Often on the internet, you’ll see ads and blog posts saying “Start your blog in minutes”. Although you can set up your blog in minutes you shouldn’t.
As a blogger, you’ll wear many hats. The most common are writer, editor, graphic designer, scheduler, social media rep, PR rep, etc. Others depend on your blog’s content, a food blog can require you to be a chef, a fashion blog requires a fashionista, and so on. These skills will take time to foster. Here are 6 things you have to think about before starting your blog.
1) What your blog is about
You may have seen me mention in many of my posts about blog types and niches. When I started my blog I didn’t think I had to have anything set and that I could just go with the flow. The problem with that is not establishing a brand. By defining what your blog is about you’ll get more traffic on your blog. Try to pick something that you will love writing and your readers will love reading.
2) Blog name
Your blog name will need a lot of thought so it’s something unique and meaningful to you and your blog. Your blog’s identity tells people what to expect from your blog, it’s can explain the content and attract readers. I have a full post on picking a name in my post How to Pick The Best Name for Your Blog (Will open in another tab so you can keep reading)
3) Research blog platforms
When I started my blog I didn’t know there was a difference between wordpress.com and wordpress.org. Research both your paid and free options. There are benefits to choosing a paid platform, the only downfall is they’re expensive. Find out what you’re getting when you sign up for a platform. Tip: Find a platform that will catalogue you on search engines
4) Spend a week or two figuring out what your blog is going to look like
I actually did this by making my blog invisible so I could play around with the themes and settings. I worked on it until I liked it and was easy for my blog visitors to get around. Just remember to make it visible after you’re done.
5) Make content
Content is by far the most import part of a blog. When you launch you should have a bunch of posts so people can see what your blog is going to be like right of the go. You should also have a few posts in reserve so you don’t have to stress about missing blog posts because you have no time to write.
6) Don’t be afraid to make mistakes
Everyone makes mistakes when starting out. The important thing is to learn from them and to keep going. And when life gives you lemons, make lemonade. Write about your mistakes. Make them into blog posts if it fits your blog. Making mistakes will only teach you more about how to blog well.
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