Monday, March 20, 2017

How To: 10 Easy Tips for Starting a Blog //

Dear Readers,

I always get asked what things are important to consider when starting a blog. So I have compiled a list of 10 easy tips which I hope will give you an insight into creating your website.

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Find a talking point - Your voice has to resonate with your audience. Address them in the same way during every post and this will develop your tone. If in time you realise it no longer fits your voice, develop your style further. I always start my posts with 'Dear Readers' and end with 'Stay Sweet, Alice xx'

Find your space - it doesn't have to be Blogger. Have a look at a range of host sites and find something that works well for you. Why not check out  Wordpress, Wix, Squarespace etc.

Create your name - You'll be stuck with it so make it a good one. I would suggest you really brainstorm with this one. Write it out on a piece of paper and stick it up on your wall. Chances are you'll hate it by the end of the week. Think of it like designing a tattoo because it really is there to stay.

A good layout makes a difference - I bought a layout on Pipdig and was able to develop my blog further with an overlay. There is coding involved and it does take a couple of hours to fiddle around with, but once it's on there it makes such a difference. Due to Blogger having a static layout, I was left with limited design development, so buying an overlay meant I was able to make my blog more unique.
Create a schedule - Work out when you are going to have the time to post and stick to putting up your content consistently.

Offer variety - Always develop your ideas further. Keep an open mind and write about what interests you, as well as what is current.

Keep a notebook with you at all times - You can use this space to dedicate your thoughts and ideas. It makes it easier when you're feeling uninspired and don't know what you want to post. It's important you have original ideas.

Quality of photography is pretty significant  - I'm not saying you need a fancy camera with expensive lenses (although it does really make a difference). But find your angles and get used to working with photo editing software either on your phone or your computer. 

Keep at it - This is a heavily saturated market so there is a lot of competition from bigger bloggers. Don't let that put you off though, because hard work does pay off and as you begin to grow your audience, you will realise how much fun it is to do as a hobby.

Share your content and make it accessible - Put your latest content on all your social media platforms and get those follower's and friends clicking your links. You need to make it as easy as possible for your readers.

If you want me to go into further detail about anything I have mentioned in this blog post, then comment below or contact me via Instagram (@alice_bradley2) or Twitter (@alice_bradley2)

Stay Sweet,

Alice xx 

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