I know. You clicked on this post because that question: ‘Should I
Start a Blog?’ is roaming around in your head right now. You
would like to do this. It’s an opportunity that appeals to you. But
you’re wondering “Can I really do this?” “Should I Start a Blog?”
Questions to answer along with “Should I Start a Blog?”
Oh yes. I had those same questions also. Let’s see if I’m close
to where you’re at.
❖ What would I call my blog?
❖ What would I write about?
❖ How much could I make doing a blog?
❖ How much will it cost to start one?
❖ Do I have the time to do this?
❖ Will it take much time?
❖ Do I have to give up my job?
❖ What will my family/spouse/friends say if I do?
Did I come close?
What other questions are you asking yourself?
Let me know in the comments section below. I’d love to add
them to the list.
“Should I Start a Blog?” – Nana’s Advice
You don’t have to make that decision without any preparation.
Remember – this is an Opportunity for you to try something new and different. Blogging if you decide to do it, is a great way to learn something new and interesting that can keep your mind active, find and meet new friends on the internet, and maybe earn a little extra cash to supplement what you are currently living on today. For others people, blogging can be a chore and obligation which your current life doesn’t really have room for right now. It’s better to give Nana’s advice a try before you invest money into something you really don’t want or are able to do.
I’ve prepared a worksheet to help you make that decision. It’s an
“Idea List”. You can pick up a copy of it here. I suggest you
print out at least 2 copies of it. I find it helpful to use the titled list and I still use one. First, it doesn’t get lost the way a yellow pad or scraps of paper do. And when you go looking for it, it is easier to find. Now that my blog is started, I keep mine on a clipboard that I can take and write on when or where ever I might be. I continue to add to it when another idea springs
up. I may not be ready to write on the topic, but the idea is
there for me when I need something to jog my brain.
Items to put on the Idea List
Start off with the realization that with most, if not all, blogs, you need to be able to write. No, it doesn’t have to be a work of Shakespearean depth or fame. But you do have to be able to write enough to get across your thoughts and ideas. It has to be readable and it has to contain information.
Include on the list everything you think you would like to
write about. I did my first dump of items in one afternoon and
then kept adding to it over the next couple of weeks. You will
need enough items on it to fill at least one full sheet of the Idea
List. Remember, blogs require constant and consistent writing to
How to Use the Idea List
Once you have at least one page of ideas, take a look at them
and group items together. See if a general theme starts to
develop. Is there a group of items that are similar or that show a
list of steps to reach an outcome? Do you really enjoy and/or are
you passionate about these items? Have you visited sites on the
web where these items are discussed or written about? Are your thoughts about what is written the same or do you have more to add? Or, do you have different ideas than what someone else has written? There may be many sites writing about the same subject but each is different and brings the ideas of the writer.
The Big Call to Action
You may not like what I’m going to suggest here but it’s
something necessary. You know Nana is frugal. I don’t want you
wasting time or money. This step will not be wasted. And yes, it
will take some time to do, but it’s free.
For at least the next week or preferably two, you need to spend
at least one-half hour every day writing about one of the topics
on your list. Pick out someone who you think might read your
article and write like you were talking to them. You should be
able to write at least 300-500 words each day. Yes, friend, that
is every day. (Well, I’ll relent and give you one day a week off.)
If you start a blog, you’ll have made headway in postings to it.
You’ll have between 6-12 posts started. And if you find you can’t
stand doing this, maybe blogging isn’t for you. So, the work is a
win-win any way you look at it.
Love, Hugs, and Prayers,