As much as I love blogging, I’ll admit that starting a blog back then was scary!
To go from reading to starting one was a little intimidating, especially since I still had zero idea what to do! There weren’t too many tutorials that I could follow and only figured out how from asking a friend. There were so many ways you could’ve gone around starting a blog such as WordPress, Blogger, Squarespace or Wix.
If you’ve been following a blogger for a while and they’ve got you wanting to make one of your own, it’s okay. I’m going to do my best to show you that it’s not as scary as it first seems.
Follow different blogs and read
The best first step, in my opinion, is to follow some blogs that you’re interested in and read the posts.
I think seeing how blogs work gives you a great idea of different styles and niches out there already. I know that I followed FleurDeForce and InTheFrow for years and they’re the main reason I got interested in blogging. It looked like that had so much fun and I loved the different posts that they created.
I knew I wouldn’t blog about fashion or makeup because I was hopeless at both, but they definitely got the ball rolling about looking into how I could start.
Think about what you’d blog about
This is a big thing!
You can’t start a blog if you’ve got no clue on what you want to blog about. You don’t have to be an expert in the niche you want to do, but you do have to enjoy it. So many of my blogger friends have chosen what they do because they genuinely love chatting about that subject.
Here are some of the ideas people choose to do:
- Mental Health
Whatever you choose, choose for you and not for popularity!
Search blog tutorials
These days there are so many talented people who can help you learn everything you want to know about blogging. One of my favourite sites for tutorials has to be Pinterest! You can literally search for anything blog-related and you’ll find a bunch of different posts to help!
There are even bloggers who have created e-books such as JennyInNeverland or a company like Grow and Glow who can give you steps to follow with different things! I’m currently looking at sorting out my SEO and Pinterest.
Plan and take your time
There might be loads of people starting a blog but you don’t need to rush. I’ve heard of people worrying that they won’t get any engagement because others will prefer more experienced bloggers. That’s definitely not the case! You could have a blog that’s only been around a month and people will love.
That hook that gets you followers and comments are your posts.
Don’t feel like you need to rush and get posts out every single day.
We all lead busy lives. Whether we have full-time jobs, are parents or are dealing with disabilities/conditions, blogging doesn’t need to dictate your life. Well, unless you want to make it your full-time job but even then you need to take time.
Find something like a content planner/editorial calendar to help you plan what you want to write and when you want it to go live. I’ll be honest and say that I haven’t take my own advice! I really need to try and plan what I want to write and have confidence in my blogging voice.
Talk with other bloggers
Before you say that you’re too scared, no.
Not accepting that!
If I can find the courage to chat (and probably get a secret weird look) from other bloggers, you certainly can. Don’t let follower counts stop you from chatting or at least asking some questions. I have friends that have thousands and thousands of followers and I’ve somehow managed to tweet them for advice.
Don’t forget: they’re just as human as you and I and more than likely would be honoured that you even wanted to ask them.
What fears did you have over starting a blog?