Before you get going…
Start your blog on the weekend because you need a good few hours to set up. When you’ve got the basics I can guarantee you won’t be able to tear yourself away and will probably work on your new baby into the night and the next day.
Take yourself and your laptop to a space where you have zero distractions. I get distracted way too easily so am never near a TV or a fridge that’ll tempt me to have a break every 5 minutes. I don’t mind people being around, as long as they don’t talk to me (rude, I know!).
Try not to get disheartened. Some things might not be as plain sailing as you’d hoped. If you stumble take some time out. Read a few of your favourite blogs/watch some vlogs to get the creative juices flowing and go back to it in half an hour.
1. First, you’ll need to create an account with WordPress. There are other platforms that you can choose from but I’ve used WordPress so is pretty much all I can go by. Choose the blog option and a theme that you like. Don’t spend too much time on this part, you can change your theme and the way your blog looks later on.
2. Whatever creative name you’ve thought of for your blog (this needs to be catchy and something that will stick) type this into the address, WordPress will then come up with some options for you. Choose the free one.
Side note: It can be tempting to spend money at the beginning on a domain, a theme or a hosting company but I’d hold off. Make sure this is the right thing for you and give it a trial of around 3 months or so before you start to invest.
3. Once you’ve followed the final step of entering an email address that’s it. You can tap yourself on the back as you are officially the proud owner of a slice of the internet!
4. Now comes the fun part. Spend some time choosing your theme template, this is the skeleton of your blog and needs to suit your blogging style. Ask yourself: Am I a photography/video/storyteller kind of blogger? Getting this right will showcase your posts in the best form. You’ll know it when you see it and can preview the themes to help you decide which one to choose.
5. The more professional your blog looks the more likely people will be attracted to it. Start off with creating a logo. There are heaps of free logo makers on the internet (just type logo maker into Google). If you want to really show off your skills either draw one of your own or use Adobe Photoshop or even Microsoft Word.
6. Add some widgets to your blog. They make your blog look great and will catch your readers eye. Widgets are those things you mainly see on the sidebar of a blog. The widgets on my sidebar display my Instagram feed, an introduction to me, how often I post, my post history etc. I’ve set my widgets to appear on my home page and every other category/post a reader clicks on.
7. And voila! Time to get posting your amazing content. The key to any blog is to be consistent, it doesn’t matter if you’re posting twice a day or once a week. Post the same day and time every week. If people like your stuff, they’ll know when to come back for it.
Your blog isn’t going to look how you imagined from the get-go. When I think back to when I first started mine compared to now, it’s come a long way. But with that, I’ve learned about widgets, branding, categories, interaction with readers etc. It won’t come overnight, but it will come.
If I could recommend one thing to buy that will be your go-to throughout your whole blogging experience it would either be the blogging for beginners the complete guide or blogging for dummies. Don’t get me wrong, YouTube clips are my favourite as I find them the easiest to follow and learn from but it’s helpful to have a book lying around for when you feel like reading and marking pages to refer back to.
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