The Ultimate Beginner’s Guide To Blogging

ultimate_guideLet’s be honest for a moment. There’s no substitute for hard work, dedication, time, energy, and passion, and those of you who want a shortcut will be disappointed by this guide.

Of course, there are some things that you must do in order to be successful as a blogger.

So, yeah, let’s get down to business.

What To Blog About?

This question comes up quite often. Someone wants to blog because they believe it’s cool or it’s going to earn them an extra dollar, or maybe because they enjoy writing. So… what do you blog about?

A lot of people will advise you to find a niche. Do a bit of research and try to figure out what are the trending topics, and try to find one that is relatively new so there isn’t much competition.

I do not like this idea. Not that it’s not artistic, but it lacks any soul. If you write about stuff you couldn’t care less about, then you’re not doing a much better job than a robot.

Blog about something that sets your soul on fire. Write this down. Print it out. Put it up on your wall or fridge or on your desk. Find the thing that sets your soul on fire, in a good or in a bad way, something that you are terribly passionate about, something that makes your heart beat faster.

Maybe it’s a topic that makes you angry or bitter or scared, maybe it’s something you love. It doesn’t matter. If it makes you feel something, you should write about it.

Blog about the stuff you’d like to read about. Would you follow a blog like yours? If no, then it’s back to the drawing board.

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33 thoughts on “The Ultimate Beginner’s Guide To Blogging

  1. Thank you for this post!

    I am very new to the blogging scene, and I am learning my way around. However, this is the first advice post about blogging that captivates me because it is real. Extremely helpful specially the “niche” part. I had so much trouble trying to decipher my “niche” when it all led me to passion.

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  2. Cristian – absolutely loved this. You’re so damn right. All of my most widely read posts definitely meet the criteria you mentioned. Always love your work. Thanks for sharing, for the inspiration, and the support 👊

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  3. LOVED THIS!!!!! Thank you, as I’m new to blogging and trying to figure out what I wanted to blog about was hard, cause people kept saying, keep to one topic! I can’t keep to one topic!! I like to talk, about many different things. LOL! Thank you!!!!

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  4. Good and interesting read- thank you…… New to blogging too but just love to write about people and life experiences, family and how people impact each other. Some good tips on reading and liking and connecting to other bloggers. I love the anticipation of it all and the process regardless of outcome. Thanks again 😁

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  5. Great practical advice. I have a formula that works for me. For example I blog a fixed number of times per month and rarely vary the formula. Many of my articles are written weeks in advance and are launched automatically on selected dates. In addition I have regular feature articles to generate interest. However, I am realistic. My blog has a very narrow focus and I never expect to generate the kind of traffic that you have on your blog and that does not particularly bother me.

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  6. This is a really awesome post with so many points worth using. I’m definitely going to be taking note of them especially about not waiting for inspiration but starting to write instead. Thanks so much for this!!

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  7. It is sad that people often think there is a “magic bullet” solution for every problem they have. People are generally lazy (especially Americans). The thing I like most about your post and many others that I read is that they make me think. I had to say “Hmm?” To myself when I realized while reading this post that I have not tended to think of Writers as Artists. Now I am trying to formulate why I haven’t.

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    • Yes, blogging is a business. Or it can be, if one chooses it to be. It’s also part art, part craft, a bit of science. A bit of everything. Social dynamics, psychology, persuasion, marketing, storytelling…

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  8. I have to say this was REALLY helpful. When I started my blog, it was really a spur-of-the-moment thing. I mean I knew what I was going to blog about (books reviews, book related stuff), and I’d checked out a few blogs for good measure but still . . . I just started it without reading any prior advice and the first few months were really bad. It could’ve been the fact that I’d shifted cities and schools and all, and that on it’s own was a problem. I wrote without any motivation and I was crushed when there were hardly any likes or views. And that in turn made me even more demotivated, hence not posting stuff as much as I should have.
    Around Christmas I got a surge of inspiration and I was settling down in the new place so things are working well. Not great by any means but progress.
    Sorry for my extremely lengthy comment! But great post😊

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  9. Many great points . For me personally, one point really hit home. The fact that each like, each comment means that someone took the time to spend it on or about your blog. That’s magic. But I missed that in a big way . I kept counting. Counting some more. I spent more time counting stats then taking in the comments. That’s Embarrassing to admit but it was the truth.
    So one day about 3 years in and I was going through a pity party because other people had 5, 10, or even 50x as many followers as I did. I decided to switch my thinking up and start looking at the percentage of people who viewed a post and liked it. Or how many comments on a post I had. When I did the math that way my stats looked great! I was getting 25% of my viewers who were taking some action about my post! Wow! Now that made me understand how important perspective is. These days I still catch myself peeking at how many followers others have on occasion. But now instead of dwelling on what I didn’t have, I went right back to the ” other math” . I had great amountscif people engaging in some way to my posts. That is so much more valuable than having a contest who can reach so many followers first. You know what ? These days I would take 500 followers who engaged in my writing , then 5000 who couldn’t give a rip but I somehow got them on my roster as a follower.
    Does this mean I don’t value how many followers I do have? No way. I still get excited when I see numbers like Christan has. It’s awesome. It’s just now, I am getting my peace from the amount of activity my smaller group puts in. Bit on how many of them are there.
    It’s an awesome thing to have 100k people follow your blog. I admire those who have accomplished it. But it’s not where I get my peace anymore. Great post here .. and best of all it comes from a man who has lived it in all ways. He knows. That’s who you listen to.

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    • Thank you for the compliment. And for the comment.

      In many ways it’s better to cultivate a small following, but who are avid readers, than large numbers of people, a lot of whom are not even a part of your target audience.

      On the other hand, you know you’re onto something when even folks who don’t care about the topics you’re writing about subscribe. It’s like your marketing is so sick that it brainwashes people into subscribing.

      But, still, realizing that we’re talking about actual people, with actual lives, with actual problems and worries, and who, like most of us, have certain time constraints, and they took their time to read and even comment, that’s something to always be grateful for.

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