I feel a fraud writing this post, I haven’t been blogging for a year yet. I am by no strength of the imagination what they call a big blogger. I am a newby, still learning.
But maybe it is a good time to write it. Why? While its all fresh in my mind. I have made lots of mistakes. I have gradually built my little blog into something I am enjoying, something that I get so excited about.
- Choose your name wisely. Search chosen names on the Internet to check it isn’t already used in some form. Make sure it is a name you love, something you won’t get bored out of, or grow out of.
- Think about your design and layout. This is such personal thing. I sometimes look at other people blogs and think, ooh I love that; that’s how I want my blog to look. It is a little like being a child in a sweet shop. All bloggers have a different style. It took me ages to find my own. And I still make changes every now and then.
- If you are serious purchase your name. You can just buy for a year from as little as £3.50. I used TSO host, and bought my name from day 1. This means that if you change your blog host you keep all your readers stats etc. Your name is your unique identity, so the less you change it the better.
- Decide on a blog host. I started on Blogger and moved to WordPress. I did this, as I wanted to go self hosted and own my own site. (You have to pay for this) I would read as much information as possible on this subject. There are quite a few options, and there is no right or wrong. One of my favourite bloggers who is a hugely successful, award-winning blogger is on blogger. So if it works for her then it must be ok. Every one you speak to has a different opinion on this. My advise is read up on it, make a decision and stick with it. I changed after 6 months and it was a nightmare.
- Read other blogs. Not only do you learn so much about blogging this way, you make wonderful friends. I have met some amazing friends through my blog. People whose judgment I trust 100%
- Engage in social media, you will meet some wonderful people. This for me was the hardest part. Feeling brave enough to chat to big bloggers. But do you know what? Everyone I have engaged with has been lovely.
- With social media in mind, be careful what you say, how you represent yourself on social media is how other bloggers and PR’s see you. Everyone has his or her own opinions and personalities. But something’s are best kept off twitter.
- Get involved in Linkies. This is how you start to network; it’s a great way to meet blogging friends. Develop your blogging style. And get honest feedback from others.
- Don’t worry about statistics, and figures. And don’t compare yourself to other bloggers, we are all different and all have different niches, and styles.
- Be yourself and enjoy your blog, which is what it is all about, it has to be or what is the point. I can honestly say that the moment I pressed publish, I did 100% the right thing and I have never looked back.