I came into the blogosphere the natural way…my blog was birthed slowly and came to discover its own voice and the like. It’s not a bad way, but its not the only way. If you’re a blogger considering starting a second one or if you’re a blog reader who’s interested in starting your own, you can make it come into the world with a bang.
Aviva compiled a list of 21 tips for a successful blog launch. I think they’re excellent if you’re trying to create a pretty popular blog from the get-go.
I’d add some tips, including to start your own network if you don’t see anything in your niche. For example, Pinyo of Moolanomy started the M-Network as a way for personal finance bloggers of a certain blog age (as in started last summerish). Great idea. Or Queercents is a place for GLBTQ personal finance bloggers to write together.
Another idea, besides setting up a bunch of good posts at the launch have a number ready. Just in case you get writer’s block…that way you won’t crash after you launch well.
Why start a blog?
1. Accountability–that’s why I started mine. To have a place to write about my finances and what I was trying.
2. Learning–I expect you learn a lot from being an avid blog reader too, but I think being a blogger helps me learn even more. Writing is part of learning.
3. Community–commenting on blogs can build conversations but having your own blog helps even more. You can respond more fully to posts and ideas through your own posts.
4. Monetization–blogging isn’t always lucrative, but you can sometimes earn money with a blog. If you’re starting the blog to make money, I think starting with a bang is even more important.
I have some ideas for eventually starting another blog…but I want to prepare well first, writing posts, getting a good theme, setting it up nicely, all that.