How to Create a Blog and Stick with it

Blog tips and tricks to sticking with your first blog.

Creating a blog has been something I have started and stopped a number of times. Creating something that takes up so much time and passion had in the past been overlooked by other events and changes going on in my life – Not to mention a full-time job. I recently got married (YAY!) and went on my honeymoon and again while peaceful sailing on Tonal Sap in Cambodia with a book in hand and staring at the horizon I again had a moment of ‘Yes, I am going to do this. I’m starting a blog’. The thing I have always struggled with was WHAT to talk about, up until about 3 months ago I was a travel consultant. I spent all day talking and dreaming about travel and have been very fortunate to be able to have traveled quite regularly. So a travel blog was always the dream, I wanted to share with people my experience and advice for places to see and go. As much as travel will always be a part of my life, when I think about it long term, my life is heading in a different direction. With a new house and a new husband I have so many different adventures taking priority in my life, and things that I am passionate about. And these are all the things I want to share.

Blog tips and tricks to sticking with your first blog.

And there you have it your first step, PICK A NICHE.

Knowing what you want to write about seems a bit ‘Of course’ but when you put your fingers to the keyboard it can actually be very daunting. Keep a notebook beside your bed or in you handbag and write down ideas of things you’d like to talk about or even ideas that you have seen on other fashion and lifestyle blogs that you too would love to share. You need to be able to know what you want to talk about and what you want your blog to represent before you can move forward.
Blog tips and tricks to sticking with your first blog.

Once you have figured out what your blog is going to be about your next step is to CHOOSE A NAME.

This is one of the fun parts (and the most daunting). I had so many options to choose from when picking my name but I wanted something that didn’t confine me to specific topics down the track should my blog evolve (as we as people evolve). I wanted it to be something that reflected me and who I was, and nothing reflects me more than the way that I see the world – through my glasses.
If you are having trouble choosing between a few names, that’s perfect! Contact some friends and family and run them by them, see what they think and which one they like and why. This will help you to get a better idea of what your audience might like also.

Lastly remember to think about ‘How’ your blog will look and how your logo will look. Make sure to spend some time looking around at other people’s blogs, especially those within your niche, to get an idea of how you want yours to look.

Blog tips and tricks to sticking with your first blog.

Now you have a blog name its time to CHOOSE A HOST.

This is a topic that everyone has a different opinion on but I personally have chosen to use WordPress.org. My first ‘attempts’ at blogging I hosted on WordPress.com but found this too constricting when it came to themes and what I could actually do creatively with my website. So for this website I set out to try something else.
Heaps of people on the internet are going crazy for Squarespaces and I must admit on my first try at using it I was very taken with it. It wasn’t until I was further into my demo build of my website that I started to see that it too was very constricting and didn’t give me the creative control that I wanted (not to mention they only have 14 themes to choose from – which is disappointing).

I do have web design experience so I am not sure if this is why I find WordPress.org really great but I have found that it was so easy to install and actually has more customisation then its WordPress.com cousin. I have been able to choose how I want every aspect of the blog to look and there are so many plugins the options are truly endless. I actually had every intention of buying some amazing templates on Etsy to install onto my blog but I actually found it to have an AMAZING amount of themes to choose from I actually didn’t need to. The one I am using is Themify and it is very customisable which is perfect for me.

Blog tips and tricks to sticking with your first blog.

Now we are nearly there… you just need BUY A DOMAIN NAME.

Now I know this is a big step and this is the reason that I mentioned choosing a name as being daunting but nothing spells dedication to your new blog then buying a domain name. Once I purchased my blog name everything feel into place from there, it was basically the permanent I needed to set my blog into action. I was lucky and already had hosting with another website of mine so I just attached my domain to that hosting (can add up to 10 domains to one hosting account) and set up my email address which was the final step to get everything rolling.
If you are the same as me and really want to make it happen, my best advice is to put money into your blog. Buy a domain and make it a serious priority.
I am very excited to have my blog finally up and going and I am excited to see where the next few months take me.
Please feel free to interact and comment on my blog post or even email me and say Hi. I know there is a massive blogging community out there and the more we can help each other out the better we are all off. Happy Blogging!
Blog tips and tricks to sticking with your first blog.

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9 Comments

  1. Hi Kacey! I can totally feel you! I just started my blog few months ago and recently got married too. I thought about so many times on what am I going to do with my blog and I’m glad I’m not the only one experiencing this. I’m happy to find your blog! Keep it up! Cheers 🙂

    1. Thanks Sheryl! Glad I am not alone. I am really happy that the blog seems to be picking up motion at the moment and the ideas are flowing!! 🙂

  2. Just started my second blog after being hit by inspiration traveling abroad…i know this story!!! I was dedicated to my first blog for the first 2 years, but life got in the way. It is hard sticking to it. Maybe keeping up with your blog will help keep me motivated to work on mine 🙂 Great images, too!

    1. Thanks for following Carlie!! Will totally go and check out your new blog… and totally keep at it! I do think life can be very distracting but I am enjoying the challenge. I have even given myself a series to keep me motivated – Friday Five! So check out my new post tomorrow 🙂

  3. Great post, I am actually the same. I REALLY want to become successful blogger (and Vlogger believe it or not) and I wouldn’t consider my site after reading endlessly tips and facts, a lifestyle blogger. Getting a domain scares the life out of me lol. Not the commitment, I love that I’m actually self employed but the lack of interest from the public. And not being able to have a subject to write about. Also the financial commitment that comes every month with the hosting. I’m putting a schedule in place as of next week, so focus is a must. This post may have given me a nudge. Xx

    1. Thanks so much for commenting Tony and all the best with your blog. I am totally with you when it comes to putting yourself out there and just waiting to see if people are interested in what you are saying but for me the domain and hosting was a big step for me as it was a form of mental commitment – Like now I HAVE to do this! All the best with everything, would love to see how you grow your blog. 🙂

    1. So true Clare! I found giving myself a time of the week that I post to constantly worked for me. At first I tried to post two days a week, but with working full time and promoting my posts throughout the week, I have now gone back to 1 post a week. This is really working for me, as I can make sure its a quality post and I have time to promote it well. Good luck with your new blog! 🙂

  4. Heyy, I thought this was a fab piece of writing, and really helped me! I’m designing and putting together a blog/website as we speak and this was really good advice! Would love to hear more about how your first 6 months- year panned out!

    Krista xxx

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