Have you been wondering about starting a blog? What does it take? Well, there are many websites and blogs online that will give you a good guidance on attaining this goal. Be that as it may, not many of them will tell you what it takes to start and maintain a blog; at least not from the psychological point of view. Let me make this clear before you read farther; I’m not a shrink. I just want to let you know in advance the mental state you should be in for your blog to thrive. It’s good to always finish whatever you start. It’s beneficial for you to not only start a blog but also see it through to the end. Now, lie there, close your eyes, and tell me has been bothering you. Hahaha! Just kidding. Okay, seriously, let’s start the session.
- Patience and Perseverance
The most successful bloggers love blogging. You could say that blogging boils in their blood. Intense huh! But that’s the key to being successful in anything. If you don’t deeply love whatever you do, then it’s going to be really tough for you to thrive in it. Your days will be longer than usual and your nights will be ephemeral. You’ll even end up hating something that you were once so excited about; like a child who throws tantrums to get a toy, only to get it and in no time lose interest in it indefinitely. So, if you are wondering, “how do I start a blog?” one of the first steps is to check how far you’re willing to go with the blog. If it’s something for fun, then not much love will be necessary. But if you want to spend a good amount of your time on earth blogging, now will be the time to determine how much you love blogging.
You have no idea how many blogs exist online with just a sentence or two, a paragraph perhaps, or with themes that are halfway set up. And these blogs have been like that for ages now. There’s an entire ghost planet of blogs online. Not necessarily because their owners are diseased, but because their owners started them, and that was it; they just started a blog. If your goal is to just start a blog, that you’ll achieve easily. It’s successfully starting a blog that is the big deal here.
Successfully starting a blog implies you took your time, followed all the instructions given in one of the many websites and blogs that give step by step instructions on starting a blog, and you got a considerable audience to read it. It means you completely set up the theme you picked, posted something that you were eager to share with the world, and you ensured that your blog is fully functional. Only those who are motivated enough by their passion for blogging attain this. If you are passionate about the thing you want to blog about, motivation will come easily. If you’re not, you’ll need a lot of good luck online.
Patience and Perseverance
Starting a blog is not necessarily easy. You’ll have to be patient, especially if you’re so excited about whatever it is you want to share with the world. You just can’t wait to start posting those awesome ideas. But wait, first, you have to:
- Select a host/ blogging platform
- Pick a domain name
- Register the domain name
- Design and customize the blog
Now you can start posting. Phew! You’ve started a blog. But is that it? Nope! You also have the task of promoting it so that you can get an audience to read the blog, and participate in whatever your deal is. This can be a lot of work, so you need to persevere and keep spreading the word through various channels like social media, friends, emails, co-workers, neighbors, and any other genius method you discover or invent. And it can take months for you to get a good audience. If a large audience is important to you, then attracting traffic to your blog will be even more stressful. Hence, patience and perseverance will be essential in this particular instance. No one said it was a walk in the park. Be prepared!
Be determined to achieve. I bet no one wants to just start a blog for the sake of starting one, or because it’s the trend, or it’s convention. You probably want to start a blog because you want to share something with the world, and you’ll have attained your objective when you’ve started the blog, and there are people who know it exists. You’ll start your blog, and then post something there. But you won’t stop there, you’ll post more things, and more things, and even more things. You want to keep your blog alive; sustain it. So you have to keep giving your audience something new, and something that’ll keep them coming for more. To do this, you must have a plan. You have to determine how often you’ll be posting something new, and you also have to set some time aside to spend with your audience; go through any comments they give, and provide feedback where necessary. You are the admin, and the contents of your blog are what you have to manage, maintain, and control. You must be dedicated to your blog for it to last as long as you’d like it to.
Many people start a blog, but very few of them remember it exists a month later. This article is meant to exclude you from this statistic, so that you can join the other statistic of bloggers who make a living by just blogging, or at least those who have a blog that’s active, with a good audience. Yes, there’s the other stuff you need to do while starting a blog; like choosing hosts, and domain names and stuff, and there’s also your mind, which needs to be prepared to see you through to the part where your blog becomes as fun as you pictured it in your head. It’s not easy, and it’s not hard either. As long as you’re passionate about whatever you want to blog about, you’re patient and persevere through the sometimes tedious steps involved in the startup phase until it’s fully functional, and you’re dedicated to ensuring the success of your blog, all will be well.