Beginning Blogger 101: Finding Your Voice & Starting Up Your Blog

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These are my opinions only. Please feel free to let me know your thoughts, here on the blog or via email.

Here is what’s most important about starting up your blog:

  1. Find what you want to write about.
  2. Write about it
  3. Listen to the responses
  4. Refine and write some more
  5. After 10 posts, check-in with yourself: what is your goal?

What not to worry too much about:

  1. What platform should I be on. (I hear WordPress is the best, but what’s the difference between .org and .com?)
  2. When is the best time to post?
  3. How can I make money on my blog?
  4. What should I write about?

Simply put: write.

The details of your blogging life will come into focus more clearly when you’ve got some writing under your belt. And you might think you know what you want to blog about, but about the time you burn through your first 10 – 20 posts you will start figuring out what you LOVE to write about. That’s the critical shift.

The age-old writing advice: WRITE ABOUT WHAT YOU KNOW, holds true with this writing form as well. But with blogging you can also write about what you WANT TO KNOW. And take us along for the journey.

As you continue to get in the cadence of writing (I write everyday starting at about 6am.) your voice, your style will develop. THAT is what people will follow. We all need more authentic voices. Find yours by writing, and share it with the rest of us on your blog. I’ll follow that.

John McElhenney
@jmacofearth (also seen on Google+: jmacofearth)

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