So you want to start a blog….
The reason I started blogging is mostly because I wanted to share my story. I have an autoimmune disease and I’m also a mom. My plan was to help others who are in a similar situation as mine by offering tips and advice on how I manage my life. Parenting is already hard. But when you add in a disease that can flare at any given moment it creates another hurdle.
I also wanted to make money to help my family. My husband is a nurse and works 12 hour shifts and sometimes he works more than the minimum so that we don’t have to take money from savings for trips and unforeseen bills. I wanted to make it so that he didn’t have to do that and we could have money for all the unforeseen and savings.
So today I’m going to show you how I started my blog and why I think you should try it.
The absolute first thing you need to do is to pick a niche. This was the hardest step for me. I could not settle on a niche no matter how hard I tried. There were just so many things I wanted to write about. Because of this I settled on a parenting lifestyle blog. With this I don’t have to write about one specific thing because that is the point of a lifestyle blog. I focused it to parenting because, well I’m a parent and most of what I write about pertains to parenting.
When trying to decide on your niche you need to think about the things that you love to do.
What do you love talking about?
What do you enjoy doing?
Do you have a job that you love that could also help others?
These are all great questions to help you figure out what you want to be your niche. Make sure that whatever you choose it is something you enjoy. The last thing you want to do is pick something you hate talking/writing about because it just became your new job.
After you have figured out what you’re going to write about you need to pick a name. It needs to be catchy and easy to remember. I know that misspelled names or combing words can be fun and catchy but you need to remember that it isn’t you that has to remember the name or how to spell it. If someone can’t spell or remember your blog name then it is going to keep you from receiving viewers. This isn’t something you want to happen, especially if you want to monetize your blog.
Make sure once you have figured out what you want for you blog name you do a search to make sure that it is available. If you go to SiteGround’s site you can use the tools there to double check that your domain name is available.
Now lets get your blog set up. You will need to pick a blog platform and I believe that WordPress is the best option available. It is the one I use and it is so easy to use. To monetize your site, you will need to pick a host for your site. I suggest SiteGround. It is the one I use and they have helped me in any way I’ve needed it. They’re fast and precise. You can sign up for as little as $3.95 a month. They also have a 1-Click install for wordpress.org which means that you don’t have to do a bunch of sign ups and you can have your hosting and blogging set up in 5-10 minutes.
Photo Tutorial Below for Sign Up with SiteGround
After you’ve purchased your hosting and are ready to set up your wordpress.org blog it’s really simple. You need to go into your cPanel on SiteGround, if you chose them otherwise you’ll need to access your cPanel through your hosting company.
After you have entered your cPanel scroll down until you see the section: Autoinstallers. Look for the WordPress icon and click it. Follow the instructions listed there and click install at the bottom. That’s it! You have a blog.
Now to get your blog set up you need to design it. You need to pick a theme and there are so many to choose from. After going through quite a few on my own I highly suggest looking in genesis framework with a child theme. You can find this over on the Studiopress website and they also have the child themes available for the framework that look beautiful.
I personally couldn’t handle vesting that much after I had purchased several other themes. So I purchased the framework and it came with a sample theme that is customizable. If that isn’t something you’re into then you could do what I did and search for a free child theme. I did this and came upon the Restored 316 website where she offers a free theme upon signing up under the Free Library area on her site, I do not know how long this will be available just that it is at the time of writing. I intend to purchase one of her paid themes later so this made a lot of sense to me.
Once you have your website design nailed down then you need to start writing your blog posts!
If you’re here you are already considering starting a blog. It took me years to finally make that decision out of fear I would fail. Don’t let that be you. Take the chance. There are tons of free or cheap options to get a wonderful blog up and running. You can do this!
Let me hear your opinions and feedback about this. If you have any questions don’t hesitate to reach out. You can follow along by subscribing to my blog for updates on new content. Or just look for the follow me links to find me on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, or Twitter. Have a good day y’all.