I have had quite a few people recently ask me how I started a blog, people that want to start but don’t know HOW. I don’t really have a “step by step” program but a couple of handy tips, and lots of articles to share with you.
To be totally honest, when I first started my Instagram account I started having a fascination of following UK Beauty and Fashion bloggers and people that I loved what kind of photos they were posting on Instagram.
For example, I follow “The Rollinson London“, as he posts ‘exquisite’ material and I love the places and things he posts as it is just, well, ‘exquisite’. I have become a MASSIVE fan of his and the more posts I see, the more I want to visit the UK, and well, London! So, follow Nathan at http://therollinson.london/, and you will totally not be disappointed, and the material is just divine!
The UK bloggers I follow are on my “Top 10 Favourite Bloggers” post.
So, there are a number of material and pieces online that teaches you how to start up your website.
There is a FREE Beginner WordPress E-Course on how to start a WordPress blog in just 15 minutes, through “The Blog Stylist” – an outstanding website written by Bree, who is the editor in chief. It gives an in -depth blogging course for beginners! It also teaches the difference between wordpress.com and wordpress.org and “Top 10 lessons in naming your blog”.
So when I was following these UK Bloggers I stumbled upon Word Press and basically just followed the prompts.
I already had my signature name on Instagram and when I signed up on WordPress I just put my website link in my profile, so people can just simply click and be navigated to my website. I chose a “New York” theme but eventually I want to dream BIGGER and create a unique theme.
You can buy themes for your website on www.bluchic.com.
For example, I love the “Olivie” theme because it is pretty, pink and girlie and my kind of theme! So, select a theme that expresses your kind of personality and what exemplifies your character. I have my own idea for the layout and I absolutely LOVE the Olivie theme, so will be upgrading when I can! Most themes are $79.
There is an article by Thirteen Thoughts called “Resources for bloggers“, a beauty and lifestyle blog, and for when you start up, it is an article called “How to take your blog to the next level, which has inspired me to want to research NEW topics and write down more and MORE ideas!!!
I have very high organisational skills and like to collate information and bring together a whole piece of something that would inspire other people to want to do the same thing!
I have always worked in an office, either as a Receptionist or Administration Assistant, so I have become completely savvy with computers and technology, and I may have said it before! I love typing. It is my strength and I intend to continue doing so for as long as I can.
Everything is a work-in-progress and I am still learning. As they say, you can never stop learning. Finding your niche is always a work-in-progress and here is an excellent article on “Finding your blogging niche” by Elle and Co.
It will help you get your business or blog together and teach you to be creative and use your mind to create admirable quality content. If you have a love for reading and writing, then I believe it will be easier for you to get it together and create a gorgeous blog for your readers!
I would say the best content on creating your blog is found on “Resources for Bloggers“.
There are a number of articles on tips on “How to start a blog” and because I like being organised I find the section on Productivity and Organisation has the BEST articles on planning and blogging consistently.
If you want a successful blog, the best thing to do is google things like, “how to start a blog”, or “the best blog post ideas”. I did this to expand on my ideas, And the inspiration will come to you when you start reading other peoples blogs or posts!
For example, I am a very creative thinker and I like to have a nice ring to my titles, such as “Best Beauty Buys”. Every word starts with the same letter and I like to come up with a thoughtful title. Titles grab the reader and choosing the right words is the key.
Brainstorm ideas and read magazines like I do! I get all my main inspiration from a LOT of reading magazines or going on magazine wesbites, like In Style. It gives you a creative flow!
Ask yourself questions
What grabs me when I look at someone’s blog?
What is it that keeps me coming back to their blog?
Always ask yourself something, so that it gives you an idea of WHY you want people to read your blog.
Don’t forget to write a description or create an “About” page to explain why you created the blog. People like to see a reason and what kind of topics you like to cover.
Head on over to my “About” page to see an example.
I hope these ideas and guidelines give you motivation to start your own blog and compose to some degree what you are passionate about. Being enthusiastic about a particular topic is KEY because the more you research, the more you have to talk about it! People love to hear more and more about what they like!
So, download the “WordPress” app on your phone, that’s how I started, or get onto a computer at the library or use your MAC laptop or computer, and begin a new project that could change your life endlessly. You could also search the internet for “Blogging Workshops“. There are lots of workshops in Melbourne, Sydney and Perth! When I move to Perth, that is on my “to-do” list, as I want to expand my ideas, and further my blogging life!
P.S. Don’t forget to grab the October issue of In Style magazine! I feel like I may get some inspiration from that!!!! (Thinking of working on a Fashion piece for you) I recently got some pearls for my 30th…..