Thinking about starting your own blog can be a really exciting time! Having your own blog means you get to create a platform to share everything and anything you want. The possibilities are endless and once it’s posted, anyone in the world can have access to your blog posts.
You get to be your own boss and manage your aesthetic, post frequency, topics, and build a community of like-minded people. Not only is it a place for you to share your ideas, but it can also become a place where people go to for information, ideas, inspiration, and encouragement.
Not sure about what type of blog to start?
A blog can literally be about anything. The topics can be as broad as you want – like lifestyle. Or as specific as you want – like my book blog which is all about books, writing, and authors. Here are some other types of blogs:
- Foodie blog
- Faith blog
- Information blog
- Travel blog
- Personal blog
Now that you’ve decided what type of blog too run, here are 6 exciting next steps:
- Choose a blogging platform
There are many free blogging platforms to choose from. I use WordPress because it’s widely used amongst book bloggers but there are many others you can choose from as well. Squarespace, Wix, Blogger, Weebly, etc. are all usable platforms as well. You may not want to pay for a domain if you’re just starting off. Take a look at each of these and see which one fits your style the most! Some are more modern than others, while others are harder to use at first but can be customized a lot more.
- Choose the name of your blog
The name of your blog should represent you and the overall theme of your blog! I chose the name Andrea’s Book Corner because I wanted my blog to be just that. A cozy corner in a room where you have all your favourite books, a cup of coffee or tea, and some cozy socks.
- Decide how often you will post
Make sure you’re realistic! Don’t commit to posting everyday if you know it’s not possible for you to do that long term. It’s better to post less, but regularly. I decided that it was sustainable for me to post twice a week – Mondays and Thursdays so that’s what I’ve been doing since I started this blog!
- Start brainstorming ideas
Ideas don’t always come to you when you want them to so write them down whenever you have an idea! You can do this however you want. I have a Google Doc and a calendar where I brainstorm potential blog ideas and place them on the calendar. Since I’m a visual learner, this helps me visualize when and what I will post in a month.
- Draft some blogs
It’s up to you to decide when to write your blogs but if you’re anything like me, I like to stay organized and get stuff done ahead of time. I will usually write blogs one week to a month ahead of time to ensure that they’re ready to be posted on time and just in case something comes up and I don’t have time to write them the week of.
- Promote your blog
Depending on who you are, this will either be a fun step or a tedious step. Realistically, no one will read your blog if you don’t promote it. Promoting means getting it out there and telling people, “Hey my blog exists! Check it out if you’re interested!”. There is absolutely
That’s really all there is to it. Afterwards, you will just need to stay consistent and post regularly – that’s how you will slowly grow your subscribers and audience. It can seem overwhelming at times but choosing to run a blog is one of the most fun commitments I’ve made and I hope that you will feel the same way as well.
Let me know if you have any questions or thoughts about this in the comments below!