So, you’re thinking about starting a blog huh? That’s great! Wouldn’t it be easier if there was an example of a blog that you could look at as you were getting started? Originally, That was the sole purpose of this site. I decided to create a site for a couple of family members who keep telling me that they really want to start their own sites, but they just don’t know where to start. That was the original plan, but of course plans sometimes need to be adapted. I started to like the idea of actually making this a blog about things that I thought would be interesting for a variety of readers that might visit. That is why you will also find post about home and life topics here.
I originally intended to make all of the posts on this site about building a successful blog. The problem with that is that things are constantly changing in the online world. To make a long story short, I’ve decided to refer my family, friends, and anyone else interested in creating a blog, to my favorite site, the Zen Duck Pond. It would take me years to scratch the surface of what is available there, and I can recommend it without any hesitation. As for this site, I am going to use it as an actual example of a personal blog just for fun. That takes the pressure off of me and lets me sleep at night knowing that I’ve made a rock solid recommendation for the people I care about.
There are lots of wonderful reasons for getting your own blog set up and published. In today’s world, having a blog is almost like having a business card. You can use it for any number of things. Some good reasons that pop to mind include journaling your life, creating a special place to tell the world about family events, self promotion, selling physical or informational products (making money), becoming a part of a larger community you are interested in, showing off a favorite collection… the list goes on and on. There really is not much down side to creating your own blog.
The problem? Not knowing where to start. It stops people dead in their tracks. If you want to learn, check out the site I recommended above. Do NOT fall into the trap of buying a string of worthless “how to” guides that will only empty your pocket. The Zen Duck site I mentioned only costs ten bucks to join and it will provide WAY more information than any single product you could purchase. If you don’t like the site, just end the membership and walk away. Why does it cost ten bucks? Basically to keep out the riff raff and to protect some solid information. Believe me, it’s worth it.
Why Haven’t YOU Started a Blog Yet?
In case you haven’t noticed, a LOT of people have already started blogs. Some people write about very specific interests, and some prefer to keep things general. As a rule, if you want to get noticed by the search engines, you’re better off starting with some type of focus, but if you prefer to go general, there’s certainly nothing stopping you except possibly your fear of the unknown.
When you are just toying with the idea of starting a blog, it’s very easy to talk yourself out of starting. Most people are pretty resistant to change and to trying unfamiliar things. That’s completely natural. The thing is though, you’ve got to be willing to stretch your boundaries a bit and to explore new areas that seem intimidating as you move forward. You might want to build toward internet marketing, or you might follow some personal interest. It’s really up to you. I happen to prefer (and recommend) building your blog on a domain that you own. (I’ll go into reasons for this in another upcoming post). The truth is though, if you want to, you can start a blog for free today and it won’t cost you a dime. There is some considerable downside to this plan though, and I’ll post about it shortly, but the fact remains that you can start a blog for free if you really want to get your message out to the world.
Blog Questions and Getting Unstuck
Sometimes we over analyze things to the point of paralyzing ourselves. For some reason, we think that every new project we take on has to result in perfection. I think this is a big reason why many potentially wonderful bloggers end up passing on the opportunity to set up their own website. So many questions come up and there is no one trustworthy to ask. I’d like this blog to be a source of quality information that you can trust, but I’d also like it to be the motivational kick in the pants you need to get you to stop questioning every darn thing you consider trying.
Something Personal for Visitors to my Blog
I started creating websites back around 2005. I’m not a techno geek type at all, but I was able to figure things out and get some profitable sites set up. Many friends and relatives have shown an interest in my projects over the years. This is mostly because they noticed that I was making some money from my ventures. I willingly explained every step of setting up a site to them, but most of them are scared to get started because they don’t know where to start.
This website is now being built as an example of a personal blog anyone who happens to visit. Sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words (at least). If you’d like to read the definition of a blog, click here. If you’d like to learn about how you can start and grow a blog or website of your own from a bunch of experts who really know what they’re talking about, click HERE. If you just want to hang out and read my thoughts on a variety of topics, feel free to click around for a bit. Thanks for the visit!