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The 3 Most Important Things to Do After You Start a Blog

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Last week, I asked you if you had any questions on blogging or business. I was pretty astounded at all the questions I received. And it made me excited to see how many of you were interested in a weekly column tackling business and blogging-related topics.

My plan is to answer one question per week for as long as there’s interest and questions being asked. We’ll see how it goes!

Here’s today’s question, emailed in from Alyssa:

Currently, I am considering the possibility of starting my own blog. For the past several weeks I have done TONS of research. So naturally, I was really excited when I saw your post about asking you questions about blogging.

I haven’t been able to find much yet in terms of tips or suggestions for once your blog is live (like the first couple of months). It seems like there is endless information out there about the logistics of getting the blog off the ground and running. And then, there is quite a bit of information out there for different ways to monetize your blog and make your graphics beautiful.

But, what I haven’t found very much of is strategy for your first couple months while your blog is just getting started. I would be curious to see more information (from you in particular) about what you would recommend a brand new blogger focus on in that first few months.

Quality content is obvious, but what marketing techniques would you recommend and what strategies would you use for optimum growth? -Alyssa

Great question, Alyssa! And I’m guessing you’re not alone in wondering what some of the first steps would be once you’ve actually started blogging. {If you’re still in the thinking of starting a blog stage, be sure to check out my comprehensive post here on How to Start a Blog & Make Money Blogging.}

I thought about this question — and especially back to my early days of blogging as well as to bloggers who have started in recent years and what I’ve watched them do. With this in mind, here are my top 3 recommendations for what you should do after you start your blog:

1. Blog Consistently

This is a must. Do not, I repeat, do NOT, start a blog, put up a few posts, and then disappear for days at a time.

If you want to do this blogging thing well, if you want to build a successful blog, if you want to make money blogging, you MUST be a consistent blogger.

Now, this does not mean that you need to put a post up at 8:01 EST a.m. every day like my amazing friend and virtual assistant, Andrea, does. Though you are more than welcome to, if that kind of consistency is your thing.

The consistency I’m referring to here is that you show up regularly. That people know they can count on you. That you treat blogging like you do a real job — because it totally can become that with consistency.

This might mean that you post an in-depth post every other week. Or, it might mean that you post every day. Or it something in-between or something entirely different.

But whatever you do, be consistent about it. Perseverance for the long haul is the key to success in blogging.

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If you pay attention around here, you’ll know that I don’t always blog at the same time every single day. But I pretty much almost always blog every single day. You know that when you check in here each day, I’ll be sharing some deals, sharing some inspiring ideas, and maybe sharing a peek into my life, too.

You never know exactly what you’ll get or exactly when my posts will go up (because I’m more in the “blogging by the seat of my pants” camp), but you do know that, unless it is Sunday, I’ll be updating this blog every day.

I don’t always feel like blogging. I don’t always feel like showing up. But I show up every day because I love you all, because I’m committed to this blog, and because I know that staying consistent in blogging is one of the biggest keys to success for the long-haul.

Blogging consistently every single day is a habit I developed years ago and the rewards have been far beyond what I could have ever dreamed or imagined! I love this community. I love the amazing ideas shared. I love getting to learn from you. I love the encouragement I receive from here.

And our family is also grateful for the income this blog provides that gives us flexibility and the ability to pay cash for purchases, save for the future, and give generously.

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None of these things would have happened had I started blogging and blogged faithfully for a few weeks and then fallen off the planet for weeks. Start and stop blogging — where you blog consistently for a few days and then go long periods without blogging and then blog for a few days in a row and then go missing again — is a surefire way to sink your blog. People will only show up consistently if you also show up consistently.

I encourage you to consider carefully what you can realistically commit to in regards to blogging and the time you have available to invest in it. Don’t bite off more than you can chew.

Start out slowly — maybe committing to post 1-2 times per week, if that, and then gradually increase if you feel like that works for you. When it comes to blogging, quality content is almost always better than quantity content.

