We are all stuck in our homes. Actually, we are not stuck but safe in our homes in this uncertain and scared time. We really are lucky enough to be in our homes with our family at this moment, while thousands are fighting with this deadly virus.
So, you should do your part too.
What did you do in this coronavirus crisis?
Did you start watching a new tv show or spend the whole day on Netflix? Did you spend too much time worrying about the coronavirus vaccines, the number of patients, and deaths around the world?
Yes, you have to care about the people around you and worrying about the people in trouble. That is called empathy. But, unless you work in the health department, you can do better than worrying all day.
The worst situation will come after the coronavirus crisis ended. You have to be ready to face it. Those times will come within the next few months. Economies will collapse. If you are in a developing country like me, you’ll are in trouble, I believe.
So, what can we do?
We can do several important things while we are home other than opening the refrigerator a hundred times a day and overthinking about your hand sanitizers.
For that, you just need a laptop and an internet connection.
It’s the best time to write
My aim is to put down on paper what I see and what I feel in the best and simplest way.– Ernest Hemingway
Everyday, you wake with uncertainty and what will happen tomorrow. Sometimes, it far worse than the virus, right? Writing can keep your mind away from all those negative ideas.
Yes, I know, writing is not the easiest thing to do from home, especially at this time, but it is one of the best.
What is in your mind? You think you are not a writer, right?
I’m not a writer. As I mentioned several times before, I don’t write perfect grammar. I make so many grammar mistakes in my writings because I don’t know proper grammar. And the best part is, I don’t care.
Do you care? No. Nobody cares.
So, you are definitely a writer, and you have done that so many times before. You can do it again. You just need courage and confidence.
I don’t think that you should write your first book at this time. Why not start a blog? It is one of the most satisfying things to do.
You might wonder why I didn’t recommend you to create a freelancer profile on freelancing platforms like Upwork or Fiverr to earn money from home.
Because this is not the time to seek new jobs or earn some quick bucks. At this time, everybody should consider start building a career and building a business online.
That is why we wanna consider blogging.
If blogging is not the fastest way to earn your living money, you can build your career as a blogger. Patience and hard work are critical factors for blogging success.
As it takes time, you better start blogging right now?
Do you have a blog?
If you have a blog already, this is the best time to write a few excellent articles for that. Maybe you have abandoned your blog for years because you couldn’t find enough time to write on that, right?
Now, you have all the time in the world.
You just have to clean dust and publish it on your blog again.
People who already have blogs can try guest blogging and build some quality backlinks. If you could generate a few quality backlinks within this time, you’ll see the positive results when we overcome the crisis.
So, don’t waste time. This is the best time to write.
If you don’t have a blog,
I don’t recommend anybody to set up a new blog right now. You might be able to set up your own blog within 1-2 hours, but don’t go for it.
This is not the best time for that.
Because, if you have trapped in fixing issues or designing logos, headers, social media profiles of the blog, this precious time will slip away in the blink of an eye.
I have trapped in that rabbit hole several times, and that is why I don’t want you to do it. Instead, I suggest you to start writing a few useful articles for your future blog. Write first. You can publish it later.
If you wanna publish your articles somewhere so badly, don’t worry. You can do that with a few clicks for free. According to my experience, Medium is the best platform to publish your articles.
Why Medium is the best
Anyone with a Medium free account can write on this platform, and the best part is, since 2012, Medium has grown into a community of expert writers and bloggers.
So, you can expose your articles to a massive audience with the same interests. You just have to create an account on Medium. No coding knowledge is required, and it is just like setting up a social media profile.
Setting up your blog on Medium is such easy, and you’ll have the cleanest and simplest blog within a few minutes. Now you just have to focus on writing good content.
If you are an excellent writer, you can earn from Medium too. But don’t even think about making money from the first day. Just practice writing and try to write the best content all the time.
If you really wanna set up your own blog,
However, if you really wanna set up your own blog, consider buying your domain name and host your blog on Namecheap or Bluehost. My experience was really great with those companies when I set up my own blog.
And they have some great discounted packages these days.
If you know nothing about coding or WordPress like me, follow this fantastic step by step guide with screenshots originally written for people like us.
Develop some necessary blogging skills
If you wanna become a successful blogger or a pro blogger, you have to develop some skills. Especially this is the best time to write and develop some new skills while you are in homes all day. Here, I’m asking you to improve these five main skills related to blogging.
1. Writing skill
This is obviously the most important of all for a blogger. To improve your writing skills, you just have to do two things.
Read a lot and write a lot. I mean a really lot. If you are still thinking about writing instead of actually doing it, find my story of how I overcame my writing fear.
When I started blogging, I knew nothing about search engine optimization (SEO). That was one of my worst mistakes I have ever made in my blogging career. Writing good content is not good enough. You have to bring your precious content to the relevant audience. That is where SEO comes into play.
Good SEO means good organic traffic to your blog. Good traffic means, good income. So, SEO is everywhere. Start reading on SEO to get proper knowledge about basic SEO practices. That’ll definitely help you to become a successful blogger.
3. Photo editing
You don’t have to achieve pro-level photo editing skills. Just basic photo editing is enough for you to resize images and add some text.
If you are a beginner with no prior photo editing experience, start with a free online editing tool like Canva. It is a pretty easy editing tool that has beautiful templates. You just have to make a few simple modifications to the templates to have the right image for your blog.
If you are looking for some advanced editing package, Photoshop (Windows, macOS), Affinity Photo (Windows, macOS), Pixelmator(macOS) are the best. All those three are paid software, and Photoshop and Affinity Photos are in the pro category.
I do not mean that you should learn some serious coding to work with WordPress. But, you must learn the basics to know how our blogs run on WordPress.
In the beginning, just focus on learning these basics,
- How to install WordPress from cPanel
- Install a theme on WordPress
- How to install and work with WordPress plugins
- Must have plugins like cache, backup, SEO plugins
- How WordPress widgets work
- How to use FTP software
- Setting up CDN service
5. Social media marketing
Social media marketing is one of the trending topics these days because it is one of the most powerful methods to drive traffic to your blog and convert them into customers.
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My best writing tips for beginners
Finally, let me tell you these two writing tips I have learned by blogging for a few years and reading a ton of articles from successful bloggers and writers. If you are a beginner, please keep these tips in your mind when you write.
1. Blogging is not academic or business writing
If you have already drowned in academic writing, you might have to work harder to come out from that and find your own blogging voice.
Academic and business writings are too formal and boring. People don’t like to read those. The easiest method is, don’t use any word or phrase that you don’t apply when you speak.
Do you use “Moreover” or “In conclusion” when you speak with someone? Not at all, right? Then don’t use those when you write for your blog. Your readers would love to feel like you speak to them when they read the article.
2. Always use bullet points
People don’t have time for boring and mediocre articles. So, they scan and skim blog posts before they actually read it. I do that all the time.
I wanna know that if it is the one I wanna read and has everything I am looking for. So, it is your responsibility to arrange everything with sub-topics and bullet points to show readers what you have written in the article.
And don’t write big chunks of words which are really difficult to digest. Use some extra white space. Breaking paragraphs after 2-4 sentences are better, I think.
Over to you
In this coronavirus crisis, we all suck. But as long as you write something every day, you are doing great. And that is the only thing that matters.
Doctors, nurses, and all the other healthcare professionals are fighting with this deadly virus at the front line for us. They are sacrificing their lives and their loved ones for us.
Staying at home is just half of your contribution to the world right now. You should do some more while you can, and that is the best way to honor their sacrifices. So, start writing because this is the best time to write. The world asking for your good work now more than ever.