Starting a blog isn’t as easy as it sounds, there are a few things to consider beforehand. By no means am I an expert in blogging or blogging successfully, but I wanted to share my advice in the hopes that it will help someone out.
WordPress vs Blogger
Before you even create your blog you need to consider the platform that you want your blog on. The two main contenders for this are WordPress (.wordpress.com) and Blogger (.blogspot.com), but you can use whichever site you prefer for your blog. You can always migrate your blog if you don’t like the platform you originally chose.
Choose a blog name
Before you even set up your blog or begin creating content for your blog, it’s important to come up with a name for your blog, something that people will remember your blog by. This is an important step – you want to pick a blog name that you’re happy to stick with!
You don’t need a niche
It’s okay not to fit into a niche. If you decide to take the plunge to blog then don’t worry about fitting into a niche – your blog is yours at the end of the day, write whatever YOU want for your blog! At the same time, if your blog does fit into a niche then that’s okay too!
Blog for the right reasons
Don’t blog because you want ‘freebies’ or for money, that’s not a great reason to start blogging. Blog because you want to blog, blog because you have a passion about something whether that be mental health or travel. Blogging isn’t as easy as you may think it is.
Social media is your bestfriend
Social media is important for your blog – it’s the best way to promote the content that you create and to connect/interact with other bloggers within the community. The best way to get involved in the blogging community is to take part in blogger chats – there’s different blogger chats that take place each day at different times!
Don’t compare yourself to other blogs
Remember that you’re only just starting out on your blog, whilst others may have built their blogs up over several years to get to the stage that they’re at. Building your blog up takes time, it’s not something that’s going to happen overnight. Patience and persistence is key here, but comparing yourself to others is only going to make you doubt yourself.
Blogging isn’t easy, there’s no doubt about that. It takes a lot of hard work, persistence and dedication to grow your blog but it can definitely be worth it.
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