People like us have very specific interests. Whether you’re into gaming, comics, movies, or more, it is a passion for you. Chances are, you’ve considered starting a blog to share your thoughts. You know you have something interesting to say. The only question is whether you’re qualified to say it.

The good news is that it’s easy to host your own blog. You don’t need any experience with coding or even any writing experience.

There are a few basics you need to learn before you get started.

Choosing web hosting

Web hosting is something you won’t know anything about if you haven’t started a website before. When the topic does come up, you might be tempted to go with the very first option you find. This is a mistake you should avoid. Hosting shouldn’t take up much of your mind space. But if you don’t put in the research from the start, you will end up spending a lot of time dealing with the fallout.

Finding a good service to host your own blog isn’t too difficult. Read customer reviews to make sure the service is really reliable and fast. Reviews that share bad customer support experiences should tell you to steer clear.

Finding a niche

The fact that you’re considering starting a blog means you already have an idea of what you want to write about. However, you may need to be more specific. For example, if you want to write about movies, you should think about focusing on a specific genre, or on certain aspects of a specific genre. One reason for this is that there are many generalists out there, and your “movie” blog will get lost in the noise.

But there’s more to it than that. Writing a blog is easy at first, when you’re focusing on all the topics you’ve already considered in your head. Once you’ve gotten started, however, you can quickly lose track of what you want to share. When your sphere is too broad, you will have trouble settling on any one thing.

Learning to edit

You don’t need to be a brilliant writer to start blogging. As long as you have something to say and basic grammatical skills, you’ll be fine. However, you must learn to edit. By this, I mean cutting your blogs down so that they don’t ramble. It’s easy to get caught up in your own thoughts, but rambling quickly loses a reader’s interest.

People enjoy reading blogs, but don’t have endless time. Think about how you read blogs. Do you want it to go on indefinitely, or have a clear beginning and end?

Lists work

Many new bloggers are disillusioned with the list format. It seems disingenuous to them. Not all of life can fit into a list! However, you will soon learn that lists are actually a good way of communicating information. It helps readers navigate to the parts of the blog that interest them most. It also gives a good overview, which helps readers decide if they want to read the whole thing in the first place.

It’s definitely a good idea to start a blog. You’ll love the experience of being able to express yourself so freely. You don’t need experience. Just make sure you’ve taken care of the basics!