This is a guest post by Meg Konovska. She is an artist, designer, and blogger.
There you are! You want to start a blog, and you are so inspired about it! You have this warm fuzzy feeling, the happy fluttering of butterflies going on the inside of you thinking about it. However, there is one thing that’s hindering you from starting a blog… you don’t want just any blog – you want the blog of your dreams! This is why you have procrastinated for ages, daydreaming of “one day” when you will finally have your blog.
Wait no further! You can set up the blog of your dreams in 4 proven steps!
Starting a blog means you have to DREAM: Let your dreams show you where you want to go.
Starting a blog requires a MISSION: Your WAY needs a WHY.
Starting a blog takes COMMITMENT: No excuses, no giving up, do whatever it takes!
Starting a blog takes ACTION: Nothing will come to you unless you do something to achieve it.
Step 1: Dream.
This is the first and most fundamental step of your journey. Before starting any journey you need to know where you want to go.
Ask yourself a few key questions;
What does your dream blog look like? Is it large or is it small?
What color scheme is it? Does it have pictures?
Is it personal, fashion, educational, business, or other?
Do you have a specific blogger whom you admire?
Take your time to get as clear as possible. You now have a vision of what you want to achieve.
Step 2: Mission.
This is your motivation, or as personal development expert John Assaraf puts it – Motive for Action. These are the reasons WHY you will keep moving along the way.
“If you don’t have a WHY, you don’t have a WAY.”
– Michael Hyatt
Why are you creating your blog?
What difference do you want to make in the world?
Who are you writing for?
How do you want to improve their life?
Is it your grandmother or your family?
That’s okay, as long as you know you are addressing them. Once you have a specific audience in mind, you can easily adopt a writing style which is definite and clear, helps you pass along your message and is very likely to appeal to many more people. This is a key step to building comments, the vital spark of any blog.
Step 3: Commitment
Just like with any other goal, when starting a blog, you need to ask yourself one simple question: Are you interested, or are you committed?
John Assaraf recognizes it as the question to transform his life at 19. He explains the difference:
“If you are interested, you will do what is convenient. You will make up excuses, and you will give up at the first challenge. If you are committed, you will do whatever it takes.” (while, of course, keeping it legal)
Imagine Frodo’s journey (Lord of the Rings), had he not committed to reach Mordor and destroy the Ring! He could settle in Rivindell and spend a lifetime of bliss with the Elves. Or he could succumb to the seduction of the Ring. Or even never leave Hobbiton. However, he did commit, and as a result we have the glorious adventure documented in the book by J. R. R. Tolkien.
Once you are committed, you will find it easier to think of the ways how you can do something, rather than making up reasons why you can’t.
Eliminating excuses: Time, money and family are the top 3 socially accepted excuses.
But, seriously, are you telling me that you are doing ONLY necessary tasks 100% of your time? No TV, no social media, no e-mail checking, no other distractions?
Did you know that you could start a blog completely free of charge on blogger.com, wordpress.com, or fancier platforms with a free plan like weebly.com, jimdo.com, wix.com? There so many blog sites we can hardly count them anymore. Now you know!
Couldn’t you ask your family to leave you undisturbed for 1 hour a day? Your closest people quite often are willing to cooperate; you just need to ask. Don’t be the one giving yourself a “No” before even asking!
Other excuses might have their roots in your subconscious mind and are known as self-limiting beliefs. Those include all sorts of not good/smart /young/old/ fill-in-the-blank enough. In moments of doubt just think of all inspiring people who managed to beat the odds! Have you heard of world-famous speaker Nick Vujicic who was born with no arms AND no legs? What is your excuse?
Step 4: Action.
Back to the title! How to START the blog of your dreams, right?
OK, here’s the thing:
To achieve any goal, you need the mindset, the skill set AND the action set. Nothing will come to you unless you actually DO something to achieve it.
“You are never given a wish without also being given the power to make it true. You may have to work for it, however.”
– Richard Bach
Here’s an interesting fact. The word satisfaction comes from Latin (satisfacere ‘content’). If you look closely, you will notice it consists of satis and action. You might be intrigued to find out that “satis” is… the Latin word for enough. In other words, Satisfaction comes through enough action.
Flexibility: Here’s the irony to it: so far we’ve been talking how important it is to be clear on What, Why and How, and yet… You must know they are most certainly to change along the way. Be prepared to be flexible on all previous steps!
Things do not always happen according to plan. But once you have a plan and you declare your intentions, opportunities and people start to show up. Obstacles start to pop up. It is not always going to be rainbows and Unicorns. You will face disappointments, frustrations and compromises.
You might not even have a clear idea at the moment you are starting. And that’s fine! “You need to trust that somehow the dots are going to connect along the way”, as Steve Jobs said. Furthermore, “You cannot connect the dots looking forward. You can only connect them looking backwards”. Steve Jobs commencement speech 2005
Consistency: Be patient! Rome wasn’t built in a day. There is even such a song!
Blogging is not the place for instant gratification. It takes dedication, patience and time. Even baby steps take you closer to your destination. Small steps accumulate and it is not before you turn back until you realize how far you’ve gone.
Fun: Remember, blogging is a journey, not a destination! You can only walk the walk if you enjoy it. Success comes to those who do what they do not because they ‘have to‘ but because they want to.
Go on! Relax and follow your butterflies! They will lead you to starting your dream blog.