1. You’re already ahead

I mean that. Diving into the blogging thing is no small feat. Be gratified of yourself for becoming further technologically astute. I mean, how many different people do you know in real life who are starting blogs? See? You’re ahead.

2. There is a huge learning curve

We’ve all experienced it. It’s not just you, I promise. Take it slow. That is a marathon, not a sprint. I know it’s exciting at first, however when you start to feel a bit stumped, take a break furthermore come back later. Otherwise, you’ll drive yourself nuts.

3. It’s not linear

Blogging is not like a prescription where you add this ingredient, next to this ingredient, mix it all together plus out pop the cake in the picture, all time.

The setting up of the site is pretty outspoken, but once you’ve got that part done, you can go in all kinds of ways and be successful. My Contents page has a lot of plans.

4. There will be many “It depends…” answers

Meanwhile, I was starting; I needed people to tell me, “do this, and that will result.” I never got that. Everyone looked vague, or they answered with “It depends…” It made me crazy, but I soon discovered this is just how it is. Let me illustrate…

Think you’re speaking to someone who has never been to your house country and they say to you, “Hi, I’m moving to [your home country]. How should I live there?” Hard question, isn’t it?

It’s the same with blogging. Several of your questions will depend on your situation, but usually the answer to “What should I do next?” is “Produce more and better content.” Having said that

5. Don’t wait to be instructed what to do

Get the basics also then go. If you’ve got a blog started, you’re well on your way.

A lot of us are most satisfied getting the syllabus at the beginning of the course, reading the section titles at the beginning of the book or getting the review sheet before we take the test. Blogging is different. Be willing to chart your course.

6. Embrace the flip side of being overwhelmed

Sometimes being overwhelmed makes new bloggers latch onto another blogger and the way that other blogger does things.

But if you’re a new blogger, embrace your newness, your fresh eyes, and you don’t-quite-know-how-this-is-supposed-to-go view! It might just be that you have got an idea that nobody has considered of or tried, or were too afraid to work because it wasn’t the “right way” to blog.

7. Wing it

Sounds cheesy however I promise you, if you’re willing to step out into unknown territory and try something, you’re working to make a lot more development a lot faster.

Who cares if you don’t understand what you’re doing or you’re not technically savvy? Neither was I. Sure, you will make mistakes along the way, but the greatest of them will be fixable.

8. Launch with a some of the quality posts in the queue

I recommend having 2 or 3  in-depth, meaty posts when you launch. And have 7-15 more jobs in various stages: drafts to be edited, outlines to flesh out and topic ideas ready to write.

Don’t launch with something flimsy like “This is my first post!” It’s good to have any substantial content available if visitors find you, but at the same time, don’t get bogged down writing a dozen or more posts before you publish anything.

I used to advise new bloggers to write 10-20 posts before launching, but not anymore as the blogging landscape has changed and continued to improve.

Two or three posts might not seem like a lot, but this is a matter of “it’s easier to steer a moving car.”

9. Know your target audience

Who is your typical reader? Write directly to them. To connect with them plus learn more about what causes them tick, figure out where they hang out moreover go hang out there too.

10. Choose to focus on your blog also one or two social media platforms plus do them well

Don’t dip your toes into everything now because everyone else is doing it also says you should too. Do a few things well to start. Add extra as you have the time and understanding.

In that case, too, pick the one or two social media platforms where your ideal reader hangs out.

11. Pick up tips as you need them plus as you go

You do not need to know everything blogging before you start.

There will be tips plus advice everywhere. Some you will use, some you won’t. If you’ve only got time for Facebook and Twitter, ignore the ones about Pinterest. No particular tip or piece of advice is working to make or break your blog.

Just produce high-quality content. After that, learn new things as you want them.

12. Make sure you are clear about your goal(s)

What’s your blog for? Why are you blogging? For fun? For cash? Post those goals in written form somewhere. While you sit down to work, ask yourself if what you’re doing is helping you get closer to that goal.

13. Find bloggers further along than you who appear to have the same purpose and watch them

Note what they do. Note what they repeatedly do. Figure out how they’re doing it. Consider why they’re doing it. Seldom that might mean you have to reverse engineer something; rarely you might have to google it, sometimes you might ask straight out. Be curious and observant. Take off your casual observer hat and put on your detective hat.

That is not so you can be their clone. That is, so you know where to focus in your way. And always, always look for means to tweak and try things from a bizarre angle.

14. Connect with others

A long time ago while blogs were rare, just holding one made you stand out. Not so today. There are millions of blogs. Things have changed. Now, to stand out, you have to join with others also get involved in the community.

As I write, Facebook Groups are one of the best places to do that. Merely search Facebook by topic to find Clubs you can join.

A mastermind group is a great option too.

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