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 simple, but keeping a blog updated regularly with fresh content can take some effort. It's exciting to start a new blog and make that first post or two, but what about the future? Do you want regular visitors, or are you just looking for a place to express yourself occasionally, regardless of who's reading? Do you want to make money with your blog?

If you're thinking of starting a blog, but you're not sure if you have what it takes to be successful, then take this short quiz. Read the questions below and jot down your answers. Then calculate your personal result and see what kind of blogger you'd be.

Writing

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

A) Yes or always

B) Kind of or sometimes

C) No or never

Grammar

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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.

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

A) Yes, no problem

B) I'm competent

C) What is grammar?

Privacy

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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'll listen?

A) Yes or always

B) Kind of or sometimes

C) No or never

Socializing

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This is the internet, and because blogging is public, you're going to engage other people. You may know some of these people, while others will be total strangers. By putting your thoughts out there, you're implicitly inviting engagement with others. Maybe you'll 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

Technology

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Starting a blog is simple, and you can do it without knowing much about web design, HTML, CSS, or any of the other tech abbreviations. However, having some basic internet skills is a big advantage, and you'll probably 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

Dedication

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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

Time Commitment

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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 think.

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

Feedback

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Expressing your opinions on the internet invites responses from people. Some may disagree with you and will say so, sometimes rudely and with insults. Some will try to antagonize you and elicit an emotional rise out of you (these 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

Behind-the-Scenes Blog Work

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There is some housekeeping you'll likely have to do behind the scenes of your blog. This includes blog maintenance, such as updating the template, moderating comments, responding to emails, etc. 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

Reading

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At some point, you're 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, helping you glimpse 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 a political angle to your blog.

Do you like to read?

A) Yes or always

B) Kind of or sometimes

C) No or never

Calculate Your Results

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 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.