In addition, I encourage you to plan out post ideas for at least the first 6-8 weeks of blogging. This exercise will get your creative wheels turning and will help you to refine what your blog is about and determine whether or not you have enough content inspiration to write dozens and dozens of posts on those topics.

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2. Experiment Strategically

It’s good to have a plan in place for where you want to go with your blog, but in order to make traction and figure out what works for you, you’re going to need to do a lot of experimenting.

It’s easy to go into Experimentation Overload mode… where you’re trying lots and lots and lots of ideas all at once. However, this is not only a recipe for burnout, it’s also going to inhibit you from really drilling down and learning what is working.

So rather than trying to implement 33 new ideas in the first 3 weeks of blogging, pick 1-2 ideas. Set some goals for those ideas, map out a plan for experimenting with those ideas, and then get to work!

Keep focusing on those 1-2 ideas for at least 3-6 weeks. Keep tabs on how effective the idea is. Does it bring more traffic? Is it increasing social media engagement? Are you getting good response via comments or emails? Or whatever measurable ways there are to track it.

Also, consider personally if that type of writing or implementing that idea is fulfilling to you. Do you love it? Hate it? Or somewhere in between?

It’s important to remind yourself often that what works for one person won’t always work for another. And that what one person loves, another person will loathe.

Your sweet spot in blogging is where you find what you love writing about/working on that also brings traffic and engagement. However, please don’t compare your traffic and engagement numbers to someone else. Every blog is going to be different, just as every person is different.

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It’s easy to get caught up in the numbers game and become so focused on that that you lose sight of what you love or why you started blogging in the first place. Remember that all the traffic and engagement and income in the world isn’t worth it if you’re miserable in the process.

Do what you love and what works best for you. Don’t worry about what works for someone else or how much traffic they have or how much income they are bringing in.

It’s also good to realize that a successful blog and business is constantly growing and experimenting and changing as technology and blogging and the online space changes, expands, and morphs. The day you get stuck in a rut and refuse to keep growing and experimenting is the day your blog begins to die.

Be willing to fail. Jump out and try new ideas. Change up the way you post. Experiment with different voices and writing styles. Try video blogging or podcasting.

Read books. Watch other bloggers. Learn from them and be inspired by them, but always remember that it’s most important to be YOU.

You have a unique story and perspective that no one else on the planet does because you are the only you in existence. So be you, bravely.

Be okay with breaking the “blogging rules” if doing so means you are staying true to yourself. Be okay with having less traffic or making less income if doing so means you keep your integrity or have your priorities in place. At the end of your life, you won’t regret it.
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3. Network Religiously

One of the best things you can do for your brand-new blog is to get to know other bloggers. Some ideas:

  • Join Facebook groups with other bloggers.
  • Leave well-crafted comments on other blogs.
  • Reach out to bloggers via Twitter.
  • Offer to write a highly-relevant and well-written guest post for a blog you love.
  • Use hashtags on Instagram and find other folks who are interested in the same things you are.
  • Comment on Facebook/Instagram posts of bloggers you love.
  • Join Pinterest group boards and re-pin posts from bloggers you love.
  • Write a blogger and tell them thank you without asking for anything from them.

Now, this list might seem really long and overwhelming… and it sort of is. Which is why I encourage you to just focus on the 1-2 networking-related goals like we talked about earlier.

You can’t do it all, but you can reach out a little. And a little bit of the right kind of reaching out can go a long way.

What do I mean by this? Well, I’ll let you in on a little secret.

Want to know the best way to develop relationships with other bloggers? Stop making it about yourself and what you can get from them.

It’s a huge turn-off to get pitches and requests from people again and again and again when they want nothing more than to just use you as a step stool for their own personal success and gain.

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Instead of networking with bloggers for the purpose of what you can get from them, start looking for ways that you can give to other bloggers. Promote their links. Retweet their posts. Send them encouraging emails just because. Tell them thank you.

Truly show that you care about them as a person, not that you only care about what they can do for you. Expect nothing in return.

Let me tell you, because it’s so rare that someone reaches out and says thank you and gives without asking for anything in return, I take notice of it right away. And that’s how some of my best friendships and blogging relationships have been formed.

