From the time I was a teenager, I was enthralled by the idea of having a place to share my unfiltered thoughts and write stories about what mattered to me at the time. I didn’t worry about who would come across those stories, or what they would think of me after they read them, I just enjoyed the writing. I had stopped blogging about two years ago because I knew it was time to reinvent my website, but I didn’t know how to go about it.
When I finally picked it back up again, I was overwhelmed with the things I needed to do so I could comfortably get back to doing what I love. So, I made a list of everything I needed to tackle to get my website in working order, leaving me to focus on creating valuable content for my readers.
Building a Blog: My Checklist
- The Name: I decided on As She Writes because I wanted something that showcased the overarching theme of my blog and what it was all about. Once I decided on the name, I could already start to see the kind of content I’d want to write when the site was finally up.
- The Design: I decided to purchase a theme for my website because I had an idea of what I wanted, but I didn’t know how to execute it on my own. So, I found a theme on Etsy.com by Hello You Designs that I liked and followed the instructions to implement it.
- The Niche: My blog covers a variety of different categories and topics, but if I had to sum it up into one word, it would be: writing. I’ve always enjoyed writing about the process, learning new tips, and implementing them to better my writing style. Though, I’m not afraid to branch out every once in a while.
- The Schedule: Coming up with a blogging schedule has been a tough one for me because I have so many other areas of my career that require attention. So, for now, I settled on twice a week, Monday and Friday, to start and round it out. That has been working the best for me so far, and it allows me to put a lot of thought into each post.
What I Wish I Knew Before I Started
I wish I would’ve known how much work it actually takes to be consistently creating content for a website. I also wish I would’ve done a bit more research at the beginning to help me in that department instead of letting my blog fall to the back burner ever so often. I learned a valuable lesson about drawing on personal experiences and sharing stories about the things I’ve gone through as well as what I may have picked up along the way.
I wish I would’ve known that sharing my personal stories wasn’t so scary, and I didn’t have to be afraid of being honest with what I was going through. My shift to start writing stories about my struggles has helped shape me overall. I’ve improved in various areas of my writing, and I know that there’s always room to learn something new. Opening up to the possibilities of revamping and reinventing my writing style has also made a significant change in how my blog posts are received. My readership has grown a lot since I’ve taken the initiative to continue learning and changing things up every once in a while.
How Blogging Helps Me Structure Other Areas of My Life
Having a twice-a-week posting schedule has allowed me to structure my other tasks around writing those two pieces. It keeps me on track, levelheaded, and ready to think of new content or topics I may want to write about. When content creation becomes your career, you may start to feel like you’ve exhausted all areas of your creativity Though, I’ve learned that in those moments, it’s best to take a step back and refresh rather than trying to force the words to come.
I’ve made it my mission not to allow my daily tasks to overwhelm me, and to enjoy the writing process as much as possible instead of seeing it as just something I need to complete. I get excited to start drafting my next stories, outlining and planning my points, and playing around with different formatting styles.
It’s never too late to start following your dreams, to give yourself a platform to share your work with the world. My blog is far from finished, and there are still empty areas that need tending to, but it’s a place that I’m happy with, which makes me excited to revisit and write all over again.
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Anisa Nasir is a freelance writer and aspiring novelist. She lives in Toronto, Canada with her husband and family. She’s the writer behind As She Writes.