Thinking of starting a blog but don’t know where to begin? Girl, I got you! Starting a blog, whether it’s in fashion, beauty, lifestyle or travel,etc.. the list can go on, believe me, it’s really all about what you’re passionate about and showcasing it in the format of a blog! It’s that simple! Starting a blog can be so exciting in the beginning as well as overwhelming with not knowing exactly where to start, which is why I have created these simple steps you to follow! hehe thank me later!
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Your Blog Name
This is probably the most important part and also the most difficult before even getting started! Choosing a “name” for your blog can be a little tricky. Back when I got started blogging in late 2013 most blogs had names like Sincerely Jules or The Blonde Salad, nowadays people are trying to revert their blog names to their actual own names. Interesting right? I actually knew that I wanted my “name” to be my blog name since I wanted people to remember me not my blog. I know I was lightyears ahead of the times, who would have known!
Whether you decided to have a blog name or just use your own name, be sure to not have it be too specific. It can help you and hurt you all at the same time. Yeah, a totally catch 22. A blogger friend of mine @petiteinparis, started her blog while living in Paris, and even though she is more search friendly on Instagram, imagine the day if she decides to move out of Paris? Can be a little tricky! Be cautious when choosing your blog name as it follows you and sort of becomes a part of your identity being a blogger. People will call you by this, especially if it’s the first thing they see on your website or Instagram!
Not an expert in coding? Psshh, me either and I majored in it! There are a few different platforms you can choose from when you’re starting your blog. Personally, I started on Blogger, which is completely free and so easy to use! If you’re wanting the affordable route and less of a headache, seriously go with Blogger when you’re just starting a blog! If you’re wanting your own www.domainname.com without the annoying Blogspot inside your domain URL, you can! Simply buy the domain from GoDaddy and have the URL redirect. I don’t really know the exact steps but any website provider can help you with the details! Trust your girl! It’s SO affordable, especially when starting out!
There are also the ever so popular WordPress, which I have been using for a little over 2 years now, and the new upcoming trendy one, Squarespace. Watch some videos on YouTube and see which ones you are interested in and not to mention, if your bank account is ready as well. They can be pretty pricey and time-consuming, so do your research beforehand!
Create Searchable Content
Honestly, just get started! Don’t wait until everything is perfect to start making your move! And this goes for a lot of things when starting a blog, but especially about getting content out there! People will not be able to find your blog if you don’t have any content on the website so, write write write!!
The more you practice at creating content whether that be imagery or writing blog posts, you’ll find your voice, you’ll find how you like to capture your content and more importantly, you’ll find your niche! Just give it time when starting a blog, it will eventually work its way out to perfection! After all, practices makes perfect babe!
Cover Your A$$
When I started on social media, branding yourself wasn’t really a “thing”. I knew that I wanted to be known for my name but social media wasn’t anywhere near the level what it is today. So do yourself a favor, cover your a$$ and get all your @handles the same! Even if you don’t anticipate using that social platform in the next few months, do me and yourself a favor and just register it so you know it’s there!
To the harry potter loving @kristinawilde on Twitter, please give me my name *insert crying face emoji here*
Show It Off
I know starting a blog is scary and you might want you to keep it a secret from everyone but don’t! Be proud of yourself for starting something you love and are passionate about! Most people don’t have that kind of courage or lose momentum and stop only after a couple months! Just remember, you got this girl and show it off!
Tell your friends, tell your co-workers, tell your family, heck even tell that cute Starbucks barista you’ve been crushing on! This is how you’re going to gain your following and start getting your name out there especially in the beginning when you’re starting a blog. There are millions of bloggers out there, each with their own independent voice, but girl, just remember you can do it too! So go share the love, show it off, and be proud of what you’ve created!
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