This week we take a break from your normally scheduled student-focused content to riff on a topic I get asked about all the time… bloggin’.
One of the really cool things about creating work that is, by definition, meant to be seen by many people is that some of those people get inspired to do the same thing.
Over the past six years that I’ve been doing this, I’ve gotten emails from lots of people who want to start blogs of their own.
Some want to start student-focused blogs like this one, which I think is freaking awesome – after all, I only started this blog after I applied to write for another student-focused blog and was rejected. I think there’s always room for fresh thoughts in the education space.
Others want to start blogs that focus on completely different topics, and some people just know they want to blog… even if they aren’t sure about the topic at all.
No matter which of those camps you fall into, hopefully this episode will answer a lot of your questions. We’ll be tackling:
- What platform you should use
- How to choose a topic
- How to improve your blogging skills
- The top 3 methods of building an audience
- How to network with other bloggers
- When to put your blog on your personal website and when to create a separate domain for it
- Fitting in time to work on your blog alongside school and work
In addition to this episode, I’ve also written a few posts that you might want to check out:
- The Ultimate Guide to Building a Personal Website – this post has the most up-to-date WordPress setup instructions on the site
- The Complete, Step-by-Step Guide to Building a Successful Blog – lots of tips on topic development, marketing, content crafting, and more
- 14 Reasons You Should Start a Blog in College – in case you need more motivation
As usual, I’m joined by my friend Martin Boehme on this episode. Martin actually has a healthy amount of blogging experience under his belt, and he’s a great example of someone who hugely benefited from blogging – even though it didn’t become his full-time job as it did for me.
Things mentioned in this episode:
- 5 Questions: Unambitious Friends, Money Saving Strategies, & the Pomodoro Technique (Ep. 122)
- DELE Spanish certification
- CELTA English teaching certification
- Dunning–Kruger effect
- Imposter syndrome
- Fluent Forever, by Gabriel Wyner
- Martin’s first post on College Info Geek
- How to Stand Out If You Have a Low GPA (Ep. 116)
- Volatyl framework for WordPress
- Amazon Associates program
- College Packing Guide
- Smart Passive Income
- uBlock Origin Chrome extension
- uBlock Origin Firefox add-on
- Social Blade
- Speaking Page
- 10 Steps to Earning Awesome Grades (while studying less), by Thomas Frank
- Listen Money Matters
- DIY Hanging Desk Increases Floor Space, Is Perfect For College Dorms
- Self Stairway
- C. G. P. Grey
- The Equal-Odds Rule: Massive Effort, Occasional Success
- 42 College Tips I Learned Freshman Year
- Mark Manson
- James Altucher
- The Science Behind Getting Better Sleep (Ep. 124)
- Getting More Done In Less Time (Ep. 28)
- 5 Lessons I Learned from “The Productivity Project” by Chris Bailey
- The Best Thing You Can Do For Your Productivity (Ep. 59)
- The Worst Thing You Can Do for Your Productivity (Ep. 91)
- 14 Hard-Hitting Reasons Why You Must Start A Blog In College
- The Ultimate Guide to Building a Personal Website
- The Complete, Step-By-Step Guide To Creating A Successful Blog
- Philip DeFranco on Youtube
- Productive Summers: How to Make the Most of a School Break
- Skill Building, Project Planning, and DIY (Ep. 123)
Want more cool stuff? You can find all sorts of great tools at my Resources page.
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