11 Ways to Get Your Blog Started
Because you, too, can do it
If you’re feeling happy about something, blog about it.
If you’re feeling uneasy about something, blog about it.
If you’re feeling in love, blog about it.
Blogging has taken the internet and the world by storm mainly because it allows an individual to share his or her likes and dislikes, feels and just let it all out. And it's so easy, especially with the help of webmakers like BlogSpot and WordPress.
So if you want to and are ready to start a blog, get ready to shoot, write, post on repeat. But for things first, make sure you have a stable internet plan or broadband plan to keep your blog updated.
1. Identify the heart of your blog.
What are you passionate about? And who are your readers?
Every blog needs specific content. The secret of popular and long-running blogs is a clear-cut topic supported by well-curated and interesting content that appeals to a large audience.
For instance, if you're thinking about starting a travel blog, populate it with sub-topics, like solo traveling, travel essentials, hacks, etc. You can even focus on niche content, like a blog on traveling in style, if you want something more specific.
2. Get a domain name.
What’s the name of your blog?
Your blog name should immediately communicate what your blog is about. It should also be easy to spell and memorable. In the blogosphere, it's the domain name readers see first before your content. So make it good and keep it simple.
3. Pick a blogging platform.
Self-hosting or free alternatives?
This question measures the amount of effort, time and money you’re willing to invest for in your blog. There are free content management systems like BlogSpot, WordPress and Tumblr for starters. But if you want your blog to have its own domain, be prepared to pay monthly fees for set up and maintenance as well as hosting servers such as GoDaddy and HostGator.
4. Design your blog.
This is probably the most fun yet time-consuming part of blogging. Fortunately, there are a lot of templates available for free or for purchase online.
Before trying a design template, think of how you want your blog to look like. Do you want it to be on the minimalist side, graphics-heavy, or animated? Make a moodboard before anything else.
5. Schedule your posts.
Here’s a blogging trick: you have to continuously engage your readers by introducing posts daily or every few days. But you don't want to overdo it and spam or bombard your readers.
Scheduling your posts also gives you time to think and write about your next post. This way, you can tease your readers and have them look forward to something. Pro-tip: Break down long posts in bite-sized content. Besides, there are many ways to expound on a story. Notice how pro travel bloggers break down their posts according to Day 1 or 2?
6. Connect to social media.
Once you have your first post published, distribute it on social media networks, like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Why? Because that's where the world is. You can also add your blog link on your profile for a seamless experience.
Take Care of Your Blog
1. KISS—Keep it simple and shareworthy.
The world wide web is populated by two types of people: content creaters (like bloggers) and readers. Their common denominator? The need for relevant content to share.
2. #Hatersgonnahate, but constructive criticism is essential.
It happens to all of us, but don’t let trolls put you down. Ignore negative comments, spam and trolls who flood your blog once it gains popularity. But learn to take in and accept constructive criticisms as it will help you improve.
3. Never stop being yourself.
Your true self is what attracted your readers in the first place. So stay true to your voice and push for content that's real.
4. Introduce value to readers.
The internet is overflowing with content, we know. So how does one stay relevant? Original, valuable and inspiring content.
5. Enjoy it.
As you go through your blog, you’ll realize that blogging is a whole new world of communicating and mutual storytelling. Don't take it too seriously and just have fun!
So what are you waiting for? There's no one else like you on the world wide web. Get blogging!