First things first…
Making that decision to begin blogging first began with the idea of sharing my adventures as a brand new teacher in kindergarten. It was a thought that was both fun and terrifying at the same time. I was eager to share lessons, crafts, books, and other ideas but I quickly noticed that I wasn’t the only one with that in mind. In fact, there were a good million of other, more established, teacher bloggers out there and it was quite intimidating just starting out. However, I pressed on and managed to gain a little following of my own. Literally had about two followers. Humble beginnings, people.
In the end my kindergarten blog ended up on the chopping block because it was a bit unrealistic to think that within my first year teaching (aka survival) I could manage the energy to post on a regular basis, keep up with linkups, and have enough relevant material to write about. Flash forward to the present and having taken what I’ve learned about blogging I’ve managed to build a little nest of my very own in the form of two blogs. Yes, two blogs! See one here and, well, you’re reading my other one. 😉
Although I’m not at the point where I can brag too much about stats, the point is that blogging has been fun and mostly because it’s been authentic to me. So, if you’re thinking about starting your own blog but have some reservations, I’ve decided to write my own little post about starting a blog in the hopes that it will help you become inspired! Please understand though that I am a humble, small-time blogger who enjoys sharing everything about my life in this little space. I don’t claim to be an expert, but I’ve developed my own understanding by learning from others out there. I hope you find this post helpful 🙂
V.1 is just the basics of beginning a blog. My plan is to break this up into sections so you don’t feel completely overwhelmed. A lot of blogging is simply trial and error and you will figure things out as you go. I will also post helpful links that do the explaining better than I can and are meant to be resources to you! Let’s get started…
The first thing you need to consider when beginning a blog is that you need to be 100% YOU. It’s easy to get caught up in the stats (see my blog post about that here) and constantly compare yourself to the tens of thousands of other bloggers out there. It’s going to happen, trust me, but keep in mind that even the most successful blogs started out right where you are now. Slow and steady beginnings. So, with that in mind, keep your blog your own. This means:
- post about topics that are interesting to you but are also interesting for your readers
- be relevant to what your readership would want to read about
- have opinions and don’t be shy about sharing them, just respect the other viewpoints people may have
- DO: use photos to spruce up your posts. Make post banners (those photo headers) so that your readers have a heads up on what they’re going to read about…plus those are the photos you want your readers to be able to share via social media.
- DON’T: use copyrighted photos and ALWAYS give credit back to the source whenever you’re using photos or ideas that are not your own.
- DO: use a ‘pin it’ button for your photos so you, and others, can share them via Pinterest
- DO: have social media buttons easily available on your blog. It should be easy for your readers to find a way to follow you.
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3. YOUR NAME
- Consider paying for a domain name. It’s worth the investment because you get to have your very own .com website, which makes it easy for readers to find you.
4. SOCIAL MEDIA
This piece is necessary if you’re living in the modern world. Everything is connected through social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest. It’s an easy (and not to mention free) way to promote your blog, posts, or Etsy store. Gaining followers is important because, yes, you’re writing for yourself, but you’re also posting it for your readers in order to build a community and spark a discussion. Even if you don’t know how to use it or for one reason or another you’re against it, if you’re going to begin blogging I highly recommend making yourself more available.
- DON’T: over advertise on social media. I don’t want to see only ads for your posts. As a reader I want to get to know you personally and this means sharing about YOU and YOUR LIFE…not just you as the blogger.
- DO: link your blog to your social media accounts. This shares your post across all platforms and makes sharing easier.
Blogging is the ability to learn as you go. There’s always going to be something new that you’ll learn or ways to improve your blog. I hope you’ve found these little beginning tips to be helpful and I’m excited you’re thinking about taking this first leap!
If you have found other helpful blogging tips be sure to share them in the comments!
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