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Blogging with Confidence, From the Start

Articles, tips and resources to help when you’re at the start of your blogging journey, just getting ready to set off, or feeling stuck before you even get to the beginning.

GETTING PAST THE DOUBTS AT THE START

Exploring some of the fears and doubts that might arise when you think about starting a blog, and some of the tactics used to get past them.  The importance of accepting imperfection as a key aspect of blogging, and the benefits that brings in terms of learning as you go along.

Reading: A Good Enough Guide to Starting a Blog

TIPS AND SUGGESTIONS ON GETTING STARTED, FROM THOSE WHO BLOG

This article is packed full of short tips and suggestions from bloggers who offered to share their own ideas, with the benefit of hindsight and experience.

There are lots and lots of suggestions in here, and you probably don’t want to do them all at once.  This is an article you might want to bookmark and come back to when you’re looking for an idea, a bit of inspiration, or a way past something you’ve got stuck on.

Reading: The Audacious Guide to Starting A New Blog

AUTHENTICITY, AND BEING YOURSELF

One of the main reasons people are drawn to blogging is the chance it offers to ‘be yourself’.  Holding on to that authentic voice is not always so easy in practice though.  Here are some thoughts and reflections from different bloggers about things they have done to express authenticity in their blogging practice.

Something to think about when you’re starting, so you can check in with that intention as you go along, and see how it still looks, sounds and feels to you.

Reading: Authenticity and Blogging

THE DEFINITION OF BLOGGING

There’s no one definition of what it means ‘to blog’.  We’ve all got different ideas about it: it means different things to each of us.

Readers of the Confident Writing blog contributed some of their own ideas and suggestions about what it means ‘to blog’.  They might help you work out what your own definition looks like, and what it means to you.

It’s something to think about when you start to blog as it will help you to develop your own practice, although you will inevitably change your mind about what it means in the light of experience as you go along.

Reading: Thinking About What It Means ‘To Blog’

Other Resources to Look Into:

Building Conversation and Community

Blog Writing Style and Improving Readability

Learning from Your Blog

When You’re Stuck In the Middle of Blogging

and the archive of articles  on Blog Writing with Confidence.