I am so happy, honored, and humbled when I get messages from friends and family that are interested in starting a blog. My first response is “DO IT!” Yeah, there are a ton of bloggers out there, but we all have our own voice, opinions, thoughts, and style. There is always room for YOUR voice. I am writing this post to be a one stop shop for the blogging basics and what to do before you get started. I am 6+ months into my journey and I can tell you with 100% certainty, I love it.
If I send you this link or your stumble across it, take this information to heart as you ask yourself why. I want you to be successful and I want your voice to inspire someone. I promise it will.
Ask yourself these questions (and write down the answers!) before you get started. It’ll be really beneficial for you to have a notebook/binder with all of your blog thoughts!
WHY? What is YOUR Why?
What do you have to offer? What are you passionate about? What makes YOU different? Why do I want to start blogging?
If you want the “blogger glam” you see Social Media that makes blogging look so appealing, let me stop you there. That is their/our job. Blogging is a job. Our job is to create content that inspires you, not to deceive you. All of my favorite bloggers have beautiful content that they don’t lose their identity through. BE YOU, be authentic, share your heart, and most importantly be vulnerable. If you want popularity, free stuff, money, reevaluate before you start. That’s fine, but that shouldn’t be what drives you. [Taking my own advice.]
Here is my why: I wanted to start blogging about motherhood/things I love because I wanted ONE person to feel inspired and I wanted to connect with ONE person. I wanted to build a reputation of trustworthiness, honesty and grace. Because life is hard…it’s so much better with a team of women rallying behind you.
FIND YOUR NICHE / DO YOUR RESEARCH
Pinterest is a great source of information when it comes to starting a blog. I can PROMISE you that you will learn so much digging up articles and advice on the Pinterest (Lol). While doing that you will see the word “niche” a lot. Honestly, I love writing about everything so I tossed myself into the “lifestyle” category. Do you want to document your travels, motherhood, beauty or everything? What are you passionate about? Find your favorite bloggers and READ THEIR BLOGS. You will get so much inspiration just by following along their journey and getting to know them.
CONNECT WITH OTHER BLOGGERS
Join Facebook groups! This is the easiest way to connect with other bloggers and support each other.
FIND YOUR VOICE
You are so unique, so use that to your advantage. You might have an experience, college degree, or something in your life that makes you stand out. Find that voice and share it.
THE NITTY GRITTY
Being a successful blogger is a job. A full-time job. If you want to write as a hobby, that is totally cool! But my biggest advice is to treat your blog like a business (because it is). If you want to be successful, you have to make it a priority. For me, it involves some early mornings and late nights.
When do you have time to devote to your blog and educating yourself? You don’t need to be pumping out 7 posts a week (you can though!) that are blah. Even 1 or 2 quality posts can get you farther! QUALITY OVER QUANTITY is huge. Really think about your goals with your blog. Help support your family? Your blog can do that. Therapy? Your blog can do that. Inspire others? Your blog can do that!
IT’S ALL ABOUT YOUR HEART
When you are passionate about something, it will over flow. You will feel so joyful sharing it. Tap into that passion. I can guarantee you there is an audience for that. I can absolutely tell when someone is being disingenuous. It makes me feel like I don’t really matter to them or that they don’t actually want to connect with me, ya know?
I will do a follow up to this about actually getting started. These are some great points as you brain storm what you want YOUR blog to be like and what kind of message you want to spread. My numero uno piece of advice is to write down your answers to these points/questions. It will really help you have a clear vision when you are ready to get going.