Blogging Best Practices – Frequently Asked Questions – Part 5

Abstract of my Pluralsight Course Building a Successful Blog Module – Frequently Asked Questions.

If you have been following this blog series about starting and maintaining a blog, you might be excited to go start blogging right now.  But if you have a few more questions, let me get them out of the way right now with some Frequently Asked Questions. Here are few of the questions which I discuss over here.

Should I start Blogging?

Of course!  It’s fun, easy (if you love what you do, it will be easy), it is rewarding, and you could even earn money.

What if I get bored?

One of the biggest problems with starting a blog is losing interest after a few weeks, never posting, and slowly your blog disappears into obscurity.  Here are some ways to always feel fresh at blogging: change up your schedule.  If you find yourself getting bored, try writing at different times of the day, or even sitting at a different desk.

Some people burn out because their set their expectations too high.  If you think you’ll be able to post multiple posts every day, and write extra posts so you’ll always have a queue, you’ll probably lose interesting in working so hard and stop altogether.  Set a goal for yourself: one post a day, or one post a week with one extra as buffer.  Make a to-do list and cross off things as you accomplish them – even small victories will feel like big motivators.

How much do I need to spend?

You don’t need to spend any money if you don’t want to!  There are so many free blog hosts that spending any money on a venture you’re not sure you’ll like is a waste.  However, if you feel very passionate about your subject, invest $10 in a domain name so that you’ll have the best head start on internet stardom possible.  If you don’t want to invest any, or if you’re saving your money – spend what you can afford, even if it’s $0.

What do I write?

So you’ve started a blog and now you want to know what to write.  I’m afraid you might have done things a little backward – it is best to choose a topic for your blog, and THEN start the blog.  If it’s too late for that – try not to overthink it.  Write about whatever you want, it’s YOUR blog.  Don’t stress too much about making that first post perfect – you should write about five or ten posts and post them all at once, so no one is going to go back to your first post and think “pffft, what a silly idea!”

He are few of the question which I discuss in depth in the Pluralsight course.

  • How long should it take to write a post?
  • What if I get bored?
  • How much do I need to spend?
  • What do I write?
  • The name I wanted is taken. Now what?
  • Someone is stealing my posts! Help!
  • How long should my posts be?
  • Should I be on a writing schedule?
  • Will I have more readers the more often I post?
  • How can I promote my blog?
  • How many visitors am I getting? Am I popular yet?
  • What is SEO? Should I be worried about it?
  • Can I switch blog hosts? What if I want to switch later?

There are so many more questions out there, I know.

If you’re still curious about blogs and blogging, check out my course on Pluralsight!

Reference:  Pinal Dave (http://blog.SQLAuthority.com)

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