My top 5 tips on how to start a blog

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I have been blogging now for two and a half years {bonkers to think that!} but I honestly would not change my blog, or what it has blossomed into, for anything. When I published my first post back in March 2013, I never thought in a million years that I would get the chance to work with the amazing brands or meet the great people that I have and that’s all thanks to my little blog.

I have been asked quite a few times now how I started my blog and how I got to work with the amazing brands that I have. So I thought I would put together a top tips post for those who have made the decision to start a blog and looking to make it into a business. So these are my top 5 tips on how to do just that.

Decide on a blogging platform: When I started blogging I used blogger. It is a very simple platform to begin your blog on and if blogging is indeed something for you, then you can always consider going self-hosted and hopping over to WordPress {best move I ever made} further down the line.

Think of a niche: What do you think you will write about most? Such as parenting, food, travel, lifestyle, interior design etc. Pick a niche and run with it. Literally. For example, myself? My blog used to be a ‘Mummy blog’ but over the years, it has changed into a lifestyle blog which is much more fitting for me as a blogger.

Choose a domain name: If you are going to be focusing on something, in particular, i.e beauty, parenting, fashion etc, make sure the domain/blog name you decide on fits with the brand you are trying to create. I’ve seen so many blog names being changed lately because life has changed and therefore those lives don’t fit around their blog names anymore. So make sure you take your time when choosing the name for your blog. I got my domain name from 123 Reg {in case you needed an idea where to go for your own domain name}.

Design your blog! This is the super fun part. If you choose blogger then from my memory of being on that blogging platform you were quite limited to the design aspect. Maybe I was just doing it wrong. But I found the designing feature over on WordPress much more widespread with regards to choice and layouts.

You could look into getting some talented website design folk on board to put together a blog theme for you or even look into an illustrator such as Ellie Illustrates to design a really personable blog header and social media buttons for you as well. Anything to give your blog that personal touch really helps people want to read your blog and get to know you.

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Publish your first post! This is the hardest part {in my opinion}. The anxiety of wonder to who will read anything you write, to building a fan base and the pressure to providing good content to keep those readers coming back post after post. Just think of it as a stepping stone and before you know it, you’ll be hooked for the life of blogging like the rest of us.

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  1. 15/06/2016 / 12:44 AM

    I am hoping to use Ellie Illustrates one day soon but for now I will put up with my own little doodles that I have done. Good advice here x

  2. 16/06/2016 / 5:01 AM

    Thanks so much for posting this. I wrote my 3rd blog ever, today. I am a beginner photographer and the idea of blogging scared the mess out of me about a week ago. I’m warming up to. Im sure I dont knoe what I am doing but it is therapeutic. Great tips. Thanks again.

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