So You Want to Start Your Own Blog (Ep. 125)

The College Info Geek PodcastThis 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.

In the past few years, I’ve had the pleasure of watching people like Stefano Ganddini, Katie Dwyer, and Tom Miller create fantastic blogs for students.

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

…and more.

In addition to this episode, I’ve also written a few posts that you might want to check out:

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.

Enjoy!

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Vidya Sagar V

I am looking forward to read an article or listen to your podcast about “How to start a podcast?”

Noah Newell

Thank you for making this episode.
I am new to the blogging world, and needless to say my website doesn’t look that pretty. I was unaware of the archives site, and it made me realize that all blogs go through the ugly thirteen year old stage.
Thank you for your amazing blog and podcast, and have a great day.

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