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Good morning! I hope you are all still staying safe and aren’t too bored in the weird situation of lockdown due to the coronavirus right now. It is pretty scary out there! So today I wanted to share something that would encourage others to get sharing! I am sharing with you how to start your own blog. I’ve honestly wanted to do a post like this for ages but had been putting it off. Since we are currently in a time full of freedom at the moment, I thought now would be a perfect time since there is literally nothing stopping you right now! starting a blog is an opportunity to start something that will keep your mind occupied during this lockdown. You too can share whatever you like with the world! Your thoughts, your ambitions and your opinions and advice!
Blogging can be a brilliant hobby or it could be your next business adventure! It is up to you how you want to run your blog, but it does have the opportunity to be a way for you to make some extra cash!
Starting your own blog can seem sorta scary before you start, like wondering if anyone would even bother to read what you are posting about. How other peoples blogs would be so much better. Basically my advice is that you need to stop with these thoughts. Blogging has made me so much more confident in life! and every day my passion has grown and I am finding new things I want to talk about and share about with my readers!
You can read the reason behind why I blog here.
Where to start when starting your own blog…
Step One – The first decision to make…
Your blog identity! A name that for your blog that represents you and what you care about. I won’t lie that this is a pretty big decision out of all the decisions you will need to make. Although it is not impossible to change your blog name later down the line, it can be quite frustrating and cause some difficulties for the blogger.
It’s always useful to have a reason why you blog. This is my reason, here.
Step two – Deciding where to create your blog?
There are a few options on what platform you could use for your blog. I highly recommend using WordPress. WordPress is the biggest platform for blog accounts and has the most flexibility for the blogger themselves. Whereas I found the blogger platform quite restrictive in places.
Step three – Choose whether or not To opt for a Self-Hosting plan?
If you are thinking about self-hosting your blog this will mean you need to run a word press account, a registered domain, and a hosting package through a hosting server. I have used a couple of hosting servers in the past, and I stayed with GoDaddy for a long time but found that their customer service was on the decline. So I moved to Skystra. I have been impressed by Skystra Customer support, and how they supported moving hosting. Also with a month free hosting to trial Skystra when you sign up! It is brilliant!
When I was purchasing a hosting account with Skystra I chose their WordPress Go service. Which is a really ideal package for anyone running a single blog. Another reason I chose to go with Skystra hosting is that they include SSL in their package. Which is important for your website to have. Most other providers charge separately for this. It was one of the other reasons I wanted to move my websites hosting.
So you have now you are all set up, your blogging platform is now ready for content! so what next?
What’s the first thing to do once you’ve created your blog account?
Once you have your own blog up and running, whether you have chosen to pay for self-hosting or have a free WordPress account, it is time to get working on your blog. First things first, it is time to decide what you want for the design to be, and how the blog is going to look. It is your own blog and it is totally up to you what the appearance of the blog will be. Concentrate on reflecting your personality, not what other blogs look like.
Messing around with the different free themes that they have available in the themes store, and customising these to your preferences may take time, and I am constantly changing and trying to improve mine. It is a job that I call working progress because of the progression of your blog
What to write first?
So now that you are starting your own blog, the first thing your blog needs is an about me page, like mine here. You are about me page is going to tell the reader about who you are and what your blog is about. You should also explain what your blog niche is on this page if you have one. A lot of bloggers will tell you if you are going to be a blogger you will need a niche. However, if you are not planning to earn money from blogging, I wouldn’t say that this was an urgent decision to make. You need to take the beginning of your blogging journey to learn your blogging style.
When you are starting your own blog you will need to start thinking about creating your own media for your blog. your images are just as important as your writing. Taking your own blog photos does not mean that you need to have a fancy camera. A lot of my images have been taken using my iPhone. Although taking your own blog images can be trying at times, I also really enjoy being creative with flat lays and images for my blog! before long you will be taking photos every 5 minutes because you might use it in your next blog post! honestly! (I literally love blog image props).
Stuck for ideas for blog photos? This post is for you, here.
If you are struggling to take images yourself you could always use stock images. Some stock images are free and some you can pay for.
The only thing with stock images is that the images you are then using are not unique to your blog.
Planning, Planning and more planning.
I am a lover of notebooks and planning as it is, but when I started to concentrate on my blog more and more I really did find a reason to fill up all of my empty notebooks. Planning is such an important part of running your blog, as you will want to store your ideas for blog posts somewhere! And sometimes a pen and paper is the best way to focus on planning with no further distractions. I find that If I have planned a post well enough I will find the content writing a lot easier.
Tip: Try and make a list of 100 blog post ideas to help you get started with your blog.
ENJOY! Seriously! Now you have created your blog, and started your journey as a blogger the door is open for you to achieve so much. Enjoy writing, being creative and spreading love on the internet.
Worried about writers block? Check out how to overcome writers block, here.
If you started a blog and then decide that it is not really your thing, that’s ok too! At least you tried something new at the end of the day. I would always suggest trying something before deciding it is something that you cant do! If you don’t try you will never know.
I would love to know what stops you from creating your own blog?! Or how you influence others into blogging! Let me know in the comments below! Or check out the Contact me page.