‘How did you get into blogging?” and “How do you start a blog?” These are two questions I get asked quite a lot… So I figured I would write a blog post all about my tips on starting a blog, hopefully, fingers crossed someone will find this post useful!
1.First things first…
Anyone can start a blog, it doesn’t matter how old you are, blogging is for everyone.
First of all you need a platform to blog on! The most common used websites for blogging are Blogger, WordPress and Tumblr. Research the platforms and find out which one you think would be best for you. All of the ones I mentioned are free to create your blog on. (WordPress.org is for self-hosted, but WordPress.com is free) If you want to test out the waters before you put money into your hobby you don’t need to buy your own domain just yet, if you don’t want to.
3. Write about your passions.
Pick something you are really passionate about, for me it was wanting to share my photography with others, that’s why I started my blog. If you are passionate about something you will want to write about it, you will want to create content and it will be fun and enjoyable (which is important!) There are no rules when it comes to blogging, so whether you want to blog about cooking, fashion, parenting or even just an online diary, someone out there will want to read it, trust me!
4. Be realistic but don’t give up!
Don’t be disheartened and delete your entire blog in a strop after your first post gets no comments. You aren’t going to gain 100 readers overnight, gaining loyal readers takes time. Everyone starts somewhere!
5. Try and be consistent.
Try and post often, I am not talking every single day or you will burn yourself out early and want to quit. Keep creating fresh, new content there’s nothing worse than finding a blog I love, wanting to add it to my bookmarks and then realising for some reason they haven’t posted for 3 months and have dropped off the face of the earth.
6. Be yourself.
Personally, I love blogs that I feel can relate too, I like to see a picture of you, and know your name, so I can really get a feel for the person behind the blog! It’s amazing how many girls journeys I have followed, I have seen them get married, seen them start a family, yet I have never met them, but I feel like I know them… I think that’s amazing.
7. Blog design is important.
Don’t make your blog difficult for people to read. Make sure it is easily accessible on mobiles and tablets as well as desktops! You want people to come back and visit your blog, keep it simple… Keep your layout nice and clean, large pop-up ads / ad videos that blast music at the user are probably a huge no-no, make it easy for people to comment, you want your readers to engage with your posts (that’s my favourite part of blogging, I love reading all of your lovely comments!)
8. Hold off on the equipment.
You don’t need to splash out on hosting, lighting and a fancy expensive Dslr right away (or at all if you don’t want too!) Some of my favourite bloggers are instagram based and just use their iPhones for photography.
Get to know other bloggers, engage in online twitter chats, leave comments on blog posts that you really enjoyed reading and just enjoy being a part of the community and get to know other blogs and bloggers who share similar interests as you do!
10. Content is key.
Good content is the key to having readers coming back time and time again, there’s some blogs that I absolutely love curling up with a hot chocolate and reading through their most recent posts!