Do you have knowledge that could help people?
Do you want to use that knowledge?
Do you know a keyboard when you see one?
Of course, you could be a blogger, and a successful one, too. Whatever preconceptions you have about blogging, prepare to throw them all away and start from scratch.
Who Should Start a Blog?
Anyone who has specialist knowledge that could help other people can use a blog to help others.
If you have a particular interest, then growing a blog will help you to expand your own knowledge in your specialist area. Passing on your knowledge to others is the best way to improve your understanding.
How Much Does a Blog Cost?
You can build a blog for $60 a year, which will include your web address and very basic web hosting. You can build a blog for free, but your credibility will be non-existent, and credibility is everything when you are never going to meet your readers.
You can buy other tools to blogging easier, but you can invest in those as you go along. You would also be well-advised to choose a mid-range web hosting service rather than a very basic one.
What Are the Best Reasons to Start a Blog?
Whatever floats your boat.
Bloggers have different motivations, but most come down to a desire to share what they know. Making money is not a good reason to join the blogging ranks. You can make a living, but only if you have a group of users who think well of you. It takes time before your subscribers learn to trust you.
A desire to help others is one thing that all bloggers have in common. This desire might manifest itself as sharing knowledge, providing support or a shared community objective.
What Do Bloggers Do?
The most obvious things that bloggers do is to write posts, record podcasts, and upload video. They also have 101 maintenance tasks that range from backing up their blogs to updating plugins and choosing a theme to promoting their posts on social media.
Social media presence is necessary so many bloggers also run Facebook groups and pages, as well as finding images for Pinterest and joining Twitter discussions.
Less apparent is the time taken to develop essential relationships with other bloggers through networking. Social media relationships are only a small part of networking and networking includes a lot of 1 to 1 discussions.
Supporting blog subscribers represents another essential and time-consuming set of tasks that will include email auto-responders, learning about the problems that readers face and finding solutions.
Can You Make Money as a Blogger?
Yes, you can make money, but it will take time.
If you approach blogging primarily as a money-making exercise, then you will fail. Nobody will read your sales pitches, and you will turn off everybody you meet.
How Hard Is It to Build a Blog?
Blogging involves learning how to use a few programs like WordPress, Canva and Pinterest. It is well within the capabilities of any intelligent person, and there are plenty of guides and videos that will walk you through the steps you need to take.
How Much Time Does a Blog Take?
How long is a piece of string?
Blogging takes as much time as you are willing to give it. That’s why it must be a labour of love, rather than a plan to get rich quickly.
As a rough guide, it takes most bloggers three hours to write a post. Then you have to spend time promoting it on social media, commenting on other blogs, networking and producing your own resources.
It is flexible, which is why it’s a great option to look at starting while you are still teaching. You can always put in more time when you have it.
Is Blogging for You?
As you can see, there is a lot more involved than most people know, but it is flexible and rewarding. You are only responsible to yourself (and your subscribers). You need to be self-motivated and good at multi-tasking.
Blogging is hard work, but it is the best way to use your teachers’ communication skills and expertise out of the classroom.
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