I’m so over the whole “You scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours” philosophy and I know how lonely and discouraging it can be when you are constantly hearing from people who are complaining or who wants something from you, that I am always looking for ways to serve, celebrate, and give to others. It’s so much fun and it’s so fulfilling. And bloggers genuinely appreciate it and often go out of their way to build a relationship with you as a result.

Some of these relationships have not only blossomed into deep friendships that have blessed my life in numerous ways, but they’ve also opened doors of opportunity that I never would have expected.

Bloggers: I’d love to hear what YOUR advice and recommendations would be for Alyssa. Tell us in the comments!

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61 Comments

  • Jody says:

    Loved this! I don’t have anything to add to it but I am really excited about these weekly posts!

    I’m really glad this was the question answered. I’ve had a blog for awhile but have been very very very inconsistent with it and sort of more in the camp of when the inspiration strikes and didn’t really have any specific goals for it. Lately I’ve really been feeling the pull to make it a priority and have been reevaluating and dreaming about all I want it to be. In the past I wasn’t really sure I had much to offer but thankfully I’m starting to think differently about that 🙂 I definitely don’t want to go for it haphazardly so I really really appreciate ALL the wisdom and advice in this post! Thank you!

  • I’m sending you a big-happy-warm Thank You. I truly needed to read this. Now was the perfect time.
    I started a blog and consistency has been my biggest issue of concern. Your encouraging advice was spot on for me. Thank you for answering that question from your reader. She wasn’t the only one that benefited from it.

    • I’m so grateful that you found this helpful! I realized that I think it might be the longest post I’ve ever written… apparently, I have a lot to say on blogging. 🙂

  • This was great- I’m so excited about you doing this Crystal! I’m still new to blogging, but networking has been the biggest encouragement for me. I joined a business group on Facebook, and it’s incredible to be a part of such an encouraging, helpful group of women.

    • Is it an open Facebook Group? If so, I’d love for you to share the link here for others who might be interested in joining.

      • It’s a group run by the Brilliant Business Moms. You can get an invite when you sign up for their 52 Weeks to a Better Business email list (http://www.brilliantbusinessmoms.com/52weeks/).

        • Jennifer says:

          The Brilliant Business Moms are the best! I just love them 🙂

          • Beth Anne says:

            Ellen and Jennifer, you’re too kind! We love having you in the group!

            We’ve certainly considered making the group more accessible and easier to find within Facebook, but we’ve found that having people go through a step or two to get access to it keeps the integrity and quality of our group high. It’s full of kind, encouraging, knowledgeable, and genuine women – and that can be hard to find!

            Crystal, as always, great advice here! I was nodding along to all of your points and thinking back to the steps Sarah and I have taken in our first 10 months online. All of your points were key for us as well. I definitely find that the more you can set yourself apart online, the better. Like you said – start a podcast, a video blog, talk about a subject others aren’t talking about… these are all ways to make an impression in the crowded online space. Or hey, even just solving a problem in an easier, more direct way is perfect.

            You’ve personally been such an encouragement to Sarah and I. We still have to pinch ourselves when we think back to getting to interview you…. twice! Keep up the good work, Crystal! You’re an incredible role model to so many women!

  • Gabriela says:

    Great tips. I have been thinking about a blog, prayed about and thought the answer was “no”. But I realized that it was because I was too comfortable and didn’t really wanted to put that much effort into it. But I feel God spoke to me in different ways and that I am supposed to do this. I am slowly working on some posts. I do not really hurry because I want to see how my writing goes. But I am also excited about it. I know that God will lead me through it all and don’t worry anymore about if I will have any visitors. Even if I touch and handful of people and their lives change because of something I (better said, the Holy Spirit) wrote, I feel that I did what I was supposed to. God will send the readers that need to hear what I have to say. So…I will keep on praying and ask God to write His stories….
    Thanks for sharing… 🙂

    • What’s the link to your blog? I’d love to check it out.

      And I love your approach on taking it slowly and being open to how God leads instead of chasing after traffic and numbers.

