This happened to me recently at a conference about Google products. I was randomly ambushed by a team collecting advice about all of these (not just Blogger, but YouTube, Search, etc.).
As the camera rolled my blogging life flashed before my eyes. Many tips, but which which is primary?
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To my surprise the first words out of my mouth were, "Just blog." As in:
You'll learn by doing, so do it. If you make mistakes you can revise them. Experience is the best teacher.
It's okay to think about your design or what widgets to put in your sidebar or your url. But the important thing is to blog. Don't turn design considerations into excuses.
If you're feeling cautious, you can start your blog as private. Privately pick a template, write a few posts, and add some pages and sidebar gadgets. When you and your blog are ready, lift the curtain and show the world.
Do whatever you need to feel safe enough to engage with the medium and your subject. And if you don't (yet) know the medium, or the subject, or even what exactly your subject is, then dig in and learn by doing. Just blog.
You'll soon find yourself sitting on an honest-to-gosh body of work, actively engaged in your subject and the craft of writing about it online.
Is there more to it than that? Of course. Writing is hard work. So get busy.
I don't know what became of my video interview. And I sure was surprised at what popped out of my mouth.
But as the Buddhists say, First thought, best thought. It's my number one tip.
Just blog. The rest will follow.
Update: I'm flattered by the attention this post has received after being selected by Blogger as one of its "14 Blogging Tips to 2014."
Check out the others 13 at the Blogger Google+ page.
Happy new year, and keep blogging!