So you want to start a blog? Of course, you can immediately make a blog in just a couple of minutes, but I think there is something more important to do before you start and that is called preparation. In this blog post, I will tell you everything that you should do and know before you start blogging. In this first blog post, I am going to tell you the first things you should do and know about blogging and how to start a blog. More specifically, what you should do and know BEFORE you start your blog. Most of us start a blog without a plan and ideas.
You probably want that people are going to read your blog and maybe you want to do this full-time. These tips are mostly for people who want to blog full-time. But, if you are just blogging for fun, you can still use these tips I give in this blog post.
What do you want to write about?
First, you need to know what you are going to blog about and you can literally blog about anything: food, beauty, lifestyle, sport, politics, work and new trends. The possibilities are endless. Maybe it is a good idea to write out your blog plan on a piece of paper. That makes it more clear what you want to write about and maybe you can also write a couple of blog posts or blog ideas before you start your own blog. Make a couple of blog pictures. So when you actually start your blog you will already have a couple of blogs and your blog does not look empty anymore.
Find something that makes your blog unique
These days everyone seems to have a blog, so it can be hard to really stand out and attract new visitors. Try something different, do something no one else is doing. You can also make podcasts or youtube videos. Write killer headlines, have a beautiful layout or use more visuals (graphs) will also help. What is your unique selling point (USP)?
Own domain or not?
If you really want to take this seriously, you should buy a domain. At first, I thought it would be so hard to install, but is very easy. I found a cheap domain (6 euro for 6 months) at Strato. And I am very happy that I bought my own domain. It looks professional and you can use plugins to make your blog even better. You can also buy beautiful themes online. Not sure if you want to blog professionally? Just try a free WordPress account first and you can always switch it to an own domain.
Do you already use social media? Are you going to make a Facebook page for your blog? For example, I use Instagram to post pictures and engage with people and ask them questions. Twitter is more random stuff and I always share my blog posts on my Twitter Account. And recently I also started a Facebook page for my blog to attract more people. But always remember to be nice to people on any platform.
You will see that starting a blog is very easy. People can always help you if you need help. The hardest thing is that you don’t give up after one month of blogging. I see that a lot. People are starting a blog because they want to get free things and earn money. You still have to put in the work. And if you are not doing it because you love it, you probably will give up. Do it for the right reasons. Do it because you love it. Because when you love blogging, it will also be easier.
In my next blog post, I will tell you more about setting up a blog.