7 Tips For Finally Starting Your Blog

Illustrated by Mallory Heyer.
The email I receive most often goes something like this: “I want to start a blog, but I don’t know where to begin. Any tips for how to get going?” I’m thrilled to be at a place in my life where people approach me for this kind of advice and more thrilled that I'm actually able to provide a thorough answer.

Before diving in, I just want to say that I think starting a blog is the single greatest thing you can do for your writing career. It's the perfect side hustle, strengthening your writing and providing you with a second source of income. While some people still think that blogs are so 2005, they've clearly been living under a rock. I'll admit, it is discouraging to realize that there's already a blog out there for every topic under the sun, but even in this vast world, there's no one that's exactly like you with your specific perspective.
Perhaps one of the most important benefits that come out of starting your own blog is developing your own voice by giving you an outlet to write regularly. Your style and voice are everything. The sooner you start to work your writing muscles on a regular basis, the better. Blogging also allows you to create writing samples you're going to need when applying for writing positions at other publications.
Of course, monetizing your blog takes time, but with the abundance of resources on the internet, it's definitely doable. For example, if you happen to write a piece that catches the eye of a larger publication, you have the wonderful opportunity to syndicate. Which means — yep, you guessed it — a possible source of income. Do remember, though, that you don't necessarily have to wait for them to approach you. Pitch yourself and your ideas — you may just have a deal in the works.

In short, if you're at the step before "I want to start a blog" and living in the land of "is it even worth it?" my answer is yes. That being said, here are the seven steps to launching a blog that I used to grow my own.

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