Have you always wanted to start a blog but didn’t know how to or if you even should? If so, this post is for you. There are many different reasons for blogging and many different types of bloggers too. It may seem a little confusing or intimidating at first. Who’s going to want to read anything I write? Am I even good at writing? Where do I start this blog? Well, first of all, lots of people are going to be interested in what you have to say so long as you’re being yourself. So that’s that one out of the way. In this post, I’m going to go over the very basics of starting up your own blog and getting on your way to joining the blogging world.
As I do not monetize my blog, this one is going to be for anyone who wants to start one as a hobby or wants to later monetize. I am a Lifestyle Blogger. I do it as a hobby and something to keep me busy when I need a mental break from Mickey Mouse Clubhouse (Stay-at-home Mum life, woo). I would say I’m a Personal Blogger too. I don’t get caught up with labels. I write about whatever I want. I don’t just stick to one topic, but I mainly talk about my life and my children.
Anyway, here goes.
Decide what your blog is going to be about
Blogging is easy when you know what to write about, but if you can’t think of a solid topic or theme to write about then it’s easy to lose interest or feel at a loss. I started my first blog in my early twenties. I decided to focus solely on parenting and my life as a new mum. I don’t have that blog anymore but for my first few years of blogging, I grew my confidence by just talking about my life as it was. Married, with kids. Simple. It was my own personal blog. Jot some ideas down on a piece of paper. You can also search ideas on Google. Once you have a topic or a theme, you will be more motivated to start blogging.
Here are some ideas off the top of my head:
- Niche blog – What are you good at? What are some of your passions? Maybe you can share them and write tips. These type of blogs attract a lot of attention
- Family blog – Love talking about your life as a Parent? Jot it all down. These posts are great to look back on in a few years time when your kids are older
- Fashion or Makeup – Do you have a passion for all things makeup and fashion? Have a look at some ideas and maybe you could add your own spin on things
- Books or other interests – Do you love reading? Do you have any other hobbies that you want to talk about?
- Travel blog – These are pretty popular too. If you have a passion for travel then this could be your thing
- Mental health blog – Have you been through a traumatic time in your life and want to reach out to others or just have advice that you want to give?
Find a host
I use WordPress now but when I first started out I used Google’s own ‘Blogger’. It is free and easy to navigate your way around as a newbie. I found that to be a great starting point before I moved onto WordPress which is still fairly easy to use but can be confusing at first.
Other popular hosting sites are Wix and Tumblr. I have used Wix once and wasn’t a fan. I don’t recommend this for beginners.
Once you build your confidence up and decide you’re really into this whole blogging thing, then WordPress Premium is pretty good. That’s what I use right now. Eventually, I would like to move on or give my site an upgrade, but it isn’t cheap.
Choose a name/domain
This is going to be what people type in or the link they click on to visit your blog. I’m not the most creative with names but if you are, then that’s awesome. I’ve seen some pretty cool domain names out there. Think of names that pertain to you. As a blogger, I would always want my name to be included so that people know it’s my website, but you can put whatever makes you happy. My advice would be to think of something unique but straight to the point.
Your first post could be and probably should be an introduction. To your blog, to yourself, to your interests and your topic. The first post I published was a quick hello. Just a few short lines about myself and what my blog was going to be about. It’s a nice icebreaker for yourself if you can’t think of a topic for your first post. It allows people to know what they should expect from you.
Design your blog
Whether you’re using a free platform or paying for one, they will give you layouts with customization options, and plenty of them too. Have fun with it. Make it your own. You can change it whenever you want to! It’ll also motivate you to keep writing because you’ll be proud of your little creation, even if you’re using pre-made designs. Once you become more acquainted with the platform you use, then you may want to add your own little things in. For example; I have made my own logos and banners. I’ve even got my own signature at the bottom. These are all fairly easy to make and can be done at Canva for free!
Add images to your posts
Just like kids are with books that have no illustrations, adults are with blog posts that have no images. Not that bothered. Photographs make people more interested because it’s something to look at. It’s visually appealing. Photographs can also help explain what you’re writing about. If you’re looking for more blog traffic, then you might be able to pull in more viewers when images are found through image search engines.
Be careful that you don’t steal images off other bloggers who have taken the time to produce their own. In the blogging world that is a big no-no and people will be sure to call you out on it (Quite rightly). People do give you more credit for using pictures you took yourself but we can’t always do that, can we? I don’t. Google is my best friend lately. But now I’ve called myself out on it, maybe it’s time I should create more of my own. Canva also has some really nice images that you can use!
Share your blog
Share your links on Facebook. You could even do what I did and make your own Facebook page dedicated to your blog. Mine doesn’t have many followers but it has people that I’m close to – The Laura Jessica – With close family and friends commenting on your links or even just throwing you a like here and there, it’ll build your confidence up and make you want to continue on. If you want to write without the pressure of having to show people you know but still want viewers, you can always go to Twitter or even Instagram. Twitter is the main Social Media platform I use to share my blog posts. I haven’t done much to make sure my blog is widely known and I’m not attempting to be some big shot blogger but I do share it on there and get quite a few views. Of course, you don’t have to do any of this. It’s perfectly okay to keep your blog for yourself until you’ve gained the confidence.
So there we have it. Those are the basics when first starting out. If you feel like I’ve missed out an important tip or have any of your own, or if you’re new to it and have any questions, then please don’t hesitate to comment on this page and I will write back to you. I hope this has helped. Remember, it’s important to just have fun and enjoy blogging. You don’t have to be the best at writing (I’m definitely not). You don’t have to be popular or always have the most interesting things to say. This is something you should do for you. Always be yourself and authentic.