General, Lifestyle

How to Start Blogging – From a Complete Blogging Noob.

Hello all!!

Firstly, I would just like to thank everyone who has given me feedback on this blog and to everyone who reads my mindless ramblings. It was a crazy idea and it seems to be going okay(ish)! *Woop*

I’ve had a lot of people say that they like/read my blog and ‘wish they could do something like this!’ My answer always is, ‘why not?’ Whilst there are 100 things to do before you even consider starting a blog, once it gets going there really is nothing to it! Whilst I wouldn’t really label myself as a ‘blogger’ (I’m not in any sense successful or endorsed by my favourite brands and people) I’d definitely say I’m a blogging enthusiast.

I’ve created a little guide for all those who are too scared/too busy/not creative enough/lacking self-esteem (select appropriate) to prove that being a ‘blogger’ is not as difficult as it seems.

  1. I don’t know what to write about
    This is the biggest excuse I hear from people who are considering blogging. I mean, have you read this blog? It’s literally just a rambling of all the thoughts that pop up in my mind. A blog is usually a personal endeavour. Therefor you can literally write about anything you want! Want to tell the world how many kilos of cheese you consumed this month or how you rose to presidency of the debating society? Go for it! Your blog is literally a world of endless possibility. It’s not that difficult to come up with post ideas either. At first, I planned what blog posts I was going to do and when I was going to publish them. Now I’ll be doing something or planning something in day-to-day life and suddenly think ‘YES! I could blog about this!’ It’s a process which most definitely becomes easier over time!

    Having a blog doesn’t necessarily mean you need to write either. There are plenty of image and photograph based blogs out there. If writing isn’t necessarily your forte, get drawing, photographing or making groovy light displays (if that’s your thing?!). The best advice I can give is that people will literally read about everything online. When I first started blogging I didn’t think people would want to read about my life and musings. I honestly expected it to be one of those projects that I started, got two followers (one of which would be my mother) then dropped after a few weeks. When you realise that it doesn’t really matter what you write, the prospect of writing a blog becomes much less daunting!

  2. I don’t have the time
    Neither do I! But blogging is something I love doing. When you have found something you like or de-stresses you, you’ll end up finding the time to blog. Saying that, there is definitely no pressure to write every day, week or month. I write whenever I do have the time. Yes, it means a few months when your blog gets no hits, but it’s not the end of the world. When people get that notification that you’ve created another post, they’ll soon be happy that you have resurfaced in the blogging world.
  3. I’m struggling to think of a name
    I guess this is similar to ‘I don’t know what to write about’. When you decide on the name of your blog, you’re setting up a personal online identity, a niche market if you will. People may find the name of your blog on google and come and have a read. That’s not to say that your blog has to be relevant for what you want to write. I haven’t written about my bookmarks or body art yet! (Posts on these are coming soon!) The most important thing to bear in mind is that it must be unique. If you have the same blog name as someone else, things could get confusing and awkward. It also should be personal. I like books and have tattoos – hence the title of my blog. My friend’s blog is ‘Teacups and Petticoats’ and another’s is ‘Coffee and Chapters’. You get my drift. I find the best way to think of a blog name is to list words that describe you, what you like or what you want your blog to be based around. Research some other blogs to get an idea of what other people have done; it really helps!
  4. I’m not good with computers!
    I feel your pain!!! I mean, I’m not a complete technophobe but when I first started using wordpress I was baffled! I relied on youtube tutorials and other bloggers’ advice to get me through the initial setting up. It’s easy once you get the hang of it. There is even a wordpress app available for phones which is super easy to use on the go! 🙂 Don’t forget, wordpress is not the only blogging platform online. There is also blogspot, tumblr etc. If you can’t use one, you’re almost certainly able to use a different one! 🙂
  5. What’s the point?
    Blogging is a hobby and in a sense, helps employment opportunities. If it’s something you enjoy doing, there shouldn’t have to be a point to writing a blog. Take it as a chance to show yourself and your thoughts to the world. It’s also a great chance to network. Think of a blog as a creative LinkedIn account. I have been approached by two people/companies who like what I write on this site which have lead to more connections and establishing a mini network of opportunities. Having a blog also demonstrates organisational skills and suggests a sense of initiative which employers LOVE!

Yes, I am advocating taking up a life of blogging. If I could blog for the rest of my life and get paid for it I would be in heaven. Whilst blogging is not for everyone, if you’re on the fence I would definitely encourage you to go for it. What I’ve found most beneficial from blogging is gaining confidence. A blog is a tiny window into a section of a your life and personality. Once people start to notice, comment and like it, you start to feel a little less minuscule in this ginormous world of chaos.

 

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