Influenster Talks: How to Start a Blog
We know, starting a blog can be intimidating. Putting yourself out there isn't exactly something that comes natural to everyone. Fear not, aspiring blogger! There's hope yet, even for the most timid of internet personalities. We have some awesome tips for starting a blog, even when you feel like it's something you could NEVER do. Remember, even Perez Hilton himself had to start somewhere!
Follow these 5 easy steps and you'll have a great blog in no time.
1. Get Inspired
When you're thinking of starting a blog, let anything and everything inspire you. Whatever you're passionate about should be the focus. It can be especially helpful to look at all different kinds of blogs (like Wordpress, Tumblr, Weebly, Blogger, or SquareSpace) to decide which kind of blog is right for you. Bloggers with photography backgrounds might lean towards one platform, while true journalists maybe lean towards another. No matter what platform you decide, remember everything can be customized. So don't feel tied down by pre-made templates!
2. Take the Plunge.
It seems silly, but even if you don't know exactly what you want to do sign up! Many of the blog sites are free to join and use, so you won't have to worry about membership fees or anything like that. Giving your blog a title (even if it doesn't excatly exist yet) is a sure fire way to get you excited about posting.
3. Have a Plan.
Choosing a theme is half the battle, but then try and make a distinct plan of the type of content you want to focus on. An easy way to ensure your blog will be entertaining is to choose topics that you are truly passionate about. When you're not totally engaged or true to yourself, your readers will be able to tell. That being said, they will also be able to tell when you are being authentic and enthusiastic. So don't hold back!
4. Make a Commitment.
Choosing what to write about might be easy for you. Perhaps you have an endless well of inspiration... More likely though, you're struggling to come up with topics. Either way, make a commitment to your blog. Whether that is posting once a day or once a month, make a realistic commitment to your blog, and stick to it.
5. Be Yourself!
Above all, be yourself. There is only ONE you in the entire world. Share your unique thoughts, musings, experiences, and everything else in between. Being yourself is a straightforward way to create quality, engaging, and honest content. Who can best drive the vision of your blog? Well, you of course! If you let your personality shine through in your blog, chances are you will be happy with the result.
Want more blogging tips? Click here!