Blogging: A beginners guide: Why?

I’ve had lots of people (well not lots but a few) ask about how to get a blog started. The first question is not What blog platform is the best, nor is it How do I drive traffic to my site. The first question you need to ask is Why? Why do you want to start a blog in the first place? If you don’t start with why you are going to start and stop because you have no means of measurement to judge yourself by and a couple of weeks into you will quit because you never asked and never answered yourself one simple question. Why am I doing this?

I ask myself that everyday because it takes time and effort to blog. But because I asked myself why early on I keep going, and like anything the more you do something the easier it gets.

Don’t start a blog:

1. Because your friends have one
2. Start a blog to talk about yourself
3. Don’t start a blog if you don’t have the time or energy to interact with your readers
4. Don’t worry that you have nothing to say. The more you do it the easier it get believe me.

Here is why I started my blog almost 4 years ago. Amazingly enough all these things are still true. I love blogging because I have learned so much from all of you. If you are thinking about quitting ask yourself Why before you quit.

What I have learned in my first year in blogosphere.

1. My goal has never been to have lots of hits my goal to network with other leaders to learn and grow. To help our kids be transformed into Christ’s image and reach more kids with the power of the gospel.

2. You learn a lot about your self through the discipline of putting your thoughts out there.

3. You make friends you never would any other way.

4. blogosphere is a sounding board for ideas and thought as well as gaining knowledge from the success and failure of others.

5. I have also found blogging to be a great way to communicate with my own leaders. I have experimented with video, and direct posts to certain volunteer groups. I am looking to do much more in the area of training, equipping and vision/mission reinforcement in the coming year.

When I first started there were maybe 4 or 5 Kidmin blogs out there, now there are well over a hundred. You might think that there is so much out there you don’t need to blog. Wrong. You are you, and the Kidmin community needs your voice. So start today start by asking yourself Why should I start a blog?