From the outside, it looks intimidating to start your own blog.
But speaking from experience, it isn’t nearly as bad as you think! Plus, you gain writing and WordPress (or SquareSpace, or Wix) experience that you can also translate into job skills.
One of the best things about the internet is that someone has already done whatever it is you are attempting.
This holds especially true for creating your own blog. I will list some of my favorites below, but if none of them tickle your fancy, go out and find your own inspirations!
Here are the four basic steps plus a downloadable list of all of my favorite resources to get you started.
(1) Choose A Focus & A Name
This can be the hardest part of the entire blogging process. What exactly do you want to focus on? Personally, I had so many ideas, I went with a theme that allowed me to incorporate that.
If you’re like me and have multiple interests for your blog, then I suggest using your full name or at least your first name for your domain.
Get creative and even punny, but don’t be overly specific in the naming unless you have a clear focus.
If you have a general theme in mind as well, that can work too! My second blog, Finding 30, doesn’t have a super specific topic focus. What it does relate to is completing the challenges given to me before my 30th birthday, so the name reflects my journey.
And even when your blog DOES have a specific focus, you can still get creative with the name.
One of my favorite blog names is my friend KJ over at Om Nom Herbivore. She knew she wanted to share her journey as a new vegan and the recipes she created, but she didn’t want to get super technical in the name or be too basic and use “vegan” either. Yet, the name is quirky and awesome and fits her and the blog well.
That’s what you want when you’re deciding on both your blog focus and your blog name.
(2) Is Your Name Available?
Now that you have a name, is it available?
I usually use GoDaddy.com to search the names, but I am partial to BlueHost.com for hosting.
You can go to these websites and search to see if the name you love is out there.
Once you verify it is, now you need to buy it.
(3) Buying Your Domain
This is the one part of all of this that you should need to shell out some cash.
Amounts can range into the hundreds, but it all depends on what you want with your domain name.
For me, I not only registered my domain name, I also registered my domain privacy, as well as hosting on the BlueHost servers and website backup. Obviously, the more you add on and for how long, the more expensive it will be.
Research your options and plans and make the best choice for you and your blogging dreams.
(4) Prepare For Launch
Regina is my blogging guru and I would be doing ya’ll a major disservice if I didn’t share her work with you.
(5) BONUS: My Favorite Resources
I am all about doing things as inexpensively as possible, so I created a downloadable guide with my favorite FREE resources to make your blog spectacular.
Here’s some backround on links in the guide –
Creating Blog and Social Media Images:
Canva is the absolute best tool ever for those without Photoshop or Photoshop experience.
It has templates galore and everything is free unless you buy one of their premium images.
To create those pieces above, you’ll need some killer imagery. Unless you’re a professional photographer by trad (or know one) then you’ll need to find these images online.
First, I want to make sure you understand the rules of image use. Here’s the best explanation. You want to pay VERY close attention to so that you don’t run into legal trouble. You should NEVER just copy an image from the internet without checking to see if it’s copyrighted or not.
Thankfully, there are some amazing websites in the resource guide that offer images free of charge and without copyright restrictions (i.e. you can use them however you want and wherever you want)
The guide below links the brilliant women I follow who have all created blogs, information products, and more from their experience working in the digital field. Take their advice!