      • Gabriela says:

        Thanks, I appreciate that. I do not have a blog yet. Just working on writing some posts ( as I read I should have a few weeks worth of them). 🙂

  • Kelly Cox says:

    I’m very much like Alyssa in that I am new to the blog world. Alyssa and everyone, please watch this video interview of Crystal!

    https://moneysavingmom.com/2015/04/how-to-become-a-successful-blogger-video.html

    I found it so helpful as I began to think more stratgically. It’s a learning process but this video is great and about 30 mins.

  • Crystal says:

    I am so incredibly excited for this new series! I’ve been trying to get a blog going for over a year and, thanks to a surprise pregnancy, I’ve been guilty of the start stop routine and inconsistency. I’m trying to make it a bigger priority but find my computer illiteracy to be a bigger problem than I thought. I can’t wait to soak in everything you have to teach.

  • Jennifer says:

    Thank you so much for this information! There are some great tips here. What I also love, is that it is easy to hear/read your passion for what you do. I watched that video above and would highly recommend it as well! Thanks for all you do!

  • Crystal,

    Thank you for being a continuing inspiration to keep going with my blogging and for your wonderful wisdom!! I am also amazed at how many books you manage to read (having read some of your posts about your book lists), while managing a busy blogging business, speaking, consulting and a family. Awesome job. Thank you for writing such helpful, informative posts that enrich us all. xx

    • Thanks so much for your encouragement! Just remember that there are many things I DON’T do or am NOT good at… things that you probably run circles around me!

      That said, I firmly believe that it’s important to be challenging our minds through good books, conversations, podcasts, etc. and that’s why I make it a priority. I also just plain *love* to read. 🙂

  • I just started blogging a little less than three weeks ago. So, I am in the trenches of the “brand new blogger” world. I have loved reading your posts about blogging, as well as Ruth Soukup’s book “How to Blog for Profit Without Losing Your Soul,” and Abby’s book “Building a Framework for Blogging.” My biggest surprise? People are actually reading my blog! I have found using Facebook to be a really helpful tool. For the first week, I would create a link on my Facebook page to each of my posts. I had tons of friends and family stop by, and many of them have kept coming back! They also shared with their friends on Facebook, and the sharing love has truly helped me out.

  • Caroline says:

    I love this advice! Blogging is a lot of hard work but there are so many great resources out there to help you get started now.

    “Be willing to fail. Jump out and try new ideas. Change up the way you post.”

    This is especially true. And also be willing to be hurt. When you put yourself out there you get the negative and the positive comments. I can’t even begin to imagine all the negative comments Crystal has received over the years. :/ But then a comment will come along from an encouraging reader and it will really help. It reminds me to try and leave positive comments on other blogs when I can!

  • Jennifer says:

    Great choice for a new series. I can already tell that I am going to enjoy each post. I really appreciate the time you have taken to pack them full of useful and practical ideas to implement.

    I currently do not have a blog but have been thinking about starting one for a long time. One of the things that has held me back was whether or not I could be consistent enough. It is encouraging to know that in the beginning, a quality post once a week can be effective.

    Thanks for all you do. I look forward to reading your next post.

    • One thing that really helped me before I got started was to not only plan out a couple weeks of posts, but to have some written up and ready to go – that way I had a bit of a buffer when life happens and things come up. You should go for it!

      • Jennifer says:

        I second this wholeheartedly. I worked on writing posts for a good three months before I ever did anything with them. Then, when I actually started my blog, I had 60 or so posts to load up so that readers would have some meaty content and know what I was all about. I did read this somewhere, I think it may have been Crystal’s post about making money blogging. It could have been in Ruth’s book, too. Doing this was huge though. I do try to work ahead, too, and I keep a notebook of all my brainstorming ideas or I make notes in my phone if I am driving, which seems to be when all my ideas come! Then actually writing the posts is just forming my thoughts into sentences and paragraphs

  • K says:

    Thanks for this post. The idea of a weekly column on this topic would be so great!

