In the past week, I have a had a number of people come up to me and tell me that my blog is inspiring them to take the same leap and start their own blog. So I thought I would share what I did to get started and maybe this will help others to take that leap.
To begin with, it took me over a year to get the nerve to start a blog. I wasn’t sure if I would have enough to write about or the stamina to keep it going. This is still to be determined. I also wanted to make sure I was writing from my heart and in my own voice. I just wasn’t sure what that voice was.
I started paying attention to what I was posting on Facebook. I became aware of how much inspiration I could derive from social media, news, websites, magazines, and just life around me. I realized it was actually a lot. So I started to keep a list of ideas in a notebook and pinned ideas on Pinterest.
What took me from idea to doing? A friend saw my Healing Through Photography class and recommended I check out Susannah Conway because she is a popular blogger and we had some similar interests. I emailed Susannah and asked if she had any advice and she replied that I needed an online presence. There you go…the push I needed to take the next step.
At that point I started thinking about my needs and blogging platforms. I chose WordPress because I wanted a website so I could combine my blogging, wellness resources, and classes in one place. I started with a template and just took my time adding features as I figured it out. I also signed up for one of Susannah’s online course called Blogging From the Heart. So far so good. She has great advice in a supportive and loving online environment. I highly recommend this e-class.
The hardest part was finding a URL. I got brainstorming help from friends and family and the rest is history. I have found it very easy to find ideas. Sometimes I have more than one idea and other days I am stumped and I just skip those day(s). There are no rules. I am figuring out what works for me as I go.
I think it is important to keep it fun and don’t put pressure on yourself to be or compare yourself to someone else. Many of these bloggers have been doing it for a while and are experienced writers. Just be yourself. Do it for yourself, the rest will follow. Don’t let your fears stop you. The worse that can happen is you decide to stop blogging. Big deal! The best that happens is you love it.