This is first of a two-part article contributed by Jonha @ Happiness.

Every seasoned blogger started with being a newbie so if you’re currently looking to starting a blog then we want YOU to keep reading.

There had been been a lot of ideas and tips posted on how to be successful in blogging but little did those advisers realize that in order to be successful in blogging, those steps needs to be done from the very beginning just as investing should be done at an early age.

Once you start something right, you would most likely be continuing in that path and you will not have a hard time innovating, modifying, improving and optimizing. These processes would only become effective once you’ve established your blog in the proper way.

The steps which I will be discussing below has helped me develop my passion in writing and eventually monetize from it, increased both my confidence and number of friends both online and offline. There are myriad of other benefits from starting a blog but these would be discussed in a separate post.

Now, are you sure that you will have the dedication, passion and motivation to keep a blog?

I’m asking this because achieving an authority in your selected niche doesn’t happen overnight. World’s most successful bloggers like Darren Rowse, Penelope Trunk and Steve Pavlina have not established their names in the blogosphere with a single post.

Below are series of questions which I would expect you to commit into before you step into blogging, or all your toil will be in vain.

I repeat, if you’re serious about blogging and expect to get some ROI or something in return, then somethings are expected from you too. Here you go, will you?

1. Determine your reasons for blogging

You cannot fully commit into something unless you know why you want to do it. Just as babies have lesser attention span and commitment to what they do because they don’t know why they’re doing it, you will have lesser chances of succeeding in blogging if you are unsure as to why you want to start a blog.

Before fantasizing about your blog getting a lot of traffic, having millions of regular readers and paying the rent through the words you type, you need to know the purpose of your blog first.

Would you like to simply put your thoughts into words, network with other people with similar interest, earn passive income, or to use your blog to get a job, or a combination of all? Just know why you want to establish a blog, and you can proceed to the next step.

Don’t fool yourself into stepping to the next level or starting a blog without identifying this single most important detail.

2.  Think of a specific niche

The word may be a little new to you or you may have a different perception of it but niche is simply something that you’re good into. I didn’t say something that you’re merely interested about. It should be something that you’re both knowledgeable and passionate about.

A couple of years ago, I was regularly visiting a celebrity gossip site which tells me interesting updates about the Hollywood stars. I have been so excessively interested with them that when my friend invited me to start I blog, I didn’t have a hard time thinking of a topic to write about.

Now, pause for a moment and think of the first thing that comes to mind whenever you don’t have to think. (I know that’s a little ambivalent, but what comes first to your mind effortlessly?)

Think of something you unconsciously talk about in between casual talks with friends. Most likely it’s something that you’re of great interest about.

If you often talk about sports, then create a sports news blog. If you often like to read and comment about tech updates then establish a a tech blog. But not all of these topics altogether.

You can’t be a jack of all trades as you will then be tagged a master of none. You will have higher probability of succeeding in blogging if you focus on just one niche (at least for now), increase your knowledge about it and stick to it.

People who tend to write about anything under the sun will not easily get an authority than someone who focuses on a specific topic because a housewife who multi-tasks often finishes last than those who focus on just a single task at a
time.

If you think you have many other passions and they don’t adhere to your current niche, then you should establish another blog about it. Now, think about a specific niche that you want to blog about and write it down in a piece of paper.

Stop reading.

Write it down!

(This article is continued here…)

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Jonha Ducayag Revesencio is a social media addict, call center agent by day and virtual assistant by night. She has a passion for writing about celebrity, issues that Filipino are facing with immigration, au pair scams and blogging. If you liked the article and wants to know more about her, you can join her in her tambayan: http://jonhappiness.blogspot.com