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How To Start An Ask Blog In 2023

The first thing you need to know before starting an ask blog is that this is not a joke.

This can be hard work, and it takes time and effort to make sure everything works.

Making your own ask blog does not mean making your own tumblr, but rather taking the time to take over one that already exists.

Why do you want to have an ask blog? 

What’s in it for me? 

How To Start An Ask Blog

Some people just love answering questions, others are really good at drawing or writing – anything that might help someone out there who feels lonely or sad! 

You don’t have to give away all of what you are doing either – if you are shy about being super personal with q&a’s then maybe have separate non-ask blogs where people can check out your art, stories or whatever else you do.

In this article we’ll have a look at some of the things to consider when starting an ask blog:

What should I call my blog?

Make sure your ask blog has a memorable and easy-to-spell name! Also make sure it makes sense – if someone asks for an example of your work and you reply with something like “just search ‘imouto’ on pixiv” don’t be surprised if it doesn’t get indexed by google (and thus garner any precious traffic).

And while we’re at it, try to pick one that isn’t already taken.

If you’ve got a common name then add words like [insert language here] or [insert genre here].

For example my English name is “Viola” but I decided to use the word “nepenthes” as part of my blog’s title because it gives a strong impression that what you will find there is something plant-related.

What am I going to do?

This is one thing a lot of people struggle with – how exactly are you going to make money from your ask blog? 

The standard idea is that you get commissions for drawing art or writing stories, but remember that you can also do requests and take donations! 

If you don’t want to/can’t draw then try picking some other way to monetize your blog such as webcomics or selling real life goods (like plushies).

You can also try to get a part time job after you reach a certain level, but make sure your blog is going well enough before doing so – otherwise you will burn out and lose motivation for blogging!

The next question is how many commissions/requests/donations should I do? As a new ask blog owner the best thing to do is pick one of each and start from there.

For example, “I want to answer questions once every two weeks” or “I want to take on one commission every month”.

By the way, if you need some ideas about what kinds of requests can be done then look at other popular ask blogs such as!

Be careful not to overwork yourself – you don’t want to do so much that your readers or commissioners start complaining about all the delays! 

Don’t forget to try and include some personal content now and again too, otherwise people will lose interest.

How can I find time?

The first thing is similar to what I said last week about taking care not to burn out – make sure that your blog is growing enough before taking on more commissions/requests/donations.

And if you’re like me then take a look at how busy you are at the moment (especially around exam times) and either avoid it altogether or pick fewer things to do.

Remember not everyone has free time all of the time, even if they are in uni! Try to work at a time that works for you.

Be realistic with yourself – if you have exams then they should probably be your priority, and it might help to write up a schedule of what you’ll be doing on a daily basis before you start blogging.

Once again this is my personal blog so I can’t give any helpful examples!

What kind of content will be on my blog?

A popular choice is the q&a format, but as mentioned earlier this doesn’t mean simply reblogging questions from ask blogs such as (this also means not stealing other people’s work/answers).

Yes, even something like writing an original work about how Nepenthe got to where she is now counts as reblogging someone else’s work – I personally think it would be better to find some other topic on her blog, but this is up to you.

Be careful not to make your content too moe/generic – otherwise you will attract attention from site owners of similar blogs who might try to take action against you for infringing copyright laws.

It may help if you set out a schedule of sorts so that people who follow your blog know what to expect.

For example, I have had my blog for over two years and I am still only answering questions! If people are curious about whether or not I’ve made any progress with commissions then they can check the front page every once in a while instead of checking back on a regular basis.

What else is there?

If you’re like me and still want to draw things then the next best option for you would be to do requests! 

How much more commission-like this would be depends on how strict your guidelines are, but I’d recommend asking people to keep it SFW so that you can post it on Tumblr without worrying about getting in trouble with site owners of similar blogs who might try to take action against you if they catch you doing something not allowed by their ToS.

