Thinking About Writing a Blog

Updated on September 27, 2011
D.H. asks from Briarcliff Manor, NY
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Hi folks, I've been thinking for some time I'd like to try my hand at writing a blog. I've even set up a blog spot but haven't done much more. I've got a lot going on in my life right now (oy) and I wonder if writing about these very personal and scary things would help me or even someone else. I don't really feel confident enough at the moment to think that others could benefit from my advice (it doesn't help that some of the people I meet tend to act like know-it-alls; it always feels like I'm caught off-guard).

For those of you who do write blogs, what's your writing background, if any. Do you follow a specific process or pattern to write? Do your blogs have themes or is the subject matter varied.

Thanks in advance.

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answers from Columbia on

My blog is basically social commentary. I love to write and have done so since I have had the ability. You don't need a writing background at all.

Start by drafting a few posts. Write about what you enjoy, what you hate, whatever is on your mind. Try to start without including too much personal business, because you need to be SURE you are okay with airing out your life to the world. REALLY sure. And you need to be sure that everyone involved is okay with it too.

Best of luck!


answers from Phoenix on

I have a blog that I haven't updated in a couple months, I started it this summer. If you want to peak at it its I did it mostly just as a diary to document what's going on and mostly "what I think". and to post some easy recipes, what we have been doing, current issues with the kids, our ex's, etc. I don't have any writing background but I like to talk so I thought I would use it to get it all out! So I have to get back to it. Good luck!


answers from Dallas on

We have a blog - a couple actually. One is family focused. My daughter has a really rare illness and it helps connect us to others and share her story with others. I don't really have a writing background, except that I know how to type and enjoy writing:-) I also have another blog for scrapbooking where I create scrapbooking kits and give them away for free (used to sell in online stores, but I got too busy with all my kids and decided to put it on the backburner). So that blog is mostly just giving stuff away. You should do it. Write it for yourself. Don't worry what other people think about what you write or if they have their own opinions. Just write what you want or need to write.


answers from New York on

Hi D.,

Writing a blog is great if you want other people to see what you're thinking.
You could keep a journal if you just want to do something for yourself. Journalling is good for self-reflection; blogging is good for getting a message across to others. My blogs are business-oriented. I used to keep a diary. I'm a writer and find blogging a great place to put my favorite quotes, biz updates, prayers, miscellaneous writings from others and myself. If you enjoy writing, it's fun to have a blog...IF you want others to see what you're thinking. ;)

from the Pocono Mts. of PA



answers from New York on

You don't need to have a writing background at all, and people I know with blogs do not. Most people are not professional writers. It's whatever you want to write about. Just start writing. The journey of 1000 miles begins with a single step, right?

You can always go back and edit your blog posts too. My blog has tips for stay at home moms who are thinking about picking up their careers again. The older stuff is my own, the more recent stuff is summaries of articles I found interesting. I've only written sporadically and it could use some design and graphics to spruce it up, but here's the link:



answers from Dallas on

I originally set up my blog to post about my family happenings since we don't live near any family. That has slowly morphed into whatever the heck is on my mind still mixed w/my family stuff. It's funny though, not many people comment, but when I check the stats and my counter, people are reading it so I keep with it seeing as I have a bit of an audience. It is a therapeutic thing for me as well:) If you care to look at mine, you can see I'm all over the place but it fits who I am I guess.



answers from Kansas City on

Well I have a blog, but I'm certainly no mommy-blogger! I basically just set it up to showcase my children so that out of town friends and family can be kept up to date at their leisure. I do really like to write and so even in this forum I can be known to have lengthy posts or go on a tangent about something and I love it. It's my outlet, but I'm sure no one besides my people are reading it, and that's fine. You may consider starting small and just informing those people you know and love to read it and see what happens. Good luck!


answers from Houston on

I have been writing my blog for about 3 years now. I mostly focus on design oriented posts, but will throw in fashion/recipes. Every now and then I will do a short family or deep thoughts kind of post, but I keep that to a minimum since my blog is mostly geared towards the crafty/design community. I usually write 2-3 times a week, but lately I have only been updating 1 or 2 every two weeks. It is very easy to get burnt out! The more you lag in posts, your readership definitely takes a hit. I do have a private family blog, I rarely update that, how horrible of me!

I have seen a lot of 'therapeutic' writing blogs help people. A lot of them are heavy on the sarcasm. Some of them are written by people who have obvious mental issues and I hope they are that open with their therapists. A lot of them are good, down to earth blogs like what you are going for I think. You can start small and anonymously for now.



answers from Chicago on

I set up my blog for the same reason you want to set up yours. It is "therapeutic".

I use, very easy to maintain & "do" things with, though I don't think it is the most popular blog site out there.

This site is great for all the personalized touches for your blog.

If you're looking for more things to jazz up your blog, just google, blog buttons, a bunch of sites will come up.

My blog is telling the story of when my life completely changed & how I have handled it since. I have added some light-hearted blogs in there, too, like about giving dating a try. Sometimes I have MAJOR writer's block & can't think of anything "good enough" to write about. When that happens, I just try to be patient.

Happy blogging!!

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