There are many, many reasons to start a blog. To begin, you will become a better writer! Blogging is essentially a form of communication. You’re writing for yourself and others so with time, you will learn to write better, it actually just comes really naturally. You will meet and inspire new people. The key to blogging is networking and creating new friendships and (I hate to say) followers; You will get a rush of excitement and happiness with every positive comment and share. You’ll finally love what you do, I promise. Blogging will boost your self confidence; you will realize you live an important life and have something to offer others. You have the potential to earn a lot of money blogging. Now, there are some cons to blogging as well. For instance, it requires a lot of time and effort. If you don’t put in the time, you won’t grow and learn. (I’m also struggling with this as well, so I know wholeheartedly what this entails.) It will cost some money to start a blog. You will need to invest in the future of your blog, just as any hobby or freelance work. The most annoying aspect of blogging is taking care of technical work. It will happen; Something will go astray and you will spend hours trying to fix it. It’s nerve wracking because there have been a couple times where I have almost broke the code in my theme and had no backup.
If you believe the pros outweigh the cons then without further adieu.. How to Create your own Blog!
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01. Think of a topic or theme.
You will need to have a theme or a topic to blog about! Preferably something you have a big interest in and have a vast knowledge about. The more interest you have in your topic, the easier and more fun this process will be. My topic is that I write tutorials and offer free design resources. More examples: fashion, food, fitness, beauty, gaming, relationship advice, and DIY stuff.
02. Figure out your ‘Handle’ / Blog Name
This can be hard! You should think of a name that doesn’t necessarily have to be about your topic. Mine doesn’t. I created my name in my head one day while actually trying to come up with an IGN (in game name) for MapleStory (an online MMO). I was searching in the thesaurus under words I thought described me. After 45 minutes of solid thesaurus-ing, I found the word ‘Vanity’. It means “excessive pride in or admiration of one’s own appearance or achievements”. I used this word ironically at first because I hated myself but the word looked SO PRETTY. I added ‘aye’ to it by accident and just fell in love with the way it looked spelled out. Now, I have had my site for going on 6 years, and it has seen some strange days. Back to the point, I’d suggest finding a name that you love, whether it be a pun on your topic or not.
03. Invest in a Domain + Hosting
This is the *most* important part. Sure, you can use a blogspot or a wordpress.com free blog, but honestly, people will take you more seriously if you have a personal domain name and hosting. It’s a little unfair, I know, but it’s true. I hear really good things about bluehost because you get a FREE domain name with purchase of hosting. However, their hosting plans start at
$5.99 $3.95 a month right now. That’s actually a good deal, if you choose them. That comes out to almost $50 a year, which isn’t bad at all.
Or you can go my route, I use Gigatux which is the parent host to my *actual host* rewindhost. I’d really suggest ordering through the rewindhost site though, because it’s cheaper. $2.50 a month for everything you’ll need. However, you will need to register a domain name either with them or on your own. I registered my domain through GoDaddy. In total, I pay $28 a year for hosting (that I pay every 3 months) and $10 a year for my domain (paid once a year). Total: $38 a year. I’ve been with Rewindhost/Gigatux for 3 years now and every problem I have ever had, they’ve QUICKLY helped me and we’ve figured it all out. They’re pretty awesome.
04. Install WordPress
A couple weeks ago I posted Why you need to switch to WordPress explaining everything great about it and how much more simple it makes blogging and just regular site-management. I know Bluehost offers an easy install of WordPress and so does Rewindhost via the cPanel.
You can find some really awesome premium WordPress themes at places like themeforest, creativemarket (probably the best place for themes, in my opinion, examples below), and many others. You can find free themes everywhere, just a quick Google search and you are on your way.
05. Publish a post EVERY DAY
The more you push out content, the better you will get a 1, creating said content and 2, writing on a schedule. There are some really awesome “blogging checklists” and post ideas on my Pinterest blogging board!. Use them to start planning a daily blog checklist. This is by far the best one I have found yet. Remember to use Tags, Categories, and rich images in your posts!
06. Create Social Media accounts for your Blog
This is super important. Sharing your posts onto social media allows them to be shared easier and more freely. These are the most important sites to post your content to:
- Facebook Page
Remember to follow and engage with other blogs to help get you out there. Good luck!