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.
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.
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.
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.
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!