoughts on “You Want to Create a Blog, Now What?

  1. This is great insight. I started as a hobby 2 years ago and now I know I it is more than a hobby. Thanks to you I am achieving my dream of blogging with a great looking blog!

    1. Hi Renee! It’s great to see you here!

      I believe too many people don’t know what they are getting into when they start blogging. It’s important to me that they do know how time consuming it is and how much work is actually involved. When a soon-to-be blogger knows the facts, they won’t feel quite so much like they’ve been blindsided.

      I wish I would have known some of this when I first started. πŸ™‚

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing with us. I hope you are enjoying your week!

      Brenda

  2. Hi Brenda,

    Great blog – I’d definitely suggest a sidebar on the left o right side for your own blog with additional information / resources for people to find. I love it and very great for anyone getting ready to get their BLOG ON!

    J

    1. Hey J!

      I had the sidebar previously but decided to try without. I keep on seeing so many people talking about sidebars are a “distraction”. I kind of like the clean look but you’re right. I’ll eventually go back to it. Thanks for the great advice!

      Brenda

      1. That’s interesting because I keep hearing people tell me “white space” is great. See how easily confused people can get with so much advice. πŸ™‚

      2. This only proves how much conflicting advice is out there for bloggers. I personally like sidebars, but I have a couple of blogs that don’t use them. At least the sidebar decision is one that we can change.

      3. You’re right about that Barbara.

        Personally, I don’t like sidebars on a business site. However, on my lifestyle community site, I do use sidebars. I think it’s all have you have your theme set up. For example, on this site, everything that you would need to find is in the nav bar. I don’t run ads or banners on this site. My other site does run ads in the sidebar, thus I show them for the blog area.

        Thanks for sharing your opinion with us. I’m sure you have found there are many conflicting articles on blogging. To each his/her own, right?

        Have a great day!

        Brenda

  3. Love the tips you have about starting a blog. This is such helpful information to those that are trying to get started. Great post! Keep it up and live unstoppable.

    1. Hi Rhonda and thank you.

      I think it’s important to let potential new bloggers know what to expect so that they won’t fail. Knowledge and planning is everything. πŸ™‚

      Thank you for stopping by and sharing with us.

      Brenda

  4. Love the tips you have about starting a blog. This is such helpful information to those that are trying to get started. Great post! Keep it up and live unstoppable.

  5. Excellent points Breanda!

    And i couldn’t agree more with your accurate assessment!We are so often encouraged
    to start a blog or to add blogging to our ongoing marketing efforts etc.

    But rarely if ever, are asked to define our reasons for doing so!

    And all of the areas you mentioned, should definitely be defined and or thought about, before we just jump
    in, sort of clueless, just hoping things somehow, eventually sort themselves out!LOL!

    This is such an important subject and definitely shouldn’t be taken lightly! Thanks!

    1. Hi Mark!

      You are so right! You see it all the time from other bloggers, “Hey, you should start a blog!” But how often do you hear a blogger ask, WHY do you want to blog? As veteran bloggers, I feel it is up to us to help potential bloggers know what is expected and how to begin.

      I appreciate you adding value to the conversation. Happy Blogging, Mark!

      Brenda

    1. Hi Marcia

      Thanks so much! You nailed it with the patience. Too many give up because they get frustrated simply because they don’t know HOW.

      Thanks for stopping and sharing!

      Brenda

  6. There have been so many times when I wished I could turn back the clock and apply what I know now. I completely jumped in without knowing too much about what I was getting into. Blogging has been good to me but I have those “I wish I would have known ” moments a lot.

    1. Hi Jill!

      I am so with you! There was so much I didn’t know when I started. I sat down and said I’m going to talk about me rescuing my bully and that was it! I sat down on Blogger and starting posting away! Definitely crazy when I think about how lackadaisical I was back then about blogging and how I am not trying to build a business from both sites.

      I appreciate you stopping by! I’ll be visiting your site soon!

