Blogging for Beginners Series: Week 1: Where Do I Start?
A few friends approached me with questions about starting the blogging process so I decided to start a little Blogging for Beginners series. I am definitely still a novice and I am not claiming I know everything—or even just a small piece—about blogging, but I have learned so much in the past 9+ months that I thought I could at least pass along some tips.
To begin this series, I thought I’d cover the basics for people who are considering starting a blog. Before you jump into the blogging world, consider the following questions:
- Why do you want to blog?
- Have a clear purpose for blogging and be honest with yourself. This purpose may change, and that’s okay, but knowing whether you want to blog for yourself, for a personal goal, for money, or for another reason will help shape your posts and decisions
- What will you write about?
- Bloggers will advise you find your “niche,” or what you will mostly focus on in your blog. I had a hard time choosing this because I am multifaceted—I knew I didn’t just want to craft or just share outfits, so I wrote about it all. It’s okay if you do, but it will be a little harder to gain readership. Knowing that ahead of time sets more realistic expectations. Have a plan for what you want to write about and write at least ten posts before you even start anything. You will want your readers to have something to look at once you get started.
- What do you want to name your blog?
- This is important to invest some time and thought in. Do a Google search and see if your name is still available, even if you aren’t considering buying a domain name just yet. You’ll also want to check social media for your name. If it’s not taken already, use it! But be sure that it is something catchy, grammatically correct, and clear about who you are
- How much time (and money) are you willing and able to invest in your blog?
- Your blog will be whatever you put into it. If you’re perfectly happy with your blog being a place where you document your life for your family and friends, then you won’t need to invest too much time or money into it. If you want a cleverly designed blog with its own domain name, advertising, and other special features, you must be willing to invest time and some money into it. These investments will be worth it to reach your main goal.
- How often will you post?
- Set a realistic expectation for yourself and try to stick to it. Remember, blogging should be an enjoyable experience for you. If it starts to become a chore, stop or slow down. Know this ahead of time and you’ll save yourself some stress!
Now that you’ve considered these questions, get writing! Don’t worry about the blog just yet, just open up a Word document or a notebook and start writing. Take some pictures that could accompany these posts. Search back to any projects, outfits, or ideas you may have had in the past. For example, when I started, I had some pictures of previous crafts I had made and I was able to write several posts without having to make anything new. And don’t forget to write a great introductory post about yourself and your plans for your blog!
Once you’ve prepared these posts and thought about your blog plans, you’ll be ready for the next step: Choosing a Blogging Platform and a theme.
- Week Two: Choosing a Blogging Platform and Theme
- Week Three: Domain Name, Web Hosting, FTP
- Week Four: Creating Free Graphics
- Week Five: Built My Blog, Now What?
- Week Six: Tutorials and Tips from the Experts