Question of the Month Blog Hop run by Michael D'Agostino. You can find him at A Life Examined. This month's question:
“If a friend came to you looking for advice on starting a blog, what three pieces of advice would you give them?”
This is rather good timing for this question after a month when so many bloggers have just completed The A to Z Blogging Challenge. Mostly today, I just wanted to not turn my computer on after such a hectic month, but I'll give this a go.
1. Don't start until you know what you want to blog about. If you're just keeping a journal of helping your child with their homework, you might not find many people interested in reading that. But if you don't care if you grow an audience of readers, it doesn't matter what you write.
2. Read a lot of blogs before you start yours to get ideas and help you decide which platform you like best.
3. Know going in that blogging does take time. Are you sure you want to commit to it?
May is very busy for me. I have my local writer's meeting this Saturday. The entire second weekend in the month will be spent in Boston at my daughter's graduation. The third weekend is the annual writer's conference that I help run. And then it's Memorial Day. And in between times I have so much lawn work to do, the pool to open and some other household fix-ups. Oh, and I have to do some writing too. I'm not in a hurry to get through any of those things but I will be busy.
And a last piece of blogging advice, join an active supportive group like the Insecure Writer's Support Group. Don't forget, this week is our monthly first Wednesday posting. There is a lot of good stuff coming your way during the upcoming months for IWSG. If you're not a member, why not?
What advice do you have for a wanna-be blogger? Do you have plans for May?