Writing a blog seems overwhelming once you start getting into the process of it. When the idea came to you, or a friend of yours who was watching you bake, or work, or give advice, it seemed simple: Write an article, put it on a website, let the followers roll in! Yet once you started looking for hosting, getting into website design, and realized how many articles you would need to churn out to get your followers interested, it went from hobby to job. You can definitely maintain a more low-key blog, that runs on your schedule and whims and is more about the creative outlet than a dedicated following or revenue. Though for most of us, once you get started it can be mighty addictive, constantly trying to figure out ways to make your stage more appealing.
There are countless blogs out there covering everything from soap making, baby raising, furniture building, trailer park fashion, car maintenance, cute pets, opening boxes, car seat safety, canning and jarring apples, breaded cats, awkward stock photos, you can truly make a blog about anything. With such freedom, you don’t necessarily need to box in your topics under one roof and can instead pursue the path of an eclectic smorgasbord! This will help to keep you from feeling boxed in and out of ideas, as well as attract a broader audience.
To maintain reader interest in what you have to share its important to stick to a timeline, offering a certain amount of fresh posts every so often. If you go too long in-between posts readers will fall off or become unattached to you. It’s also beneficial when you can incite reader response in your article and have them talk amongst themselves in the comments section. Developing familiarity between you and your readers and your readers and each other will have them visiting your site more often and encourage dialogue which brings in more traffic. Responding to comments left for you is especially important during the early stages of your blog, as it lets the readers know that you paying attention and care about their experience. It can go a long way in insuring a dedicated network of subscribers when you interact with them and answer questions that they have.
Starting a blog to make money is not going to keep you interested enough to write the articles, maintain the website, and converse with the readership. You need to have passion for whatever you are blogging about and an interest in learning more about it so that you can share your journey with others. Make sure that you move forward with something you already know about and have interest in, otherwise this will start to feel like a chore. It takes time, quite a bit of it, to start making any money off your blog, especially any money that could be considered ‘income’ and not just ‘bus fare’. If you stick with it and have the motivation to be constantly improving, you could become one of those who is not only heard and understood, but also paid well for it!…Read More