How To Start A Blog

This is not quite a unique topic. There were hundred of millions of blogs already created.

First, I want to tell you a simple story.

I’m strolling in a shopping mall. I always go first to a bookstore. This is quite automatic especially if I am alone. There’s a sale that day and most of the people are searching for branded apparel. But, here I am flipping pages of books.

I ended up buying a booklet entitled “How To Start A Blog (And Earn From It!)” by Aki Libo-on. Unlike my mentor, I don’t personally know the author. I flip some of the eighty pages and concluded that I can understand  the content.

Learn the basics.

Learning the basics.

I Still Prefer Physical Books

In this information age, we can’t deny that the internet had made our libraries almost obsolete. But, I will not exchange the experience of reading physical books. I’m obviously lying if I said that I don’t have pdf’s in my tablet and mobile phone.  Actually, I have lots of them!

E-books saved a lot of trees.

But.

I can’t just exchange the feeling of flipping real paper compared to touch screens. I feel more interactive and emotional. Books never run out of batteries as well.

Summary of The Booklet

There’s a great amount of how-to sites out there. I can tell you though that you can start with this small book. So I just give a brief summary of the book.

Here are the titles in seven parts:

  1. Becoming A Blogger
  2. Getting Started
  3. Publishing Your Posts
  4. Promoting Your Blog
  5. Monetizing Your Blog
  6. Miscellaneous
  7. So You Want To Be A Blogger?

My Favorite Parts

Here are some of the parts of the book that I would like to share with you.

What’s Makes a Good Blog

Saying this again, hundred of millions of blogs were already created. So here’s some keys to stand out:

  1. Catchy Blog Name
  2. Reader-friendly Content
  3. Informative
  4. Conversational
  5. Consistent

Characteristics of a Good Blogger

This is obvious, every blog has a blogger or a team of bloggers behind. So here’s what it takes to be a good blogger.

  1. Knack for Writing
  2. Love for Reading
  3. Good Communication Skills
  4. Initiative
  5. Discipline
  6. Consistency
  7. Positive Attitude Towards Criticism
  8. Sense of Humor
  9. Healthy Ego
  10. Knowledge in HTML

Of Course This Is Just The Start

You must not disillusioned that a small book about basic blogging is all you need. This could only be your engine starter. Continuous learning is your engine fuel. I assumed even the author would absolutely agree with me.

The booklet was copyrighted in the year 2013. The internet is always changing at a very fast pace. So I can say that the content is still timely. Beside, basics cannot be simply outdated. The sites, tools and apps might be change but not the principles.

“The more you know, the more you know you don’t know.” ~Aristotle

If you’re in the Philippines, you can buy the booklet at branches of National Bookstores. Unfortunately, I can’t find a way to buy that book online. I apologized.

P.S. Psst…. I have to tell you something. Before I started this blog I first undergone through a free writing course. This 12-week free writing course called “Intentional Blogging” from Jeff Goins can be a great help for you. Most especially when you’re a complete newbie in blogging.

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