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5 things to weigh before starting a blog


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Bloggers often jump to blogging or making a personal website before even being conscious of their blogging goal, strengths and weaknesses, and whether they have enough time in hand for running the blog. All bloggers, new or old, need to ask themselves these 5 questions so that they blog successfully.

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5 things to weigh before starting a blog

  1. 1. before starting a blog 5-point checklist on what to consider
  2. 2. 1. Know well the rewards and the pitfalls ... also know what blogging will cost you. • Blogging for displaying your writings, photos, etc need not cost you a penny. • Blogging is a very rewarding experience. • Blogging is good for making money too, but you need to work VERY hard, do proper planning, be disciplined. • If you do it aimlessly, you may feel bored, frustrated.
  3. 3. 2. Understand your own strengths and weaknesses ... also decide if you can deal with weaknesses. • Do you have enough expertise in the area in which you want to create the blog? • Do you have basic web skills: writing, social media interactions, linking, etc. If not, you must be ready to acquire them over time OR hire. • Do you have time to spare? You will need to compose posts, comment and reply to comments, spruce up the blog, etc. • Are you sure, you will carry it out with discipline for a long period (say, at least 2 years)?
  4. 4. 3. What is your aim? ... and what are your milestones? • Do you want to start the blog just for sharing experiences, views, memories, etc? • Do you want to earn money out of it? If money is the goal, you will need to do a lot of research in the field (e.g. fashion / food / tech / gardening / football). • You will have to write down your goals and draw up a time-line for achieving them. Otherwise blogging will lead you nowhere.
  5. 5. 4. Are you ready for the rigmarole? Remember, blogging can be too burdensome if not done with passion. • Be aware before you create the blog that you will have to remain passionate about whatever theme you choose. • Even personal blogs or blogs that comment on everything around them need to have some sub-themes (e.g. children / local politics / fun photos). • Ironical it may seem but blogs meant to earn money need even more passion. They need passion more than target-chasing.
  6. 6. 5. Have you done the groundwork? Look at the list below. Are you clear about all? • What will be the theme? • Will you be able to write well for long time? • How to host the blog (paid / free platform)? • If free, which platform? If paid, which host? • Will you be able to update it adequately well? • How will you integrate it with social networks? • How will you promote it? [Add more to this list and check them before starting the blog.]
  7. 7. Now, go open the blog and let blogging give you joy, (and money if you are up to it) • After a few months of regular blogging, you can submit your blog to IndianTopBlogs for a free but short review of your blog. We’d be glad to help you check areas needing attention. • IndianTopBlogs has a storehouse of tips on all aspects of blogging. You can visit them. • If you are a first-time blogger, why not jump to this slide and start your first blog in just 30 minutes, all for free!
  8. 8. Best wishes! We wish you a very successful blogging journey. -