My friend Natalie and I have been wanting to create a blog of our own…..We both at crucial turning points in our lives, with many major undertakings….We desire to share our experiences with others….In a nutshell, we’ve begun examining the sum of our lives and taken responsibility for the sum of it. What decisions have I made to get myself where I am??? How can I grow beyond those issues within me that hold outside my experience, my greatest desires, and dreams????
…As we’re developing an understanding of the answers to these questions, we see ourselves at the onset of a personal evolution with many major life changes in the forefront…..
HAVING SAID THIS…How can we create an amazing blog like yours???? We want to create something thought provoking that can get people to reflect upon their own lives. that can get some interesting online discussions going….
…Any advice would be helpful.
First, outline your goals. There are lots of different blogs and they have varying goals, purposes and strategies. Some are out there to disseminate information; others to spread the word on the author’s opinions; others to start conversations and explore issues; and still others to serve as spaces for the writer to vent and unwind. Figure out what you want your space to be, and what you want to get out of it.
Also consider how you define “success.” Do you want high traffic? Lots of comments? A like-minded community? In-depth and thoughtful contributions from readers? A semi-private and safe place to toss ideas around and make connections? It’s almost impossible to have all of those things at once, so you have to prioritize and figure out what’s best for you.
Beyond goals, I would suggest reading a variety of blogs and seeing what works and kinds of communities you want to get locked into. Comment. Establish your voice. When you start your blog, blogroll writers you like. Link often — we all check our trackbacks. And be patient. Establishing an audience takes a while, so don’t get discouraged if you’ve been writing for a month and you aren’t getting a ton of comments.
Link into a community of bloggers you like — that’s key. Realize that your voice isn’t going to appeal to everyone; try to find people who support you and people who challenge you.
What else do you all suggest?
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