How To Start A Blog

How To Start A Blog

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The simple answer to this question is yes, starting a blog is definitely as simple as it looks. It’s the keeping it running and growing that can be very difficult. Blogging, if you plan on making it your job at some point instead of keeping it as a hobby, takes a lot of hard work and dedication. It takes hours and hours of prep-work, planning, networking, marketing, content-creation, and much more. So, if you read that and it sounds like something that you are willing and wanting to do, keep reading and I’ll tell you what it takes to start a blog.

-Theme/Niche – The very first step to starting a blog is determining what your theme/niche will be. Basically, what you are wanting to talk about on your blog. I, personally, am a life and faith blogger; which means that I can talk about all things lifestyle and all things faith. For you, you may want to be a beauty blogger, a lifestyle blogger, or maybe even a travel blogger. Whatever you are wanting to use your platform for is what type of niche you will have. I recommend doing a lot of research into what niche you want before you decide. There are a lot of different ins-and-outs in this crazy blogging world and nailing your niche is one thing that will set you apart from others.

-Prep Work – The next step to starting your blog is the prep work. Get some ideas down on paper (or in your computer) and start getting some posts ready for your launch. You do this so that you already have content for your launch, and because it should help to keep you from feeling overwhelmed, because you have content that you can pull from if you are struggling to get a good post idea for that week. Your prep work can go as far as getting your hosting and spending a few days getting the look of your site to be just right. Whatever you are comfortable with having ready will be the extent that you need to take your prep work to. Remember, this part of starting a blog isn’t supposed to be overwhelming. Take your time and make sure that you are focusing on quality more than you are quantity.

-Hosting – After you have your prep work sorted out, it’s time to start looking at hosting. Now, I am and affiliate with SiteGround, which is a hosting network, but it’s because I have used them from the beginning and I absolutely love them. They have 24/7 tech support (great if you aren’t tech savvy, like me), their packages encompass so much (they have 3 packages and the Start Up plan is perfect for a beginning blogger), and they have great prices! At the end of the day, the choice is yours, research all of the different hosting plans and pick the one that fits your blogging plans the best. If you want to check out more on SiteGround hosting, click HERE. If you want to read my post on Why I Chose SiteGround Hosting, click HERE.

-Posting – The next to last step in STARTING a blog, is simply to start posting. Get your first post up and running and then you are done “starting” your blog and you are now ready to begin running it. Make your post great (add pictures and learn more about SEO, trust me, it’s worth it) and then go out into the blogging world and make your presence known. You have started a blog, all of your hard work and planning is finally coming together. Sit down and be happy, you’ve done it!

-Setting Goals – While, technically, once your first post goes up you have officially started your blog… setting goals for your blog is a kind of final step to getting started. It keeps you moving forward with growth and it keeps you accountable to yourself. Setting goals helps in so many ways that it’s unreal, but make sure that you are setting goals that are realistic for you. If your goal for week one is to make it to 1.2 million page views a day, you are more than likely going to be disappointed. That being said, if you set yourself up with a more realistic goal of 20 views a day during your opening week, and you do your networking, you will be able to achieve it and it will keep you feeling like you are on top of the world. I know that it sounds strange, but getting those small wins as you progress, keeps you from feeling like you’ve become stagnant and it helps to maintain your interest.

That’s all for How To Start A Blog. I hope that you guys have enjoyed this post and I wish you the best of luck on your blogging journey. It seems more intimidating to start a blog than it really is; the hard part comes after you’ve started. That being said, you can absolutely run a blog if you are willing to put in the time and dedication. Blogs tend to be a lot of work, but they are so fulfilling and the blogging community is one of the most supportive communities that I have ever seen. Go out and share your thoughts with the world! As always, much love and God bless!

 

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5 Things You Need To Know About Blogging

5 Things You Need To Know About Blogging

Hello lovelies! Today I want to talk to you about the truth about blogging. Yes, I am a life and faith blogger, but this is part my life and it stemmed from my faith…. So, I’m going to pass on what I know about blogging (which admittedly is not a lot, but I feel that it’s important). Without me rambling on too much, here is what I have put together on the 5 things you need to know about blogging.

