Hey Everyone, Welcome to my first Blogging Tips & Tricks post, today I will be talking to you all about why you should start a blog. If you saw my previous post about Why I Started My Blog you will know that I have been blogging on and off for many years. This is the first year I’m taking my blog more seriously and I want to share my journey with you so over the next year I will be sharing Tips & Tricks on Blogging and Social Media, as I learn what works for me I will share it with you.
Why You Should Start A Blog?
So why should you start a blog? well, it’s a place where you can share a little bit of you and what you are passionate about with others.
For me, starting a blog was to share things I loved or I am passionate about with others. I review products because I love being creative and trying new things out and I know there are people out there that are just as passionate about makeup as me.
Things You Should Think About When Starting A Blog?
Thinking about why you want to start a blog is really important? Is it to just share your passion with others, share your story or something you have learned? Or are you looking for a potential career or income? These are all important things to think about when starting a blog. Blogging can allow you to build something amazing and potentially bring you in money.
Even though I have been blogging for many years this is the first year I am taking it seriously so I am considering myself somewhat beginner like you, I’m always looking to learn and improve my knowledge. I’m still building my blog up to where I could potentially have it as an income. The prospect is both exciting and overwhelming but more exciting. It’s not something I’m in a hurry to achieve but its a goal for the future.
How Blogging Can Helps You Gain Confidence
As the years have gone by I have found myself become more confident with writing, but I still need to gain confidence in other areas so I admit I’m not the greatest example because I have a lot of work to do. I hope one day I can have enough confidence to get out and interact with like-minded bloggers.
I’ve read a lot of blog posts where bloggers have talked about gaining confidence through posting on their blogs, So that’s a good thing.
Recently I went back through some of my old blog posts and It was really interesting to see how far I had come with my confidence in writing and sharing my views on things. It will be awkward at first but as time goes on you will find your writing style and gain more confidence.
I have found that as time goes on I’m less afraid to share parts of myself and my creative personality. When I was a kid I really didn’t like having my picture taken but over the years and this is where I feel like blogging has helped me gain confidence, I’m no longer afraid to have my picture taken, I take them of myself now.
It will take time and it will take you out of your comfort zone but its worth it.
Blogging has a low up-front cost
I asked you before why you wanted to start a blog? and there was a reason for that because that all comes down to investment in your blog. If you are just wanting it as a sort of diary to share your story or weekly comings and goings you may be able to get away with having a free-blog, I started out this way It was only recently that I started to invest more money into my blog.
If you’re looking at taking it a little more seriously there are a few options available to you as well.
Honestly finding the right place can be overwhelming, you can use a free platform (like wordpress.com or blogger) and get a domain name or go self-hosted. When I was researching this I myself felt overwhelmed with so much information.
Most places will tell you to go self-hosted but there is more work to put into self-hosted so It all depends on preference really, if you have the skills to build your blog from the ground up or have the money to invest in getting someone to design it for you then go self-hosted.
I have been using WordPress.com for years with the free domain name offered by them, so I decided to stay with them because I knew how it all worked and I was overwhelmed by the prospect of moving my blog to another place.
Even If you decide that you want to invest in your blog, whether that be going self-hosted or investing in upgrading your free WordPress account it doesn’t have to cost you a fortune there are a lot of options out there but you need to expect that it may cost you around or over $100 a year so you are going to need to take this into consideration.
This cost may seem like a lot but if you break it down per month it’s not as much as it seems. WordPress.com, for example, offers four different plans,
- free (you will be limited to a free domain name yourblog.wordpress.com and themes offered.)
- Personal $5 (per month, billed yearly) this gives you a domain name such as Yourblog.com for example + extra themes, storage space, removes WordPress ads from your blog + a bunch of other options.
- Premium $10 (per month, billed yearly) this gives you a domain name, offers you unlimited themes to choose from, extra storage, video capabilities, site monetization and advanced design customization just to name a few.
- Business $33 (per month, billed yearly) this is great for businesses because it offers the same as above but with great business features. This also allows you to install plugins on your site.
You can find more information about their plans here.
I’m not an expert by any means, I’m just sharing my thoughts and what works for me, feel free to ask questions I’ll try and answer them as best as possible.
If you’re interested in knowing more about how to get started on wordpress.com or blogger I will have a post coming up soon on how to create a blog with these platforms.
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