Everything you need to know about how to start your blog, and some helpful apps to get you going about your way!
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So you’ve decided to start a blog…congratulations! This is a big step, and trust me, it is worth the investment in yourself! Take some time to read over this post and make sure you have everything in order for your blog to be in tip-top shape.
Also, read on to see some apps I recommend that will help you with your blogging and social media posts along the way 🙂
- First and foremost, you’re going to need to think of what you want to blog about. What do you like to do? What can you write about and never get tired of? What do you wish to help people with? THIS is your niche!
People want to be helped, your readers want their questions answered and will look to you to provide this, so think about what you’re good at and can provide them with. It can be as general or as specific as your liking; for example, in my case, I have lifestyle, travel, and blogging tips.
Lifestyle is a pretty general “niche”; is encompasses anything from makeup tips, dorm room essentials, things I currently recommend, gift ideas, you name it! It’s something I love doing and I love reading from others, and I know others like as well, so I can help my readers with this.
Travel is a little more specific, and as a travel lover I know what other travel lovers struggle with and what I can help with. I also love putting out travel guides and have some planned for the future! I have so many bucket list places I haven’t been to yet but I’m working on it 😍
And lastly for me, blogging tips is a pretty specific niche. As a new blogger, I know what it’s like to be on the fence about blogging, to be nervous about all the aspects of it, to not know what I’m doing (none of us do, really), all of it, and I’m here to help!
Some other examples of niches you guys can use are: cooking, family blogging, new mothers, health and fitness, wellness, faith, fashion, DIY crafts, cooking for certain types of diets, self care, budgeting, there’s SO many out there so be sure to find one that really suits you!
2. After you find your reason for writing, it’s time to find your hosting site!
Hosting is how you officially show up as a website, and how your information is stored on the internet.
I am using WordPress.com, and I highly recommend it! I’ve had a few questions about how to set up my blog and do certain things, and they responded super quick and were helpful. When I made my blog, the web hosting was through WordPress.com as well, so all 3 major components of creating a blog (web hosting, domain name, and designing your blog) were done through WordPress.
Bluehost is another one of the highest rated web hosting sites out there, and if you use this link here, you can get started for $2.95 a month, which is an EXCELLENT deal!! Bluehost is used in partnership with WordPress.org (different from WordPress.com…confusing I know) which is another great blog site. After you click on that link I gave you, it’ll take you through all the steps to get you started with web hosting, registering your domain name, and designing your blog through WordPress.org!
3. So now you’ve got to make sure you have a good domain name picked out to register!
By the way, most web hosting comes with free registration of your domain name. This is an important step and signifies who you are as a blog. Really think on this and make sure it covers who you are, what you plan on talking about, and the type of image you want to reflect. Be prepared, as it may be taken already!
STORY TIME: how the name “Cheyenne Behind the Scenes” came about….so, it started as a second Instagram page for me to post rants, funny pictures, etc….what the kids may call a “finsta” 😬🤦♀️
YES-Cheyenne Behind the Scenes began as a finsta name.
Don’t judge! 😂 Anyways, I didn’t really post on there too much, and when I did it was too embarrassing so I deleted all the content and turned it into a blog Instagram. It did okay, but since I didn’t have an “official” blog yet, it wasn’t the same. So a bit later, when I got the courage to start my official blog, the name Cheyenne Behind the Scenes stuck.
So that’s how my domain name came about, and although you may think it didn’t take much thought, I debated on whether or not I should change it. But I liked how it felt personal, as it has my name in it, and I also liked the “behind the scenes”, as it was unique and my blog sort of provided a “behind the scenes” look into my content and my life! (plus… I thought it sounded really cool. 😉)
4. After you’ve done all of that, it’s time to design your blog exactly the way you like!
Pick out your theme, plug ins, fonts, colors, etc. Spend some time on this, and really make sure you like it. Of course, you can change it later on if you decide you don’t like it, so don’t worry!
Different themes have different aspects, meaning some design features may or may not be accessible to you depending on the theme you have chosen, so play around with it and pick one that looks good with your blog!
