To Blog, or Not to Blog?

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One of the questions I get asked most as a blogger is, how do you stay motivated to update your blog? Before One Heel Ahead was created, most of my blogging experience took place in between classes. However, the blogs I ran prior to OHA were not specialized, and lacked a certain sense of continuity in content.

Today I thought I would share a few tips on what you need in order to jump start your own blog. I always encourage everyone to take the risk, even if it means failing!

Here are a few lessons I learned along the way that will hopefully get you started:

  • Dedication – A first time blogger needs to understand that your blog becomes a part-time (sometimes full-time) job, and needs attention on a regular basis. A popular blog continuously produces new content. Ultimately, you want your readers to want to return.
  • Time Management – This goes hand-in-hand with dedication. Assuming you have other things on the go, such as a day job, school and other social events, a first time blogger needs to learn how to balance her/his schedule to fit in everything.
  • Content – One of the most difficult parts to blogging is arguably preparing the content. Although the technicalities behind building the site take time, be prepared to think on your feet and be creative with posts.
  • Continuity – The risk you take with creating a blog is running into a wall where you can’t think of a new post. Don’t worry – writer’s block happens to the best of us! Make sure you brainstorm a theme before you launch your blog. The best way to stay on top of your posts is to write about something you are passionate about. This will show your readers that you are serious about the blog and content.
  • Patience – Every piece of technology comes with its own set of downfalls. Be prepared to run into technical difficulties. Whether your site crashes, or you can’t figure out how to change your style.css, be patient. Take a break and come back to it!

Have any suggestions for first time bloggers? Tweet me @Sam__Dickson or respond below!

-S.

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