Introduction to Baby Steps to Blogging
Computers and the internet have been a daily part of my life for nearly twenty years. I use them to pay bills, connect with family and friends and to buy and sell on sites such as e-bay and Amazon. Despite my everyday use of them, I still struggle.
My first computer was a bit of a novelty. I played games and used it as a word processer—after I learned to control the mouse (don’t laugh). Seriously, that silly thing had a mind of its own!
It was some weeks, maybe months, before I realized the words in blue were links (what is a link, anyway?) that I could click to open another page with more information.
Fast forward to August of 2012–I began green blogging. The name I chose was more appropriate than I knew at the time: Journey Through Clutter Jungle. This was / is the name of a current work in progress. I plunged through several posts before the evil spirits of doubt and indecision blocked my path. Over a year later, I got the courage to try again. When I did, I somehow lost the best clutter post I had written into the vast unknown of cyber space. Attempts to re-write it resulted in a writing so inferior to the original, I just. gave. up.
Green blogging is a term I use to describe myself (and others like me) who attempt to do something we know nothing about. It seems the more I learn, the more I realize I don’t know enough. Admitting this taught me to be happy marking my progress in baby steps.
Today I am beginning a series of posts titled Baby Steps to Blogging.
Dictionary.com defines blogging as a website containing a writer’s own experiences, observations, opinions, etc., and often having images and links to other websites. This gives us a basic idea of what a blog is supposed to do. So just where do we begin those baby steps?
The first step is to choose a blogging platform. Everyone seems to have different definition of platform. Since we are taking this in baby steps let’s consider the platform to be the place you stand to present your message, or the online site you use to share your message.
There are many blogging platforms to choose from. I have tried several, but narrowed it down to two that I like the best. Blogger.com is easy to use. Wordpress.com seems to get more attention from other bloggers. Either can easily be made to work as a website later on if you so desire. Look several over and choose the one you like the best.
The second step is to find your focus.
- What do you write about? Which of these topics reflect the message you want to share with your readers?
- Ask yourself, “What am I passionate about?” Is there a connection between your passion and the topics you write about? The blend of these two is most likely what you want focus on as you blog.
- Use your writing skills to make up a sentence or short paragraph that describes this. Consider this your mission statement. Use it to help you focus on the message you want to share, lest your blog become like the Urban Definition of a Blog.
Begin Blogging. It’s OK to write about subjects not contained in your mission statement, but tie them into it whenever you can. Be yourself. Your readers will get to know you by what and how you write. Try to give them something worth reading. Pick a time to blog each week or month or whatever interval works best for you. Be consistent to post at that time. Start slow by Blogging in Baby Steps.
This post is part of a series titled Baby Steps to Blogging. I hope it will help you on your blogging journey. What have you chosen as your mission statement? I encourage you to share it with me in the comments section. I want to invite you to come back next Thursday for Part 2 of Baby Steps to Blogging. Choose to follow me by e-mail if you would like to be notified of new posts to my blog.