      Brenda

    1. Hi Michelle,

      I’m glad you liked it! Boy, I wish I would have read a post like this 5 years ago when I first started blogging. The heartache and headaches I could have NOT had. πŸ™‚

      Happy Friday!

      Brenda

  7. I’ve blogged daily since Jan 2013. I started as a kind of journal/record of the year. Then I made an new blog for 2014 and found news items to give my opinion on. This year’s blog follows the same theme, but this time, I haven’t limited the year, so I can continue in the same spot. Good information you’ve shared for the new blogger.

    1. Hi Francene!

      Wow! Where do you find the time to blog daily? I struggle to get 2 posts in a week on both of my sites. πŸ™‚ I’m glad to hear that you are keeping up with your blogging journey and are growing with it. I find if we don’t open our minds to new things on our blogs, we may become stale.

      I appreciate you stopping by and sharing with us! I hope you have a fabulous weekend!

      Brenda

    1. Hi Beth!

      Oh, I’m so glad to hear you say that and I’m sure it will definitely pay off for you! I wish you much success and happy Blogging!

      Brenda

  8. Hi Brenda, This is a great post. And you are so right! I don’t think most people ask the “why” before they begin to blog, or if they do answer the why, a lot of times they don’t know what their focus is. I surely wasn’t aware of how much work it takes to blog consistently, promote and connect with readers. Is it worth it? Absolutely. Is it easy? No way!

    1. Hi Monica and thank you!

      I didn’t know what it was all about and I jumped in feet first. However, 2 years of my blogging is now to published on the web because I think it was just horrible. Sad, right? In my opinion, it is absolutely worth it. Networking with so many great people is what I love most. You see bloggers come and go quickly. I would like to think this post and others like it will reach those who are curious about blogging and really think it through before jumping.

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing, Monica!

      Brenda

  9. This is such an informative post, thank you.
    I don’t think you should start a blog with the intention (straight away) to make money off it because, I agree with you. It isn’t a “make money fast gig” πŸ™‚ definitely need to plan plan plan and plan some more. Although, it can be hard and time consuming to plan ahead you’ll thank yourself in the long run…I sure do!

    Thanks a lot for the tips and reminders,
    Jess

    1. Hi Jess!

      You nailed it on the head! Some do start with intentions of the “get rich quick” scheme. If that was true, we’d all be working from home from mansions! Definitely starting with the WHY and plan(s) is the best way I believe. I wish I would have read this before I started blogging over 5 years ago. πŸ™‚

      Thanks for stopping by! I appreciate the comment!

      Brenda

    1. Hi Emily,

      Thank you so very much! Engagement and Networking are two very important things in blogging, however how many times have you commented on a blog and never received a response? I have many times and those are sites I no longer frequent. If one isn’t an “engager”, blogging may not be for them

      Thanks for sharing with us, Emily! Much appreciated!

      Brenda

  10. I have created a blog to write motivating articles on health, so that others can learn about my Health Coaching business, Inner Savvy Wellness. I started a couple of months and ago and am loving writing. I did have a blog before for my vintage store. Did less creative writing on that one. It is still there but neglected like my business.

    1. Hi Karen,

      I love that you are writing about motivation in the health field. More writers like you are definitely needed in this world where there are many “obese” people. I’m going to Subscribe to your blog because I am definitely one that needs some motivation. I’m sorry to hear about your other site. Do you think it would have been different if you planned ahead?

      Thanks for sharing with us!

      Brenda

  11. This is such an informative post, thank you.
    I don’t think you should start a blog with the intention (straight away) to make money off it because, I agree with you. It isn’t a “make money fast gig” πŸ™‚ definitely need to plan plan plan and plan some more. Although, it can be hard and time consuming to plan ahead you’ll thank yourself in the long run…I sure do!

    Thanks a lot for the tips and reminders,
    Jess

    1. Hi Sue and thank you very much for stopping by!

      Your post really struck a chord with me and I was happy to see it. More potential bloggers really need to know what to expect and how to start blogging even before they create that first site. Hopefully then, there will be less abandoned blogs on the web.

      Great to see you!

