How To Start A Comic Book Blog
1. Get a website
There are a few ways you can go about this. The easiest is to go through a site like livejournal or blogspot. You just simply register with their site and you’re pretty much ready to go. You can always get into changing what your site looks like with easy to download and install “themes” that others have taken the time to create. The neat thing about sites like this is that you can change the look of your site depending on how you feel. You can upload a Christmas theme for the holidays or an emo theme when you’re feeling down in the dumps. It’s all up to you.
The other way is to purchase a domain name and host it yourself. This can also be cheap, I have an account through Godaddy.com and you can spend as little as $4 a month to have your own site. There is a yearly fee of $9.99 for the domain name, still small change and with some ads from places like Project Wonderful or Google Adsense, you just might make some money back too. Then you can design it yourself, use a simple website creator, or use a blogging software like Wordpress.
2. Start Writing!
There is no real “one way” to do this. You can have a conversational blog just talking about your likes and dislikes. You can have a focus or theme for your site. Most people just write whatever comes to their minds and eventually find a style that works for them.
3. Practice Your Voice
When talking about your “voice” in writing, this is your personality coming through your writing. I teach kids to write and often encourage them to read their writing out loud to hear it. If it sounds clunky or funky, then it needs to be changed. Try writing how you talk. It may be hard at first, but you will find something that works for you and people want to hear from you – your ideas and not just regurgitated ideas from elsewhere.
4. Link Back
It’s net etiquette to link to the people you mention or get a story idea from. Linking to other blogs goes over well with them, and helps build the community of comic bloggers and your reputation as well.
5. Be Consistent
If you have a schedule, do your best to stick to it. If your posting is erratic then your readership will wane. If the thought of writing something every day is too daunting, then blog a few times a week, or even once a week to get you going.
6. Stick To Your Guns
Try not to let the pressures of other blogs or sites that talk about you get to you. Do your best to write for yourself first. Of course you need to be careful with your words, but don’t be afraid to ruffle feathers every once in a while. If you take a stance and can back it up, stick to it. You’ll gain more respect in the long run.
7. Have Fun
This is the most important rule. Writing should be fun and if and or when it does become a chore, take a break or better yet get some posts together and set them up to post up at a later date and then take a week off.
In the end, blogging is what you make of it. You can change things to fit your need and write about what you want. Some have made it into a career but if you focus on just having fun and sharing your experiences, it can go a long way to adding to the comic book blogging community.