I have decided that since I have so many blog posts from the past that I am now going to pick one every Thursday and call it “Throwback Thursday”
Sometimes I may change them up a bit if I feel they need something added but for the most part it’s just a way of choosing a few of my favorites that I feel could use some more attention.
When I first decided to start a blog, I had no clue where to start. Along the way I have learned A LOT. This would actually be an understatement for I am still learning stuff everyday and I have been blogging for over 6 months now. Over the course of this time with my blog, I have been asked by others how they might go about starting a blog. Therefore, I have decided to share some of my blogging tips for anyone wanting to start a blog or for those of you who have been blogging for some time now. Below is the first part of a series of tips that I will be adding to in future blogs.
Think of a clever name. Your name is so important. The catchier it is…the better. I thought of my name in approximately 30 seconds and it stuck. Think of key words that describe you or what you plan to blog about. Think “simple to remember” so that when readers want to find you they can type the name easily into any search engine.
Research a blogging platform such as WordPress or Blogger and decide which platform will suit your needs the most. I had only ever heard of WordPress so I set up my account with them. Wordpress is great for beginners and very user friendly. You can get a free domain or you can pay and own your domain name. I suggest doing this so that no one else can claim it. A lot of bloggers continue on to use a self hosting platform such as Bluehost or Go Daddy. I have not yet ventured into that but I can’t stress enough to DO YOUR RESEARCH. For a list of the most commonly used hosts, click here. If you plan on blogging for a long time and getting serious about it, then I suggest self hosting from the start. Don’t be afraid to talk to other bloggers to find out who they use and if they are happy with their host.
Make Email, Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and any other social media site accounts, using your domain name. It is much preferable if your domain name is used throughout all your social media for then it is easier for those who are looking for you, to find you. I can’t stress enough the importance of this.
Choose a logo. A logo is going to be a part of your blogs identity. Keeping it simple and related to your brand is best. There are lots of free images on the internet. Or if you are familiar with photoshop then you can custom design your own. There are sites such as PicMonkey and Ribbet that have images and editing features to help with designing media. There is also the option of hiring a graphic designer but this can be expensive for just starting out your blog. It is important that when people see your logo they can recognize you and your logo can be used throughout all social media. You can also use something as simple as a picture of yourself. For a great article explaining the different types of logos click here.
Choose a theme. A theme is what is used to design your blog page. Wordpress has many themes to choose from. They have themes for blogs specializing in categories such as Photography or Travel. There are plenty of free ones to choose or if you want to step it up there are lots of themes that can be purchased. I would suggest using a free theme to start out. I changed my theme several times before finding one I liked.
Write your first post. Think about what you want to write about. Topics that you are knowledgable about and produce it in a way that will keep the reader interested from start until finish. Start with a catchy title. Use images or memes throughout your post…don’t be boring. If you proof read it and find yourself yawning then most likely so will your readers. Keep most of your blog posts between 300 and 800 words. Informative but not so long that your reader begins to wander off, fall asleep, or never want to return to your blog again.