Often when talking to friends or people who know what I do, they ask how I got into blogging. For me, it was by accident – sort of. I knew what I was doing setting up a blog and working on a website, I had previous graphic experience and had built websites. But did I imagine it would take me to where I am now? No, I didn’t know this was an option. I even often joke that my guidance counselor never told me that this was an option (it wasn’t when I graduated high school).
So if you want to get started blogging what do you do? Where do you start and what is the best way to get started?
First, figure out what you want to do with a blog. Is it a hobby? Or is this a business for you? It may end up turning into more of a passion or flip the other way as time goes on. There’s no real easy answer for this until you start a blog. So really the first step is to start writing! That means starting a website. The best places to start is WordPress or Squarespace.
The next thing you need to do is start connecting with others. From other bloggers to PR companies, having a good connection to build relationships will help you in the long run. All over Facebook are groups for bloggers, you can actually search your state and bloggers and you’ll probably find a few to get started. If you already know a local blogger, ask where they suggest going to get help to start out.
Why connect with PR companies, they can connect you with brands that not only would be a good fit for your brand but also your readers. PR is public relations, and they work as your connection between you and the brand, and you write as the connection between the brand and the public. It’s a great relationship. Look for different PR companies in your area, or online. One that is always working with brands and writers is Nancy Behrman who runs a PR company that can help you start with those connections. You can read more about Nancy Behrman and her business and who they work with brands as well as writers.
Always remember there is a reader for every voice out there. Yes, there are hundreds of thousands, if not millions of blogs out there. No matter what, there is someone reading it. The best advice to get started – just start writing!