One: So, I am still very new to the world of blogging (like around a month’s worth of knowledge new). With that in mind, the things that I’m going to tell you are those that I’ve seen/experienced so far, and how I’ve felt during this time. One of the first things that I noticed about blogging is…………. wait for it…….. okay, not as noteworthy as I made it seem; it’s that we are a community. This is HUGE. Let me tell you, if you are someone that is looking for support, you will find it in the blogging community. We are a ton of people, on all different platforms, that help out each other. Whether it’s answering questions, helping to share the content of those around us, or finding friends and potential business partners in those that do what we do; we are here for each other. While there is a level of competition to what we do (we all want views, it’s just the truth of the matter), for the most part, we all try our best to promote those around us. That’s part of the magic of blogging. No matter how long or short of a time that you’ve been doing this (or even if you are just thinking about starting a blog) the support of your fellow bloggers will always be overwhelming.

Two: Here is a fact that most people hate hearing about blogging… It is LOADS of HARD work. Now, it isn’t (typically) a physical job; so yes you aren’t doing “back-breaking” work (though I have a ton of respect for those that do), but it is difficult mentally and emotionally. You will (or should) spend HOURS if not DAYS creating quality content for your blog. Notice that I said QUALITY, not quantity. You need to be putting your best out there, not something that was slapped together to meet a deadline. I, personally, would rather see a missed deadline than to read/produce a piece of work that isn’t good and true to the author. You will also need to pour in time with networking. This is how you will grow and hopefully how you will flourish, so it is worth the time. Do things the right way from the start, and you won’t have to go through and spend more time fixing it later. Set yourself up for success and don’t stop until you’ve achieved it. The work will be worth it, trust me.

Three: I have heard this so many times, and it was never more true to me than when I started blogging, myself. Treat blogging like another job and not like a hobby. Even if this is your hobby, or you’re thinking about blogging as a hobby, still blog like it’s your job. Don’t make yourself hate it by treating it like a 9 to 5. What I mean by “blog like it’s your job” is simply put your all into this. Treat your blog like it will take you far, put the work in (yes, sometimes 40+ hours a week), and make your blog all that it can be. Doing this will do one of two things; either you will quickly figure out that blogging isn’t for you, or you will find a passion for something that you once thought would just be a hobby. Treat blogging like your job, even if it doesn’t feel like work. It will hold you accountable for your networking, it will keep you posting new content, and it will make you do the things needed to be successful in the blogging world.

Four: Something that I wish that I had known in advance, is how vulnerable blogging can make you feel. At least for me, with lifestyle and faith, every time I post, I am putting a piece of myself into my article. There are things that I feel compelled to write about, that I don’t tell anyone but my closest friends and family. For me, this is part of my blog; I am part of my blog. How I think and feel, my honest opinions, and my heart is poured into what I write because I want to connect with other people who need to hear what I feel the need to write. So, I am open and honest which, at times, makes me feel almost exposed. Not in a bad way, but in the “here is all that I am” type of way. The plus side to this, is that not only are you more relatable when you write with this type of transparency, but you also learn more about yourself than you ever thought there was to know.

Five: Don’t be afraid to tell those around you about your blog. Like I said earlier, it can be hard to reveal things that you wouldn’t normally tell those around you… and it can be even harder to tell those around you that there exists such a place where this information is kept. I struggle with it myself, but I have found that some of the very same people that have never shown me the time of day, have visited (and even shared) the content on my blog. The very same people that I was worried about sharing my inner-thoughts with, have shown me support on one of the biggest journeys of my life. Support comes in all different forms and when you start out (really through the entire time that you are blogging), you need all that you can get. You’ll never know who it will help you connect with, who you can help, or who will share your content and help you grow. If you’re blogging, you have something that you feel like you need to give to the world, so share it with everyone and don’t limit yourself to only those that you don’t know. Your message may very well need to be heard by someone that you already have around you.

That is all for today’s 5 Things post. I just felt compelled to write the things that I’ve learned so far on this crazy blogging journey and, hopefully, help someone that is thinking of doing the same. These are both things that I had seen before, and things that I felt were the “learn it the hard way” type. All in all, blogging (for me) has been amazing. For all of the bad (and the bad really isn’t bad, it’s just difficult at times), nothing compares to the happiness that it has brought me. If you are thinking about blogging, talk to me or others in the blogging community and use us as a sounding board for your ideas. I want you to be successful, plain and simple. Don’t hide behind your computer; shine from it. As always, much love!

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