Write First, Ask Questions Later

Writing

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.

  1. List 10 titles of posts you’d like to write for the new blog.
  2. 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.
  3. From this, you should be able to determine if it’s a blog you want to carry on with.

Discussion

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?

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  • http://drbilltellsancestorstories.blogspot.com/ Dr. Bill (William L.) Smith

    I believe it is very important to recognize that blogging is actually a very transitory form of writing, even though many of us have been doing it for ‘many years.’ With the complete control inherent in a single blog, the author has the option to adapt to/with the times, change direction completely on an individual blog and/or stop and start a new one. In that context, I’ll suggest that a plan is simply a plan. It will almost certainly be changed, over time (either short or long-term), no matter how good the plan is… life goes on. Circumstances change. Go with the flow, or against it. But most of all, enjoy the process, as well as the outcome. ;-)

    • Ben

      Hi Bill – thanks for the comment. :) I agree – blogging is definitely writing – and if you don’t want to write, blogging isn’t for you. Planning can be useful, but over-thinking your plan isn’t a good idea.

  • http://melbourneahoy.blogspot.com/ Bennido

    Great tip and I wish I had read this article much earlier. I have been thinking and planning about my blog for way too long. Wish I had just stuck in, wrote some small posts to kick off and get some momentum !

    • Ben

      Hi Bennido – thanks for the comment. :) Sometimes you do need to jump right in and start writing.