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As an occasional personal blogger 3 Ways to Integrate Google Plus Into Your Blog 3 Ways to Integrate Google Plus Into Your Blog Well, I finally caved in and adopted Google Plus. It wasn't willingly - with most new fads, I like to wait it out to see if, like 90 percent of most new and exciting online... Read More , I have seen a lot of other folks in the blogosphere 10 Essential First Steps When Starting A Wordpress Blog 10 Essential First Steps When Starting A Wordpress Blog Having created quite a few blogs, I'd like to think that I have a good system down for those essential first steps, and I hope it can be of use to you too. By following... Read More  who just want to write personal publications 3 Ways To Keep A Journal Using Your Mac 3 Ways To Keep A Journal Using Your Mac Read More that are not exactly meant for making money. I really like that, actually. We need more people who just want to share their stories in this world.

However, some of you may be wanting to start your own blog, and I thought I’d drop a few of my personal tips on you concerning this. Please consider them only guidelines, for only you can set your own rules when blogging. Granted, I really hope those rules include having some fun.

Start Small

This is a personal blog, folks. You can’t go into it thinking that it’s going to be a grandiose publication that will draw millions of hits in traffic. This isn’t to say it couldn’t go all Frankenstein on you and become that, but don’t go into it expecting you’ll be swimming in a pool full of paper brought in by ad revenue WordPress Announces WordAds To Compete With Google AdSense [News] WordPress Announces WordAds To Compete With Google AdSense [News] WordPress has announced that they are integrating their own way for bloggers to make money. They have announced a new program called WordAds that allows website owners to show ads on their blog, and not... Read More . At that point, you can safely assume you’re making a personal blog for the wrong reasons. Instead, write because you want to write.

I believe you should make it simple. Write posts that are intimate and… well… personal. I’d suggest making your readers (which will likely be a small amount) feel as if they are having a conversation with you, and during the amount of time that it takes to read your post, it could just be assumed it’s your turn to speak. Hopefully, if the discussion is enticing enough, they will respond.

Pick A Topic

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As referenced in one of my past articles 7 Types Of Blogs You Can Write [Opinion] 7 Types Of Blogs You Can Write [Opinion] When you set out to write your personal blog, you'll realize that there are a variety of different writer's hats that you can wear. You may want to make a personal blog with your thoughts... Read More , it’s sometimes important to come up with the kind of blog you want to write. Do you want to write about your travels? Do you simply want to churn out daily personal anecdotes that are amusing to read? This is where you should start planning 8 MS Word Templates That Help You Brainstorm & Mind Map Your Ideas Quickly 8 MS Word Templates That Help You Brainstorm & Mind Map Your Ideas Quickly Brainstorming your ideas visually helps with clarity and allows you to connect ideas and interlink them together. That’s where mindmapping took off. You might know zilch about it, but even age old habits of doodling... Read More . Although I’m a big proponent of writing whatever you want, I understand that you have to consider why you are writing this thing.

If you are wanting to just spout out your ideas to the world, then by all means write your anecdotes. However, if you want to eventually be recognized for what you do, you may want to take into consideration the kind of topic you are writing about. Granted, your personal stories might be what you want to be recognized for, but just make sure that you have a goal in mind. (As a note, sites like Plinky 10 More Websites That Help Cure Writer's Block With Writing Prompts 10 More Websites That Help Cure Writer's Block With Writing Prompts Read More might aid you with prompts).

Build Your Audience

Your audience is likely going to be small – Facebook friends and family, to be exact. However, you really shouldn’t stop there Build Loyal Visitors To Your Website Or Blog With The Help Of PunchTab Build Loyal Visitors To Your Website Or Blog With The Help Of PunchTab No blog will have a meaningful life without any visitors, so getting people to come and read your web writing is essential for your blog to survive. While getting many people to visit your blog... Read More . Be bold, and start posting your blog on related forums and websites or make a Facebook page and share it. You may say, “Well, people are so mean!”, and you know what? You are absolutely right.

There are people who are going to jump on your blog’s comments and insult your work Why The Internet Provides A Thriving Environment For Hate & Trolling [Opinion] Why The Internet Provides A Thriving Environment For Hate & Trolling [Opinion] Aidan Dwyer entered and won a science competition. What happened next is something that those of us that have been on the Internet for a long time now would not find very surprising. The story... Read More , your grammar, your personal life, your topic choice… everything really. They may even get around to dropping some malicious slurs against your mother. However, as a certain songwriter once told me, “Dare to suck.”

There are a lot of mean people out in the world, but then again, there are a lot of people out there who are going to like your stuff. Keep improving your work and trudge on through the negativity to find them, and when you do, surround yourself with them. Also, if they have their own blogs, check those out and make some writing buddies.

Stay Consistent

In my world, “consistency” is a relative term. I believe that it’s very important to stay consistent, but the question is how exactly will you be consistent? For instance, will you be consistent with content or will you be consistent with publishing? There are several types of ways you can be consistent with a blog, and not all of them include posting a set amount of times a week.

Let’s consider this – do you have a lot of time to write? No? Well, don’t be consistent with your publishing days. Instead, be consistent with the types of items that you publish.

I would suggest that you not post an incredibly detailed analysis on music of the 1920’s on one day and then a list of your favorite types of gas station meat and cheese snacks on another. Furthermore, you may want to be consistent with the lengths of your articles – your choice on all this, really.

