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BLOG TALK #1: Is blogging right for you?

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After two years now as a blogger, I thought it was time to start a series dedicated to answering some of your blogging questions. Let’s start with the basics.

Is blogging right for you?

First, put aside any questions you might have about how to start your blog, what platform to use, and any fear you might have about the technical side of creating the site. My advice is to first spend some time thinking about whether blogging is right for you.

Blogging is by nature a solitary endeavor, but it’s also inherently flexible.

I begin blogging after the kids get to school or after my morning workout. I spend 3-6 hours a day on my blog, Monday through Friday in order to produce three original posts a week. I try to balance my blog with my other job as stay at home mom. The key word here is try. And yes, that part is tricky! Some weeks are more mom-centered, so I may only be able to get to two posts that week. But this inherent flexibility is why of course, so many bloggers are moms.

Producing reliable and consistent blog content requires writing, of course, but also for a blog like mine it requires testing recipes, taking photographs, editing photos, creating graphics, writing, promoting my content on social media, planning out future posts for my editorial calendar, researching, doing blog housekeeping, and placing, arranging, and monitoring advertising placements on my blog.

A blog is a online baby that needs regular and constant attention to thrive over time.

With that in mind, anyone considering blogging should take a long view and commit to a regular and consistent investment of time in the chair right from the start.

I think would-be bloggers can get bogged down with details so much that they never begin. I don’t think that you have to know whether you want to make money with your blog, what it will look like, or know exactly every category of content that you might publish ahead of time; but you do need to have the desire to communicate your passions and connect with like-minded readers.

Blogging is for you if you have something to say; a passion, and the desire to share that passion and put it out there. Ask yourself If you’re willing to put in a lot of hard work in the chair over the long term in order to grow your blog baby. If you are patient, humble, and persistent blogging can be a wonderful outlet for your writing, photography, or hobby. We all know there is a ton of intrinsic reward in seeing something that you created, cared for, and nurtured, grow into something bigger than you expected and is appreciated and valued.

Feel free to reach out to me with more of your blog questions. I can be reached at heather {at} heatherserody {dot} com, tweet me @hserody, leave a comment on the Big Girl Life Facebook wall or right down below. I’ll do my best to answer any questions you might have as well as share with you what I know.

Hugs, Heather 

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