How to Start a Blog
It’s been two years since I set up me and b make tea. Two year’s since I wrote my first post, opened a Twitter account and started to dedicate time to something that was all mine.
Today I’m sharing with you a few tips on how to get started super fast and super easy, using WordPress.COM. My top tip being, write because you really want to write, not because you think you’ll get some free stuff and make millions over night. It doesn’t really work like that.
So let me run through a few things to get you going.
Pick a Blogging Platform
Now this is dependent on whether you want to host your own blog or if you want to simply get writing. When I first started blogging, I started with WordPress.COM. At the time I had no idea that there was a WordPress.ORG. And then I slowly realised the differences.
Think of WordPress.COM as a house you rent. You pay a fee to live there but you ultimately don’t own anything and you might get kicked out at any moment. The pros are that all the maintenance and behind the scenes work is taken care of. It’s a super easy way to get started.
Think of WordPress.ORG as owning your own home. It’s yours to do what you like with. But you need to take responsibility for things like maintenance and security.
If you want to get started quickly and you really just want a new hobby then I’d say the .COM version of WordPress is a good place to start.
If you’re serious about your blog further down the line, you can always move it to a self-hosted platform.
Write Some Content
When I first started all I did was write. I quickly learnt that adding some photos and breaking the text up with sub-headings helps the reader. Once you’ve written a few posts, go through the old posts and link them to the newer ones. Building backlinks is a good practice and helps get your blog the thumbs up from Google.
One of the best analogies I read about websites (and I cannot remember the source) was that it’s like a spider web – interconnected.
Write From the Heart
To begin with, just write. I found myself procrastinating a lot about what to write, and trying to perfect every tiny detail. Just do it. Start writing and the rest will come.
Create categories to Keep Posts Organized
With WordPress you create categories which help organize your content. I’m a parenting blogger but I write about lots of different aspects, from travel, to mum life and work. By using categories, I can easily sort out my content and get it under the right headings in my menu.
One thing that blogging has really introduced me to is photography. And I am in no way professional at all but it’s certainly helped me a lot when it comes to photographing life, capturing moments and recording detail.
If I’m stuck for photos then I use some stock photos from Pixabay. This is a great place to start if you want to add some images to your posts.
Create a Blog Email
If you think you think you might want to take the blog further then be sure to create a blog email. If you’re using the WordPress.COM version then simply use a Yahoo or Gmail account.
Create Social Media Accounts
Again, if you want to connect with other bloggers and promote your blog then set yourself up with a Twitter account, Facebook page, Pinterest profile and Instagram account. You might want to start a YouTube channel if you want to get into vlogging.
Read Great Content
Take time to read other blogs and plenty of business and marketing blogs. This way you’ll pick up the terminology fast and learn as you go along. Here are some of my favourite business and marketing blogs to get you started.
One of the best things about blogging is getting to know so many other lovely bloggers out there. Whether it’s Facebook or Instagram, there are so many places to connect with other bloggers. Be sure to connect with me too! Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter!
The main thing to do when starting a blog is to have fun. It takes a lot of time and effort to turn your blog from a hobby in to a career. Don’t believe all those click-bait posts you see on Pinterest that claim “I started my blog two minutes ago and I’m earning a million a week”. I’m sure some people get lucky but for the majority of us, it takes time to build a social following and it takes time to learn the ins and outs of the blogging world.
Most of all, have fun and blog because you want to blog!