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I had been thinking of starting a blog long before I actually took the plunge. I had always had an interest in all things home. Cooking, baking, crafts, gardening, home decor are all interests of mine. As an educator, I planned to share my experience and perspective about education. I loved the idea of joining this creative and very welcoming community.
I did have some reservations…actually fears. Would anyone read it? What would people think of me? Would people look at me differently? How do I even go about starting a blog?
I first tried in January of 2016. I had no idea what I was doing. Don’t I just write and upload a picture or two? I quickly found out that there was so much more. What should I include in a post? How do you take good picture? How do you get people to read your blog? How do you build a social media following? I paused and then purchased a course, an essential course. As I learned, I began to implement new pieces into my blog. I still have a long way to go, but I am happy to say that almost a year later, I am still motivated. I am learning, growing, and connecting with this wonderful community every day.
I am hopeful that this blog post will help you by providing some guidance and advice based on my experience. Here are easy steps you can take to start a blog.
1. Decide on your niche. What are your interests? What are your strengths? What knowledge do you have to share with others? What problems can you help others solve? Once you have decided on your niche, then it’s time to learn.
2. Take a course. Abby Lawson, from Just Girl and Her Blog, developed an essential course called Building a Framework . As I said, I purchased this course last summer, but I wish that I had taken it before I even began my journey. It would have kept me from making so many mistakes. Abby Lawson is an inspiring, relatable, and very successful blogger who developed and continues to update this course to help others. Building a Framework guides a new blogger through all aspects of blogging, from setting up your blog to navigating social media. Building a Framework includes an e-book, videos, as well as a private Facebook group to guide and support new bloggers. This resourceful Facebook group has enabled me to make connections and build relationships with other bloggers. As someone recently wrote to me, “Blogging is not a competition…it’s a community.” If you are going to start blogging, do yourself a favor and purchase this course. Through March 17th, it is only $77. Don’t miss out on this opportunity.
3. Decide what platform you would like to use. There are a few different options here. I chose to go with WordPress.org. This is the platform that many successful bloggers use. I knew that I had wanted to be able to customize my blog with themes and plugins, and this platform would allow me to do that.
4. Choose a domain name. Brainstorm a name that will suite your niche. You want to make sure that your name matches your niche. You can search the names to see what is available. I used Go Daddy to ultimately purchase my domain name.
5. Purchase hosting. Now that you have your platform and a domain, you need a company that will host your blog on the internet. I ultimately decided to go with Media Temple. I have found their prices to be very fair and the customer service excellent.
6. Choose a theme. I decided to purchase my theme from Restored316. I chose this company because of the beautiful, professional looking themes that are so easy to customize. I purchased the Tasteful Theme. I have found the theme to be extremely user-friendly. I have consulted their list of Frequently Asked Questions and found them to be very helpful. On one occasion, I contacted their customer support via email. I received an email response in just a few hours. I was very impressed with their quick service and the guidance I was given. I would definitely purchase from them again.
Once you have these 6 basics down, then you’re on your way!
So, if you’ve been thinking about trying your hand at blogging, I say to go for it. We all have something to offer and a voice that should be heard.