    You are very thorough, yet I find it easy to comprehend/understand the information that you share. Though I am very interested in blogging, I know very, very little about it, so this is very helpful. Your style of teaching will definitely benefit the most seasoned blogger to the one who is just beginning.

    Thanks Again.

  • I am so glad you are going to do weekly posts on blogging! I have had blogs off and on for the past couple of years, and haven’t really been posting consistently at all. I am ready to get serious with it now that I am setting aside time each day for “work”. Looking forward to reading all your helpful tips!

  • Teresa says:

    Thank you for this information. I have been an inconsistent blogger for years. This makes me re-think my position and whether I am able to commit to blogging at this time. Again, thank you.

  • Rebekah B says:

    Thanks for posting these tips! I am trying to get my blog up and running, but homeschooling three kids while having to make gluten, dairy, and egg free meals from scratch can really take up time. Not to mention a part time job. I love the deals and recipes you post. They really help me save some money.

  • Emily says:

    Such great points!

    I am excited about this new series. I am looking forward to following along and learning from you. Especially because you have shown how you focus on keeping your priorities straight. I am noticing that can be hard now that I have started blogging…so much to do and learn. It’s all so fun, but I have to try hard and not let it be all-consuming!!

  • Jaime says:

    Thank you, Crystal. Yours is the only blog that visit daily. I feel like I’ve been on a journey with you for the past several years. I’m still taking baby steps to make more aspects in my life feel intentional, and I so love that your messages often make me think about whether I’m giving purpose to what I’m doing.

  • kariane says:

    Thank you, Crystal, for these suggestions! I appreciate your insights.

    I agree consistency is key. I’m just getting started blogging too (well, I’ve been at it since early January), but I can’t count the number of times I’ve found a blog that looks so interesting, only to have the author stop updating it. When I go repeatedly and don’t find new content, I delete it from my bookmarks. There are enough other high-quality content blogs that are updated regularly that I stick with those.

  • I’m so excited about this new series!! I’ve been blogging casually for 1 year – today, actually! – but still have tons to learn. I’m reading a lot and also just started listening to some podcasts.

    Alyssa asked a great and important question, and I’m so glad that you answered it for all of us.

  • I suppose it depends on why you began blogging in the first place, but my suggestion would be to consider writing just for fun at first, as a hobby. Try to figure out your own voice for what you want to say and bring to the world before getting lost in things like if you should self-host, tech details, how to monetize, how to market yourself, what the best graphic creation and social media apps are, etc. All of that stuff is overwhelming! First, make sure that you want to blog and enjoy blogging!

    There’s a LOT of blogs out there nowadays and the fight to stand out amongst all of them can be difficult. So be yourself first. Have fun blogging. Write about things you want to write about and feel you can share with the world (that not many else out there are sharing) in the first couple months.

    If you’re ONLY blogging hoping to make money, you will burn out (unless you’re a very big blog with a very big readership, it’s unlikely you’ll make much more than a few bucks here and there!).

    • I can really attest to your comment about only blogging for the money leading to burn out. I think that was the plan when I started blogging years and years ago- and while it was fun getting products for free and writing reviews it eventually wasn’t very fun anymore since I was trying to please the big G and not writing for fun or my followers.

      When you try to write for rankings it takes the spontaneity out of writing and you quickly start to dread it.

      I’ve been dipping my toes back into blogging lately and while things have changed a lot over the years (there are millions more blogs) there are still communities of bloggers who are very kind, giving and supportive. When you find bloggers in your niche that like to support each other it makes your blog less reliant on search engines – which is a big relief since G likes to mess with rankings so much. 🙂

  • I am so excited about this series! You are such an inspiration, Crystal, and have been a great source of encouragement for me (and others) for years.

    I have been blogging for about 4 years, although rather inconsistently until the past year or so. I make a living online, freelance writing and doing social media promotions for companies. Until recently, blogging wasn’t a big part of my income, but that is slowly changing, which is really exciting!

    I agree with all of your advice above. For me, the most important thing has been to not compare myself to other bloggers.

