What is Amateur Blogging?
What is amateur blogging? Should you become a blogger? Why?
Amateur blogging is the art of writing about your life, interests, and opinions on the internet. It’s an exciting way to share what you love with people all over the world. You can write about anything from sports to fashion or even politics! There are no limits when it comes to amateur blogging. If you have something interesting to say, then there will be someone out there who wants to read it.
Blogging can help you grow as a writer and allows you to freely express yourself and share your thoughts with the world. If this sounds like something you’d like to do, then keep on reading!
Why should I start a blog?
Well for starters, becoming a blogger is free! All you need is an internet connection and some time in your day where you can sit down and type up something that has been on your mind. The best part about amateur blogging is that anyone can do it!
So, if you’re interested in starting one but don’t know how or where to begin, then this article was written just for YOU!
Blogging has never been easier than it is today. There are so many free tools that will help get your blog up and running in no time at all. It doesn’t matter if you don’t know how to code because there are plenty of templates available for free and for purchase that will allow anyone who wants a blog of their own create one quickly and easily!
All it takes is a little bit of creativity, some passion, and a desire to share what makes us unique with the world. And once your blog is live, I encourage everyone reading this article right now to follow my lead by sharing their blogs on social media platforms such as Facebook or Twitter!
I love seeing people succeed when they put themselves out there into the universe – so please do not hesitate in letting me know when I can cheer for your success, too!
Here are just some of the benefits of starting an amateur blog today:
- Improve your writing skills.
- Share ideas with others around the world.
- Get feedback from readers who care about what you have to say.
- Build relationships with other bloggers in your community.
And there are many more reasons why becoming an amateur blogger could be right for you!
So, let’s get started…
Why Are You Doing This?
Before you start writing anything, you first need to figure out your “why”.
There's a great book by Simon Sinek, which you can get by clicking the book cover, below:
Once you've discovered your why, it will become much easier to determine why you'd like to become an amateur blogger.
Finding out your why, is of the highest importance. Without that singular and very important reason for why you do anything of value, you will not have the same enthusiasm and passion for amateur blogging as someone who does. As one of the unfortunate results of not discovering or determining your why, it becomes increasingly easier to give up, the moment things don't go your way.
Here's to a New Adventure!
As you begin your new adventure as a blogger, you're undoubtedly going to encounter issues, and your why, is the thing that best helps you push through these obstacles. Obstacles will then become opportunities.
Now that you know a little bit about amateur blogging and why it's so great, let's get started on how to get involved!
Here are three helpful tips that I recommend for anyone who is interested in amateur blogging:
1st Tip: Use your own voice.
When amateur blogging, it's important to stay true to yourself and use the tone of voice that best fits you as a person. There are so many different types of amateur bloggers, ranging from those who have recently begun a blog and want readers to follow their journey as they navigate their blogging experience for the first time – all the way to those who have been at it for years and use their blog as a platform from which to share the things they love with others.
In other words, amateur blogging is just that – amateur! Amateur bloggers are amateur because they don't make a living off of their blog. While some amateur blogs do end up turning into big businesses, this is not the case for amateur bloggers who simply want to share their voice with others.
That being said, amateur blogging is a wonderful way to generate passive income from showing ads on your website, or from affiliate marketing. It's also a fantastic way to become an influencer in your own right! By having your blog known by others, you begin to create relationships with those who also share your same interests.
2nd Tip: Know what you're getting yourself into!
Before starting amateur blogging, it's important to know how much time amateur blogging will take up in your day. This is incredibly important because amateur blogging should not take away from the other areas of your life that are truly important – such as family, self-care, other work, and rest & relaxation. If amateur blogging is going to take away from something important in your life – then it's probably not worth starting a blog at all!
To avoid this issue, I recommend writing out a schedule before you begin blogging. Figure out what day(s) of the week would work best for you to blog, and then mark it / them on your calendar as “Amateur Blogging Day” or something a bit cooler.
You could also begin with a clear intention of how often you'd like to write new blog posts, which is once every two weeks or so – for example! There are different seasons during the year when amateur bloggers tend to have more free time than others, these are typically the holiday season and the summer months. So, it would be best to blog more in these seasons so that you don't have a backlog of content.
3rd Tip: Learn what amateur blogging is all about!
In order to know amateur blogging from an amateur blogger's standpoint, I highly recommend you check out some YouTubers with amateur blogging content on their channels! You may want to find yourself appearing in the comments sections of the channels you like, so that you can network with people who are actually doing it.
If you find smaller channels where the person may also be just starting off on their journey, perhaps you may be able to collaborate? You'll never know unless you ask!
If not, then they may still be able to provide you with some helpful tips to aide you during this early period of your amateur blogging journey.
Who Do You Want to Read Your Posts – Who is Your Target Audience (for Example – Moms with Young Kids, People Interested in Photography, etc.)?
In blogging, it's important to know who you want to read your blog and what kind of topics or content they will be interested in. If a blogger doesn't have a target audience, they probably won't get many views on their website / blog because it may not contain the type of content the person(s) wants to see.
A successful blog has a specific target audience. The content of the site should be written toward that audience and the site design, advertisements, etc. should appeal to them.
