I am by no means an experienced blogger. I am definitely not the most popular blogger but I do have my content read and shared and it is something that I definitely love doing.
I get asked a lot by people on how I got into blogging and why I blog which I’ve covered in previous posts but I also get a lot of people telling me that they would love to blog but wouldn’t know where to start with it so I decided to put together this post in order to help new bloggers create the blog that they are after.
You may feel like you need to be a computer whizz or know a lot about websites in order to create a blog but let me tell you that you don’t. I have basic computer skills and I manage to pull it off so if I can do it, anyone can do it!
Choose a blog hosting site
This can be used as a base for your blog. The most popular ones are WordPress (what I use) or Blogger. They are incredibly easy to use and help you set your blog up by using step by step guides. There are hundreds of free templates that you can use to help layout your blog the way you want and they give you plenty of tools in order to help manage your blog (such as stat pages etc)
Sign up to social media
Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Bloglovin’ are all great tools to use in order to get people reading your blog. It’s a great way to network and socialise with other bloggers and you can also find other blogs you like via these platforms. Don’t forget to use hashtags (particularly on Twitter and Instagram) when promoting your blog!
Find your blogging niche – and stick to it
Good content on a blog is crucial as it encourages the readers to read your blog and keep coming back to read. Have a genre on what you want to blog about (parenting, lifestyle, beauty, cookery, DIY etc) and try to stick to it. Be passionate about what you write. Don’t write an article about “how to fix a toilet seat” if you have no interest in DIY (especially if your blog isn’t a DIY related blog) when you really want to write about “top 5 Autumn trends for 2016”.
Keep it simple
Have a clean and easy to read blog. No bright colours and fussy writing. Also make sure that your blog is easy to navigate. Get in touch with other bloggers for their opinion on your blog if you are not sure.
I love to see photographs in blogs. It breaks the content up and makes it more appealing. Try to use good quality photos that are relevant to the post.
Try and post regularly as it keeps readers interested and keeps them coming back to your site. That said, quality is better than quantity so don’t post something for the sake of it.
Most bloggers are friendly enough so if you want any advice or help then the best thing to do is ASK. If you don’t ask you won’t know. We all start from the bottom and work our way up. Everyone was a new blogger at some stage.
I hope this has been helpful for you if you are thinking of starting your own blog. If you enjoy reading my posts you can find me over on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Bloglovin’ (Links in the sidebar) – Come and say hello!