What It Takes To Blog

15 11 2014

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By Kimberlee Lockhart

What does it take to blog? I admire bloggers who keep at it consistently. They are able to take the knowledge, facts and ideas swirling around in their heads and put them on paper in a concise and stylistic manner.

In order to blog, you must write. It doesn’t matter what you are blogging about, or what medium you choose to do it in, blogging involves writing. If you produce a vlog, you still must write, If you produce InfoGraphics, you still must write, if you produce a podcast, you still must write (you know, like show notes and such).

In order to write, you must…READ!
I’m a voracious reader. My mother taught me how to read when I was four years old. By the time I got to first grade, my reading skill was such that the teacher put me out in the hall with a third grade reader-book because I already knew what she was teaching. So, I can read blogs all day. But can I write one?

We can all read and write. However, to blog, you must master a whole other set of skills such as:

•Discipline
You HAVE to train yourself to adhere to a strict schedule. You can’t blow it off! If you don’t write and post consistently, then that’s not blogging.

•A Grip On Grammar And Such
To blog, you must know the basic rules of language and grammar. Also, you must have a decent ability to spell.

•Editing
It doesn’t matter how educated you are, you HAVE to have someone else edit your work, even if it’s some kind of software and not a human. I would still run it by a human though.

•Research Know-How
You must have the intelligence to know how to gather information from any and all available resources.

•How To Use A Computer
There’s no way around this one. You must know how to use a computer in order to publish a blog.

•Ignoring Fear (I was gonna say ‘Overcoming Fear’ but that may never be possible.)
Ignore your fear and do it anyway. If your blog is yours alone, and you are not blogging for business, then who cares? So what if no one likes your blog? What’s the worst that can happen?

If you really want to keep a blog, you’ll have to work at it and ignore your inner critic. Even if you’re afraid of ridicule, just do it anyway.

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2 responses

29 01 2015
Lorelle VanFossen

Excellent point that blogging is about writing. It is, definitely, and you summed it up nicely. Excellent points all.

Fear is one of the biggies, and it manifests in surprising ways. I’ve found people, normally brave and first to jump off the cliff, freak out over social media and hitting the publish button, while others worry over tiny things like titles and links. Others just dump content on their site and treat it like a notebook, reblogging rather than having an original thought. I’ve had more than one person tell me that they a blog is just a place for them to store other people’s content, a clear violation of many people’s copyrights, but to them, it’s just a scrapbook. It is like the concept of actually sharing an original thought terrifies them, so they spent too much time sharing the words of others.

Well done. Thanks!

29 01 2015
kimberleelockhart

Thank you Lorelle for your kind words. I’m honored that you left a comment. That is greatly encouraging and you made my day!

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