Should I start my own blog?

I’ve been blogging for many years. Because of my experience, people often ask me, “Should I start a blog?” In answer to that question, I usually ask people to consider the follow questions:

First, ask yourself why you want to start a blog. If you’re hoping to make alot of money or to attract alot of readers, then your approach to blogging would be different than if you simply wanted to discuss interesting topics with a close group of friends. Either of these are valid reasons to start blogs, but the approach would be different.

Second, how naturally does writing come to you? Do you find it easy to write about a given topic, or do you struggle with saying something in just the right way? There is not a “right” answer for this question in order to start a blog. However, before you start, you need to realize that your writing habits will dictate your ability to write blog posts.

Third, what are you going to write about? If you are a research scientist, then you can probably write a blog post every day about a very specific topic – perhaps even more than one post per day. However, if you have broader interests, then perhaps your blog should be more general as well. It’s great to have a blog about a specific topic, but if you run out of ideas after three posts, then you won’t have a very successful blog, and you will probably get very frustrated with blogging.

Fourth, if you look forward to discussing topics with commenters on your blog, are you patient? It usually takes time to build a base of readers. Similarly, the way you respond to the commenters on your blog will either encourage or discourage others from commenting.

Finally, if someone is considering starting a blog, I suggest that that person begin by writing a few blog posts without publishing them. Write them in Notepad or even with pen and paper. Determine how long it takes you to write a blog post. Wait a few days and write another post. Do this for a week or two. If you find that you run out of things to say, then blogging may not be for you. However, if you find that you can consistantly write new material, then you can pobably be successful at blogging. Remember, consistency doesn’t mean that you have to write ten posts per day or even one post per day. However, if you wait two months between blog posts, then you will pobably end up getting frustrated at blogging and stop not long after you start.

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