How To Create Your Personal Blog
Creating and maintaining a personal blog is a great way to not only expand your writing skills but to also broadcast your name online. Being able to blog is much accessible and easy to do nowadays; anyone can start one. The real challenge comes with being able to maintain your blog.
Even though starting a blog is fairly simple, there are certain steps one must follow before publishing their blog site. Read below the crucial steps to creating your personal blog:
Step 1: Determine your blog category
Think about what type of person you are, your likes/dislikes, what you do in your free time. The answers to these questions will determine what your blog’s theme will be. If you are someone who is very into fashion and shopping, think about creating a type of fashion blog. Your entire blog can be themed around fashion tips, shopping recommendations, reviews, and more. Wherever your interests lie, make sure you narrow them down to a fun theme you will enjoy blogging about.
Step 2: Pick your platform
Today, there are a large number of notable website host platforms. The possibilities are endless when it comes to choosing where you want your blog to live. You definitely have to do your research when it comes to picking out the perfect host. Some popular host sites to look into are: Wix, WordPress, Square Space, and Weebly. Each site is different, some having more freedom than others, but it’s all up to you to decide what kind of website you want to have.
Step 3: Name your blog
The name of your blog is one of the most, if not the most, important part of your blog’s brand. It’s how people will identify you and what your blog exemplifies. This is a challenge you should not take lightly. Play around with different words, even if they feel like they shouldn’t go together. Be open to suggestions from friends and family, because you never know who can suggest the right word. In the end, make sure your name captures someone’s attention, making them want to know more about you and your blog.
Step 4: Select your brand colors
Your brand colors will be going hand-in-hand with your blog. These colors will represent you. and the theme will bleed into your other social platforms. I suggest a set of three colors that will be mainly present throughout your branding. Other colors can be darker or lighter versions of your original three.
Step 5: Begin formatting your blog
Now that you have your name finalized, your blog host selected, and your brand colors in order, you can begin to build your blog. Take your time with this and make sure you create it in a way you would want yourself to be displayed on a website. Think about the route you want to take: is it going to be more simplistic or more in depth? How is your homepage going to be displayed? Do you want a homepage that contains almost everything from your about page to your blog posts or just a simple introduction to the rest of your site? Do you want to use a template or begin from scratch? It is all up to you, but have fun with it.
Step 6: Begin the branding process
You are so close to launching, but you need to make sure your social outlets are in order. Start thinking about what social media you want to have associated with your blog. If pictures are important to your brand, determine a cohesive filter that all your pictures are going to use. Ask yourself if you want your brand to have a signature logo or if you just want a photo. Just remember to make sure all these different aspects flow and connect together.
Step 7: Have your first blog post written and ready to go
Before launching, make sure your first blog post(s) is ready to be published. Think about what you want your first to be and the writing style you want to portray on your blog. Be sure to always have your work proofread so you’re not publishing inaccurate work.
Step 8: Launch it!
You are finally ready to launch your personal blog! Build up your audience on social media by telling friends and family to follow, along with using the proper hashtags on your posts. Once your blog is launched, share that link everywhere you want: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, Snapchat, LinkedIn. The exposure will be incredibly beneficial for you.
Congratulations on publishing your blog site! Continue to manage it and post on it regularly. Make sure you continue innovating on your blog so you are able to stand out from other young bloggers we have today.
Now go and blog away!