Newbies should learn to blog by blogging. The best way to learn something is by doing, not by reading about it. I have a friend who makes good money making flash videos. He charges like $60/hour. That’s an impressive freelance rate. I asked him how he got started. And i asked him how he got hourly rate up so high. This is what he said.
He said “just keep doing.” He learned flash out of necessity. He was hired to build a website that required flash. When he took the job, he only knew HTML and CSS. After taking the job, he started fiddling with flash. Before that gig, he didn’t know what action script was. He didn’t know anything about flash. Because he was forced into learning by doing, he became very good at it. So good that he actually can get jobs for $60/hour.
Blogging works in the same way. In the beginning, you won’t know shit. You can read all you want, but you won’t learn much until you do. Until you set up your own blog, every thing you’ve read won’t mean shit. You won’t remember much either. But once you maintain a blog, you’ll start to learn things one at a time. In the beginning, i didn’t even know how to insert an image into my post. I couldn’t even figure out how to download and upload a new wordpress theme. Plugins were a mystery. Now, i feel so comfortable around the wordpress admin area. I feel confident enough to mess with code. If i don’t know how to do something, i feel confident that i can figure it out. That’s the attitude you need to become a successful blogger. Confidence. You’ll only get it if you “do before you learn.”