Do you want to share your writing with the world?
Are you struggling to find a direction for your work?
Will starting a blog answer these questions and help you become a better writer?
I started blogging three years ago when I was let go from a dream job that didn’t work out.
Knocked down, dejected and running out of money, I wanted to set myself a realistic writing challenge: to fill my free time and find a job through blogging.
That blog was a failure because no one found my content useful (ouch!).
My old blog helped me find employment, and I learnt a lot of writing and blogging lessons from my many mistakes (more of those in a moment).
Blogging is the perfect outlet for writers who want to build a platform, share their message with an audience and develop their writing practice.
The internet’s number one blogger Seth Godin summed it up best in his 5000th blog post:
My biggest surprise? That more people aren’t doing this. Not just every college professor (particularly those in the humanities and business), but everyone hoping to shape opinions or spread ideas.
Entrepreneurs. Senior VPs. People who work in non-profits. Frustrated poets and unknown musicians… Don’t do it because it’s your job, do it because you can.
If you’re a writer toying with the idea of starting a blog, consider this before you step into the ring: