Recently in the comments of my last Sunday life post on what to post when you don’t know what to post (which you can read here) A reader, Kathy, said that she has always wanted to start a blog but doesn’t really know how to which inspired me to write this post. So shout out to Kathy for being such a great supporter of mine and inspiring this post! Everyone one of my reader’s support is very important and encouraging to me!
So there is a lot to starting a blog which is why I shall make a few parts to this. Part 1 is getting started.
STEP 1- Have Something You Like To Write About.
To start a blog you have to have something that you want to write about. I like makeup and skincare, and so do a lot of other people which is why I thought instead of being your everyday beauty blogger I would write helpful detailed reviews on products and I find that really fun. You need to find something that you enjoy, that you think other people would like and that, most importantly is easy for you to write about. Your blog doesn’t have to have just one theme you can blog about anything!
There’s no point writing a blog that you are not passionate about. It is not as easy as you think. You have to put a lot of time and planning into blogging, there is a lot of behind the scenes things that you need to do to run your blog. What’s the point of using all that time if it is on something you don’t really care about?
STEP 2- Decide If You Want To Go Self-Hosted Or Hosted.
So this is a really complicated topic which I recommend you google! But in short you can go self-hosted or you can use a platform like wordpress.com. I use wordpress.com because all the basic tools are already there for you and if anything goes wrong you have support.
By going with a platform such as wordpress.com you can start a free site but you will have the domains name on the website for example as a free user I would be prettypeachreviews.wordpress.com. I would also have limited access to themes and tools used to enhance your blog. There are a number of plans in wordpress.com and depending on what you want to do with your blog is to what plan you get. Can you be successful with a free site? Yes, but it is much easier with a plan. However, with a plan, there are limitations as to what you can and cannot do with your site. To get more freedom you need to pay more its simple. I will talk more about the cost in a moment. Let’s chat about being self-hosted.
Self-hosted is where A developer or yourself build a self-hosted website using software such as wordpress.org and then hires a hosting company to store that website. This costs money and since you need to pay for the developer and the host as well as the web domain.
Whilst self-hosted websites provide the ultimate in flexibility and customization and to your site and you can easily move from host to host, there are a lot of risks with it. You need to perform your own bug and risk assessment on your site or get a program that does that, You need to make sure that your codes are okay and if your site stops working YOU need to figure out why. You need to pay for security so you don’t get hacked and the list can go on and on. There is software that does this for you and some people find the freedom great but I personally find paying a host to do it for me much easier. Again it is a personal choice and you need to decide for yourself.
STEP 3- Costs
Are you going hosted or self-hosted? What are the goals for your blog? Is it something that you want to expand into a potential career or is it something that you want to do just for fun. Do you care how many readers you get? Do you want to be monetized? In order to make money, you need to invest in your blog and this can take time and a bit of money as well as passion and luck.
You also need to consider other programs that you may need to run your blogs like photo editing software and even a camera! You can’t just take any old picture off the internet even if you reference it. That can land you and your blog in a lot of trouble that can sometimes result in real life legal disputes. There are some free sites where you can use some pictures but they don’t always have what you are looking for. If you’re not willing to spend a little bit of money then you need to think if having a blog is worth it or not.
STEP 4- Time
Blogging is not as simple as writing a post and posting it. God no! You need to create your own design and layout of your blog which I will talk about next time but there is much more to blogging.
You need to plan what you want to write, write it, edit it, take photos, edit photos, add photos, publish it, share it on other social media platforms! You don’t just get reads unless your lucky. You need to engage with other bloggers, other internet users across a lot of platforms, you need to comment on other peoples work, on other peoples photos comment on other blogs! You need to put yourself out there in order to get reads. I find that during exam periods when I don’t have time to engage with others on Instagram, WordPress, twitter etc that my reader rate drops by HALF!
If you are like me and like to stick to a schedule you need to plan your blogging schedule, work out what you want to write and when. Work out when you want to post and when is the best time to post and the list of things goes on and on and on!
Blogging is a lot of work and if you’re not passionate about starting one then I wouldn’t recommend it. This is all the things you need to think about before starting a blog!
I hope this was helpful. Next time we will talk about setting up a blog on wordpress.com!
That’s all from me.
Until next time xxx