A couple of years ago I wrote a series of posts here on ProBlogger that looked at ‘Misconceptions New Bloggers have’. We covered:
- Blogging Takes Super Human Effort vs Blogging is Easy
- You MUST post Every Day!
- You Have to Write About Making Money Blogging to make Money Blogging
Today I’d like to add another misconception – that you have to be technical to be a successful blogger!
I wonder how many potentially great bloggers have been put off starting a blog because they perceived blogging to be a technical task?
I think back to my own first forays into building a web presence – way back before I started my first blog – and remember having that feeling myself.
I remember back in the late nineties coming across a website that was written by another Aussie guy who had put together a collection of quotes and jokes. It wasn’t a blog as such but I was attracted to what he was doing and I emailed him to ask him how he did it and whether it was easy enough to set up something similar.
His reply claimed it was easy – but then went on to describe a process that went way above my head. It involved a lot of coding – there were no templates, few tools and within reading the first few paragraphs of his email I knew I’d never have a website.
I had no technical background, I’d not long even been on the web and my personality didn’t really lend itself to the detail that I saw as being needed to set up a website.
Fast forward 4-5 years to 2002 and when I came across my first blog and wondered if I too could start one I remember feeling again that perhaps it would be beyond me. I didn’t let the feeling stop me this time though and began to investigate.
What I found was a surprise – tools now existed to get a site up and running in minutes.
With my limited experience (at that time I used the web to do occasional emails (hotmail) and to research essays (search engines) and to do IRC chat) I was able to get a blog up and running and to post my first post within an hour or so. I even made an attempt at designing my own template/theme (it was ugly but I managed).
I had a steep learning curve – back in 2002