6 Steps to Starting a Blog

Do you have a blog idea brewing but don’t know where to begin? In this post I cover 6 steps that will help you do what is often the most difficult to accomplish! Starting! Your blog doesn’t have to be perfect when it begins. It just needs to start. I failed to start, create and launch mine for a long time. This happened mainly because I didn’t know where to begin.

I encourage you to start the blog you have been thinking about creating. It will be your piece of real-estate on the web! Your blog will grow with you.  It gets better over time. Later, you will discover that what seems so hard today has become easier.

Your efforts will produce results. You can learn as you go. Enjoy the blog starting process! Click To Tweet

1. Find your voice. Discover Your Topic.

Some people set up a blog and seem to already know what they are going to talk about. For others, this can be and often is a very difficult part of the starting process. Truthfully, many bloggers starting out don’t give enough attention to this step.

You might be asking what does finding my voice have to do with starting a blog? It has a lot to do with it. In fact, it is one of the most important starting points for every blogger.

Why is this so important? In short, your (writer) voice is formed by your life experiences (good and bad), beliefs that formulate your worldview. It is through the discovery of every blogger’s unique voice that the appropriate blog topic is found. Once you discover your voice you will have a blog that sustains not only your interest but your readers as well.

If you haven’t done so already, I’d like to encourage you to take a bit of time to explore this part of starting a blog.

To help you do that, see the link below to a post by Jeff Goins, bestselling author, blogger, founder of the Tribe Writers and Intentional Blogging courses. This article touches on the subject of finding your voice.

What You Write About Doesn’t Matter As Much As You Think

 

2. Choose A Domain Name

Once you know your topic the next step is choosing a domain name for your site. A domain name is the web address or URL of your blog.

If you don’t know much about domain names or how to choose one, you are not alone. This is not always an easy task even for the experienced blogger. The blogging world has grown considerably in the last several years.

Many domain names we first think of are already taken. Deciding on the right one can be difficult. To read more about how to choose a domain name, click the link below;

Choosing Your Domain Name

 

3. Web-hosting

This point is for those using WordPress.org it doesn’t apply to WordPress.com. Not sure what the difference is between the two? See this video tutorial by Greg Narayan explaining What’s the difference between WordPress.com or .org? If you choose to use WordPress.org you will need a web hosting company. There are many hosting companies available to choose from. However, it is very important to choose a good one.

 

4. Install WordPress

Most of the well-known Web – Hosting companies have a quick install of WordPress. Once you get WordPress installed you are well on your way to having your own self hosted blog!

 

5. Choose a Theme

There are many WordPress free and premium themes available to choose from. It can be difficult to decide which one is best for your needs. It is like shopping in the wilderness among millions of themes to choose from. Many people choose their theme but then once they have don’t know what to do with it. One suggestion I have in choosing a good theme is make sure it is responsive. This means showing up nicely on any device.

 

6. Customize your theme

You’ve chosen your theme but now don’t know what to do with it.
Whether free or premium all themes need to be customized to create the desired look and feel.

Once you have accomplished these 6 things listed above you are now ready to create some blog posts. A couple of blog posts and a great about page will be a great beginning!

Have you got a blog idea you’ve been thinking about for a long time? Have you been wondering where and how to start What challenges have you faced if any in attempting to start blogging?

I enjoy helping people start, create, and launch their blogs primarily using WordPress. Encouraging writers and bloggers to find their wings of confidence.

2 Comments

  1. Cori – great list.

    If every new blogger wanting to start a blog read this first, they’d be years ahead of the pack.

    I also love what Jeff said:

    “Write something worth fighting over, because that’s how you change things. That’s how you create art.”

    He really helps me see how there are tons of potential posts to write within one topic!

    Thanks!
    Greg

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    1. Cori-Leigh

      Thanks Greg! You were my first teacher and a good one at that! Back when I would start my day with a coffee and a ‘Dear Blogger’ post!

      I love that quote of Jeff’s too! He certainly does know how to get every writer and blogger thinking about the ‘art’ of writing and blogging!

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