    I felt so hopeless in the beginning of my blogging journey, seeing other blogs with amazing photography and graphic designs. As a single mom of 4 on a very tight budget, I knew that a fancy camera or hiring a graphic designer weren’t options for me. Instead, I use what I have available to me – a cheap point and shoot camera and online tutorials for creating graphics.

    I think my favorite tip that I’ve consistently read in your various posts about blogging, is to be yourself. I couldn’t agree more with the fact that each and every blogger has their own unique voice and ideas, and that is what makes the blogging world so awesome.

  • Crystal,

    Thanks for doing this series. I’m looking forward to reading your posts in the series, as you always have nuggets of wisdom. That’s why I keep coming back :). I love learning from you.

    While I’ve been blogging for a few years, I have just began to get more consistent as I feel like the Lord has given me a green light to spend sometime writing and blogging. I am being very prayerful, as I want to blog in the manner that He is calling me to do so for this season of my life.

  • Randi says:

    Crystal, first thank you so much for being willing to answer questions! Secondly, still loving your blog, so thank you! Third, my question is, how do you handle publicity in regards to your family? Specifically, your kids. The internet can be very scary, and its amazing what people – when motivated – can figure out from pictures of children, parents, inside their home, their car, places they go, etc – and this is my big deterrent from starting a blog. So I am curious how you and your husband feel about this topic, and what measures you have in place to ensure your family, mainly your kids are safe. Thank you!

  • Dawn says:

    Love this Crystal!!
    I will soon be starting a second blog, which will have an extremely tight niche. It is where my true passion and gifting lies though, so I am trusting God to make of it whatever he chooses.
    Excited for the rest of this series.

  • Jennifer says:

    I’m not in a place to want to start a blog again at the moment (baby #4 arriving soon + fixer upper house etc) but I think this is a great idea for a series. Thank you for all that you do. It’s fun to see you find so many ways to help people.

  • LOVE this series! I just recently figured out how to schedule a post. Lol! I was scheduling willy nilly and decided I needed to be consistent. Oh boy! It’s a lot of work! Thank you for your generosity in helping us newbies!

  • Swapna says:

    Thanks for this post. For the last several years, I’ve tried to start several blogs but consistency has been a major issue.

    Now I’ve started again and have been focusing on trying to make it a priority. I’m not a great writer and I’m not even trying to make money with the blog but I’ve felt pulled towards blogging so many times that I just want to put my voice out there.

    I’m having a hard time with getting to know other bloggers and becoming part of a community. This post has been so useful. Thank you once again for this.

  • I LOVE this!

    “Be okay with breaking the ‘blogging rules’ if doing so means you are staying true to yourself. Be okay with having less traffic or making less income if doing so means you keep your integrity or have your priorities in place.”

    LOVE!

    And you’re the best blogging coach EVER! 🙂 LOVE that pic of all of us at ALLUME! Love that group of ladies!

  • BethC. says:

    Your advice for helping other people rather than making networking an “all about me” exercise is spot on and useful for business and life in general.
    By the way, I was in Nashville this week for a conference. My husband and I ventured out to have breakfast at the Loveless Cafe and spent part of this afternoon wandering around downtown Franklin. What a lovely town you live in! It was even more fun to walk into one of the shops and see “Say Goodbye to Survival Mode” featured! I was in one of your early blogger/book reviewer groups via Daniel-so glad to see your ongoing success.

    • Aw, thank you so much for your sweet words of encouragement! Can you believe that I’ve not been to the Loveless Cafe yet? I’ve heard SUCH great things about it and we *must* go there soon!

  • I love this, Crystal! Such great insight here , thank you for sharing.

    It’s so true that finding your own unique voice and embracing the confidence to be yourself is very freeing… people connect with real people, not professional copycats. 🙂

    Also love what you said about reaching out with genuine intentions to other bloggers… Wow, what great advice!

    Looking forward to reading more.

  • Corrie says:

    Thank you, Crystal! I so appreciate what you said about just being you, bravely. This post was just what I needed tonight!

    Many years ago, I started a blog for fun, and though I wanted to keep it going, I dropped it because my family ended up having to care for my mom 24/7 due to serious health issues. But I hung on to the blog anyway, hoping to one day bring it back.

