This will be the first in the series, Begin to Blog. As I mentioned last month in preparation for writing this series, I get so many emails from people about how to get started blogging. My goal is to have this series is to share what I have learned since creating Mommy Snacks.net last year. Many things are topics that I have researched myself. I want to be able to have one resource for those topics if you are interested in stepping out to create a blog as well!
As we go through this series, I just want to be very clear that these are my personal thoughts and experience with the vast topic of blogging. There isn't a rule book on blogging (many people sell their advice on the topic, though). I believe your blog is YOUR space on the internet! You can and should do whatever you want with it!
A good starting point for you to Begin to Blog is Sharing Your Passion! But, first, you need to figure out what it is…
What is the one hot issue you always have on your mind? The stuff you just have to share with your friends, family or random people at the market? Are you the *go-to* person for advice on something? Whatever that is, it can be the voice for a passion to beginning to blog!
It is possible for a personality to pour through a screen. I have felt it when I read or visit many sites. Knowing that people are sharing their love of whatever the content is makes it easier as a blogger to keep writing, keep it fun and interesting and keep your audience wanting more. What would that be for you?
If you try to force something that isn't there, the writing will become like work. Granted, some of what I do now has become work and I am making an income. But, regardless of whether money or sponsorships were coming in, my passion would remain the same: helping myself and others save and have hope in this hopeless economy! That was my passion long before I started this site and will continue regardless of monetization (more on that later).
Ultimately, your blog will be whatever you want it to be. But, that drive – your passion – will help you write with a purpose. Blogging can be thankless at times. Sure, you can earn money, but are you creating value? If you write with purpose, I bet you'll find some amazing people through networking and sharing your voice. You will probably even get comments and affirmation if you do! Do you want to take the time to share your passion with others?
Action Plan: Reflect on your conversations from the past week. What was the one common theme? Maybe it's your kids, your house, your cooking, your deals! That common conversation may be something for you to consider to write about!
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