Have you ever thought to yourself, I love browsing blogs, I think I will start one? So how do you do it and what do you need to know to start? The first thing you need to do is to know why you want to blog, and what you want it to accomplish long term. Do you want to do it for your own personal reasons? Do you want to do it to boost your clinic business? As an addition to your clinic to benefit your clinic clients? As a general resource for a certain population?
I started my blog as a general resource for pediatric client families. Is has become more specific to activities as I have learned what I am most motivated to blog about. You can not maintain a blog for any length of time if you are not motivated by the content, and if you don’t enjoy writing about the content. When I started this blog, I began writing general information articles, but they are not my passion, activities are, so I am more able to keep up with the activities than with just information articles. Everybody is motivated by different things, so different blogs have different information. That is one reason that it is hard to have too many blogs on one topic. I would love for mine to be the ultimate authority blog, but that is not possible as I am only one person, doing my job, and blogging about things that I have used and have experience with. I can ‘t blog about something that I have no experience with, so that stuff is left out. (I would be thrilled to have guest posts though if anyone wants to submit one).
So back to blogging. If you want your blog to be personal and have no intention of it becoming a part of your business or work, then you can just start on Blogger or WordPress.com, and start a free blog there. If, however, you think that your blog could morph into something else and become a business blog, or a part of your business, then I recommend that you buy a domain name and have your blog be a free standing wordpress.org blog. The reason I like the free standing option is that then the blog can function as a full website that is easy to change and modify. I won’t say that if I can do it, anyone can, because I am actually fairly tech savvy, and really enjoy messing around with the design of my site by myself (no I have not hired a single person, it is all done by me). But, even if you are technologically challenged, wordpress is easier to modify and add to than a full website (in my limited experience).
So has anyone been contemplating the jump into therapy blogging? Are you interested in more posts about blogging as a therapist, or is there no interest? Let me know, and I can get into more of the technical aspects if there is a desire.