Sunday, 17 April 2016

Quick Guide To Starting Your Blogging Journey


Want to start a blog? Worried it may be too hard? Unsure of how to start?

Believe it or not, creating a blog is easier than you think. I decided to share some quick tips to help you get started and things I wish I knew sooner in my blogging journey.

I've been blogging for a few years now and relaunched my blog last year (best decision I made). I absolutely love blogging and I’m excited for you to start your journey!

Blogging platform
First things first are choosing a blogging platform. There are several blog platforms you can choose from to create your blog, some of the most popular ones being Blogger and WordPress.
Be aware that each blog platform offers different services, layouts and features. So do your research before selecting one, and choose the platform that suits you.

Choosing a domain
Give your blog an identity by choosing a unique domain name on your own self-hosted blog. This will help you with building your brand, allow you to choose your own site name and help readers to identify with your blog.
Creating your domain name is cheap and can be created for as little as £1 on go daddy.
Other domain services include fast host, just host, and many more.

Lights, camera, action
Photos are often the key to drawing your readers in, so get yourself a camera device!
You will need a camera of some sort in order to include relevant images along with your content. You do not have to go out and buy a camera though! Your phone can be used to take great pictures.
If you are a little worried about your photography skills, there are several websites that allow creatives to use their pictures copyright free.
Please remember if in doubt, ask before using and always include where you sourced the photo somewhere in your post.

Proof read
Before posting your content, ensure you read through it to check for spelling and grammar mistakes.
Grammarly.com is a great website that can assist you with this.

Create fresh content
Apparently imitation is a form of flattery. However copying someone else’s content is plagiarism.
There is nothing wrong with being inspired by someone else’s posts, but plagiarising someone’s hard work just isn’t nice or bloggers etiquette.
Create blog posts that represent you and the things you’re interested in. Let your personality be present within your content through your writing style and images. 

I hope these tips have been helpful.
Blogging is a journey and not a destination, don’t worry if you make mistakes along the way, learn from them and continue to grow.


Sade Stephens



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