Although I don’t consider myself as a blogging expert, I have been blogging for some time now (doesn’t time fly!?) so today I’m going to be sharing with you my tips for starting a blog as I know I found reading these type of posts helpful when I first started blogging. I always get asked questions on what camera I use, how I edit my thumbnails etc so I’m also going to be sharing with you how I make my blog posts! I hope you enjoy lovelies…
My Tips For Starting A Blog:
- Choosing A Blog Name-
Coming up for a name for your blog is harder than it sounds! You need something that people will remember that isn’t too long that represents your blog and the content you will produce at the same time! The name of your blog is the first thing people notice. You should choose something that makes your blog stand out and that is different to prevent the name already being taken! Maybe you have a nickname that people call you that is unique to you? If you are wondering the story behind my blog name, ‘rosetintedpics’ my middle name is Rose and I also love rose gold so that’s the first part. I also love photography so the ‘tinted pics’ is my spin on photography!
2. Tag Your Blog Posts:
I can’t stress enough how important this step is! If your blogging platform system has a space for tags, use them! Most free blogging sites, like WordPress, have a strong community. By tagging your content it helps other WordPress users to find your posts! This is something that I have experienced. The community on the WordPress blogosphere is so lovely, there is always someone there to brighten up my day!
3. Reply To Comments:
I know this one seems like common sense but if you reply back to comments, the reader will remember you and value your reply! It is your first step to building up a community that I spoke about earlier!
4. Link Your Blog From Social Media:
Add a link to your blog in all your social media accounts as this will again make it easier for people to access and find your blog!
5. Keep Your Blog Consistent:
This is important to maintain a professional image for your blog. Use the same color scheme, the same logo etc throughout. Be consistent with how often you post too. Most blogging platforms allow you to schedule posts for a certain time, so you can make a point of posting every week on a Saturday at say 11.30 am. This can help build a loyal audience who know when to look for your new posts. It will also keep readers interested.
6. Be Yourself:
When writing posts, be yourself and post what content you want to post that you are interested in. This will help you be passionate about your blog if you are doing what you want to do. Blogging isn’t a walk in the park, it is a dedicated job but if it’s what you love doing you should enjoy it!
7. Write An ‘About Me’ Page:
Anyone who wants to know more about the person behind your blog will head straight to your “about me” page. Even if it’s just a short story about who you are, what you write about, and why you started your blog.
8. Use Gravatar:
Gravatar lets you create a small avatar that follows you when you post comments on your site, or any other. It’s a way to personalise your profile, and make your posts feel more professional.
9. Add Sharing Buttons:
Sharing buttons are the social media icons that appear on blog pages, this allows readers to share your content directly from your site.
Typos and grammatical errors in your posts may look unprofessional so take the time to proofread and use a spellchecker. (there is one included on WordPress)
Onto the ‘how I make my blog posts’ part…
- Whenever I think of a post idea, I make sure to jot it down in my notebook that I use for blogging. You can just use your phone but I like to keep a note of it for later in a notebook as I’m such a stationary hoarder!
- Once I’ve got a blog post planned I pick up my camera (Canon EOS 600D) and decide where I’m going to take the photos. This can be on a white rug shown above or against a white wall. Sometimes I shoot in my garden. I try and make my photos look cute and tumblr which end up failing but hey ho! I promise I will get fairy lights soon!!
- Once I’ve got the setting obviously I take the photos, this can take up all afternoon or just an hour depending on the post!
- Next I just upload them onto my laptop and start making the thumbnail!
5. For my thumbnails (the header image) I make my design on canva.com. This website is really easy to use that I would recommend! You can make any style you want with different text, shapes and layouts! Next I just have to write my post and of course proofread it!!
That brings me to the end of this post! If you are still reading now, thankyou so much for reading as always and I hope you enjoyed getting to know what goes on behind the scenes! I also hope you found my tips useful! Comment below your favourite one and I’ll see you in my next post,