For example, if you are creating a personal blog about how your dog is smart; your target audience would probably be people with dogs or perhaps even small children who like pets.
You could build your site around this idea and create posts that are of interest to these people, like how caring for a pet is similar to taking care of a child. You could even include pictures and / or videos of your dog on each post!
It's important to narrow down who you want reading your blog so that readers can better understand what the site is all about, what kind of content they can expect, and why they would want to read your posts.
If a site has a specific target audience but doesn't have any visitors or views from that audience, it may be because the blogger hasn't done enough work promoting their blog. It's important to promote your blog, especially when you know exactly who is going to be reading it.
A blog can have different target audiences and appeal to more than one type of reader, as long as it provides content they want to see and read. For example, a blog about parenting may not only contain posts that parents would find interesting, but also those that kids might enjoy reading.
This means that parents and kids can share the blog with each other, improving both reader numbers.
So how do you know your target audience? It's best to analyze it using many different factors, including what people are interested in or curious about, where they spend time online, their age group / demographic, which social media platforms they use most often, etc.
Once you gather all this information, you can determine what kinds of topics would appeal to your target audience and make a strong effort to share the blog with them. It's also a good idea to keep an eye on which posts get the most views or responses from your readers.
This will give you ideas about the types of content they enjoy most and what they would like to see on your site in the future.
It can also help you create new, interesting topics for articles or blog posts that will appeal to them. By determining who you want reading your blog and knowing your target audience, you can enjoy a successful blogging experience!
How to Start an Amateur Blog (or Any Kind of Blog, for that matter)
Now that you've determined your ‘why‘, and have decided on your targeted audience, the next logical step, is to figure out which platform you'd like to use for your new blog. Some people prefer Squarespace for blogging, while others prefer Medium. Many prefer the control of having their own website. The choice is yours.
While figuring out which blogging platform you're going to use, I want you to keep in mind that each individual content creation that you build, should serve to both engage your target audience AND build authority for your platform.
To help you choose the blogging platform you feel will be best suited for you, consider your content creation and marketing goals.
Do you want your blog to…
- be easily found on Google?
- build your personal brand as an authority in your specific niche?
- grow your own business?
If your answer to any of these questions, was “Yes”, then your best option is to have your own website. Of course, if you're not familiar with web development and design, this probably sounds like an overwhelming and expensive process. But it doesn't need to be. A great host for your blog is Bluehost. Their plans are very affordable, your site will undoubtedly be more customized than your Squarespace or Medium blog would be, and your blog will grow with your business.
Sign up for Bluehost, here:
While blogging on your own website, feel free to start and / or continue writing on Medium if you'd like. But remember – this is not your primary platform.
Is your blog your main source of content?
If your answer to those above questions, was “No”, then your best option may be to simply start writing on Medium. You can start blogging on your own website second, or even third… In this case, however, your primary focus should always be on publishing your content on Medium.
As I've outlined in this article, Medium is a great way to get your name out into the digital world.
Writing your blog posts elsewhere?
Aside from having your own website platform or writing on Medium, there are a number of other platforms you can use to start your blog, such as:
These are usually not your best options, however, as your blog will likely not be found on Google or build your personal authority online. Remember – your primary goal is to create content that gets your audience engaged and builds authority for your primary platform (in this case, Medium).
Please Note: As of recent, there are quite a few Medium publishers who have made mention of their publications receiving the ‘no-index' flag, which makes their sites not visible by search engines.
To put it in plainer terms…
If a web page is not indexed, then it doesn't have the capability to appear in the search engine results. This has resulted in a tremendous amount of loss in traffic on Medium publications.
The intended reason for this, as stated by Medium, is to help prevent the visibility of spam. The problem, however, is that not everyone who has disappeared from the search engine results pages were spamming.
You can read more of what Medium says, here:
If you'd like to use Tumblr, WordPress.com, or Squarespace to start your blog, then go for it! Once more, the choice is yours.
Use your best judgement and be sure to choose a platform that will help you meet your content creation and marketing goals. Familiarize yourself with each of their Terms of Service, so that you'll know what you can and cannot or should and shouldn't be doing.
How Often Should I Update My Blog with New Content – Once a Week, Once Every Two Weeks, etc.?
How Often Should I Update My Blog with New Content – Once a Week, Once Every Two Weeks, etc.?
Establishing a schedule to post on your blog is an important part of blogging. It enables you to create new content regularly and can help promote your engaging posts so they continue getting traffic.
The best frequency for you will depend on how often you have something new to say about the content or topic that your website covers. However, there are general guidelines for how often to post on a blog.
Some say once per day.
Others say twice a week.
Some say first thing in the morning.
Everyone has their own opinions. Here's what I think…
The once-per-day bloggers help ensure that their content is seen by search engines and readers. However, if you have a lot to say it can be difficult to keep up the comprehensive updates. Every other day might work better so you don't run out of new things to write about!
For me and this particular website, SwiftCreator.com, I try to write once per day, but sometimes life gets in the way. This entire most recent weekend came and went, and I didn't write a single word. Monday, however, I was refreshed and started writing not too long after I woke up and did my morning routine!
