How To Begin Blogging (Advice From A Beginner Blogger)
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As of writing this post, I have only been blogging consistently for about 20 weeks, even though I have had my blog for over a year and a half (lol). I feel like a lot of blogs start out this way - like a dream that slowly turns into a passion project.
I have felt for so long that I should write about my faith. So, when 2020 rolled around I decided that it was finally time to start devoting the energy and attention to blogging that it requires.
In the beginning, I would pour over Pinterest to search for advice from other big bloggers who have been doing this for years and years. They had some great advice but I was always seeking beginner-friendly starting tools that could set me up for success.
Hence this post! I thought it would be helpful to share some of my favorite blogging tools and secrets from one beginner to another! So, let’s get into it!
In order to start a blog, you need a website. When I first started blogging, I messed around with several free website builders like Squarespace and Wordpress but the builder I found to be the most user friendly by far was Wix. Wix has a drag and drop feature to create a really sleek design and has a great blogging platform attached! I began with the free version but quickly decided to upgrade to the premium membership. I did this because it removed the Wix ads off of my website and allowed me to connect my personal domain which really made it look more professional.
Start simple and find a template that shows off your personality!
2. Blog Post Planner
Once you have a website that you are happy with, it’s time to start blogging. I would recommend thinking about what niche your blog will be curated for and hone in on that topic. I use a blog post planner for each entry I make to ensure that I don’t forget a step and to make sure that every post is streamlined. It’s been a lifesaver because I used to forget steps when I first started blogging!
It's also important to build up some content. I would suggest writing 3-5 posts before launching your blog to ensure that you have plenty of content for readers who click on your website!
When you have a blog post that you are happy with, it’s time to start editing. Now, this is my least favorite part about blogging because I was that type of person in college to turn in a paper without ever proofreading it (don’t judge lol). However, I changed my tune in graduate school and began to use Grammarly. It’s important to have content that is grammatically correct with sentence structures that make sense because it keeps the reader engaged and makes you look like the expert that you are!
I only recently started using Grammarly with my blog and it has caught a lot of my mistakes. I get so into my message and type so quickly that I pass by a lot of errors, so this software has been a lifesaver for me! The best part is that it will recognize your mistakes directly on your Wix site - how cool is that?!
Having great blog images is the next step to beginning a blog and, when it comes to images, Pexels is my best-kept secret! I can’t afford to hire a photographer and I don’t have the time for mini photo shoots throughout my week as I work another full-time job. So, Pexels provides stock images that don’t look like regular (read: cheesy) stock images. They are high-quality images that are FREE to use with your content!
After I pick an image for my blog post, I go over to Canva, to start creating social media graphics. Canva has access to plenty of free photos and has a drag and drop feature with 1,000s of templates to choose from! I love it because there are already templates for Pinterest, Facebook, Instagram, and any other platform you may want to share your post from! I use the free version currently but am debating about upgrading to Canva Pro to access more images and templates.
5. Social Media
Once you have your finished blog post and image, it’s time to start sharing your content with the world! For me, Pinterest is where I receive the most traffic to my website. This does require a lot of pinning which is why I love using Tailwind to schedule my social media posts because I can set it and forget it! I love Tailwind because it will post and keep track of when your audience will most likely see your content! You can also make recurring posts to free up your calendar.
Well, there you have it! Those are my favorite, beginner-friendly blogging tools and secrets that I love! I hope you have found this post helpful and I would love for you to reach out with any tips and tricks that you might have as well!