Blogging is no walk in the park. I honestly don’t know if I ever would have started if I knew how much work it was going to be. Then again, I never would have known how rewarding and fun it is.
I started this blog in May 2012. I started it because I heard through the grapevine that it was a good idea for writers and authors to have a blog or “author platform.” Even though I barely had anything under my belt, I started it anyway.
I didn’t have a consistent schedule something going months without publishing a post. I mostly complained about how much homework I had at school. Oh, and I also made a lot of writing promises that I never kept and then made up excuses for why I didn’t follow through.
It wasn’t until 2015 I decided to make some changes and blog for real. I decided to get myself on a content schedule, posting every single day with regular features.
In 2016 I bettered my content with new features and ideas, better article quality, and sticking to my schedule.
In 2017, I improved still. Now in 2018, I think my blog has been better than ever with a new make-over and everything else I’ve updated and added.
Trial and Error
Blogging is a learning curve and the best way to learn how to do it is by trial and error. See what works for your readers and what doesn’t. See what you’re comfortable doing and what you’re not.
You’re going to have a lot of ideas but not every single one of them is going to work out. Not all of them will be able to have the spotlight. There’s only so many days in a week and so many hours in a day.
Pay Attention to Other Bloggers
There were plenty of times I’ve done something, blog promotion, for example, and I thought I was some business-buff because I “knew” what I was doing. Sometimes my method would work, sometimes it wouldn’t. Then I would check out some blogs I follow and see the way they did things. I’d try out their way. Sometimes their way worked for me, sometimes it didn’t.
Still, it helps you keep an open mind about what you can do.
Just Do It
The best way to teach yourself how to blog is to just dive right into it. Create an account, make a URL, and whip up a post. You can read books and articles about blogging, but each blog, niche, and writer is different.
You have something no one else can provide to your readers. Find it and embrace it.