Welcome to TheHobbyBlogger.com – a blog about building a blog.
My name is Bryan Kerr and this is my first blog.
Back in July I decided to start a couple of education-related blogs with a colleague as part of our professional development.
I basically knew nothing about blogging. I began reading and learning as much about the subject as I could. Being very detail oriented, I wanted to avoid repeating mistakes made by other newbie bloggers and get the blogs off to a great start.
That said, I don’t have the time to be a professional blogger. I’m a husband and father with a day job, and I’m well aware of the slim prospects of earning a comfortable living solely from blogging.
So I realize my blogs will be a hobby. I’ll do the best I can with the little free time I have.
Starting The Hobby Blogger
About 7 weeks into my blogging crash course, I thought, “Wow. I’m learning a lot about blogging, but I’m nowhere near ready to launch my blogs. There’s too much left to do.” My quest toward the perfect launch was, in fact, preventing my launch. The anti-launch.
The Hobby Blogger is my reaction to the opposite extreme. The school I work for emphasizes “learning by doing.” So I dove right in. No logo. No SEO. No ads. No social networking. I didn’t even Google around to see whether this blog concept has already been done before. I started with nothing more a Genesis Prose theme using default settings.
The Hobby Blogger will chronicle everything I learn and do as I launch and establish this and my other blogs. You’ll see every little change I make to the blog, and I’ll give you the reasons for my decisions. I’ll even show you how to do everything.
You can read more about my moment of inspiration on The Birth of a Blog and the Role of Passion.
Who should read this blog?
Have you recently started or are you thinking about starting a new blog? Would you like to earn some money, but can only dedicate a few hours a week to your blog? Are you not the most tech-savvy person, but would like to tweak and control everything about your blog?
If you answered yes to any of those questions, this blog is for you.
This blog is geared toward bloggers who, like me, have recently started, or are about to start a new blog. And you won’t have to be the most tech-savvy person either.
People blogging as a hobby don’t necessarily have the time to research everything that goes into creating successful blog. So let me do that for you. I’ll try to use analogies and lots of graphics so that most people can follow along without feeling overwhelmed by geek speak.
Even though more advanced bloggers might not find The Hobby Blogger all that informative initially, I encourage you to share your expertise in the comments so that we can all learn as a community.
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