BLOGGING 101 : Blogmas Day 4

Now. I know what you’re thinking. How can you have a blogmas day 4 without having a blogmas day 1,2, or 3? Listen alright. I may or may not have forgotten to renew my domain name, so all of the other blog posts that I scheduled were lost in the big, deep, dark web. Whoops. But let’s just continue on with blogmas and PRETEND that I didn’t completely miss a few days.

BLOGGING!

Blogging is an incredible thing that allows you to type what you are thinking and have it read by people all around the world. People blog about everything from makeup, to food, to travel. Blogging is getting bigger and bigger so it’s time for you to jump on the blogging train! I am here to help you start a blog on the right foot!

Why should I start a blog?

I can’t give you a specific answer to this because it is different for everyone. Some people start a blog to promote an idea and some people start a blog just to vent their feelings. I don’t know your life story or what you hope to get from blogging, but we can still chat a bit about common experiences in the blogging world

It’s fun!

I think many other bloggers will agree with me on this:blogging is fun! Now a lot of us tend to get wrapped up in the numbers and SEO and everything, but when it comes down to it, we all started blogging because we enjoyed it.

Flexibility

Blogging is so flexible. For example, I am blogging right now on the train in between school and work. Blogging isn’t like your typical 9-5 job where you have to be at a specific place at a specific time. If you manage to turn blogging into a career, you can work from anywhere in the world. I’ve written and published content from home, in a car, on a train, on a plane, anywhere you can think of and I’ve written there. I truly believe this is the best part about blogging.

Blogging Equipment

You don’t need state of the art, $10k equipment to start blogging. In fact, you probably already have everything you need.

A computer

While it absolutely is possible to be a successful blogger using library or school computers, it will be very beneficial to have your own computer. This way you can edit your website and do research without being tied down to specific hours

A decent camera

So I personally used to take every single blog photo with my iPhone 7 and it worked perfectly well. A huge aspect of attracting people to your blog is quality photos. I now use a Canon Rebel DSLR camera, but this isn’t necessary at all, especially if you’re starting out. The phone that you have in your hand right now will work perfectly fine as a camera.

The Tech Stuff

Don’t worry, you don’t need to be a tech or coding genius to start a blog. I can assure you, I am like an old lady when it comes to blogging technology. Most of the blog hosting sites will do all the work for you.

Choosing a hosting service

There are hundreds of hosting services out there, from WordPress to blogger to square space and more. Let me tell you a little bit of a story about my hosting service journey. I started my blog on WordPress, which is what I recommend to everyone honestly. WordPress is so simple and so user friendly. After blogging on WordPress for a few years, I decided I wanted something more. I transferred everything over to Blogspot(Now Blogger). I chose to do this for a few reasons. First off, you could upload your own html theme, which is something I thought I wanted at the time. Then I realized I didn’t know how to code and it was hundred of dollars to have someone make it for you. Secondly, you could sign up and use for adsense for free, since Blogger is hosted by google. Big mistake. I hated the Blogger platform and it wasn’t user friendly at all. You couldn’t even write from your phone, which was a huge issue for me because that’s where I write most of my drafts. Also, I absolutely hate adsense but that’s a whole different story. So recently, I made the switch back to WordPress and it was a great decision.It is a good idea to do your research and decided what is best for you and what you plan to publish

Purchasing a Domain Name

This is a completely optional step, but something I highly recommend. Basically, you can own a domain such as yourname.com instead of yourname.wordpress.com by paying annually. I pay $26 a year, but I honestly think you can get it cheaper than that. Having your own domain name just makes your site seem more professional and can drive more traffic to your site. But if you’re just starting out and you’re not sure if you want to stick with blogging, purchasing a domain name is totally not necessary.

Content

Now we get to the fun part! So you’ve set up your blog and you’re ready to write! Great! But keep these few things in mind

Should I Chose a Niche?

Whenever people ask me this, I never really know what to tell them. For those of you who don’t know, a niche is essentially a category. Many bloggers have a specific niche they write about, and their audience is interested in that niche. For example, some bloggers write about parenting techniques, and parents read those blogs. One upside to picking a specific niche is your readers will always know exactly what to expect from you. Say you are a food blogger. They know that the second they go to your website, they will find a dinner recipe for tonight. On the other hand, choosing one niche can be super restricting. I’ll use myself as an example. I used to blog about only vegan stuff. Veganism is something I am hugely passionate about, but I am also passionate about lifestyle and beauty. So now, I write about both. And I have found that my audience who came to my blog for vegan posts are also passionate about lifestyle things, which is great! So I say that you’re free to write about whatever you like, as long as the topics are somewhat related. If you’re a mommy blogger and you write about how to hunt bears, you probably aren’t going to find a loyal audience.

Plan plan plan!

I cannot say this enough. You. Have. To. Plan. Your. Posts. One of the key things to being a successful blogger is consistency. If you plan to write your posts the day they go up(a mistake I have made before), you are guaranteed to miss many, many upload days. I like to plan all of my posts a month out, and have them written and edited a week before they’re due to post. Now obviously you can do this however you please, but this is what works for me. That is all for this post guys! Thank you so so much for reading! I really hope you got something out of this. If you have any questions about blogging or want me to go a little more in depth about anything, please leave a comment below!Have a wonderful morning, afternoon, or night! Kay X

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