      Brenda

  12. Awesome post Bren!

    None of these things were explained to me when I started blogging. I jumped in feet first without knowing what to do. The first blog post I read was about affiliate marketing. It basically said splash some ads on your website and you’ll make money, yeah right! πŸ™‚

    So glad you’re taking time to help out new bloggers who are eager to get their blogging career going. Your best advice was not to focus on the money so fast. It’s better to focus on writing, buidling a community, and learning the ins and outs of blogging.

    Great job gf! Passing this one along! Happy hump day mama!

    Cori

    1. Hi Cori and many thanks!

      Oh my, the ADS! πŸ™‚ I, like you, was clueless as well. No one really explained what to know before hand. Baffles me!

      I thought it was time to put into perspective what should be thought about before taking that leap. I’ll also be publishing an eBook on it shortly for those who join my Newsletter. You and I both know the value of building a Community (our way) and getting the audience first, then focus on making money. Sadly, too many people fail at this..

      I appreciate your comment, Cori and for passing it along!

      Brenda

  13. Hey Brenda,

    It’s rare that anyone write a blog about starting a blog before the fact. The advice that you give here is priceless and many who are on the fence should definitely consider it.

    Before I actually started blogging I was more focused on just making money with my networking marketing company at the time. I didn’t get too far and I believe this is the reason why so many fail with this business model.

    You definitely want to have a strong why when it come to your blog, and knowing this before you start one will put you a couple of steps ahead of those who are generic with their why and really have no direction.

    Thanks for sharing Brenda! Have a good one!

    1. Hi Sherman! What a surprise seeing you on my humble abode. πŸ™‚

      I really appreciate your kind words. It truly means a lot coming from you.

      I can see how you didn’t get too far with your venture, however many fall into the same slump. Having money as your mission is fine, however, we need to learn patience and take baby steps in doing so (or at least that is my opinion). Have a strong “Why” and also the passion and desire to be successful can drive people to succeed, don’t you think? Look at you! You’re a success and you did it the right way.

      I think if more bloggers talked about the PRE or BEFORE blog, that it could save people time, money, and frustration.

      I appreciate you sharing and leaving a comment, Sherman. Thanks so much. Hope you’re having a great week!

      Brenda

  14. Great advice Brenda!

    No one tells us these things “Before” we start a blog. It is afterwards that we start learning it. At least it was that way for me and many others I know.

    We can know our “why” when we start, but understand that we do grow and so does our blog. So flexibility has to be in our mindset. But most of all time management. Having a blog takes time. And for those who want to monetize a blog….it takes a long time.

    It is worth it if you love what you are doing, but yes…invest in a one dollar notebook and start writing that list!

    -Donna

    1. Hi Donna! It’s great seeing you here!

      I remember when I thought about blogging, there wasn’t not one post on what we should do BEFORE we start. So many people start and don’t know what they are getting into or don’t have enough knowledge yet to know how to proceed. I thought it was imperative to at least get one out there and one that I think is fairly logical.

      You’re right to say, we must be flexible and able to grow with our blogs. Lord knows I’ve had my ups and downs with several blogs but finally I got it and I am pursuing what I want and how I want.

      Thanks so much for sharing with us, Donna!

      Brenda

  15. Hi Brenda,

    Informative post indeed.

    Newbies should know why they are blogging? I have met many beginners who just how to make money from their blog? I mean they just start blogging to earn money. If that’s the motive then I don’t think it’s gonna work out.

    People need to know the perfect approach. As you have said, whatever the motive is? The only thing matters is the consistency. People should have some patience.

    Thank you.
    Enjoy your day.:)
    ~Ravi

    1. Hi Ravi!

      I think it’s hard to figure out exactly why we want to blog because we change with time. I started as a hobby blogger but then wanted more and to make money. Those who start out wanting to make money better have a lot of patience. As you know, it takes a lot of time and effort.

      Whatever the reason for blogging, one of the most important things is “Do you have time?” If one does not have enough time to put into it, one should keep their blog as a journal.

      I appreciate you leaving a comment and sharing, Ravi!

      B

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