Should You Start a Blog?

Take this quiz to see what kind of blogger you'd be

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Starting a blog is easy; keeping a blog updated regularly with fresh content is not quite so easy. It's exciting to start a new blog and make that first post or two, but what about beyond that? Do you want regular visitors to your blog, or are you just looking for a place to express yourself occasionally for anyone—or no one—to read?

If you're thinking of starting a blog, but you're not sure if you have what it takes to be successful, or you're not even sure if blogging is right for you, then take short quiz below to get a quick read on what kind of blogger you might be, and whether you have what it takes to take it further.

Read the questions below and jot down your answers. Then, follow the simple scoring instructions at the end of the quiz to calculate your personal result.

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Writing

At its most fundamental, blogs are about writing, so it's good to get at least some enjoyment out of that essential part. Do you like writing?

A) Yes or Always

B) Kind of or Sometimes

C) No or Never

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Grammar

It's the internet, so you might think grammar and other elements of good writing are dispensable. Sadly, you'd be kind of right, but if you're going to be writing for others to read, you'll want to be understood and that's why these are important to know.

So, do you have a basic grasp of grammar and make yourself understood in the written form?

A) Yes, no problem

B) I'm competent

C) What is grammar?

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Privacy

Blogging is a public act, and no matter what your subject matter, you'll be putting yourself out there in some capacity for the world to examine. Do you like to share your thoughts often and with anyone who will listen?

A) Yes or Always

B) Kind of or Sometimes

C) No or Never

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Socializing

This is the internet, and because blogging is public, you're going to engage other people. Some of these you may know, others may be total strangers, and by putting your thoughts out there, you're implicitly inviting engagement with others. Maybe you will have comments on your blog posts, or maybe you'll have an email address people can use to respond, but one of the joys (and sometimes annoyances) of blogging is interaction with your audience.

So, do you enjoy socializing online?

A) Yes or Always

B) Kind of or Sometimes

C) No or Never

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Technology

As mentioned, starting a blog has become an incredibly simple thing to do, and you can do it without knowing much about web design or HTML, CSS, or any of the other many abbreviations of technologies. However, having some basic skills with the internet is a big advantage, and you're probably going to pick up more as you blog.

Are you comfortable using the internet and learning new technology?

A) Yes or Always

B) Kind of or Sometimes

C) No or Never

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Dedication

Blogging regularly and keeping your site updated with fresh content is a big commitment that requires dedication. Sticking with it is key to having a successful blog.

Are you self-motivated and self-disciplined?

A) Yes or Always

B) Kind of or Sometimes

C) No or Never

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Time Commitment

Coming up with things to say on a blog, writing and publishing those things, and then (hopefully) giving them a quick edit to fix errors can consume a fair amount of time—more than you might realize when you first embark on the path to blogging.

Take a look at your life and free time. Can you fit blogging into your schedule consistently?

A) Yes or Always

B) Kind of or Sometimes

C) No or Never

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Feedback

Expressing your opinions on the internet invites responses from people. Some may disagree with you and will say so, sometimes rudely and insultingly. And some will reply just to antagonize and elicit an emotional rise out of you (these types are called trolls on the internet).

Are you prepared for people to disagree with you—sometimes in nasty ways?

A) Yes or Always

B) Kind of or Sometimes

C) No or Never

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Behind-the-Scenes Blog Work

There is some housekeeping you will likely have to do behind the scenes of your blog. This includes blog maintenance like updating the template, moderating comments, responding to emails, and so on. And the more popular your blog becomes, the bigger this task will grow.

Are you ready for the behind the scenes work blogging entails?

A) Yes or Always

B) Kind of or Sometimes

C) No or Never

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Reading

Are you a reader? Do you like reading other blogs? If not, you may run into some difficulties with blogging. At some point, you are likely to feel like you've run out of things to say. Where do you find new things to talk about?

Through reading. Reading other blogs keeps you up to date on what people are talking about, and the hot topics you might want to tackle from your own perspective. Reading the news is also a good place to get material—especially if you have any political angle in your blogging.

Ask yourself, do you like to read?

A) Yes or Always

B) Kind of or Sometimes

C) No or Never

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Calculate Your Results

 You're done! Now, calculate your score using the simple system below:

  • "A" responses = 3 points each
  • "B" responses = 2 points each
  • "C" responses = 1 point each

Add up your points and use the scale below to learn what type of blogger you can be right now.

  • 25+ points = Power Blogger: You have what it takes to be a successful blogger!
  • 16-24 points = Casual Blogger: You can make it as a good blogger and grow a decent following.
  • 0-15 points = Hobby Blogger: You would enjoy writing a blog, but if you want to take it to a higher level of success, you'll need to retool your lifestyle, likes and dislikes to more closely match the profile of a Power Blogger.
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