Today is Tuesday, and I've got content planned for Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, though Friday may be a bit rough, as there's a launch party for a certain cryptocurrency that I'm a HODLer of.
One thing I always stress on this site, such as with my “how to write an article” post, is that you should be producing high quality content. I don't care what you write about, but whatever it is, it should be something of value. It should be something that inspires, or enlightens, or… something.
Don't just post anything.
If you're going to make a blog, make it useful! And helpful. Provide tips and tricks for whatever your topic of choice may be, or even tell us about your problems and how you solved them. Don't be shy! Every human on the planet shares one big thing in common – we all have problems. It's how you go about solving them that sets people apart!
Remember, the most important thing is to have fun while you're blogging. If it becomes a chore or a bore then why would you even want a blog in the first place? Life is already hard enough without having to worry about keeping up on your website too… If you need to take a break, then take a break.
So, to recap:
Once per day – sure, go ahead. Twice per week – why not? But no less than three times per month! And it goes without saying that your blog should be on-topic and high quality!
Hope this helps everyone out there on the fence about starting a new website. I'm always available to answer questions, so don't be afraid to contact me or comment your thoughts on how often you update your own website.
Thanks for reading! Have an awesome rest of your week.
Get Advice from Other Bloggers on Their Experience with Amateur Blogging
Blogging can be a rewarding activity that allows you to share your perspective and connect with people who have similar interests. It can also provide an additional source of income if done well enough. However, it takes time and effort to create good content for a blog.
For those who are just starting out with amateur blogging, many experienced bloggers offer advice on what they wish they knew when they started.
One way to reach out to other bloggers is to join blogging communities. These are websites where people with similar interests gather to share their experiences, opinions, and information on a particular topic.
Blogging can be rewarding, but it definitely has its pitfalls.
Here are some tips from experienced amateur bloggers should keep in mind when setting out on this journey:
- Make sure you have the time to commit to blogging every day – Readers want new content. One way to build up your readership is by sharing content consistently every single day.
- Don't expect success to come over night – Building a readership, making connections with other bloggers, and becoming well known takes time. Expect it to take months or even years before a blog can become a success.
- Look at other successful blogs for inspiration – If you're just starting out with blogging, look around to see what type of blog is popular and what types of content works the best. Then create your own blog that incorporates these qualities into its format and writing style.
- Create a schedule for yourself – It's easy to get distracted when blogging. Instead, create a schedule for yourself and stick with it.
- Don't be too focused on traffic or page views – There are many ways that bloggers measure success, but the most important metric is whether you are enjoying what you're doing. This will keep you motivated to continue blogging in the long run.
- Create an email list to build your following – Many people check blogs through RSS feeds, but this requires them to visit the blog every day. Instead of depending on readers to voluntarily come back and check out your new posts, create an email list so you can send them the latest content whenever you publish something new.
This is just a sample of the kind of advice you can get from experienced bloggers. Are you familiar with a website called meetup.com?
Have You Ever Used Meetup.com?
Meetup.com gives you the ability to network with people who share the same interests. This is a great way to expand your network and learn from other bloggers who may even be in your same niche.
Sometimes, Meetup groups may go bowling, or out to eat, or simply to sit around in a large conference room, tossing around ideas and sharing their expertise. It's definitely worth doing if you'd like to network with others in this industry, whether the people you connect with are amateur bloggers or even highly experienced Influencer Marketers.
Learn About Social Media Marketing Techniques That Will Help Grow Your Audience in 2022 (E-Mail List Building, Facebook Ads, etc.)
By 2022, online marketing is expected to account for close to half of all advertising revenue. With the growth of social media and mobile technologies, it's no wonder why many businesses are shifting their focus towards digital marketing strategies.
Websites like Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, LinkedIn and YouTube have become powerful tools to promote your brand or business online. Your personal blog is no different. If you want to reach more of your audience, then go to where they are.
Your audience may be on Twitter, or Facebook, or Pinterest, or LinkedIn, or Reddit, or GameFAQs, or… You get the point. Go to where they are. Learn how to use those platforms.
Digital marketing is more than just social media, however. You also have to look into paid ads on Facebook and Google, targeted email lists, blog posts on third-party websites, etc. A lot goes into a proper digital marketing campaign.
If you put in the time to learn all that you can about each of these techniques then it's very likely that you'll see a significant increase in your blog's readership.
So… Amateur Blogging in 2022? A resounding YES.
When amateur blogging is done with intention and clarity of what it entails, it can be a very rewarding experience for everyone involved! Even if you're honestly just doing it to become an influencer in your own right or to share your voice with others, amateur blogging can be incredibly rewarding beyond the revenue it may generate.
And, amateur blogging can definitely pay off in 2022 (or whenever you're reading this article, ha!). By writing posts once every two weeks or so, amateur bloggers can build up a nice following of readers over time – especially if they stay active on social media!
Here, we have covered quite a bit about amateur blogging – including how to get started with amateur blogging, some of the benefits and the downsides of becoming an amateur blogger, as well as tips to help you on your journey.
Are you interested in amateur blogging? Have you dabbled with it before? Let me know what you think about amateur blogging in the comments section below!