I have a little blog series going on this month, as mine is turning one – I thought it was time to share some knowledge. Today’s post is all about how to start your own blog. I have a few friends who have asked me this question, and when I was thinking about starting a blog – I wish I’d had a point-blank guide of what to do and how to do it. I’ll be covering the 5 basics that I think are important when starting a blog – so let’s get started!
So when you start a blog, you have to choose a platform. There are plenty to choose from, I personally use WordPress, but there is also Blogger, Squarespace and the classic tumblr. I can’t really tell you why WordPress is the one I went with, I think it was the first one that I found to be honest. Starting a blog on any of these platforms is mostly free – but we’ll get onto that more in the next section.
Host & Domain
The second thing you want to consider, is your host and domain name. If you want to blog on a free platform, there are a few things to consider. The first and probably most important being; your blog URL will look like this www.lydiamicha.wordpress.com instead of www.lydiamolly.com. This is only important if you want to turn your blog into a sort of ‘personal brand’, I think it’s better to have a domain name of your own. Secondly, if you decide to blog on a free platform – you can’t monetize your blog in the way of ads if you want to in the future. This isn’t an issue you’ll face right away, but again – you gotta think about the future of your blog to make this decision. Your host is kinda like the server in which your blog/website will be stored on, in order to be accessed on the internet. Again, if you choose a free platform, your blog will be hosted in their servers but if you want to have your own website – get a host. Think of your host as someone who owns a piece of land. You wanna put your shop on their land, you gotta pay rent and amenities! That’s essentially what a host does. Gives you the space to put your blog out in the wide world. I currently use Siteground as my host. Your host will most likely have a customer service team who can take your WordPress/Blogger/Squarespace blog and put it on their servers. Along with paying for your host, you will also be able to set up a .com/.co.nz blog name!
In terms of equipment, you will obviously need access to a computer and a camera if you want to include photos. That’s it. In fact, most of the time – I take photos on my phone. I have the iPhone 7+ which has an amazing camera so if I don’t have much time I’ll just use that. If you are going to get a DSLR camera, I would recommend a Canon. There are super user-friendly and not too expensive. You can also get away with getting a mid-range body kit, and investing in a few lenses for different kinds of photos. Aside from the standard lense you will get with most cameras, I also recommend a 50mm lense for those super blurry background blogger photos we all dream of.
Along with your free website on WordPress or whichever platform, you will get access to some free themes. They aren’t awful, but if you wanna make you blog look beautiful and original, you can also pay a small fee for one online. I got mine from Etsy for about $30 which is nothing compared to the $100+ you would pay someone for a custom design. There are literally thousands to choose from!
Write about whatever the heck you want too! If you wanna talk about makeup, or music or world events, do it! In terms of how often you post is also up to you. I have friends who post every other day, and others who post once every couple of weeks. I post 1-2 times a week as this is what fits in best with my schedule.
If you feel I’ve missed something, feel free to pop a comment below and I’ll try to answer!
Thanks for reading! Love, Lyd x