Easily one of the most interesting and dynamic avenues available to all of us these days when it comes to sharing our opinions, engaging in discussions about our interests, and simply expressing ourselves, is – you guessed it – blogging.
Blogging can be a great pastime for all kinds of different reasons, and depending on how you set your blog up, and how everything unfolds, you may even be able to make a living from blogging in one way or another.
All that being said, though, here are a few questions that you should probably ask yourself before you decide to begin blogging.
Is there a particular topic that you are fascinated by, that you could see yourself writing about a lot?
First things first: in order to actually blog – and especially in order to blog for longer than a single post – it really helps to actually have a particular topic that you are fascinated by, that you could see yourself writing a lot about.
If your blog is just a more or less haphazard online diary, there will no doubt be people who are interested in reading it and getting emotionally involved in the ups and downs in your life.
For the most part, though, people are drawn to blogs that relate to specific subjects, or subject areas, they find fascinating and would like to spend more time thinking about.
So, before you begin blogging, it’s probably a good idea to think about what topic, exactly, would interest you enough to blog about.
Are you interested in creating and managing your own website?
Some people, when they begin blogging, actually end up constructing an entire web-based empire-in-the-making for themselves, incorporating self hosted websites, e-books and other products, and so on.
Even if you aren’t directly interested in technical stuff like API testing, however, it’s good to get a sense of how involved you want to be in the whole process, in a hands-on manner, before you start blogging.
It might be that you really want to start by putting together your own WordPress site with the right themes and plug-ins, and registering your own unique domain name. Or, it might be that you just want to share some thoughts via an existing platform.
Are you drawn to blogging because you find the idea interesting, or because you feel like it would be a “smart” thing to do?
Although blogging can end up being financially lucrative in various cases, it’s almost certainly a bad idea to get into blogging because you feel it would be a “smart” thing to do, or would be a good business decision.
One part of the reason for this is because you really can’t count on a blog becoming financially viable, and another part of the reason is because the quality of your blog will likely suffer significantly if you are primarily viewing it as a business decision, rather than something that you are interested in for its own sake.