So you have been thinking about starting a blog. Everyone is doing it, right? So why shouldn’t you??
Well, maybe you should, and maybe you shouldn’t. Here are some questions to ask yourself if you have been considering joining the blogosphere lately…
- Do you enjoy writing? If the first answer that comes to mind is…”I’d rather have bamboo shoots stuck under my fingernails!!”, then possibly blogging is not for you. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves just yet. Maybe you don’t enjoy writing because you haven’t found something you enjoy writing about yet. If that is the case, see the next question…
- Do you have something you are passionate about? If there is a subject, concept, idea, or hobby that you just can’t get enough of, then you just might be the next big blogger. That’s because having a deep interest in a particular subject is one of the key ingredients of being able to write a blog that others will enjoy reading. People can “catch” passion. Even if you aren’t the best writer in the world, but you are passionate about what you are writing about, you can often create a successful blog.
- Are you willing to take risks? Are you willing to try new things? Experiment? Learn? Even more importantly…are you willing to fail? If the answer to these things is a resounding “yes”, then you might be ready to jump headlong into the exciting and uncertain world of blogging!
- Do you enjoy networking? One important thing to remember about a blog is that it is NOT a diary. A blog is meant for viewing and interacting with. That means that in order to build a readership for your blog, you have to do more than just write it and hope people will come. You have to network with other bloggers and online personalities in the field you are blogging about. If you like to keep pretty much to yourself on the world wide web, then blogging may not be for you, but if you are a natural chatter, commenter, and messager, then you already are halfway there to creating a community around your blog!
If you answered each of the above questions with a resounding, “YES”, then you could be a strong candidate for starting your very own blog. I would suggest that you take our free pre-course, “Intro to Blogging” to help you get your feet wet and help you make the final decision about whether blogging is for you.