You're considering starting your own socialmedia blog, but don't know how to begin, do you? Don't worry, we didn't either! We wanted to establish a blog to express ourselves and express our thoughts before we were "The Minimalists". However, we were overwhelmed by all the choices.
We were confused, clueless and overwhelmed by the choices we had. We weren't sure how to start the blog, or even how to become a blogger. What is the best time to start? What is the best way to register a domain? Hosting? Which blogging platform do we need to use? What are the best ways to choose a theme for a blog? What is a plugin? What topics should we write about? We can't even spell HTML!
However, the good news is that it appears that starting a blog can be far simpler than you think. We've learned plenty of lessons in our climb to millions of followers, and you're now able to learn from our mistakes and pain to cut out the stress involved in creating blogs.
In just 5 easy steps How to Begin an Online Business that is Successful Choose your blog name and get your blog hosting. Add WordPress to your blog. Pick a simple theme for your blog to make it truly your individual. Use two of the most popular blogging plugins to track your readers and track stats. To start a blog that readers will appreciate Write compelling posts. There are numerous blogging platforms, such as Blogger.com or Tumblr.com. But almost all serious bloggers use a self-hosted WordPress website due to its flexibility and creative freedom.
The Minimalists use WordPress because it gives us more control over the look and the feel of our blogs--more creativity than other platforms. WordPress is .
How to Blog: 20 Blog Tips to Improve Your Writing
Many emails are sent inquiring about the best way to start blogs or what topics you should choose and how to write relevant content. The bulk of this piece described how to create a blog, but that's just the initial step. Now is the time to start writing and publishing content.
Find Your Niche. It's not necessary to be a specialist however it can be helpful. It's important that you ask yourself what your passion is before you begin learning to become a blogger. Running? Cooking? Being a parent? Do you have a child? Write about it, if you've already done so. If not, then you must first find your passion.Note that we generally suggest that people don't start a blog about keto or minimalistism or any other highly saturated topic. We're really saying this when we advise that you should not create a blog about the subject unless your viewpoint is distinctive. If you're a person with an unusual perspective and you are able to keep it in a simple way, then you should definitely consider it.
Determine your ideal audience. Once you've found your niche, you need to determine who is following your blog. For example, we blog about living a satisfying life with less. Our ideal readers are people who are open to minimalism and want to live more fulfilling lives. You could also write about restoring old vehicles. Tailor your writing to your readers (whether it's your family or your local community, or anyone else who will be reading your blog).
Contribute value. Your blog's content must provide value to the readers life. You want to help people to solve their problems. This is the only way you will get great quality readers to your site (and keep returning back).Adding value is the only way you can gain people's long-term commitment. We both learned this after 10 years of managing and leading employees in the business world. In all you write is it worth asking yourself: Is this adding value?
Be Unique. Yes, there are other blogs that cover similar topics that you would like to write about. Your blog is unique So, why is this? Answer is because you are. Your blog is unique due to you. It's all about you, your creativity and the value that you bring to your blog.
Create something interesting. Write interesting blog posts. Particularly if you want people to share it with others.
Be yourself. The key to being interesting is telling your story. Every person is different and your tale is an important one. It is important to remove irrelevant details from your story which can make it dull. A great storyteller will eliminate all the details that are not relevant and leave the interesting one percent to the reader.
Be Honest. If you wish people to visit your blog, it should be authentic. Your blog could be your blog or you can make it your blog. Do you have the ability to embody what you write? If not, readers will see through it. Gandhi's famous phrase says, "Be the change that you want in the world." Bloggers should create the blog they are passionate about and write for the rest of the world.
Transparency. Transparency isn't the equivalent to honesty. Transparency differs from honesty. (Because everything we write must be for the greater good There's no way to see pictures of us using the bathroom--that's not important.)
Time. Time. Instead, you should concentrate on writing.
Vision. The reason why our website appearance is appealing is due to an excellent host, we have an excellent theme, and, perhaps most important was that we had a clear vision of what we wanted our blog to look.Once we had the vision, we set out to turn that vision into a reality. Note: Neither of us was ever involved in design prior to starting a blog. It's hard to create an appealing blog if you aren't sure what you want it to appear like.
Find your voice. As time passes, great writers find their voice, and their writing tends to create a flow that appeals to their readers. Finding your voice helps your writing feel more alive, more real, more urgent. You can read more about Finding Your Voice on our blog.
We Instead of You. When possible, use the plural in the first person. Statements that refer to us and our are more powerful than those of you and you especially when it comes to discussing bad habits or tendencies. The negative tone of the first person is far more effective. It's not a God-like relationship.
When to post. Question: When is the ideal day and time to publish a blog post? Answer: It doesn't matter. We don't follow an exact time of day, but we do publish at least once a week because consistency is important. It's not necessary to get caught up on the finer details, however.
Social Media. We recommend that you use Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter to interact with your audience. But be careful not to get too involved. The writing is the most important aspect of blogging. Social media follows.
Avoid Negative Criticism and Stupidity. Sure, we get a number of negative feedback and questions from people who aren't our real readers ("You're not really minimalists! ").We refer to these people as seagulls. They come in, spit on your site, and fly away. We're not worried about them since they didn't create our blog. You can move on and remove their comment.
Research. Spend time researching what you're writing about. We can use a variety of useful and relevant sources in our essays since we have spent the time researching our topics.
Keep it simple. Simple principles can be applied to start any blog regardless of the genre. There's no reason to include unnecessary ads or widgets to your website. Make it easy and remove any irrelevant ads or widgets.
Picture. Your blog should feature a photo of you. People are drawn to the person behind the blog's author. It's not necessary to be worried when two jolly guys from Dayton, Ohio aren’t afraid to share their pictures on their blog.
