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How to Create Your Own Blog

I know what you’re thinking: “Woe is me... how could I - a humble cube monkey - ever hope to create a successful blog?” Well, if you’re looking for answers, look no further, because I’m here to save you. Not all heroes wear capes; some just wear… *looks down at shirt* …some just wear blue striped button-ups from J Crew.

Now, before you read any further, please take this obligatory caution notice into consideration. I’ve blogged for a few places, and I have my own blog (jackfiction.com), but I’m by no means an expert. This is an introductory guide - for beginners, by beginners.

 

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Thanks for sticking around - now here’s my hypothesis about blogs. Nobody wants to read the blog that’s written for everybody. In the process of catering to all audiences, you lose your own. If it’s for everybody, then it’s for nobody. Think about it. What do you read? Why do you read it? I read things because they cater to me: because the humor aligns with my own, the topic, the hobby, the gossip… the content appeals to me. People seek blogs that cater to their niche. Nobody wants to read something that’s dull; if you’re not letting your personality shine, your readers will recognize that emotional absence. Be passionate about your blog topic and figure out what your niche is. Pick something that interests you, and then write about it the same way you would hope to read about it. The key is #content. You need to get loose. This isn’t a research paper. You’re not getting graded. Your only job is to write something that you’re proud of.

 

(Screenshot of my Wordpress blog)


As to how you go about creating your blog, that’s entirely up to you. That being said, I urge you to use Wordpress, although there are several other options that you can read about here. The majority of online website creation tools are easy to navigate and the various interfaces are self-explanatory. Granted, there are several layers of complexity, but there’s no digging required to get started. If you’re still not convinced, then just find a YouTube tutorial.

 

 

You’ll also have to secure a domain, which you can obtain via a hosting website such as Hostgator or GoDaddy. The entire process is actually very simple and inexpensive - I think I pay about ten dollars per billing cycle to maintain my domain. (I say billing cycle because I forget how often they charge me...could be one month, could be six, go find out for me).

Alright, so now you’ve got your blog, you’ve got your topic… time to pump out some content. Market yourself. Be consistent, share your stuff on social media and invite people to comment. You need traffic. You need to build an audience. You’ll figure it out as you go. It took me 6 months for any real people (not bots) to comment on my blogs about my writing. Like anything else in life, there’s a learning curve. But all it takes to create a good blog is practice, practice, practice. Now get out there and share yourself with the world!

 

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