So… you’re thinking about starting a blog. That’s awesome, and I am so excited for you!
But before you do, I think there are some questions you should ask yourself.
I mean… that’s why you’re on this blog post, right? To find out if blogging is right for you?
So let’s get started.
4 Questions To Ask Yourself Before You Start That Blog
1. “Why do I want to start a blog?”
It’s important to know why YOU want to start a blog.
Is it because you saw someone else’s blog and now you want to start your own?
Have you always wanted a blog? If so, do you actually enjoy writing?
Are you committed to the amount of work blogging takes? (Click here to read about my step-by-step process on putting together a blog post. It’s definitely more than just writing a few words.)
Take some time to journal on why you want to start a blog and if you’re truly ready for it. I’ve seen so many people start a blog only to never be seen again after their first post (I mean - I’ve done it myself).
While yes, your blog is for others, I think it also needs to be for YOU. And maybe even for you first. Because how are you going to give to others when you feel empty?
At the end of the day, you’re the one coming up with and creating the content. And if you’re not in love with the process, it’s going to be very difficult to continue showing up.
2. “What am I wildly passionate about?”
This is also to help you answer the question, “What do I blog about?”
Blogging takes up a lot of time and energy, so hopefully you could something you’re passionate about because you will be writing and talking about that thing a lot.
What am I wildly passionate about? Loving yourself unconditionally, body image, mental health, navigating life as a 20 something year old, storytelling.
We’re all wildly passionate about something, so take some time to find out what that “something” is for you.
3. “Do I enjoy writing?”
It’s 2018, so blogging isn’t the only way anymore.
You could start a podcast, a YouTube channel, an Instagram page, etc.
Some people hate running and can’t imagine why anyone would ever do it for fun, so they don’t.
And if that’s how you feel about writing, don’t do it. Spend your time and energy on something you would enjoy doing.
If you’re not sure whether or not you would enjoy writing, try writing a few blog posts and see how you feel about the process.
Are you excited to do more, or does it feel like a chore?
You can have a website without having a blog. (And also, you have can someone else transcribe your videos or podcasts for you.)
4. “What is the purpose of my blog?”
Some people blog for fun, while others blog with the intention of making money right out of the gate. And then there are people somewhere in the middle.
There’s no right or wrong place to be. After all, everyone is on their own journey.
But it’s important to know which journey you want to be on, so you don’t find yourself feeling inadequate and sad after a night of comparing yourself to everyone else.
Also think about where you want your blog to a year from now. Asking that question always helps with seeing things from a bigger picture.
I always feel a bit wary of those “create a blog in 10 minutes!!” posts, because creating a blog should be more intentional than that. However, I understand that those type of blog posts help with affiliate sales, and it’s a great way to earn additional revenue every month.
I also know how quickly you can become excited about an idea. Trust me, I jump into ideas all the time. But having this blog has really taught me to take a step back and think before I rush into things. Do I still rush into things sometimes? Yes… but not as often.
It’s a work in progress, like everything else.
Blogging is actually really awesome and helps you grow as a person. I even wrote a whole post about it! You can read all about it here.
So there you have it! 4 questions to ask yourself before you start that blog. I hope you found this post helpful - and if you do decide to start that blog, I’d love to hear about it!
Hi there! I'm Molly, the founder of Wholehearted Woman. I help women show up online in a way that looks good and feels good too.
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I believe in the power of sharing your story, being vulnerable, and not treating life like a competition. Be the voice you needed to hear when you were younger.