Blogging is a great way to get people talking about important issues. It’s a great tool to educate the public about little-known subjects and create a personal connection between writer and reader. As someone living with Marfan Syndrome, a rare connective tissue disorder, I decided what better way to educate the masses and spread awareness about the disease than to start a blog?
At MarfanVictory.com, I write about Marfan Syndrome and what it’s like to live with the disease. It’s been a cathartic experience for me and one I want to help share the resource of blogging with people who have something they want to share with the world. Here are five quick and easy steps to create a blog and start a conversation:
1. Cover a subject that you are passionate about and that has significant meaning in your life. This way, it will be easy to find motivation to write and connect with your target audience.
My Experience: I asked myself: “What do I feel I have to share with the world?” I realized that I wanted to be a crusader for Marfan Syndrome. It can be a very dangerous health condition if untreated, so I thought it was extremely important to open up lines of communication between the Marfan Community and the general public.
2. See which domains are available and buy your own. This seems easy, but takes a great deal of thought and research, since so many URLS are taken.
My Experience: I wanted to create a domain and blog name that included the word “Marfan,” so it would relate to my subject and be easy to search. Some websites to use when searching available URLS are: www.godaddy.com, www.register.com, or www.domain.com
3. Create content! Now that you have created and purchased your domain name, it’s time to get creative. Grab a pen and paper and write down whatever ideas come to mind about your topic.
My Experience: I considered ideas what kind of blog do I want to make? What kind of blogger do I want to be? What aspects of my journey with the disease am I willing to share?
4. Time to get technical. Select a design, or theme, for your blog. It can live on a simple page or you may select any number of themes from recreated templates.
My Experience: I worked with a close friend and colleague to pick and customize a theme for my blog. She used the creative layout and ideas I had in mind to help customize the layout and formatting.
5. Keep the creative juices flowing. If you get stuck for new ideas, ask for outside help to inspire fresh blog post ideas.
You can take a stand, be an activist, raise awareness, and share your valued opinions—all through the power of blogging.
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