If I started blogging today, I would…

Make a commitment to blogging

I’ve actually had two other blogs before starting the blog here on my own domain. My first blog was on Blogger and I think I wrote a total of 18 posts between 2005 and 2009. Consumed with building a career in communications, I didn’t give myself time to pursue my own writing.

Pick a platform and stick to it

After not making much of a go of a blog on Blogger, I decided to start a new blog on WordPress.com. This one was more successful in that I wrote almost 100 posts between 2009 and 2012. Having used both Blogger and WordPress, I don’t think one is necessarily better than the other, although I like the WordPress interface best.

Blog at my own domain

Joining the Blogathon Challenge was the impetus to finally start blogging at my own domain name. I’ve launched a freelance writing career and am currently writing a memoir, and I need to start building my platform. I wanted one place for my portfolio and blog.

Have the guts to put myself out there

In my first couple of blogging attempts, I was actually really nervous about putting myself out there. I didn’t tell people I had a blog and I didn’t join blogging challenges. But through the Blogathon, I’ve learned that the best part of blogging is the sense of community that develops. I’ve discovered new blogs and kindred spirits, and the comments I have received have been supportive and encouraging.

I can’t wait to keep building connections through my blog!

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  1. Annette Gendler says:

    I agree especially on your third point – thankfully, I started with my own domain right away. Glad to see you stuck with blogging, despite previous false starts. For me, once I start something, I follow through, so actually starting a blog was the bigger issue. I see you’re interested in memoir, stop by my blog when you can because I talk about memoir a lot.

  2. MichelleRafter (@MichelleRafter) says:

    “Putting yourself out there” is a common worry of new(er) bloggers. So much so that many choose to blog anonymously. But that can be a mistake, especially if like you, someone is using their blog to build a platform for other work. It’s such a common phenomena, though, that after the 2011 blogathon, I ran a post about it explaining all the reasons why people don’t put their names on their blogs, and all the reasons why they should. You can read it here:

    Do You Blog as You?

    Michelle Rafter

    • vmusgrave says:

      Thanks! I completely agree with you. In the early days of the Internet, some people were concerned about security and I remember being cautioned against posting any kind of identifying details online, including my name. I guess the concern was that if someone knew my name, they could look up my address and find me. But blogging and Facebook changed all that and now it seems unusual to me when I come across blogs authored by anonymous writers. Hey, I want prospective clients and publishers to find me!

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