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Question What's Stopping You From Starting a Blog?
Hello All,

For those who want to start a blog, I want to open discussion as to why you have not so far.

What has prevented you from doing so?

For those who have active blogs, please share what you have done to overcome any obstacles.

Thanks,

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Hi Janine,

Well starting a Word Press blog has been one of my goals, but unfortunately it's not at the top of my list. Only because right now I am studying video editing. I have wanted to start one on health & safety for such a long time now and have been relegated to just posting links on Facebook. But I really want to talk or blog about this stuff.

But I am making progress I have to say. I invested in a Word Press online course or two a little while ago. I hope to start on it this summer.
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Hi Janine,

I've been blogging for a few years but it's been a personal blog, Imp3rfect Mom. And now I'm beginning to see the importance of blogging for my new VA business.

So I have a question for you or any other experienced VAs. I'm in the middle of picking my target market. For example, if I was to pick women speakers as my TM, do I focus my blog posts on speaking to them and how VAs can help them?

I see other VAs talk about a variety of subjects and the posts are really helpful. But I'm not sure what my focus would be for my posts.

I'd love to hear any advice or questions you can share.

Jan
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Hi Janine,

I've actually started a blog, but since last week, ran into a few issues with my site and have put it on hold. I do have a schedule (blogging calendar) that I'm sticking to, but need to sit down and write the actual posts. My plan is to write once every week until I begin building an audience, then I can up the ante to 2 to 3 times per week.

Having a plan (and a blogging calendar) really helps. For those of you who need a little push/inspiration, you can download the calendar here for 2012.

I've been trying to stick to tips and tricks for saving time and money, but that is so generic sometimes, I find that it's too broad of a subject to really focus on. What do you all think?
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Irony...it looks like Jan and I were thinking the same thing at the same time.
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Hi JoCarole,

Thank you for your response.

I find your answer very interesting because your blog won't be about your business...is this so? Would you consider your impending new blog to be a personal blog, then?

I look forward to your upcoming blog. Sounds like you have great things in store...video and WP classes!

Janine
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Honestly.... I tried to answer this with out lame excuses and I couldnt! I've been doing a lot of research since I'm just starting out and since I have a full time job its been somewhat taxing. The next thing on my to do list after rewriting my website is to set up a good organization of resources on my desktop or browser so I can save and access inspiration and notes more easily. That way when I'm looking at something else and it sparks an idea I make sure I remember so I can go back to it when I have more time. So I guess maybe that is it: organization & time.
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I have a blog embedded on my site, but my biggest obstacle is TIME. I never seem to find the time to work on my own blog. Always seem to be to busy with client work. I know it is important for SEO to have fresh content. I am trying to get more items posted. I am even considering utilizing an article writing service.

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Blogging, to me, just seem too open. I am a personal person that finds it difficult to express myself without exposing too much about myself. It's funny though, because I have been working on a novel about me that is based on my true life experiences. When I blog I want to be free and just let the words flow from my fingers but I hesistate and then I become flustered. I tend to over think what I want to say and then I get all confused and fustrated. But if anyone has any advice, tips or suggestions I am open to receive that information. Thanks...
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I am still very new to blogging so I am not always sure what I am going to talk about. Things just sort of pop into my head and I want to talk about it. I figure the only way to learn is to read other blogs and the suggestions here on the forums, then just jump right in. I will either sink or swim (and, I am not good at drowning--ha,ha)
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