In lieu of my blog anniversary last week, I thought it’d be an appropriate time to talk about how to start a blog. You guys have been asking, so I’m going to answer!
The truth is – no one told me how to start my blog. I just did. But with the help of the fantastical internet machine, you can pretty much self-learn anything you need to know on creating a blog.
1. Just Start
If you can log on to WordPress and follow the steps to sign up for a new account, you can start a blog. I think for many people, starting is the hardest part. It’s not that actually signing up for a blog account that is hard. It’s that all the sudden you are saying, “Self, you are starting a blog. You are doing this!” And that can be totally scary!
The best advice I have for anyone who has ever had the thought of starting a blog is to just do it. No one can make that decision for you but yourself. I hear it lot, people saying, “I’ve always wanted to start a blog, but I don’t know how.” Well, you’re never going to know unless you just start!
2. Pick a Platform
What platform you choose really doesn’t matter very much. You can read my full thoughts about that subject another time, but the platform is not a big deal in the grand scheme of things. You can always change it later if you have to (which isn’t that hard).
There are many platform choices, but the two most common are Blogger & WordPress. Blogger is easier to use for people with limited computer skills. WordPress is a little more detailed and provides more customization options. Both are great in my opinion. Pick one!
3. Pick a Topic
Why do you want to start a blog? To keep in contact with your family, and have a personal outlet? To reach and inspire others with your story? To make money reviewing products? Maybe all of those things? Awesome!
Picking a topic is not totally necessary, but it definitely helps to identify what you want to blog about. Having a purpose with your writing can give you a start in the right direction.
For me personally, I wanted to start a blog about my struggles with perfectionism, as well as a place to share my faith. I also happen to be passionate about fitness and now running, so my blog has somewhat morphed into a recovering perfectionist, fitness/running, Christian blog. And I’m okay with that!
Some blogs have a very specific topic like only recipes. And those are great resourceful blogs. Whereas other blogs have many topics. The choice is up to you. You will most likely find that your blog’s initial topic will change over time as you change as a person too.
4. Pick a Name
Picking a name is the fun part! Maybe you’ve been wanting to start a blog for so long that you already know what your blog’s name will be. Or maybe you haven’t ever given it any thought.
Wherever you are in the name game, I highly suggest coming up with several options before settling on one. If you blog for years to come, that’ll be your blog’s name forever! Name your internet child wisely!
Some ideas to get a cool blog title are…
- Make it out of a list of some things you like. Ex: Heels, Ice Cream, & Critters
- Ask your closest family and friends to help you decide on a name. They’re likely to come up with some fun suggestions.
- Make it a play on your name or use your name in the title
- Use your “life motto,” like my friend Danica @ It’s Progression (not perfection!)
My blog’s name was inspired by a book I was reading at the time about letting go of perfectionism. The author frequently mentioned that by embracing our imperfections, we are freed. That really resonated with me, so I came up with Freeing Imperfections. My original name was actually Daily Imperfections, but that was taken. I’m glad it was because I like my name a lot now.
5. Be a Blogger
Great tip, huh? Don’t worry, I’m not going to leave you hanging!
To me, being a blogger means writing engaging posts about… my every day life, what I am passionate about, my opinions, my beliefs, and my talents. I hope to inspire others along the way and create a more positive environment.
I also believe that blogging is a lot more than just my own blog. Blogging is a community, and when you start a blog, you are joining a community, even if you don’t know what community that is or who is a part of it yet.
My absolute best advice for any new blogger is to become an active participant in the blog community.
How do you do that? Find other blogs with your same topic. How do you find them? Social media, searching on Google, reading your favorite blog & checking out other bloggers from there, Pinterest… the list goes on!
Before you think That sounds like a lot of work and then assume I don’t have time to read other blogs when I can barely work on my own!, don’t freak out. I’ve heard this excuse a lot and it makes me think, if you don’t have time to read other people’s blogs, then why would anyone have time to read yours?
What comes around goes around the blog world. You really have to put yourself out there to get followers & make your blog known.
Blogging can feel overwhelming at first, but I guarantee you will learn a lot as you go. If you’ve ever had that inkling to start a blog, I encourage you to just do it. You never know how rewarding and fulfilling it may be.
Be sure to check back next week to read 20 Things I wish I’d Known Before Starting a Blog for more details!
Questions for You:
- If you want to start a blog, what is holding you back? Lack of information? Fear?
- What tips or steps would you add to this?