By Mike Wallagher, creator of StartBloggingOnline
Writers often ask me, “How does setting up a blog benefit me?” And I always try to explain it as easily as I can. In fact, I always want to ask the writer, “Why wouldn’t you start a blog?”
Pros of starting a blog
There are definitely more pros than cons. For example:
- Starting a blog has minimal costs.
- You can write anonymously under a pseudonym.
- You can direct an audience to your blog and have recurring readers.
- You get visibility and you’ll never know who will land on your blog. Perhaps a publishing agent?
- You will get honest opinions about your content. Sometimes people are awfully honest, but don’t be afraid of criticism. Criticism makes you a better writer.
These are only a couple positive features that a blog might have in store for you. I’ve been a blogger for a while now. A bit more than five years, to be exact. As a blogger, I don’t consider myself a writer per se, but I’ve done a bit of writing here and there.
It’s been about two and a half years since I started StartBloggingOnline.com – and oh, it has been a great journey. I’ve helped people from all parts of the world. From writers to gardeners, from chefs to photographers – you name it, they’ve been through my guide.
What about copyright?
You’re an aspiring writer and planning on starting a blog but you’re afraid that someone might copy your material? That’s one of the things that I was worried about before starting. Okay, in the United States you have an automatic copyright but it never hurts to add a copyright and a TOS or Terms of Service Agreement. The copyright notice does that, notifies everyone that the work is protected. You can find the proper form here.
If some steals my work what do I do?
I’ve found having a copyright notice helps. Here’s what I do:
- Try to contact the owner of the website, where the copied material is posted and kindly ask the person to take it down. This works surprisingly often.
- If he/she doesn’t reply or is not willing to take it down, let Google know about it. They often will take it down.
What about hacking?
I’m often asked, “Can a hacker take down my blog and make me lose all my content?”
This is a tough one. No website can prevent a good hacker. Even banks and governments have security breaches from time to time. I think it’s safe to say that automatic backups and security both are a must-have.
To be honest, I don’t think that there are many cons of blogging. The biggest one I could think of is that we’re forgetting how to read and write on paper!
Other than that, I can’t think of anything. Just go for it and let the world of blogging grab a hold of you!
Mike Wallagher is the creator of StartBloggingOnline where he writes about blogging.