Are you new to the world of blogging? Are you fascinated about the whole idea of working online? Are you confused about getting started?
Mike has started writing more about his online business here on The Financial Blogger. The reason for this is simple. You guys demanded it. I figured I can try and do my best to cover the topic as well. This is why I wanted to take a moment to reflect on my last few years of blogging here today.
Please check out the following posts first:
Once you’ve checked out the posts above, you can get started with the rest of the article. I wanted to share what I wish I knew about working online/blogging 2 years ago. This should help out anyone that is new to the world of blogging.
A niche is not enough. You need a clear direction for your blog. To be honest I’m not even sure that I’ve found a clear direction for my blog just yet. I’m pretty jealous of those of you that have. The point is that you need to have a clear vision for your blog in regards to the type of posts that you publish and the future direction that you plan on heading towards. You really don’t want to confuse your readers, and yourself.
I’ve noticed this shift recently here on the blog as Mike starts to write more about his online business. Finding your clear direction is not easy. When you do find it, you will know and your readers will become more engaged.
Blogging is not a zero-sum game. Your peers don’t want you to fail or to get rid of you. When I first found out about personal finance blogs I was hesitant about emailing these bloggers. I knew that I wanted to get into the world of blogging about personal finance. I just didn’t know how to start and who to email for help. What if they don’t respond? What if they don’t like me? Why would they talk to me?— these were all thoughts that ran through my mind.
After a few months into blogging I was literally shocked by the amount of help available to me. Some bloggers were willing to get on the phone with me, others replied with long and detailed responses through email, and some even answered questions for an interview series that I ran. You really can’t do it alone. Embrace the help that is available around you.
These are a few of the blogging interviews I conducted:
When you first start blogging it feels like you can write about this topic forever. You have to stop yourself and force yoruself to go to sleep some nights at first. Many months in you’ll realize that writing consistently can get really difficult when real life gets in the way. Break-ups, family problems, crappy climate, emotions, stress at work, and boredom can all catch up with you real fast. You either won’t feeling motivated to write at all or you won’t be able to find the time.
What can you do about this? Leverage your productive times to produce extra posts. This way you’ll have a backlog of pieces ready to go when you’re not ready.
Okay so you can maybe get into the habit of writing consistent posts. However, is the quality there? I’m sure that I can put up something on a daily basis. It won’t be good and I know that you guys will tell me. You’ll either leave a negative comment or just not return. Both are a horrible feeling.
What’s the cure for this? Don’t post crap. You’re better off with an idle blog for a few extra days as opposed to inundating your readers with crap.
I’m inherently an impatient guy in every area of my life. Blogging was no different at first. I wanted to make a fortune and to have lots of readers. Sadly this didn’t happen. I can write about patience until I’m blue in the face but you have to figure it out on your own.
You’ll eventually get burned out and feel like giving up. Relax and step away for a bit. Don’t quit just take some time off. You’ll come back re-energized and ready to go!
Readers– what do you wish you knew about blogging/online work before you got started? I don’t want the typical responses. I want to hear something new!
(photo creditr: gaobo)
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