Be Real

The best tip I can give you is that you should be you when writing your blog. Let your voice (not your proficiency in the English language) shine through when writing. Does that mean you can break some grammar rules? You bet it does. Enjoy that.

However, with your voice, you shouldn’t pretend to be someone you’re not. When you blog, you’re basically letting people take a step into your mind. Sure, it’s okay to clean the place up a little bit. However, don’t entirely remodel your brain’s interior just for them. Be who you are when writing.

As I’ve said before – write whatever you want. Hopefully, the tips shown here may spark you to get something started. Also, what is your blog about? Do you have many readers? Let’s see all of your personal blogs!

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  1. Imani Poke
    September 12, 2016 at 7:05 pm

    I really enjoyed reading your article. I actually wrote by first blog today on Its not as exciting as I thought, but , hey it is my first day;) I will keep your words in mind and keep trying! Thanx!

  2. Sara G
    June 12, 2016 at 6:48 pm

    Thank you for writing this encouraging article. I've been so nervous to embark on this whole new and exciting world. I am passionate about writing and I want to share it with others. Thanks for making me feel more comfortable about how and what I write...afterall, this will be MY personal blog. =)

  3. Rio Latoreno
    April 7, 2016 at 11:35 am

    These were very helpful tips. I'm still considering if I should make one but your post really gave me the confidence to do so. Thank you.

  4. Margaret
    January 12, 2016 at 8:04 pm

    I found this a great post for beginning bloggers--thank you!!

  5. Julia Be
    June 14, 2015 at 11:37 am

    Thank you for this very helpful article!

  6. BJ
    January 27, 2015 at 9:47 am

    Hi there,
    I'd like to try blogging and writing about my life. telling people about my funny stories, my ups and downs of IVF, my personal thoughts, Phobias, people and things i love etc. Is this something i could do in a blog? i just want to write really. I've seen a few blogs for beginners articles and they all seem to be telling you to write about something you are an expert in. something you know about. I just want to write about me and my family and my culture.

    I don't have very good grammar. i just type how i talk and hope it makes sense on the other end. Which brings on a question about you mentioned "mean people" . Can i erase rude or derogatory comments from my blog and its comments?
    i can take constructive criticism about my writing but i will not allow someone to put me down or the people i love in my writing.

    please advise ....ANYONE.

    • Orobosa Ikponmwen
      February 29, 2016 at 9:47 pm

      i just started my personal blog a few days ago and im very happy about it cos i love writing. sure, there have been negative comments about what i do but i love what im doing more than i listen to what other people say. my advice to you will be to do the same n look past all the mean comments you receive. since you love writing, that shouldnt be a problem. Happy blogging BJ

  7. Jessica Holt
    July 5, 2012 at 3:33 pm

    I think this is a great how to get started, however I do have a question. If it's a personal blog what topics would you focus on? If I want to write about my personal opinions and thoughts I have so many broad topics in my mind I can't even begin to narrow it down. Thoughts on this?

  8. Eric
    June 28, 2012 at 2:13 am

    This is a great post! I am trying to start my own personal blog, but having a little trouble deciding one what kind of topics or writing styles I want to post. Thanks!

  9. Pa Ul
    June 21, 2012 at 9:28 pm

    I agree with your tips and I am doing it, I guess.

  10. Dhafian
    June 8, 2012 at 6:34 am

    How about many topics? Is that a good personal blog too?

  11. Pamela
    March 10, 2012 at 3:38 am

    I don't understand how people make money just by blogging. I'll hear someone claim to be a professional blogger. What is that?

    • Joshua Lockhart
      March 26, 2012 at 8:29 pm

      Hi Pamela! A lot of ad revenue comes in for high traffic blogs. That's how you can be considered that.

  12. William McJunkin
    February 18, 2012 at 9:55 pm

    There are a lot of mean people out in the world, but then again, there are a lot of people out there who are going to like your stuff

    And they might be one and the same person. :) 

    • Joshua Lockhart
      March 26, 2012 at 8:30 pm

      Sometimes that can be true, can't it? Different articles by the same person can bring out different responses.

  13. Cindy
    February 17, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    Great ideas - and of course, just be yourself is so obvious, but hardest to do.  

    • J. Lockhart
      February 17, 2012 at 7:14 pm

      You know... on print? It seems like it would be so easy! But that's just not the case, unfortunately.

  14. Anonymous
    February 8, 2012 at 4:48 am

    I will definitely give those tips a try.

  15. J. Lockhart
    February 7, 2012 at 2:05 pm

    I started with Blogger, too. Just seems to be hard to find time to write personal stuff nowadays.

  16. Ankur
    February 7, 2012 at 6:32 am

    Love the last part. Something which is not digested by many pro but this is what makes blogging fun and more acceptable as it demonstrates a person (not a pro ) expressing his views. 

    • J. Lockhart
      February 7, 2012 at 2:07 pm

      Eh. Pros do it too. Unless it's straight up news. But I see what you're saying.

  17. Joel Lee
    February 7, 2012 at 4:21 am

    I agree with your last point heartily.

    TerribleMinds (warning: NSFW language) is one of the funniest blogs I frequent, all because the writer's voice and style shine through in his writings. He's real to himself, and that's what draws people to him.

    • J. Lockhart
      February 7, 2012 at 2:06 pm

      Definitely. I think it's always best if the writer presents himself as he is (or as she is). Creates a little charisma.

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