If you’re currently working on your first blog, first of all- congratulations. You’re going to have lots of fun, trust me. Secondly, you came to the right place! I’ve been blogging full-time for over three years, and I think I finally cracked the code to make my life as a blogger way easier. In this post, I’m going to reveal my tips, tricks and top resources that you should keep in mind when launching your first blog.
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In my How to Start a Blog post, I have already highlighted my thoughts on blogging platforms. If you’re going self-hosted on your first blog- you’re a hero. That’s a way to go for sure! Don’t forget to do your research and choose the right web host for the first time. Going with the cheapest option possible might look like an excellent idea right now, but it really isn’t. Read my Blog Hosting Review for this! I recently had to move from my first web host and to be honest with you- I sincerely regret not doing this sooner.
Writing your first posts can be rough, so don’t just sit there and wait for the ideas to come your way. When I feel like I’m running out of blog posts, I spend a day or two on reading other blogs & facebook groups. I listen to the problems that other creatives are dealing with and if I feel like I know the right answer- I would put the idea of a blog post in my notebook and expand it whenever I need to prepare a new content. Pinterest and Stumbleupon are also awesome for getting inspired!
I get emailed by new bloggers asking for help all the time and 90% of the time I can feel this fear coming from them. Fear of failing, fear to be misunderstood. The thing is, my friend, in blogging, you wouldn’t know what works for you and what doesn’t unless you try. The first posts on my blog were random old pictures from my life and me trying to describe myself in the most unboring way possible. My life wasn’t really that exciting at the time, but I still believed that someone out there would be interested in what I have to say. Just go ahead and create your blog, publish that first blog post and start making things happen!
You just can not do this alone properly, and that’s OK. Back when I started, I had no idea about the blog or social media scheduling, and I spent way too much time online trying to make things work. These days I no longer have to hustle as I found the right tools that make my life sooo much easier.
I have no idea what I would do without my online and real-life blogging buddies. No-one working in a regular job would understand my everyday struggle to find motivation and what a catastrophe it is to find out that all your outfit pics are out of focus. Being a part of the community can make your blog grow faster, and you will have twice as much fun!
It’s not called social by accident. The first year of blogging I used my social media accounts mainly for re-posting my blog’s content. However, only recently I started making connections on there, and it really changed my game big time!
The blogging world is very visual. It used to be all about the words, but these days it’s more about beautiful images and well-designed graphics. I believe in the connection of both parts, but I couldn’t stress enough how important it is to brand yourself right on the first hand. Designing your blog doesn’t require a lot of work or money, you can get a premade blog design or even join a FREE Design Your Own Blog course I’ve created.
Just as in any other business- if you want your blog to work out, you have to invest into it. I’m not saying you should spend all your hard earned money on promotions or fancy equipment. Investments don’t have to be financial. Dedicating your time & your heart to your blog is also a huge investment, so just make promises to yourself & stick to them!
You might be looking at your blog as it’s just a hobby right now, but sooner or later it can become much more than that if you treat it well. Monetising your blog can be easier than you think. Find out how I turned my blog into a business here.
Guys! Back when I started blogging, I spent so much money purchasing books, templates, fonts, etc. and I was so blind! So many bloggers out there are sharing their knowledge and products free of charge, and you should definitely go ahead and use all of those free resources right now! Of course, if you feel like that paid course is for you- go ahead and sign up, but if you can find a free alternative- why not to try it at first to see if you can learn anything new? Here on kotrynabass.com, I created a free resources library with printables, cheat-sheets, and templates. I simply love helping other bloggers reach their goals, and this is my way to give something back to the community.
Hope you enjoyed this post, folks!
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