That being said, just because it’s not NSFW does not mean that you cannot ask for money – again, just make sure that people know that this is what they should expect.

People may also want to donate or commission you for original works, but I can’t give any advice on this because it depends on what kind of thing you’re interested in.

How do you pay?

Unlike commissions which are normally done through e-mail money transfers or PayPal, donations and requests will most likely be done via Tumblr’s ask system (donations) or through some other submission platform such as DeviantArt.

Be careful not to get scammed out of your money! Unfortunately there is no way to prevent people from asking for free artwork/money without giving anything back in return, so if someone gives you a tip then just use that to buy yourself something nice.

Asking questions is a great way to learn about the world around you, and if you do it sufficiently well, can also get you some neat swag from people who appreciate your work.

However there are a few key things one must be aware of when starting an ask blog.

If you aren’t aware of these things then it’s likely that people won’t upvote your questions about them even if they did answer, which means that no matter how cute the mawile drawing on your banner might be nobody will ever find out just how awesome it is because nobody will ever see it in the first place.

It is for this reason, and you’ll probably get downvotes for not getting your question answered.

So, here’s how to start an ask blog:

1) Be selective with what questions you ask

This is a big one that people often overlook.

For example, someone might come into /r/askreddit and say “what’s the meaning of life?” or try to do something similar in /r/askscience .

However, these are bad questions that likely won’t yield any good answers.

You should instead focus on asking specific questions that are more likely to result in good answers.

A good rule of thumb is anything where it would be possible for someone who knew the answer to write up an entire essay about it is most likely too broad, whereas if your question is about some specific aspect of the topic it’s much more likely to get good results.

2) Be specific with what you ask

This kind of goes hand-in-hand with the previous one, but it should be stressed here regardless since it can make a huge difference.

For example, if someone were asking how they could sell icecream out of an ice cream van, even though this seems like a reasonable thing to ask for a subreddit that focuses on answering questions there are two main reasons why this wouldn’t work.

Firstly, nobody who might know the answer would really have any incentive to write up an entire essay about ice cream vending machines when something as simple as link would suffice.

Additionally, while ice cream trucks exist all over the US, they’re simply not a common enough sight to most people that further explanation would be required.

3) Find an appropriate subreddit

Make sure you pick the right place for your ask.

A good rule of thumb is if the question might plausibly appear on Reddit then it belongs somewhere other than /r/Ask .

For example, questions about relationships and feelings might belong in /r/relationships , but as always there are exceptions depending on context as well as the nature of the question.

Similarly niche subreddits may exist for specific topics, or sometimes even specific viewpoints within those subreddits.

4) Formatting

Formatting seems like a very trivial thing, but can make a world of difference between whether someone answers your question or ignores it entirely.

For example, when asking a question try to limit the use of text talk unless you’re absolutely certain it’s something most people would say.

Also when formatting your question make sure to use the appropriate subreddits wiki if one exists.

These things can be small but add up to make a big difference in response rates.

5) Be open

Try not to get defensive or pushy if someone answers your question with something that doesn’t necessarily seem correct or isn’t what you were looking for.

Asking questions is all about learning and just because someone had a different experience than yourself doesn’t mean they’re wrong.

If someone answers and says they disagree with you then take some time and think about why before responding, more often than not there was good reasoning behind it.

6) Be patient

If you’re not getting good results from a subreddit then don’t be afraid to move on.

There are lots of places that will be more amicable for your questions, and if none of them work out then maybe consider starting your own blog where you can answer whatever questions you want without worrying about what anyone else thinks.

7) Have fun!

This is the most important part! People who ask questions are often thought of as annoying or nosy, so why not make the best of it? Try to enjoy yourself instead of taking things too seriously and remember there’s no such thing as a stupid question (unless it’s this one).

So hopefully now people’t think you’re an idiot when you ask them to explain quantum mechanics when they only have a Bachelor’s in chemistry.

Good luck out there!

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