Reading my previous post about blogging platforms, I realise that there are some decisions to be made but that it is not the end of the world if I don’t get it right the first time. I am sure we have all heard of the person who needs to get the office perfect before the business can start. Very likely the more effective and successful person is the one who just sits in the park using his mobile phone to get clients.
I prefer to be that last person…..
So what do I want from blogging? What is my picture for the future?
I like to start blogging because I feel I have something to say. I also think that I like to make it bigger than a hobby. I see it as longer term and I want to make money out of it.
The ultimate goal is to create a business that I can take anywhere and that I can work at where ever I am. This would give me the freedom to live where I want while having an income. The latter is important to me as I like to move to France and I am realistic enough to know that making a living there the traditional way will be very hard. I have to think and plan outside the square and I see professional blogging as a suitable option.
Well there it is. The dream, the motive, the first building stones for my mission statement. Looking at my future blog from this angle, there are a couple of things I have to keep in mind.
- Income: I want to make money out my blog. That cuts out some platforms as they currently don’t allow you to monetise your blog.
- Style: I am big on design, style and appearance. Choosing a platform that offers templates where I can’t express myself to the extend I want are not suitable for me.
- Technical skills: I am a novice and at the moment I don’t feel equipped to create my own self-hosted blog. This means I need to find help.
- URL: I like to have my own URL as I believe that in that way I can create a name I like and one that has more memorability.
These are currently the four factors that are important to me. Looking at the pro’s and the con’s of hosted blogs versus stand alone blogs it seems I will have to choose for stand alone (self-hosted). The only negative about that choice is my lack of technical skills. There is two ways to go about that. Hire someone to do it for me and upgrade my ability. I may opt for both.