Starting a Blog

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For the first post of this series, it makes the most sense to start at the very beginning of the process: actually starting your blog. And I know you can find countless posts on this topic thanks to Pinterest, but I am going to focus on the very first baby steps of the process.

Start Free

I’ve seen in many a blog post on blogging that buying your hosting and domains should be the first thing you do. Well, I say NO! At least not right away. I find it cleaner and easier to start off free, using Blogger or WordPress to start, and not buy the domain as soon as you can. It gives you time to fully develop your idea and plan before dropping money down.

To Niche or Not To Niche

A niche means that the theme and topics on your blog fall into a certain group of blogs, such as fashion or lifestyle. If you idea falls into a specific niche, then you should definitely go into the niche realm. However, if you are like me, you don’t really fit into any one niche, and that is fine too. Sometimes putting yourself into a box of topics can be limiting, so not having a niche may be better for you in the long run.

Find A Name You Like

You might be wondering why finding a name is low on the list. Well, sometimes you have a name right away that you love. But more than likely, you have to brainstorm and come up with a few options. This can go back to why you want to start free, because you could be indecisive on what you want the blog to actually be called. I believe it is good to come up with a few ideas and ask around for suggestions and opinions. That outside opinion can help immensely, because how others view the name will affect your readership.

Check The Popularity of the Name

When you think you have a name down, Google it. Seriously, Google it in a few different wordings and see what is out there. I made the mistake of originally naming A Geek Girl’s Guide as Geek Chic, which is a crazily popular name for bloggers and companies. I didn’t do my Googling efficiently, and then had to do a whole re-brand because of it. Seriously, if there are exacts or super similar titles out there to your idea, rethink your end.

Start With Basic

So you have a blog name, you got your free WordPress account, and now you are staring at the admin pages going “Oh my god what do I do?” I suggest starting with a free theme that looks like what you want and is fairly simple, so you can get an idea of how customizing works and where to find different features. Explore the simple stuff and understand it before making huge design and functionality changes. In later posts for this series we get into the nitty gritty of how to customize your blog with simple design and functionality upgrades.

Are you starting  a new blog? Have a well-established blog? Leave a link below and check out others.

 

 

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22 Comments Add yours

  1. Olivia says:

    SO helpful! One of my friends is starting a blog so I am going to send her this post!

    -Olivia
    Miss Olivia Says

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  2. syl says:

    great advice!

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  3. janella says:

    These are great tips for someone starting out for the first time! Thanks for sharing!

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  5. Mac says:

    This is post was really helpful!

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  6. I remember when I started blogging over 6 years ago, there wasn’t much in terms of How-To’s. Your pointers are great – wish I had them when I began!

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  7. This post will be quite helpful to those who are starting fresh. Thanks for sharing your knowledge.

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  8. nattbarletta says:

    These are great pieces of advice, even for a seasoned blogger such as myself!

    Natalie @ findingmyownvoice7.blogspot.com

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  9. ahlifestyle91 says:

    Good thoughts for sure! I am just getting started and love this approach as it stands out from a lot of the other things you read online about HAVING to host and find a niche and focus and blog all the time….that approach can be overwhelming for sure. Keep up the good work.

    Alex H @ http://www.lifestyle91.com

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    1. Thank you and good luck to you!

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  10. Great advice! I know this would’ve been super helpful to me when I was just starting out!!

    xoxo
    VGB

    http://www.verbalgoldblog.com

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  11. This was great advice, I have literally started my blog today and I’m currently in the ‘Oh my god what do I do’ stage! I’ve tried reading other information on the internet and to be honest my head is hurting a little bit so thank you for spelling it out simply for me.

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    1. You’re welcome and good luck!

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  12. oamcgarvey says:

    I agree! Just starting out and it’s easy to get wrapped up in what everyone says to do. I like that you encourage people to actually try it out before committing to costs!

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    1. Thank you! And yeah, I feel like spending money right away is not the best place to start.

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  13. holybell0 says:

    This post was pretty nice. I am still thinking about changing my blog’s name, but it’s nice I went down the right path.

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  14. If I started again my blog I would choose WP instead of blogger since the beginning. Totally agree that finding a good name title is essential!

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  15. MisfitAlexa says:

    A great few fast tips on starting a blog, I love it! Thank you for the post!
    – Alexa
    http://misfitalexa.com

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  16. Kerry says:

    My two year blogiversary is next month and I agree with most of these! Definitely Google the name. I paid for my domain right away and was glad I did. It’s more professional and you don’t have to type the extra .blogspot.com etc!

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  17. Thanks for posting this! We officially started out on our social media this month, which included making a blog. As such, we’d kind of already moved through these beginner steps, but it was still nice to read. We found comfort in your supportive tone and personal stories, and it’s left us feeling we might be on the right track

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  18. Mary says:

    Awesome looking blog. You give a lot of good advice!

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