Blogging 101 – AKA How to Start a Blog and What Not to Forget

 

I used to blog about homeschooling. I learned so much, but some of the technicalities went right over my head. When I started blogging this time, about social media and social media management, I went back to the basics and learned from the ground up. I’d like to share my insight and experiences in blogging and also what you shouldn’t forget as you go through your blogging journey.

Blogging 101

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Step 1:

Read everything you can to learn about blogging. There are plenty of tutorials available. Here are a few of my favorites –

Don’t forget – you will be hearing about blogging, the how-tos, the whys, the how comes, the ins & outs, until you aren’t blogging anymore. You don’t have to know it all right now! Just keep learning!

Step 2:

Decide on your niche – travel, beauty, homeschooling, lifestyle, social media – what are you passionate about? Your passion and interests will drive your blog (& will keep you going back to the computer when you get frustrated or bored).

Don’t forget – if your niche seems broad and you’re happy with that, then have fun! If your interest area is super narrow, that’s alright too. What I’ve found is there are lots of “sub categories” under most niches.

Step 3:

Choose your domain name – and make sure you spell it correctly! I use Bluehost for my web hosting and I accidentally put the wrong name for my domain at first. So frustrating. Then I had to wait – Bluehost customer service was amazing by the way – but I’m not very patient. They got it all fixed for me and explained everything in layman’s terms. Another piece of advice that I read is type your domain out and check that it doesn’t read funny or look…well, silly or maybe awkward.BluehostDon’t forget – obviously, my tip here is to double check everything you’ve entered before submitting your domain name!

Step 4:

Pick a theme and experiment with different looks. Some of the websites I use for designing include:

  • Canva use to create designs with their templates or use your own custom dimensions. You can upload your own images or use their resources. Probably my favorite design tool!
  • Pixabay tons of free images available. Choose from photos, illustrations, or videos, and you can specify orientation, size, and color.
  • Picfont I used Picfont a lot until I discovered Canva. You can use their images (pretty limited) or upload your own and then add text. Works well and easy to use.

Don’t forget – try not to get stuck on the “perfect” design. Look at blogs you enjoy and get a feel for what colors, designs, style, and logos work for you and what you’re trying to convey. You can change things, but it’s time to get going on the actual blogging!

Tailwind Visual Marketing SuiteStep 5:

Write a blog post. Sound scary? It’s not that bad. Again, I suggest looking at blogs you enjoy reading for the style and set-up like fonts, font size, spacing, etc. As for the actual writing, well that’s up to you. Put your heart and passion into what you write and that’s your voice. Your voice is part of who you are and won’t be like anyone else’s.

Don’t forget –ย Your blog is yours; make it how you want it. And, remember Dr. Suess’s advice:

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Step 6:

Set up your social media. Now that your blog post is written (yay for you!!), make sure your blog has social media share buttons and that you promote what you’ve written. It can be intimidating, but someone wants to read what you wrote. Someone can learn from you and benefit from your advice, input, and inspiration.

Don’t forget – social media is at your control – use it how you want. There are so many options, but I suggest using Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, and Instagram and see what you like. As you go along you’ll find what fits your niche best and what other outlets there are.
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The ball, or keyboard, is in your hands! It’s time to read, learn, grow, and write. I’d love to know your blogging experience – good or not so good. And, as always, I’m here if you have questions about social media and blogging!

**If you have a blog (or once you start your blog), check out my post 5 Reasons Your Blog/Business Needs Social Media for more information on utilizing social media to your advantage!

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6 Responses so far.

  1. Cori Ramos says:
    Hi Jen,

    This is a great post. There is so much to do when we start a blog so it’s understandable if we forget a thing or two during the set up.

    Thanks for these reminders! Passing this one along. Have a great weekend!

    Cori

  2. Katie says:
    great info for anyone starting out or thinking about starting out!

    thanks for linking up @ from north 2 south <3

  3. A nice step-by-step guide to starting a blog! We built ours ourselves and a lot of this information would’ve been helpful in the first 6 months ๐Ÿ˜‰

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