How to start a blog from Six Sisters' Stuff
So you want to start blogging? Where do you start? This is a VERY common feeling with beginner bloggers. It can feel overwhelming when it comes to blogging. There’s so many things you need to learn, consider, and do to get started. No worries! The Six Sisters’ taught this beginning blogging class where they go through step by step what you need to do and decide when you start blogging. I’m going to go through the first 5 steps.
1. Just start
Sometimes this is the hardest part of all is to take that first plunge. To help direct you ask yourself these four questions
- What do you want to blog about?
- What are you an expert in?
- What makes you unique?
- What are you passionate about?
- Free to start
- User friendly
- Fewer server problems
- Automatically geotags to posts
- Great way for beginners
- Increased traffic
- More plugins available
- Complex coding
- Complicated interface
- Many forums and communities for help
- Have to pay for monthly hosting fees, WordPress template, and or design
- How are you going to manage them? Managing social media takes up A LOT of time and energy. There’s several programs and free sites you can use to help you manage your social media. I recommend Hootsuite for Twitter and Google +, for Facebook I recommend using the scheduling feature on Facebook, Statigram is great for Instagram (you cannot schedule posts, just see your analytics), and for Pinterest Viral Tag is life changing.
- How much time do you have to devote to each every week? You will find yourself spending more time managing your blog and social media then actually doing projects and writing for your blog, to avoid this you need to make sure you schedule an amount of time you will dedicate to your social media by either scheduling your posts, responding back to your followers, and finding new people to follow.
- What accounts do you want readers to interact with you on? It’s smart to think through what the purpose of having each social media platform. For an example, Facebook is going to be used for branding my blog and for building a loyal community of followers, Instagram is going to be a glimpse of my personal life, Twitter is going to be used to connect with other bloggers and companies, Google+ is going to be used for finding new followers and sharing content, and Pinterest is going to be used for sharing personal posts and other blogger posts.
- What social media sites will your target audience be using most frequently? You won’t know this right off the bat, it might take a while as your blog matures. One good way to find out is to take note which social media platforms receive the most interaction, likes, comments, and shares. If you find you’re getting a lot more interaction on Instagram, then you should devote more of your time on there then the others.