When it comes to entering the blogging world it can seem a little daunting. There’s so many people out there already succeeding at what you want to do. However, whatever you want to do in life – there’s always room for you. You don’t just see one person running for MP, they’re all going for it and fight for it.
No way am I saying let’s all fight lol. I’m just saying if it’s something you want to do – then keep going. What’s stopping yourself? Only you.
So there’s a few things that you’ll need/want when it comes to starting up a blog. I mean, if you’re really new to it then I wouldn’t fuss over all of these points first thing. Give blogging a go, see what you think of it and see how it goes. You don’t want to rush into spending ££ for you to just give up within a month or two.
I had no idea what even a Domain was until six/eight months after starting my blog. When I first started I had my blog with blogger, and you will notice your link for your blog will end in .blogspot.com or .wordpress.com. If you’d like to get rid of this and just have your own name (example – taylorjane.co.uk ) then you have to purchase a domain. I got mine through GoDaddy and I pay a small amount of fee every month for it. You can only get what is available, however you have .com or .co.uk to choose from and others. However .co.uk is more expensive than .com but I was happy to pay the extra as I’m from the UK and I wanted it as .co.uk for that reason. It’s quite an easy set up to connect your domain name to your blog, there is so many different websites you can find help on and even Youtube tutorials help! You can also purchase domain names from other websites but I’ve never had problems with GoDaddy and they’ve been super helpful with everything. However, just pick a blog name/url that you are going to stick with as it’s a pain in the ass to try and change. Choose something catchy and easy to spell as you want people to search for you.
Having a theme I think defines you as a blog in a way. It’s the first thing you notice when you visit someones blog along with everything else that comes after. You want it to be bright and clean. You want everything to be laid out clearly so readers can find where everything is. You want categories to be shown, older posts to be previewed, your social media on screen to follow. When I first started with my blog I used a free layout with blogger.com, I wanted something clean and pretty simple. I then decided to spend some money on a Pipdig theme. Pipdig are bloody insane. They do everything for you, just pay and they’ll let you know when your theme and blog are back up and running. You need any help with adding things to your theme? Pipdig got your back. The choice of themes they do are really good too, and they range from £29 to £50. I know so many people would recommend Pipdig as well as myself, but there are other places you can find them. Etsy have a great range of themes, even GoDaddy do themes for WordPress. Google has you covered on themes, but Pipdig is the one – so fast and communication is on key.
Clear photos is a must have with blogging. You don’t need any fancy camera, we all started somewhere and your iPhone was good enough. iPhones these days are better than some cameras with the old portrait mode. You just need everything else that comes with creating clear photos. Examples ~ white backgrounds (card/paper) ~ natural lighting (set up your photo taking sessions by a big window or even patio doors) ~ editing (Lightroom/photoshop/facetune/colorstory/snapseed). You can get all of these editing programmes on your App Store. Want to add some marble? Just go to B&Q or even amazon and order yourself some marble adhesive, it’s basically like wallpaper that is pretty handy as a blogging background.
The header is what you remember people by. Your header stands out along with everything else. You can easily create a simple blog header over on Word (which I actually did), crop it down over on paint and then save it and add it your blog layout. There’s always Canva I think people could possibly use to create a blog header which has some snazzy writing. If you like the look of my header, I didn’t do it myself. A lovely blogger herself – Emmy did it for me! She actually creates blog headers for other bloggers and she also has more information about this over on her blog – I’ll leave the link here.
Content is key. I know everything here is pretty darn important according to myself, but content is the one. Reading back through my old posts, I reckon I come across pretty boring. I’m now trying to add my personality through my writing and I think some of you quite enjoy it. When it comes to beauty reviews, there’s not much personality you can really squeeze in. If you’re writing about a foundation you can’t really go and throw in a joke somewhere, your reading it because you want to know whether it’s worth purchasing. However, lifestyle posts – it’s a whole lot easier. Adding your personality certainly makes blogging more enjoyable, especially when people get you and your personality. I like to write hefty blog posts just like this monster, but sometimes make them short and sweet. Can’t think of what to write? Having a bloggers block? Then don’t force yourself, come back to it. There’s no such thing as a schedule with blogging, you’ll end up feeling pressured and it’ll totally go to shambles. Just do what you’re happy with and enjoying.
Just remember, along with all of these points – enjoy it.
It’s the most important and the best feeling.