So you want to Blog?

You’ve finally decided to muster up the courage to start that blog you’ve always dreamed about; Even though your friends and family may be asking you “are you sure you want to start a blog???” Great! Welcome to the club 🙂 This journey will be filled with much learning, so get ready for the massive influx of knowledge. When starting out on your blogging journey, it can sometimes feel overwhelming. Maybe because of (what seems like) a never ending list of things you have to complete. Or the sleepless nights. No worries! Most successful bloggers have all been there. If you feel this way you’re in good company and there’s’ a good chance, this means you’re doing something right. With that in mind, I have compiled a list to help organize the steps it will take to get the ball rolling.

Before starting here are a few things to consider:

  1. Have you figured out your niche? Is there a purpose in mind? Do you know your target audience?
  2. Brainstorm the name of your blog…figured it out? Great. You have won half the battle.
  3. Now..check to see if the domain is available, keep in mind your first choice for a blog name may already be in use. No need to worry, you can always opt to change the name OR use a different ending other than .com
  4. Decide if you want to self-host or get a FREE website. While it may seem like it is a no-brainer to go with the FREE choice, you do give up a lot when you go that route. I chose to self-host my blog because of the many benefits. If you are planning on blogging for business, I would highly suggest using WordPress.[ORG]. . . NOT .com, there is a difference 🙂
  5. Choose your website service and host. I decided on WordPress.org, with hosting through SiteGround.

In a few steps, you’ll be on your way to blogging in no time!

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Your step -by- step guide to sign up for SiteGround web hosting:

Step 1: Choose your hosting a plan. Site Ground has three options.

  • The Startup plan is perfect for bloggers who are beginning with one website.
  • The GrowBig plan is a great value that gives you the option to have multiple sites. It also includes the “SuperCacher” which significantly impacts the speed of your WordPress/Joomla website.
  • The GoGeek plan is perfect for bloggers that have e-commerce and larger sites.

Step 2: Choose your Domain

For those of you who already have a domain and are considering making the switch to SiteGround, they offer FREE website transfer, included with your hosting service. Yaaaas!

 

Step 3: Review and Complete

Each plan provides 60% of savings, that means no matter what length of time you choose, you will be saving a pretty penny. If you can afford it, I would go with the longest period so that way you can lock in those savings for the time being. If you choose a shorter period, when renewal time comes it will be at a higher rate. Just a little something-something to keep in mind.

Benefits of self – hosting

  • You own the content – this is important! I mean, you will be putting much time and effort into your content. Consequently, this would be in your best interest to own the material outright.
  • Having a self-hosted blog also looks more professional; businesses will be more likely to work with you if you have your domain vs. a blogger.com or wordpress.com following your blog title.

I have seen this part trip many people up. I have to admit I was confused about it too when I began! So I understand if it seems a little confusing on the first try. Several companies host websites, but I would highly recommend using SiteGround. For numerous reasons: their customer service is phenomenal & available 24 hours a day (in the world of blogging when it’s normal to be up in the wee hours of the morning, this is IMPORTANT). They are always willing to answer all of your questions. The best part is, your site will be up and running more frequently than the other guys…who shall not be named 🙂 SiteGround prides themselves on having one of the best ratios in this area.

Tools 

Canon, Rebel T6 DSLR Camera – when I want a high-quality picture I whip out my DSLR. If you are looking for a good deal on this camera, I would suggest getting it from Amazon. You have the option of getting it a bundle, or you can just purchase the body and lenses. I like Amazon because they tend to have the best deals on electronics, (who are we kidding pretty much EVERYTHING), that’s why I bought mine. It was in excellent condition, and I haven’t had any issues with it!  Now let’s talk picture quality. For an entry level DSLR, I couldn’t be happier with the quality of my pics. If you check out the photos from my DIY Lavender Linen Spray post, you can see how awesome this camera performs.

Laptop – I use a MacBook Pro, I love this laptop because it’s compact and comes standard with so many upgrades you will not find in most laptops. Plus it makes my blogging workflow that much easier.

iPhone 6 – I typically use my phone to post to my social media accounts: Currently Instagram & Facebook (I shall be adding Twitter to the list this summer)

Canva – This is my go-to service for photo editing. It helps me create masterpieces, i.e., website photos & vertical pins for Pinterest. I love this service because although I am not an expert at creating pictures, this helps me create beautiful photos to go with my content. (This is crucial for a blogger) Let’s be honest; we are more likely to check out a blog post with a picture that’s beautiful and professional looking as opposed to something that looks thrown together. Canva helps me achieve that professional look every time!

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8 Comments

  1. The Cloud Traveler

    May 1, 2017 at 10:11 am

    Great tips for those starting a blog!
    I heard siteground is one of the top hosting sites!
    Thanks for the awesome info!

    1. denofgrace

      May 1, 2017 at 10:48 am

      Absolutely! Siteground is the Bentley of web-hosting 🙂

  2. Cynthia

    May 1, 2017 at 10:19 am

    I loved your step by step process to start a blog. It was insightful! And you are right, starting a blog is very overwhleming!

    1. denofgrace

      May 1, 2017 at 10:45 am

      Tell me about it! 🙂 Only the strong, persistent, and tenacious survive! If you’re still blogging that’s YOU! <3

  3. Rachel

    May 1, 2017 at 10:24 am

    I love that you added the screenshots! They are always so helpful when trying to do these types of things. Most people are so nervous about starting a blog that they freak out!

  4. Nikki

    May 1, 2017 at 12:19 pm

    Great post!!! I love that you’ve added the pictures! I was so confused when I started my blog but posts like this have helped a lot!!

  5. AshleyEPC

    May 2, 2017 at 1:42 pm

    Great tips! Very informative for those just starting out.

  6. Robin

    May 6, 2017 at 9:05 am

    Although I have already started my blog, I highly recommend all your steps!!!! AWESOME!!!

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