Is Blogging Right for Me?
It takes more than just a blog and a stable internet connection to start blogging. We have created a list of blogging essentials that every aspiring blogger must possess.
Good Writing Skills
You should probably be aware of this rule of thumb by now. As a blogger, you’re subjecting not only your content, but also yourself to public scrutiny. Once you put yourself and your writings out there, it’s definitely inevitable for some people to criticize your work.
Thus, when you publicize your works, make sure that they adhere to grammar and writing rules in terms of subject-verb agreement, verb tenses, spelling, and punctuations among many others. It doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to use hifalutin words. Keep your writings informative yet easily understood.
Love for Writing…and Reading
As a blogger, your daily life would revolve around creating content. As early as now, if simply the thought of writing an article of 500 words or more already make you cringe, then you should probably think twice.
Similarly, love for writing comes hand in hand with reading. Aside from keeping you in-the-know of the latest trends and updates, reading also enhances your vocabulary—which is necessary in generating content ideas.
Social Media & Tech Savvy
More often than not, you would spend hours online just surfing the internet looking for content inspirations or checking your blog’s statistics. All these activities are done online, you should be comfortable working on and with your computer.
Moreover, blogging may also require you to understand how SEO works. These come in handy especially when it comes to generating traffic.
Wide Personal & Professional Network
Of course, your family, friends, colleagues, and acquaintances would surely be your blog’s first audience. During your blog’s startup phase, reach out to as many of them as possible. Word-of-mouth is still the most effective form of advertising, and the fastest way to create buzz.
Don’t be afraid or shy to promote your blog, after all, you’ve worked hard for it—go and give it the attention it deserves. This is also applicable for your target companies or brands. Don’t be afraid to reach out to them and let them know that your blog actually exists.
Once you’ve established your audience and following, engage with them. It’s one way to know what they need and want. Likewise, it’s also a way for them to feel appreciated and cared for as your readers.
Patience, Consistency, More Patience
Creating your blog, generating buzzworthy content, establishing followers, finding partner companies, earning money—all these don’t come overnight. In fact, it may take months or even years before you can actually start earning significant amount of money from your blog. It’s alright; no one starts off being excellent.
But once you’ve successfully established your platform, there should be no more room for downtime. As a blogger, always remember that you’re only as good as your last blog post, so just keep on posting, posting, and posting.
Overtime, some readers may not find your content interesting anymore. Well, aside from being consistent, it’s also helpful to always bring something new to the table every once in a while in order to stay relevant.