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Top Five Reasons to Build a Blog Locally

Posted by on 25th Nov 2009 | 12 comments

localcomputerKevin recently posted a great article about blogging, Grab the Bull by the Horns.

The first two quotes struck me because I felt like he was talking directly to me. This post wasn’t for anyone else in the blogging world, it was for me personally. I’m sure some of you felt the exact same way.

My blog, The Stafford Scribe (aka pattistafford dot com), is a prime example of a blog that gets infrequent updates. I love my blog, but at this time it’s more of a personal playground and an online portfolio. And there’s nothing wrong with that; it’s fulfilling its purpose at the moment.

Here’s what he said:

He stated, “I can usually tell if a blogger is going to be successful just by their online habits i.e. how they manage their time online.”
“I frequently come across people who actively comment on several high profile blogs every week yet their blog is only updated every other week.”

and. . .

“Though if you do enjoy blogging and want to be successful at it, you need to knuckle down, get a plan of action and start heading towards your goal. You will be surprised at how different you work online once you have some drive.”

His last quote that struck me “. . . to knuckle down,” is the one that really relates to this post and why it’s important to begin building a blog offline before taking it public.

Over the years, I’ve built blogs on a certain niche topic, either on free sites or decided the domain name was all wrong. These have all been left in the dust, of course. I recently decided that I do want a good blog on this topic, but I want to do it right this time. So, I’ve started building it locally on my computer and when I feel it has ample amounts of content and it’s within the scope of what I want—I will release it to the public. If it happens that this topic runs thin for me (as they sometimes do for many people) you can say, “No harm, no foul.”

This leads to the first important reason of building a blog locally; you may think you love the topic of choice and discover that it’s just not your thing. It may not be something you want to stick to in the long run. If it’s built locally and you lose interest, you don’t upset the public when/if you abandon it.

The second reason is, of course, content. If you build locally you have plenty of time to create awesome content that you can be proud of, as opposed to rushing the content just to have something there.

The third reason is a budget issue. If you aren’t making great money right now and need to build a business or online presence on a budget; building it locally is the answer. Maybe you don’t have the funds to purchase a new domain name, hosting, or a professional template. Building locally allows you to acquire these things as funds become available. Many pro bloggers recommend using a professional template—and that’s a great idea if your budget allows, but there are tons of nice, professional looking templates available that are free as well.

The forth reason is so you can get the look you want. When your blog is local, you can tweak it as many times as you want and no one has their head spinning from all the changes.

The fifth reason is to make sure you’ll stick to a routine and posting schedule. If you don’t stick to some semblance of “regular,” chances are you won’t do it when the blog is live. If the blog is just a personal playground for you, then it doesn’t matter. But if it’s something you really want to work on and grow readership—you need to treat it more like a career than just a hobby.

That’s my Top Five Reasons to Build a Blog Locally. Do you have any you’d like to add to the list?


Patti runs several websites covering PLR/Niche Content, and strives to help others through life coaching and personal development.

12 comments - Leave a reply
  • Posted by elle on 25th Nov 2009

    what do you mean by 'building it locally'? Like hosting it yourself? Call me a noob or whatever – but I just dont get it.

  • Posted by Patti Stafford on 26th Nov 2009

    Hi Elle,

    Great question! Building locally means to simply install it on your own computer. It's not viewed by the public.

    After you've built it, you would then move it to a host site for the public to see.

    Hope this helps!

    Patti

  • Posted by inmobiliaria madrid on 26th Nov 2009

    What I got the idea from your post about building locally is to create a blog on your personal computer. But, I am sorry to say that, I just couldn't get exactly, what you mean to say by 'locally'. Would you please explain it in a bit detail in your next post? Thanks

  • Posted by Chris on 26th Nov 2009

    This is a great idea and is something that I'll certainly do from now on. I already use MAMP for running a local web server with ease.

    However some people might not want to (or know how to) set up and run a blog 'locally', but I don't think that part is entirely necessary. Just open your favourite word processor and concentrate on the 1st, 2nd and 5th reasons — I think they're the best reasons.

    Try the writing part for a while and if you decide blogging is for you then find out how to set up a blog online. Personally I recommend WordPress as a blogging platform.

  • Posted by Patti Stafford on 26th Nov 2009

    Great comment Chris!

    WordPress is my platform of choice as well.

    Thanks for stopping by,

    Patti

  • Posted by wedding table decora on 26th Nov 2009

    Thanks…. I never had any idea of creating a blog, but, this information has created an interest in me to do so…

  • Posted by RisingBlogs on 26th Nov 2009

    Isn't it a better idea to start first in a hosted solution like wordpress.com and blogger than leaving it locally?

  • Posted by Eric on 27th Nov 2009

    What you mean to say by ‘locally’. Would you please explain it in a bit detail in your next post? Thanks

  • Posted by Patti Stafford on 27th Nov 2009

    Installing "locally" means to install it on your computer—it will NOT be on the Internet.

    You would install wordpress locally while you build your blog and tweak it.

    Once you have the blog set up and have enough content to start drawing attention, you would then MOVE it to a host. At that time it will be available on the Internet for other people to see.

    For a great tutorial on installing WordPress on your computer with Windows: http://blog.2createawebsite.com/2008/03/20/test-d

    If you're using a Mac: http://codex.wordpress.org/Installing_WordPress_L

    When you're ready to move your blog to a hosted site: http://www.jwrmedia.com/how-to/how-to-move-wordpr

    Hope this helps!

  • Posted by alam on 27th Nov 2009

    I have written a few post about it in my blog.

    Locally means you install your blog in your home pc, your laptop etc. You can use your own domain, setting email server to support your blog. Experiment with theme, plugin, forum etc before make it live on the net.

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