We love blogging because it gives us yet another way to connect with our customers and the fishing community. Not to mention, we just can’t get enough of writing about fishing! And we know that plenty of you out there have a lot to say about the world’s oldest sport. So why aren’t you right here with us, writing a fishing blog of your own? Many people who might qualify for expert status in their own corner of the angling world are intimidated by the idea of starting a fishing blog. Luckily, writing a fishing blog doesn’t have to be a stressful undertaking – or a second job. In fact, writing a fishing blog can be easy and a lot fun.
To start, grab yourself a platform. If you want to go all out, you can buy a domain and hosting, and set up a blog on your very own website, but most hobby bloggers stick with free blogging platforms like Blogger or WordPress. Unless you’re planning on going pro from the get-go, starting with a free blog can take some of the pressure off. If you do decide that being a fishing blogger isn’t for you, it’s easy to walk away from a free blog with no regrets.
Once your blog is up and running, it’s time to think about what you’re uniquely suited to write about… What kind of fishing are you interested in? What fishing topics do you know a lot about? What do you really want to write about? And who is your target audience? There’s no topic too large or small, or too obscure. There is always going to be someone out there who will want to read what you have to say about your favorite subjects. Making a list of these topics can give you a schedule of posts so you’re never left wondering what to write about on any given day. You probably won’t have many readers at first, but if you stick with it and engage in conversations with anyone who takes the time to comment on your posts, your audience will grow.
What do people want to see in a fishing blog? Anglers are almost always interested in how-tos and tutorials, species-specific fishing advice, fun facts, tales of triumph, and hilarious screw up stories. When you’re writing a fishing blog, the most important thing is to be honest and passionate. You messed up? Share it, and don’t leave out the gritty details. You landed the catch of a lifetime? Let’s see the pictures! You learned a new skill by trial and error – pass on the tools others will need to learn the same lessons. When people read a fishing blog, they want to feel like they’re getting to know the writer, so don’t hold back.
Above all, just write! You’ll find yourself meeting new anglers and building an audience in no time.