In reading through Pro Blogger today, I found an interesting post entitled Rookie Lessons for New Bloggers, which was a guest post by Katie Kimball of Kitchen Stewardship. As somewhat of a rookie myself, I decided to quickly jot down my thoughts. This soon turned into the following full post which I figured I’d share with you all.
Blogging is Difficult!
There. I said it. Blogging is difficult. Even more so for someone new to online publishing — the “blog rookie” if you will. Sure, there are tons of success stories, and great resources with tons of information. That’s enough, right? Perhaps. But don’t be fooled into thinking it’s easy to sit down and write a successful blog! The process of simply setting up a blog can be intimidating and time consuming, especially if you’re trying to setup a unique domain name and host the blog on a server as opposed to going through a ready made blog site such as WordPress.com or Blogger. We haven’t even begun to write yet, a task which for many, is harder then they anticipated. After an initial burst of energy and great ideas, finding topics, images and motivation can become difficult. And we’re not even to the part of this venture where you have to actually market your blog. That’s right. Sites don’t just take off and become profitable on their own. Along the way, mistakes are made. Lots of them. Yes. Everyone makes mistakes when blogging and anyone who claims they haven’t is lying to you.