I realise some of you reading this may already be on the road to becoming bloggers, but when I started blogging I had no clue where to start or who to speak to, so I just sort of made it up and hoped for the best! To be honest there is no right or wrong way to blogging and you will find everyone has there own way of doing it! I thought I would give you some tips on how to get started, and if you find it useful, I would be more than happy to continue sharing my tips and advice on blogging.
Step 1: Find your niche.
Before you get started, why do you want to be a blogger and what do you want to blog about? Being a blogger isn’t as easy, or as glamorous, as it may look on social media. You need to find your niche – something you’re passionate about, something you’re interested in, and something you KNOW enough about. For example I’m a health and fitness blogger, and although I love make-up and fashion, I would be a useless beauty blogger because I’m really not that passionate about it and I’m not experienced enough to offer good quality advice!
Step 2: Choose a catchy name
You want something catchy and unique that catches peoples attention. Before The Food Medic, my instagram account was ‘the female fitspo’ – maybe a little catchy, but totally generic and absolutely cringe-worthy!
Once you’ve come up with your new blog name and social media handle, reserve it ASAP! Buy your domain name, even if you’re not ready to use it yet.
Step 3: Pick a blogging platform
There are so many platforms out there, it can be difficult to decide on one. WordPress, Tumblr, and Blogger are the most widely used platforms amongst start-up bloggers. However, nowadays some people ‘blog’ without an actual blog or website, and instead use social media such as instagram and YouTube as their platform. In all honesty I’ve neglected my blog recently, and my main platform has become Instagram. The only reason for this is purely time constraints. I can connect with my followers instantly via social media, but a blog requires time, photography, and careful planning to create good-quality content.
My advice? Do both! Do it the old fashioned way and set up a blog, and use social media to help grow your audience.
Step 4: Now it’s time to grow your audience…
If you’re keen to find out more tips on how to become a successful blogger and grow your audience, leave a comment and I will keep the blog posts coming your way!