Hey Nerdy Peeps! Today I am bringing you a post on how to start this lovely thing called a blog! Let me tell you this, it is one of the best journeys I have been on and I have learned a lot. So, sit back grab some cookies and let me tell you what you need to know about blogging. You can also see what I learned in my first month of blogging here!
So, you want to start a blog?
Well, let’s get started, shall we?
Step 1: Pick a Niche or pick your topic.
Find something you’re passionate about and start there. Do your research and get a feel for your niche. Find people in your community and get tips and tricks from them. Always start with things you know and the rest will come easy.
Step 2: Pick a domain name.
Now, this one can get tricky because you want to make sure it’s unique and that it’s not copying anyone else. You also want to make sure it gives a peek into what your blog is about. As you can tell my blog is called Nerdy Book Life and my domain name reflects on that. I blog about books, nerdy things, mental health, and my life. Hence the name Nerdy Book Life.
Step 3: Platform and hosting.
You’re probably thinking what’s a platform and what’s the hosting?
Well, there are a lot of websites you can use as your platform. For instance, I use WordPress for my blogging platform and I love it. They have a free version until you are ready to pay for hosting. Meaning, my blog used to be www.nerdybooklife.wordpress.com, that’s the free version.
Other blogging platforms:
Now, I own my domain and everything that happens on my site thanks to hosting. This is where you want to start doing your research again. You want to find the right pricing that works for you, and what works best for your blog. I chose Siteground as my host. It had the best pricing for my budget, it was user-friendly, and it has amazing customer service.
Step 4: Have some posts ready to go.
Build up a few posts so you have things for you readers to read. Don’t make my mistake and only start with one, your readers want to know more about you, so have about three or four posts ready to go.
Step 5: You’re ready to go.
Get your blog out there. Share as much as possible, and engage with other bloggers. Make a Facebook page for your blog so people can follow you outside of the blogging world. You can also share your blog posts straight to your page so others can see what you’re all about.
Take your time and do your research. Blogging can be a lot of fun or a little bit of a headache. Don’t make it harder than it has to be, just have fun! Make it your passion. And, if it’s your business let it help you grow!