Are you interested in blogging or feel called to be a blogger, but don’t know where to start?
There are many reasons why someone would want to blog, including:
They are passionate about writing
They want to help others
They want to share their story
They want to build community
They desire it to be a source of income
If you desire to blog but have not started yet, I want to encourage you to start now! I have heard many people talk about wanting to blog, but they are limited in knowledge by how to get started or feel too overwhelmed by the process to start a blog.
I want to help!
I have grown as a person, wife, mother, and writer because of blogging. Through managing my blog I have learned how it helps me reflect on important matters, it keeps me accountable to choices I desire to commit to, it has taught me the technical side of the internet, it forces me to keep up with what is relevant in the news and it has made me a better listener.
I would love for others to experience how a blog can shape them and teach them as an individual.
If I was sitting with you in a coffee shop listening to you dream about blogging one day, these are the 5 tips I would give you to start one today:
1. Consider Your Content
Taking the time to think about what you want to focus your blog on is important for step number two. However, do not feel like you have to narrow your blog to one little niche. The reason I recommend considering the direction of your content is because the name of your blog may just be inspired by it.
For example, I desired UnveiledWife.com knowing that I would be directing my blog articles toward wives. Another example is DashingDish.com created by Katie Farrell who writes about food and faith. Yet, another thing to consider is whether you just want a lifestyle blog driven by your name as the domain, if available, which many bloggers and authors do such as Jon Acuff at Acuff.me or Lysa TerKeurst at LysaTerKeurst.com.
Considering your content is also important because it will help you curate your overall brand, which helps support your main message or mission for blogging. Some really popular and successful blogs talk about some of these topics if you need inspiration to consider what you want your content to cover, just to name a few:
Again, you don’t need to narrow your content to one category, but having a clear idea of what you want to share will help shape your blog brand and support the message you desire to spread.
Deciding on a blog name can be tedious or it can come naturally. No matter what your journey is to land on a name, don’t fret or stress, rather embrace it as part of your story. You can always invite family and friends to help you in the process as well. Your blog name will represent your brand and the message you are sharing with the world. Your blog name, whether it is your name, a pseudonym or one that you created using descriptive words, should be easy to remember and preferably shorter than longer in characters for the sake of your readership and their ability to easily recommend your site to others.
Once you decide on a name, you need a domain. A domain is where your blog name is registered as an actual website. There are many sites you can use to check domain name availability and register one, but I recommend getting one for free through Bluehost where you can also get a great discount on hosting, which I mention in the next step.
3. Get Hosting
Imagine that your blog is a house, a domain name would be the home address and hosting would be the property your home sits on. And just like people pay for property tax for their homes to take up space, a blogger must pay for hosting for their blog to take up space.
Again, I recommend BlueHost to set up hosting because it is affordable and it is an easy process for beginners.
4. Start Publishing Articles
When you have your domain name and hosting all set up, don’t hesitate to publish a few articles. It is good to get started right away so that you can become familiar with the backend of your blog, how to format and get comfortable with content on your site. You can always go back later and delete anything you decide you don’t want published.
Part of this beginning process includes thoroughly filling out your static pages and category descriptions, which may include some of the following:
- About Me
- Parent Categories
- Advertising Policies
- Comment Policies
- Contact Form
I believe getting started as soon as possible will jump start your motivation to really pour time into your blog, while punching fear in the face. Keep in mind that learning something new like the blogging process can stir up some frustrations and stress that you may not be interested in encountering, but I encourage you to embrace it all. This is your personal journey as a blogger and everything you invest into it will radically grow you as an individual.
*Making shareable graphics is kind of a step within a step. I have included a link to another article that details the “how to” of shareable graphics: Click HERE to read!
5. Share On Social Media
When you get to a place where you feel comfortable with your blog, share about it. The sooner you do this the better, I just recommend making sure all your pages work and your descriptions on static pages are completed.
When it comes to sharing on social media I have learned that you will find a presence of willing readers where you are present. If you are great at Instagram and Facebook, focus on sharing within those platforms. However, as time goes on you will want to expand your presence as much as you can to include all the major social media platforms including Pinterest, Twitter, YouTube, and perhaps iTunes if you decide to podcast.
Sharing on social media is vital because it is a highway to drive traffic to your blog. If you want an engaging community of readers you must be willing to share your articles with them so they know about you. When it comes to social media I recommend making all your handles the same relative to your blog. This is important so that your brand and message are seemless, but it also makes it very easy for your readers to find you if they are looking for you on a particular site.
For example, my blog is UnveiledWife.com, my Facebook fan page is titled Unveiled Wife and can be found at Facebook.com/unveiledwife, my Twitter and Instagram handles are also @unveiledwife. Seamless and easy to find.
So if you have personal profiles you can keep them or convert them over, but I suggest you take this seriously.
That is what I believe you need to get started! You may encounter a few hard things as you navigate the process of starting a blog but don’t just feel defeated, instead reach out and ask for help! Using social media to ask questions is a great way to get quick feedback. I personally have reached out to Michael Hyatt before on Twitter and he responded! So ask away!
Also, as you start your journey or if you have already been blogging please share your site in the comment section and mention why you love blogging!