Starting Your Own Blog

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You read blogs all the time and it looks like fun.

You want to make a little extra income for your fam.

You stay at home and want an outlet for all of your craziness.

Maybe one of these sounds like you? They all sound like me. And, that’s how Call Her Happy got started. Actually, when this blog started, it was called Mom of Many Hats. I didn’t know what I wanted to blog about, so I figured I could write about anything and everything. The title seemed fitting. And now it makes me cringe. So it goes.

As I wrote on, I found my niche, my blog name changed to reflect it, and new opportunities keep knocking.

So, maybe you want to do this too? It’s not hard. It’s quite fun. It’s a great outlet.

Types of Blogs

Before you start blogging, you’re going to want to know a little bit about why you want to blog. Here are a few types of blogs to consider:

Personal: A personal blog can take a couple of directions. You can use your blog as a newsletter or scrapbook to save memories and keep family members informed about your life. Or, you can write a lifestyle blog that not only references your own life, but writes broader posts that reach out to and inform readers about information and topics they may find helpful or interesting.

Business: Many businesses use the blog platform now as well. Real estate companies notify readers about new laws, consumer-based companies promote new products, a business may present information related to their trade. They options are endless. It is a great way for a business to humanize itself and reach out to and interact with customers on a more personal level.

Informational/Topic: You’ve probably seen many blogs like this. These blogs focus on a specific niche and provide information and editorials on that specific topic. Technology blogs, cooking or recipe blogs, sewing blogs, and car blogs are all good examples of this. They focus less on anecdotal stories and instead comment on information and news that pertains to their area of expertise.

Community: Blog communities are always forming, and you may run into a blog that has more than one author. Multiple writers may get together to present posts on a similar theme or topic.

Micro: You’re already familiar with this type of blogging, although you may not even know it. Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and the like are all forms of blogging – even though they are composed of small pieces of writing here and there. That’s what blogging is: writing what you know for a community and hoping for a response in return.

The Basics

If you start blogging and really like it and you want to do something more with it, I can help you with that as well. Check out Viva the Blog for my detailed blog advising classes. But, here are some tips for what to do after you get your blog set up:

1. Set up an RSS feed and get an RSS reader.

2. Start reading blogs you admire with your RSS reader (blogs I admire); be sure to interact with them, leave comments and try building relationships with other bloggers.

3. Use all of your social media outlets to promote your writing each time you post.

4. Find a blog community that you want to be part of.

There’s So Much More

Of course, there is so much more that you can do with blogging. Domain names, product reviews, monetization, writing techniques, SEO – I could go on and on with tons of jargon. But, my biggest recommendation would be to start with the basic setup and start writing. See how you like it. If you want to do more with it, just let me know your goals, and we can make it happen.

Most people just have blogs as a scrapbook and diary or outlet. And that works perfectly for them. Some people fall in love with it and want to do it for a living. It’s a hard market to break into (I wouldn’t say that I have even “broken in” yet), but it’s a fun journey.

Blog Advising Classes

So, if you’re looking to start a blog or you want to take your blog to the next level, Viva the Blog!

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