So you wanna start a blog? Well you’re in the right place! Recently, I have had quite a few requests to share my tips on how to actually start a blog. I’m not surprised to receive these requests because it can be hard, confusing and scary! Today I’m going to give you my honest and most useful (I hope!) tips on how to actually start your own blog.
1. Find your purpose
Before anything, it is important to know what you want to write about, even it is a vague idea, at least it’s something. Keep a notebook with you to write down ideas as you never know when you might feel inspired! You should be passionate about the topic too as otherwise it will show in your writing and put people off. Ask yourself what your purpose is by creating this blog. Are you there to give advice on lifestyle related things? Comment on a situation? Share a personal experience?… etc. Even if it takes a while to find your niche, that’s okay, but you need to have a purpose first of all as otherwise it will be hard for your blog to reach a certain audience.
2. Create your blog
Now, when I first started my blog I had no idea what platform to use, however I had heard of WordPress and immediately it jumped out at me as an easy place to start. I would recommend starting out with WordPress as it is easy to navigate round, but it can take some time getting used to. I feel as though it has a lot to offer in terms of templates and functionality which is great. Of course there are other free sites you could choose such as:
I would suggest starting out with WordPress.com as it is free and as your host they take care of a lot of aspects for you. However, the most simple, free version does come with many restrictions such as not being able to upload your own themes, and having to use a ‘wordpress.com’ domain name. Once you’re serious about blogging and everything is going well for you then I would invest your time into reading my other post Going Self Hosted (click the link to read full blog post about this). Going self hosted opens up many more opportunities to be creative and professional with your blog. But it really is an investment, it’s not free (it cost me around £80)!
Investing time in developing your photography skills not only makes your blog more appealing but it shows that you are committed and have taken the time and effort to produce good photos. Here are some tips that will really boost the quality of your pics and in turn improve your blog’s traffic:
- Invest in a good quality camera (this is not as important when you’re first starting out when an iPhone camera would do just fine).
- Location, location, location! Find some interesting places to take your photos. Mix it up a little bit and don’t always use the same backdrop. Sometimes the unlikeliest of places can look the most effective.
- Use good lighting – if indoors it’s better to shoot with natural light near to a window, if not possibly invest in a lightbox.
- Think about the composition of your photo and use props to liven up the picture e.g. coloured card (as a background), flowers, rings, quote postcards, notebooks.
- Consider your angles – flatlays are great! Also take photos from multiple angles so you can compare and find the best shot.
- Don’t over-edit. Try not to filter overload, keep it simple until you find a a way of editing that works for you.
4. Engaging content
Within your writing you should try to show your personality or the persona you are trying to portray, as this will engage your audience. People love chatty but to the point posts. But you should try to include questions into your posts and reply to comments as it will help your audience feel engaged, and more likely to return. Also ask them what they want to read, and listen to your audience! Try and come up with new, unique content that has never been done before. People get very bored of the same old regurgitated articles, therefore try to think outside of the box.
5. Join a blogging community
I cannot express to you enough how important this is! Get on twitter and instagram and start interacting not only with your followers but other/similar bloggers. Perhaps you could collaborate with someone, or a get a shoutout. But at the same time try not to be to ‘pushy’ as it can put people off. Twitter chats are a great thing for building a blogging community too, they are basically when a group of individuals come together and a discuss a certain topic. The best blogging ones are below:
6pm – 7pm #Socialbloggers (all bloggers)
7pm – 8pm #lbloggers (for lifestyle bloggers) @LbloggersChat
8pm – 9pm #bbloggers (for beauty bloggers) By @bbloggerschat
8pm – 9pm #BlogosphereChat (for all bloggers) By @BlogosphereM
6pm – 7pm #TheGirlGang (for all bloggers) By @TheGirlGangHQ & @dorkfaceblog
8pm – 9pm #GRLPOWR (for all bloggers) By @GRLPOWRCHAT
And that rounds up my top 5 tips for starting a blog! Just remember to stay true to yourself, stay unique and BE PATIENT. It takes a while for your blog to take off at first, and it’s a slow and steady flight, so make sure you enjoy it! If you have any questions then please do not hesitate to ask!
My social media accounts are linked below:
Instagram – @lifeastillyrose
Twitter – @lifeastillyrose