The story behind why I started a blog and advice for those considering it
Since I am a Film and Television Set Decorator, I am constantly going from one project to another. That does not always mean that the day after one project has finished, I am starting on another. In fact, more often than not there are several days, sometimes even weeks, between projects. I started The Decor Du Jour as a way to fill these lulls. I desperately wanted to stay busy between projects, but do so in a way that I still utilized and built upon the same decor skill set that I needed as a Set Decorator. Thus came the idea of starting my own blog!
Now I would love to use my own experiences to give some advice to anyone that is considering starting a blog. The question is: what are two great reasons to start a blog?
1. Use Your Passions
First and foremost, you will want to write about something that you are skilled at. Figure out what skills you possess that could help your readers. What is it that they can learn from you? When I was thinking this through at the beginning stages, my degree in Design and my work as a decorator gave me the confidence to know that I was skilled enough to give valuable advice. Skilled enough to be able to offer a voice to those struggling with decor.
Keep in mind that this should be something that you are truly passionate about. When you are passionate, it will show through your writing and will keep your readers engaged.
2. Think of Blogging as an Outlet
If you are thinking of starting a blog solely for the income, I can tell you right now that you will need to change your thinking. There is definitely money to be made from blogging, but that takes time and a lot of hard work first. When you are only blogging for money, it shows in your lack of enthusiasm towards your content and it is off-putting to readers.
Instead, think of blogging as an outlet to share your many ideas and experiences through. Think of it as a platform on which to build your readers skills, as well as your own along the way. Trust me it will pay off in the end.
I am sure that there are MANY great reasons to start a blog, but these are the two that I personally feel are necessary to keep in mind in order to build a foundation for blogging success.
All you bloggers out there! What was your #1 reason to start a blog?
Share in the comments below, let's start a conversation!