I love blogging! I started my blog because I'm a writer, but with three kids, I found it hard to write everyday. My blog helps keep me motivated, so even if I don't do any other writing, I blog! I don't blog everyday, but I blog several times a week. I've been doing it for two years and find that I love it more all the time!
Pick a topic that you feel you can write about long term. I write about cleaning and de-cluttering.I think creating a niche, as long as it's something you are very interested in, will help bring page views and followers. I love blogs with a purpose. Pictures are great and do tend to draw readers/followers. Good content is key, though! As is posting on a regular basis, if not daily, then almost daily. Your readers will depend on you for fresh content. And, if you are enthusiastic about your topic, your readers will respond to that!
I use Blogger. I really want to use wordpress, but it intimidates me. I need lessons! But, lots of people use it and love it. I simply don't have the time to sit down and figure it out. Blogger is pretty easy to jump right into.
My blog is also turning into a business for me. I have a few ads and am seeking more advertisers and am beginning to create downloadable files (cleaning checklists) for my readers. I've got lots of plans for it. And, a small community of followers has formed on my blog. I really love that. I try to follow the blogs of my regular commenters, as well. I also tend to post links to my regular reader's blogs.