Simple Steps to Starting a Blog
There are SO MANY resources and websites out there to help you get started with a blog. Many of them provide free and information and resources. I’m going to break this down for those of us who are not as techy as we might wish. But first things first, let’s walk through this step by step. While there are many didn’t ways and sites you can do this with, I will discuss the ones that I have used.
If you want to go the free route you can go to wordpress.com and sign up for their free account, BUT keep in mind what ever site you use will use will in in .wordpress.com. For example, instead of being lifelikeabosslady.com it would be lifelikeabosslady.wordpress.com.
Click the Word Press tab and then select a plan. I used the Start up plan because I’ve never made a website before so figured the simpler the better at least to start out. Once, I start to get the hang of things I will probably upgrade my account.
So basically at this point you just follow the prompts and fill out the requested information. Once you’ve gone through the whole process you will be able to start personalizing your blog.
The dashboard will open. It may look a bit over whelming at first just take a second and categorize things you want to change/add/remove. Take it tab by tab. First, type in a title and a tagline. Once that is done you can add pages. Start off with an About Me. Everyone like to know their are getting information from a real person with real experiences and not some huge company. I would include you name, where your from, what you do, and most importantly what you plan on doing in your blog. Tell your readers why you started blogging and why you decided to start blogging. Be sincere and open. Writing like a text book is no fun to read or write. Try writing how you talk. After you have your About Me page set up, go down through the tabs and personalize each one to your’ liking.
NOW THAT YOU HAVE YOUR PAGE UP…
Soak in the feeling, when you realize that starting a blog was way easier than you thought. Well, you have to actually post a couple of blogs. Don’t just log in and start writing whatever on your mind, that’s what journals are for. PLAN AHEAD! Prepare with enough time what you want to write about, and if there is anything you need get to do your post. For example, if your doing a post on how to make the perfect soufflé then you need to buy all the ingredients(no matter how many times you’ve made the exact same soufflé before, because now you have to take picture include in your blog post. Or maybe consider whether you want to include a printable in you post. Lets stay with the soufflé example. Try making a flash card size recipe to print out and add the download to your blog. Most people LOVE printable.
Well I can’t go on telling you to include printable and not give you one myself. So I hang this just above my desk. When I get a new idea on a topic I jot is down, and I fill in dates based on how long each one will likely take and how available I will be, as well as how much any materials I might need will cost Blog Planning.
I use Canva for free graphics or you can try Picmonkey which gives you more options but they charge. Definitely use a graphics program to mix in fun pics into your posts which will also make it easier to Gert movement on Pinterest. To add social media links, click the Plug-ins tab and search for social media buttons, pick one and then open it to insert the links to each of your pages. Next you may or may not want ads on your page. If you do, then a great place to start is shareasale.com