Starting a blog seems like fun (and it totally is!), but once you dive in, you realize starting an account on WordPress or Blogger is only the tip of the iceberg. Here are my tips on blogging for beginners that most people won’t tell you.
In my opinion, blogging is as simple or as complicated as you want it to be. It can be a once a week hobby, solid side-gig, or legitimate full-time job. It’s all up to you! What I have come to find though, is a lot of these “how-to” articles for beginner bloggers say many of the same things: SEO this, be consistent that. Now, every one of those things is absolutely true but I want to provide my own tips that aren’t talked about as much.
Don’t pay for anything until at least 3 months in.
Blogging can get expensive! Hosting sites, domain names, themes, it all adds up. Although it can be tempting, put your credit card away and take a few months to get off the ground. You will figure out what you really need and what will make your blog better.
The first thing I paid for was my domain name because I wanted my URL to look more professional. It was only just recently that I started to pay to self-host and for a more professional looking theme. In the end, it’s not wise to buy things people tell you to buy and that you don’t know much about. Give it some time and you’ll know what’s best for you.
Start off slow with content.
If you follow any bloggers on social media, you’ll know that some of them post a lot! That’s because they have their game down to a science and things scheduled way ahead of time. That can be overwhelming as a newbie, but don’t feel any pressure. I started off posting once a week, then twice, then worked my way up to five. That became way too much for me so I brought it back to three. Evaluate how much time you’ll be able to give to your blog and take it from there. Everyone’s schedule and blogging experience is different.
Pretend to be a visitor every once in awhile.
I do this very often. I will go onto my site and just peruse around, see how things look, and check out pages I don’t go onto often. A lot of times I see little things I want to change and sometimes typos in older articles! Us bloggers get so caught up with what’s going on behind the scenes; it’s good to look at the site from an outsider’s perspective.
Don’t feel pressured to do what other bloggers are doing.
I know, I know. Some of those pictures bloggers post are so pretty that you want to replicate them yourself. It can tempting to try to do the same thing but you want to be unique! For example, I love following fashion bloggers because of their beautiful outfit posts. But I don’t replicate their content because I don’t see Glamorously You as a fashion blog. So as much as their photos are pretty to look at, I have chosen not to do that for myself.
Who said you had to hire someone to design your site and graphics? Get on Youtube, read some tutorials, and get working! You may not be great at it at first (Glamorously You has had some interesting visuals over the years!) but with some time and practice, you’ll get it. I promise.
At the end of the day, your blog is yours and it is an expression of you and your thoughts and passions. Don’t let what others say influence anything. Take on what you can at a pace you can handle. And most of all, have fun!
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