Do you want to start a blog, but have no idea where to begin? No worries, that’s perfectly normal!
The thought or idea of starting your own blog can be a bit overwhelming. You will suddenly feel pressured to come up with all of these awesome and extremely creative ideas. While it can be quite the learning experience for someone new to the blogging world, even the most successful bloggers may still struggle with a creativity block from time to time. Yes, blogging takes a lot of time and dedication, but I promise it’s not as difficult as you think as long as you plan accordingly.
5 Useful Tips For Starting A Blog
1. Choose Your Blog’s Theme
While blogging gives you freedom to express your most creative voice, choosing a theme for your blog provides a sense of direction and makes it easier for potential readers to find your website based on the content you provide. While it is common for bloggers to cover a number of areas within a blog (ex: fashion + beauty + entertainment — food + travel + finance), remembering to keep your main theme as the focal point of your website will drive in the traffic you need from like-minded people.
2. The Look of Your Blog Matters
We all know that first impressions are everything. For that reason, maintaining a clean and organized blog is very important. Colors, font size, font type, spacing, height and width of photos, positioning, and picture quality are all examples of what it means to sweat the small stuff. A well-put-together website lets your readers know that you care about your blog and how it is presented to them. After all, you never know who’s reading!
3. Use Social Media To Your Advantage
It’s not hard to see the beauty and importance of social media when it’s used properly. You’re able to connect with people from all over the world that you never knew existed or shared some of your same interests. You’re able to promote your blog and use hashtags that make it easier for potential readers to find you. Now, don’t go hashtag crazy because you don’t want to look spammy. So, starting off with about five or six hashtags related to the theme of your blog should do the trick.
Please note, building your social media status/profile will not happen overnight. There are a lot of people to reach and you cannot expect to reach them all in one sitting. Patience is the key!
4. Keep A Notebook Handy
Keeping a notebook nearby has to be one of the most useful tips for starting your own blog or brand. It helps you to keep track of any ideas you may have that you want to incorporate into your website. No matter how average or extreme your ideas may be, storing them in a place where it can be retrieved when needed is grand. And if you can’t get to a pen and paper at that moment, saving a quick note or memo in your phone serves just the same.
I hope you’re writing this all down!
5. Create Great Content
While all of the above are useful and important tips to keep in mind when starting a blog, creating great content is by far the most powerful. The content you generate and how it is delivered will determine whether a person revisits, recommends, or remembers your blog.
Here are a few things to remember when creating content:
• When creating content, capture your audience’s attention by writing with enthusiasm. Would you believe me if I told you that your voice can be heard through writing?
• When creating content, proofreading your work is necessary. This ensures there are no grammatical errors or misspelled words.
• When creating content, it’s absolutely okay to be inspired by or bounce ideas off of another blogger. However, please maintain your identity and originality. Stealing is never cool!
• When creating content, leave room for comments and perspective from your readers. You always want to know what they think!
What are some great tips you can provide for starting a blog?