Monday, 17 November 2014

Tips For Starting a Blog

Starting a blog was something that took quite a lot of consideration for me, and was sparked by watching YouTubers such as Zoella and Sprinkle of Glitter, and wanting a way of expressing myself and my opinions without having to sit in front of a camera and talk (which, incidentally, I started doing not long after the beginning of blogging).

I thought I'd share a few tips with you today, so if you're thinking of starting a blog and want a little bit of a push, this might well be the post for you.

Think of a solid blog URL/name that you really like
This is important for a couple of reasons, to be honest. If you don't like the name/URL, you're probably going to be less motivated. It's nice to be inspired by something, to have lots of things to talk about, and this is more likely to come if you're happy with your blog (meaning design and layout is important too!).
Furthermore, don't come up with a blog name that only applies to you 'for now'. It's like making an embarrassing email address when you're and child such as '', and then using it on job applications. A blog name is one of the first things that people will see when they come on to your blog, and it's important that you're proud of it.

Think about what you want to get out of your blog
If you're blogging in order to get famous and make millions, you probably aren't going to be as successful as you'd like. Blog for yourself, write what you enjoy writing about and don't be swayed by what other people are doing. Is your blog about making friends and being part of a community? Then make sure it's got lots of spaces for people to add comments/discuss your ideas. Is it about letting out your emotions/somewhere more personal for you? Do so. There's no limitations when it comes to blogging, so do what makes you happy.

Make sure you're organised with it and don't put too much pressure on yourself
When blogging it's good to upload as regularly as possible so decide how much time you can dedicate to it and try and stick with that. If you can't post content on a particular day for whatever reason, don't. The worst thing is writing posts for the sake of it, and knowing you could have made them a lot better if you'd tried a lot harder on them.

Get involved with other blogs as much as possible
One of the best things about blogging is meeting new people and making friends. Go onto other people's blogs and leave comments if you have things to say to them. It's good to get yourself out there! Generally, bloggers really appreciate hearing from you, even if they don't respond. It's nice to know that your content is being read and that people care about what you're saying. Make time for other people and they'll probably start making time for you too if they enjoy what you write about.

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