I was asked recently for some advice on starting a blog, so here’s a five minute guide:
- Download Live Writer from Microsoft for authoring your posts.
- Set a reminder in your calendar once a week to write for 30 minutes.
- Get Evernote, a moleskin, or use Live Writer to make notes when you come upon a problem you have solved, or you’ve learned something new. This can be a link, a paragraph, or maybe a sentence. Get in the habit of making notes.
- Save your posts as drafts. When you get ten complete posts, which means proofed and checked (preferably by a friend or spouse), note how long it took you to write ten posts.
- Set up a blog at Wordpress, Blogger, or Typepad. Any of them will do.
- Schedule your posts out at the pace it took to write them. If you wrote 10 in 10 weeks, schedule one a week. If you wrote 10 in 20 weeks. schedule one every other week.
- Keep writing, and keep publishing.
That’s it, and it’s simple, but it won’t build a good blog. You have to do that work yourself, but pace yourself and build a blog that you can sustain.