My favourite resources for starting a blog
When you start a blog (or are planning too) the number of things to do can be overwhelming. I definitely felt that way in my first month.
Luckily, the internet is a wonderful place where many people are very helpful! In the blogging community especially there are a lot of helpful bloggers who want to share their findings with new bloggers. The number of posts on this topic is insane. I’ve read a lot of them when I was first starting this blog and I still like to read them. I wanted to share my favourite resources with you and anyone who would like to start a blog.
I’ve organized this list in an order that hopefully will make sense!
Setting up a blog
Your first step is setting up a blog and that includes choosing your platform and hosting. For this there are many guides across the webs so you can always find one that fits your needs My first resources is something I used myself (slightly); how to start a blog – just a girl and her blog
I want to add a side note that most of the big bloggers will recommend Bluehost. Even though they have probably amazing service they are kind of expensive so do your research before investing in a host.
I also really like this blogging checklist! I haven’t worked through it yet and it has a lot of things I hadn’t even thought about. [Infographic] 68 Best Tips Before You Start A Blog – twelveskip (you don’t have to have this all done before you move on, of course, it is next to impossible)
Both of these sites also contain a lot of other helpful posts so do check them out!
The third very helpful site Is the First Site Guide which is full of WordPress tutorials and great Blogging help! They feature both beginner help and some more advanced tutorials. They are just a great source to keep in your blog reader.
Making it pretty
After you have set up your blog you get to my favourite part; customize. If you have used WordPress then you can choose some themes and colours already and most of the major blogging sites offer this. I think I started off badly by just being all over the place with my colours and fonts. You can customize your blog but you shouldn’t forget to make your photo’s fit afterwards. My favourite online design tool is canva. This gives you beautiful templates to work with until you have found your style. (Most of it is free but some templates and photos will be 1$. If you make your own designs and photo’s or if you use free stock-photos you will have no problem)
This blog post on the lovely garnishing blog; how to choose the best colour scheme, really gave me a lot more to go on for my colour scheme! I also really love we lived happily ever after for more inspiration (just look at how gorgeous her website is!)
So if you have your blog setup and it’s all pretty and done it’s time to get to the posting part. Writing blog posts can be hard, sometimes ideas are just not lying around. For your first blog post, you can always go for an introduction (maybe with a link to your about page!). After that, you need some new blog posts. For that as well, there are a lot of options. One of my favourite blogs by Regina has a blog post with 51 types of blog posts to help grow your reach. It will take sometime before you have written those all!
Another amazing post is 5 foolproof ways to never run out of blog post ideas and it comes with a freebie if you sign up for the email newsletter. The freebie includes another list of 50 prompts to keep you writing!
If you want to keep it seasonal you can always start with some autumn blog posts (by missamrunaway) ideas (mostly beauty related). I personally really like 8, 12, 19 and 43.
I think that this gives a lot of body for your blog. I think It would be great if you start off with a few blog posts already there so you can attract readers.
Now the last one, for when you don’t want to look like a newbie; 20 ways to look like a pro blogger. (I really like by Regina if you can’t notice)
I hope this gives you something to go on and is helpful. I personally just really like reading these and I think the tips are incredible. It is for everyone to decide on his own what they want for their blog. You can follow the tips you like and disregard the ones that you don’t like and build a blog that is all you.
I also wrote a blog post on what mistakes I made in my first month of blogging and how to avoid them.
If you have your blog all set-up and you have some blog posts, all you have to do is keep going. Being motivated and posting regularly is what is going to make your blog grow. There are many posts on that as well! If you are interested in what other posts I like and which blogs I keep up to date with I have a Pinterest here.
As you can see there are many great free sources online that help you write amazing blog posts. It is all about finding those that are useful for you and really implementing the steps!
The next post will be my 1 month check in for starting my own creative business! I hope to see you there!
If you have any resources that you love (Or have your own blog post in this category!) feel free to share it below in the comments!