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Blogging Newbie: So you think you want to blog?

It seems like everyone (and their grandmother) has a blog today. Because of this, it may seem daunting if you don’t blog, but want to get started. There are several questions you should ask yourself before beginning:

1. What should I write about on my blog? You need to decide a direction for your blog. For example, I blog mainly about family-related topics, and I sell products that relate to family, home and children. People visiting my site are pretty clear that they aren’t going to find information on the day’s stock market ups or downs. Decide what interests you. Look at your family life, your work and your hobbies. If you have a love for photography but feel you never have time for it, start your blog on that topic. If you have a story that you want to tell, then blog it. It’s fulfilling to write about a topic that you enjoy.

2. Do I need to be a professional writer to blog? No. Blogging is not the same as professional writing. I use casual syntax and unusual punctuation for effect and humor A. LOT. on my blog (see what I just did there) that I would never use in my professional business or academic writing. For me, blogging is more relaxed than professional writing. However, you do need the ability to string together coherent sentences.

3. Does it cost a lot of money to start a blog? No. There are sites where you can start a blog for free. The two most popular sites are  Blogger and WordPress.

4. Do I have to know a lot of technical website stuff to start a blog? Not really. The sites like Blogger and WordPress walk you through a series of easy, user-friendly steps to create your site.

5. Does blogging take a lot of time? It can. If you are starting a blog as a business endeavor (or as part of your business), then you should plan to write a minimum of three to five posts per week to keep the content fresh and interesting on your site. If you are blogging as a hobby, then content posting is up to you. However, the less you write blog posts, the less interest people will have in your site.

6. How do people find out about my blog? Again, it depends on your goal. If your goal is to make money, then you will spend significant time promoting yourself and your blog on social networking sites like Twitter, Facebook and blogger sites. If your blog is a hobby that you are interested in sharing with a few close friends and family members, then email them and let them know about your blog or link your posts on your Facebook page

7. Can I get paid to blog? If you have a niche and good writing skills, there are some sites that will pay you for content.  Also, there are advertisers who pay to advertise on blogs, but generally only after the blog has built up a significant following.

8. Can I get rich from blogging? Uh, no. Don’t get me wrong, there are people who do make full-time salaries (and even some who have gotten rich), but just like Bill Gates (or even lottery winners), those people are unique. If you are starting a blog to get rich, or even with the intention of making a full-time salary, you will probably be disappointed.

[author] [author_image timthumb=’on’]http://www.40momsclub.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/ProfilePicTwitter_bigger.jpg[/author_image] [author_info]About the Author

Jacqueline Wilson is a wife and mother of three daughters. She is a published author in the medical academic arena and a freelance writer and course developer. You can read more of her here, on 40 Moms Club, or find her daily parenting humor on her personal blog, WritRams.com: Writer Ramblings on Parenting Imperfectly. [/author_info] [/author]

 


This article originally appeared on WritRams.com. It is reprinted here with permission from the author, Jacqueline Wilson.

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Along with being a contributor to PrimeParentsClub.com, Jacqueline Wilson is: Appalachia Advocate~Supporter of Women~Writer~Accidental Pit Bull Advocate. Founder and executive director of Monkey Do Project and co-author of 50 Shades of Frayed: What Happens When 'I Do' Becomes 'Not Tonight': A Humorous Mompilation.

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