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August 7, 2012

Your Life: How to Succeed at Blogging Without Ever Really Trying

So, you want to be a blogger. 10,000 followers, tons of online friends, your name in LCD lights. Blogging is as easy as you want it to be, all you have to do is start posting.

The sign-up page for Tumblr.
Where to start:
The first step to building your blog is deciding which platform to use.

You may want a more traditional format, like Blogger, which is built from completely original content. Posts can contain pretty much anything from text, to audio, video, images, .gifs, etc. Blogs hosted through Blogger can be identified by their .blogspot.com web addresses.

A more modern platform, which I use for my personal blog, is Tumblr. Tumblr allows for a variety in types of posts, thousands of different layouts, reposting, liking, and several other features that make it a unique blogging experience. Tumblr blogs can be identified by their .tumblr.com web addresses.

But after all, you're reading this blog, so you probably already knew this.

The "dashboard" feature from Blogger.

What to post:
A question you may want to consider before starting your blog: what is the purpose of this blog?

You may want to post whatever it is that tickles your fancy. Maybe you want to run a photo blog a fashion blog or a nature blog. Will your blog be political? Will it make a statement? And how do you want to present the statements you make?

When it comes down to it, you can really post whatever you want to your blog. Content is only really important if you're looking to attract a certain audience.

Tips for joining the blogosphere:
A lot of people want to know how to get readership on their blogs/how to become a successful blogger.

My best advice on this matter is to become a part of the community. Follow other blogs, leave comments, become a part of the online conversation. On Tumblr, tagging your posts extensively can also help boost your visibility. I have also found that blogs with a clear, consistent message tend to have a bigger following than other blogs.

What I really suggest, though, is to not worry about how many followers you have or your page view count. If you're going to start blogging, do it because you're passionate, and do it to have fun!

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