Before we get started on the whole blogging thing…..I just wanted you to know….
….you have a voice and a story and something to say.
I am a firm believer that there is a blogger in all of us.
Talking blogging is a lot of details and a lot of information and a lot of talk about things that you might have never heard of before and it can all seem so overwhelming…..and there are times when you might think you could never actually do it.
But you can.
Because….well….I mean after all…..you are you….
…and we both know that you’re a rock star.
So it’s been established…..you are amazing and a rock star and full of creative ideas and projects and rooms to decorate….
….but how do you begin?
Where do you begin?
How to Start a Blog
Step 1.: What do you want your blog to be about?
Maybe you like organizing? Maybe you love crafting for holidays? Maybe you like recipes or healthy eating? Maybe you are remodeling a house and you want to chronicle your journey? Maybe you want to write about all of the above and the kitchen sink?
Answering these questions may help narrow down your focus:
If my best friend came over to my house for sweet tea….I would talk about _________________.
If Martha Stewart came to my house and I had to teach her one thing….I would teach her how to __________________.
Other people often say to me…..I think you are really good at _________________.
Step 2: Determine a name
This is so much more important than it sounds.
No pressure or anything.
You want to make sure your name represents what you are trying to say.
It’s also helpful to include a highly searchable term….like farm or diy or decor.
Then you want to check to see if the name is available on the web. In other words….you want to ensure that no one else has already claimed that name.
You can do that by entering the name on any domain name website, like Blue Host. There are so many different places for hosting, but I really like Bluehost because it’s so affordable. If you are looking for a simple hosting package, Bluehost is a great place to start. If the name is available….you also want to check all the social media sites like Facebook and Pinterest and Twitter and Instagram and Google + to make sure it’s available over on those sites as well. One of the most common mistakes you can make when you are setting up your blog is not keeping your brand consistent across social media.
If the name is available….you want to purchase your name. This isn’t very expensive….you can look at all the plans and the length of time to determine your price.
I think I paid $12 for my name when I started.
Step 3: Decide if you want to use Blogger or WordPress
This is the million dollar question. There are pros and cons for both sides.
Here’s a great article that explains a little more about both.
I have WordPress and I love it.
There are two types of WordPress (are you confused yet)? The free kind and the paid kind.
I started with the free….but it was very limiting….so I graduated to the paid version.
If you choose the paid version of WordPress you can sign up through the same place you purchased your domain name, like Blue Host.
I think I paid $75 for two years of hosting when I first started.
Step 4: Decide what you want your blog to look like
Choose your template. There are hundreds and hundreds of free templates.
Just google blogger templates or wordpress templates and look around until you find one that you like.
Now here’s where it can get a little interesting.
If you are tech savvy and brave and bold….you can install your own template.
I was not.
I hired someone to do it for me.
There are several resources listed below of people who can do this for you. You can also e-mail me and I can give you some recommendations.
Step 5: Decide what you want to include on your blog
Here’s a few suggestions on what I would include if I were starting a blog:
Social Media Buttons
About Me Page
Email Follow Box
Facebook Follow Box
Step 6: Write your first post and hit publish
I think this is the hardest step.
I mean….you are sharing a little of your heart with the world.
And you are wondering if the world will listen.
It’s scary….I know.
But if you write about what you love and share your heart with authenticity and purpose….you and your blog….
……will find your audience….and your voice.
And I’m here….to help….to encourage….to answer questions…..cheering you on every step of the way.
You can e-mail me here.
I also have a blogging consulting business if you need more in-depth help and encouragement.
For details and pricing….click here.
And remember that YOU CAN DO IT!
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