5. SOCIAL MEDIA!! Social media is super important in this day n’ age.
Before you make your blog “public” (meaning the internet can see it and not just you), create some social media accounts for your blog announcing the big start up day for your blog, what your blog will be about, and give a sneak peak of your first blog post so people will be interested in following you and checking out your blog! Follow some bloggers who have the same niche as you/similar content, and also follow hashtags that relate to your content as well. Make sure your blog website is linked somewhere in the “bio” or “about” of your social media accounts so people can easily access it.
Some social media sites I recommend for bloggers are: Pinterest (HIGHLY recommend), Instagram, TikTok, Youtube (if you want to also do YT videos), Twitter, and Facebook. I don’t have a TikTok, Twitter, YT or Facebook specifically for my blog but it definitely wouldn’t hurt to have one!
TikTok/Insta Reels are especially a good tool to take advantage of and draw younger audiences in. Viewers love watching videos and seeing your face, and it takes away from the monotony of scrolling through post after post (after post after post….)
6. Another thing to do before you make your blog public is to get your legal policies in ORDER!! I’ve wrote another blog post about this, but it’s just that important. Trust me, when I first made my blog I was hesitant about spending money on this when there were free templates I saw online, however I decided it wasn’t worth the risk of getting sued, not covering my bases, etc.
Luckily for me (and you too 😉), I came across a policy bundle with all 3 legal policies you need for your blog for $197, with a $40 off coupon code!! This is a really good deal when you look at the other options you have available. Get this deal by clicking here!
7. Create a few blog posts, then set your blog to PUBLIC!!
It’s best to make sure you have a couple posts on your site before you make it public just so it doesn’t look as empty. This part is super exciting!! Sit back and congratulate yourself for all the work you’ve done.
Make sure to post about your new blog post on your socials too so people know it’s up and can go check it out!
Next up I’m gonna be recommending some apps for your blog/social media accounts:
This app is a MUST for graphic designing! I love it for making my Pinterest pins, Instagram graphics, and blog featured images.
This app is perfect for scheduling posts for later. I use it for Instagram and Pinterest, but you can use it for other apps as well.
This is great for busy bloggers who know they need to post something on a certain day and time, but have a million other things to do. This allows you to work ahead and get things done so you can work on other more demanding projects!
I recently found out about this app and I LOVE IT. It has free photos you can use for your blog, Instagram, etc. to spice it up!
For me personally, I love using it for Instagram pictures. I struggled with finding content to constantly post, and with this app, I can search for graphics I like and using them, just as simple as that! Obviously, you can credit the original photographer if you like, however it is NOT required. Just make sure you don’t take credit for it or try to sell it or anything! NOT COOL 🙅♀️❌
I use this app to edit my photos for Instagram. I’’ve used other photo editing apps before but I like this one better currently, plus I feel like it has more options.
I’m trying to get a color scheme going on my Instagram feed buuuuuuut I’m not the best at it 😬 but with the help of the filter on this app, and Splasher, my feed is slowly starting to shape up a bit! What do y’all think??
5. Heartbeat Influencer App
This is another recent of mine, and I haven’t actually been apart of any campaigns from it yet, but the opportunity and idea is awesome for new bloggers like me!!
The premise of it is you sign up (use my link here), fill out some information about yourself, link your Instagram and TikTok (or just one if you want), and you get a certain “pay rate”, which is how much you make per campaign. Then you take some surveys as you go along so more accurate campaigns can show up in your app, and click on the “campaigns” tab at the top to see all the available campaigns to you and apply from the app! Pretty cool, huh??
Lastly, this isn’t really an app but I wanted to talk about analytics/insights for your blog/socials. THIS IS SO IMPORTANT. It helps you see your reader’s age, location, what posts they like most, what time they are on socials most often, etc. etc. so PAY. ATTENTION!
Thank you for reading! I hope this was a useful guide into creating a blog of your own 🙂 If you have a new blog, drop it down in the comments below so I can check it out! Let me know what y’all think of this post, and don’t forget to follow me on Instagram and check out my Pinterest as well. Happy blogging, folks ❤️