    I just popped on Pinterest for a quick moment tonight and found this post in my feed. The timing couldn’t have been more perfect, as I just finished moving my old blog to WordPress and rebranding it tonight. I so appreciate this post and the great advice you shared. Thank you! I will go be me, bravely. 🙂

  • Suzanne says:

    Thank you for this post. I live overseas and I’ve been trying to figure out how to take my desire to blog and my need to help provide some income for my family. This series is incredibly helpful. Thank you. I’ve written inconsistently, but right now I’m working on a series of posts, and once I’ve gotten them ready, I plan to start blogging more consistently. My question is this: Can a blog have more than one main subject? I have eclectic interests and limiting my blog to just one of them seems unrealistic. At the same time, I know that I need to have some focus. How do I balance my eclectic interests with the need to focus my blog?

  • Lisa Mathews says:

    First off Crystal, thank you for all of your insight to life!

    I have wanted to start a blog but am afraid to jump in yet. Main problem is that I really have NO iced where to start. Some things I have read say ” buy your domain name, website etc before you start blogging” I’m like..huh?

    My husband does really get the whole blogging thing, he thinks the market is so saturated with bloggers that you will never make any kind of money off of it then IF you do, what do you do about taxes?

    Keep up the awesome work, I love reading your stuff

  • I came here from Pinterest looking for exactly this information. I constantly need inspiration for what to blog about. Even though one particular topic works for me and I enjoy doing it, I wasn’t sure if that should be what i continously do. Thanks to your advice, I now know I should.

  • Ibuki says:

    Thank you, Crystal!I’m Japanese.
    I am thinking start blog in Japan.
    I research foreign blogs and find this very nice page.

    It is difficult to blog consistently, but if my post share with other people, I will be very happy.
    To learn blogs, I want to read your other posts.

  • Samantha says:

    This was so helpful! I recently started my blog As Life Grows and have had such a hard time finding tips to get me through my first month! Thank you!!!(:

  • Jenny Austin says:

    Thank you Sooo much for this article Crystal…. I soo needed some advice on how to do my blog better. I started a blog back in 2014. Left it because of ‘life’ getting in the way and got back into it for alittle bit in 2015 and again stopped because of ‘life'( I know, I have sadly done all the ‘no -no’s of a blogger you listed in your article above). This year – 2016, I want to be able to REALLY do my blog with intention, research, authenticity, and JOY….. I have been LOVING watching your periscopes (I love all your scopes but the ‘money making mom ones – especially this week have been most helpful) everyday this past week about blogging tips (I will be going back this weekand and taking notes for sure) and through your scopes, I have again fallen ‘in love’ with blogging (my head has been dizzy with ideas of what to blog and take pictures of/I love taking pictures and capturing memories)…….. Again, thank you for all you do and share with this community (I love being apart of this community)….

  • Daphne says:

    I have been reading a lot of articles regarding blogging and this one Has helped me the most as I am just getting started. You didn’t use a lot of blogging lingo that I don’t understand (YET!! I am not giving up. I will get this!!!) You gave simple basic ways to get started that were really helpful. One blogger who I am following offers a lot of great info but when you don’t know what an ALEXA score is and it isn’t explained then things just get frustrating. Thank you for the great info!!!

  • Catherine says:

    Thank you Alyssa for asking this question. Thank you Crystal for your answer! You have a lot of great advice! While I’ve not got a “niche” I do enjoy blogging! I try to write at least once a week and if I have time between classes I’ll write as well. I started the blog because I felt it would help me be a stronger writer. My professor’s know all too well how much work I need with my descriptive writing!
    I hope y’all have an awesome day!

  • Great post. I was checking continuously this blog and I’mimpressed!
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    Thank you and good luck.

  • Cindy says:

    Crystal,
    I’ve been following your blog for a good few months and I’m always so encouraged after I read your posts! You have a way to make it seem possible and having a successful blogging career can happen.

    Plus, you are such a humble gal and I love that about you!
    Thank you for working so hard for US. You are a blessing!

    Cindy

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