4 Steps to Blogging
Four years ago, I ventured into the world of blogging. I was looking for an outlet for my writing while staying at home with my kids, but I quickly learned that blogging is more than writing. It’s a virtual business of social media sharing, promoting posts, branding and connecting with other bloggers and businesses. Before you get overwhelmed by all the aspects of blogging, let’s start with the basics. (affiliate link are used in this post, see disclaimer/disclosure for more details).
- Find yourself a group of local bloggers. Support and continued education is very beneficial for new and seasoned bloggers.
There are many blogger groups on Facebook. Do a search and find one near you. If you are in North Carolina, the NC Blogger’s Network is an excellent group and resource.
- Blog about your passions. When I first started blogging, I wrote about frugal finds and savings. I ended up switching gears and blogging about my true passions- fitness, family and faith. It’s easier blogging about something you love.
- Purchase a domain name. A unique and catchy name makes for easier navigation to your site plus strengthens your brand recognition. New Blog Hosting offers domain names for only $10/annually. New Blog Hosting is NC owned and operated.
- DO NOT BE INTIMIDATED by wordpress.org. I originally started my blog in Blogger than recently switched to wordpress.org, and I am so glad I did. It’s easy to format and customize. Many plugins are free and the cost to self-host is priceless when you own your content and don’t have to worry about being censored. My blog was easily imported to WordPress with the assistance of New Blog Hosting. New Blog Hosting imported my blog, set up my template and even redirected my former Blogger site for only $35/annually.
If you are still on the fence about self-hosting, read this post from Fabulous Blogging.
There’s plenty more to blogging than these four steps, but this is only the beginning. Stay tuned for the next step…promoting with social media.