Comments. If you're planning to allow comments on your website you should read the Five Words that Kill Your Blog written by Scott Stratten.
Live your life. Blogs are about the person you are and what you do. However, it is important to live your life. It is important to always put exercise first as well as health and relationships. Simply put, live a life worthy of writing about.
15 Reasons to Start your own blog Following the Joshua Becker's 15 reasons I believe you Should Start a Blog We were compelled to study this subject and then create. In it, he lists 15 reasons why you should start a blog.
What is the keyword here. Becker's piece focuses on the purpose behind blogging and not how to create blog. This is what a lot of blogs about blogging seem to miss: the reason behind the blog-the motive behind creating blogs.
Here's a list of three reasons we love Becker's list.
You'll be a better writer. Writing is communication at the core. It's about putting thoughts on paper and convincing others to agree with their thoughts," writes Becker. Writing, like all kinds of communication, gets better through practice. You won't be forced to write better as it happens naturally as you practice it. Being a better writer holds important benefits for the rest of your life--whether you are creating an ebook, a presentation, a resume, or an anniversary card for your spouse." You are spot on! Blog posts are not just a fantastic way to improve your writing for blogs, it's a wonderful chance to improve everything you write--from business email and text messages to that novel you've been dreaming of penning. Meet strangers. "Whether it be through comments or emails, or even social media sites, you may be surprised by how fast you can meet new people online," writes Becker. That's true! It's true! Minimalists blog is responsible for several of my most important connections over the last 10 years. These include the long-term relationships with business and personal contacts which were forged through this blog. You'll be more confident. "Blogging can help you gain confidence in your own daily life," writes Becker. "You will quickly realize you do live an important life that is unique and can contribute something valuable to others." So true! Writing helps us to understand the lives we live and the consequences of our actions.
Three Reasons not to Create a Blog
You now have fifteen reasons to start a blog, and we've shown you how to start a blog, step-by-step using our personal experiences.
However, after providing you with those detailed instructions, which could save you thousands of hours of time wasted We also would like to provide excellent reasons to not start a blog. (Keep the fact that these reasons are just our opinions and we don't claim to present them as a set of scientific blogging rules.)
Money. You shouldn't start a blog to make money. This must be done first. If your goal is to make a full-time blogging income do not think about it. It doesn't work this way. Are you sure Jimi Hendrix bought his first guitar to "supplement" his income? No, he didn't. He did it out of love for it, to feel the joy and fulfillment that he felt, and the income was soon after, but much later.
Notoriety. Don't plan on getting "Internet famous" right away. There aren't many sites that grow as fast as ours did, however that's okay. We kind of got lucky. We came across a fantastic domain name, put together a logo and a site design that people liked We write pretty well, and our writing connected with people in a unique way.We did not set out to be "famous," though. That'd be ridiculous. This site was created to assist people in becoming bloggers and help spread the word. Our popularity was a shock to us, and it was due to the luck of the draw and an abundance of hard and passionate work.
Traffic. Not all traffic is good traffic. Don't fret about having thousands of visitors immediately. If you are able to help people solve their issues, you can invest your time in creating worthwhile creations. Also, don't concentrate on increasing traffic.
It's amazing to think that these kinds of things are possible. A blog may be enough to make a full-time living. It's what we've done, Corbett Barr does, as do many others. You could even become an Internet well-known blogger, such as Leo Babauta or Chris Brogan.
If you're solely motivated by these reasons why you decide to start a blog, you'll be miserable because it will seem like something you do for a living. If it's an occupation, you'll not feel passionate about it, so you'll either hate it or fall flat on your face (or either).
If you want to, you can turn into a blogger simply because that's what you love to do...
WordPress makes it easy to create your blog. Hosting is all you will require, as described in the previous steps.
You can also make a blog using free services such as Tumblr as well as Blogger. Just be careful, because you might not be able to have the right to your content even if you're publishing it on the website of someone else. This is just one of numerous reasons we choose to use WordPress.
How often should I blog?
When talking to my writing students I encourage them to write every day and publishing blogs every week at a minimum. We typically publish two blog posts per week on the blog. Seth Godin blogs every single day.
We suggest that you stay unwavering regardless of your activities. A weekly schedule can help you create accountability partners (your readership) so you feel compelled to write, even when you're not sure if you want to write.
What should my first blog article be about?
Avoid grandiosity. Do not clear your throat. The mission statement for your blog's first post doesn't need to be grandiose. Your blog's first post doesn't have to be boring and boring. to your blog.
Instead, choose one topic that you're interested in and write about it. Follow the suggestions in the "What should I write about" section above.
To help you, go back to the blog's first post on this blog, circa 2010 Take a hike.
Do not worry about the way you present yourself in each blog post. Instead, create an "about" page that new readers can reference in case they'd like to know more about you, your life and the projects you're working on. See The Minimalists"About page" as an example. Derek Sivers, our friend is also a great Now page that might work for you.
Why are blogs failing?
There are at most three reasons blogs do not work:
Some bloggers have unrealistic expectations. If you begin an online blog today and anticipate to have a million visitors in a matter of hours, you're making yourself vulnerable to failing. If you're motivated by a genuine desire and you're attempting to make a difference in the world, you will discover that your expectations will change.
Some bloggers don't add value. The Minimalists do not focus on the metrics of subscribers or followers. Instead, we are focused on adding value for our audience. The success will be based on solving problems for people, and not the reverse.
Bloggers tend to focus on money first. It's fine to earn money through your blog (we do) however it shouldn't be the primary goal. Good blogs generate income; good blogs can make a difference. Another way to put it: money has an important spot in the car, but isn't the driving force.