I will tell you guys right now, I told myself I would never… ever… start a blog.
I decided I never would a few years back. Kind of a long story, but basically I was part of a Facebook group. It was a group of girls waiting for their sweethearts serving LDS missions. And I was waiting for mine too.
There was a point where a lot of them decided they wanted to start a blog for their journey. I thought it was cool, but I was never interested in reading them. I felt like I already knew a lot of their story because of what they posted. And because I wasn’t interested in reading them, I always felt like if I started one, no one would be interested in reading mine, either.
So I told myself I wasn’t ever going to start a blog, and I was going to use my Facebook as that source. It never made sense to start a big blog, because I didn’t feel like I had more to talk about than what I already post on Facebook.
I realize now, that it is a little more than that. You can read this now and be just fine. But imagine reading this right now, on a Facebook or Instagram post. You probably scroll right on, right? Sure, there are a few that read longer posts. Heck, I’m one of them. I love seeing what my friends are up to. But I’ve noticed my posts with fewer words get more attention. It does make sense.
I didn’t realize how in depth and personal I could get with a Blog. Or maybe I did, and that’s why I decided not to do it. Haha.
Now you’re probably thinking, “Yes! I’m in the same boat! I swore I would never start a blog and now I really want to. How do I get started?”
I’m no professional. But I will give you some advice: Do your research! Sounds boring, I know.
Me personally, I used Blogger.com- however, when I was doing my own research to get started, there are other options out there. YouTube has a lot of Bloggers who do videos on starting a blog. And if you know what you want, it’s easy to find what you’re looking for. Maybe you want to blog to start making money someday. And there are TONS of ways to do that, and not quickly. So be patient. (I’ve recently switched to WordPress)
Or maybe you want to do it just for fun. You want to connect to people, or maybe just do it for a personal journal type thing. Which is one reason I started. I wanted to remember everything. Even the little things like why I decided to do this in the first place, or reminding myself that life can be more magical 😜
Whatever your “why”, GO FOR IT. There will never be a right time to do something that you really want to do. If it doesn’t work out, at least you tried right? And if it does work out, then YES! Whoo!
Like I said a little bit before. Be prepared to be patient. Especially if you have a smaller following. It might take a while to grow that following and get people to read (unless you’re a lucky one!) and that’s okay. Just be yourself. Write what YOU want to write, not what you think people want. And eventually, you can do both! Start out with what you know, what you like. And then you can start figuring out what your readers like best and work from there. Be patient with the system, but be patient with yourself. You’re going to get writers block… It’s not fun, but it’s fine! Keep trying to find things that inspire you. If you read something that inspires you, even. I’m not saying copy it, but if it inspires you to write about something, write about that thing! You can even mention what inspired you.
I’m still working on growing. And I’m growing every day! It’s been a lot of fun, and I’m glad I overcame my stubbornness and decided to start doing this. Even if I had told myself I would never, ever do it.
“If you can dream it, you can do it.”