Have you ever heard the argument that you should think what your blog will be about before you dive in?
This is one of the first things I say to new bloggers, but it’s not always the full story.
Sometimes, it’s actually a good thing to write a post or two – even just a few words, a sentence, or a few paragraphs – before you decide to do anything else.
Don’t Live and Die By Your Plan
You can plan a blog to death. Planning is great once you’ve started your blog and you want to keep it going. But you could waste a lot of time planning a blog if you find that while the theory excites you, the act of writing posts bores you. Or that there simply isn’t enough to write about on your topic of choice.
Is It Worth It? How to Find Out
Here are a couple of quick tips to help you decide if blogging is for you, and find out if your idea for a new blog is worth pursuing – whether it’s your first, or the latest in a long line.
- List 10 titles of posts you’d like to write for the new blog.
- Plan up to 3 of those posts. Don’t go all out by writing the entire post – start with the headers, then fill in the blanks.
- From this, you should be able to determine if it’s a blog you want to carry on with.
What do you think? How would you reduce the risk of a new blog not working out? Have you ever abandoned a blog due to poor planning? What would you do differently in future?