This is the first in a series of posts I will be doing in 2018 about getting Digital Fit. By this I mean achieving the right Digital Mindset for your current or future role and honing your skills to meet the demands of the Digital Era.
There is no single course or video that can achieve this goal, however there are many that can help you along the journey.
“To Blog or Not to Blog!”, Blogging isn’t for everyone and may not come naturally, however it plays a big part in the Digital Era, whether you are reading them or publishing them, you will read blogs at some point. Your reading this one!
One of the biggest issues with starting a blog is what content should you be writing about. Having an idea about what your blog is going to be about is the first step. Here are some ideas:
- Work based subject area
- Re-enforce your learning areas by blogging about them
- Hobby or interest
The main key points to blogging for me are:
- Be Authentic
- Be yourself
- Don’t be afraid on posting that idea or thought
- Don’t be afraid of posting different opinions
- You learn things doing research for your blog posts
- Post regularly
- Blogging helps build your confidence
- Blogging helps build an audience
The next stage is to choose where to host your blog. There are many different blogging platforms available that you can choose from. I have listed two Free Blogging Sites below, but there are many more that you can find using an internet search. There are already lots of reviews on which blogging site to choose and it really depends upon your needs. I’ll leave the choice down to you and your own research:
I myself have chosen WordPress* as my blogging platform as it is well established and has a set a great features available on the free tier:
- Sharing with Social platforms
- Scheduling posts to be published at a later date
- Good site usage statistics
- Search indexing
When you publish a blog, you should use other social platforms such as Twitter, Linked-In and Facebook (to name a few) to share the post which will help build your audience.
(*I am not affiliated with WordPress or receiving any kick back from this post from them)