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The Waltonian Guide to Blogging

With the advent of blogging websites throughout the internet, it’s likely that the thought of creating one yourself has crossed your mind; however, the starting process can often be difficult. For example, what exactly do you want to blog about? Should it be focused entirely on a sole subject, or just anything that comes to mind? If you’re concerned with aesthetic details, then you’re probably fretting over the type of visual layout you want your blog to have. Stress even comes into play if you desire to update it on a regular basis, as you may have no idea into how you can integrate it into your busy college schedule. Through a step-by-step planning basis, you put all these worries to rest.

Deciding on a subject to write about is important, but what’s even more vital is questioning how much time you’re willing to put into the blog. For example, if you’re knowledgeable about Nintendo video games, you’ll probably find yourself spending ample amounts of time raving about their games, new or old. Of course, if you’re more interested in dabbling into the blogging scene, it doesn’t have to be a huge time investment; in fact, blogging can serve as a unique outlet in setting goals for yourself, such as writing three paragraphs per day or week on a passionate subject.

But how should you appeal to your readers? The obvious steps involve presenting both an affable personality and an eye-pleasing layout. For the former, many readers are easily drawn to fun writers. Remember that since this is the internet, no one cares if you come across as geeky. As for your layout, many blogging sites offer an endless amount of choices to structure your blog, but it’s best not to go overboard with gaudy colors. For beginners, it’s best to just keep it basic with simple colors and a sidebar that provides readers with a readily accessible sitemap (such as dividing posts into timeframes or sections).

If you’d like your blog to reach a wider audience, let it be known that there is no shortcut to success. Good writing is a must, of course, but that alone won’t attract readers. You can spread the word via your Facebook status updates or Twitter hashtags, or also attract Google searches through embedded pictures and Youtube videos. Of course, no one said you had to be popular. As long as you and your readers are satisfied with your work, nothing else matters.

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