Blogging can be a great platform to express yourself and share bits and pieces of your life to the world.
It can be a perfect way for you to also develop good qualities that you may use later in life. :) If you're planning on creating a blog anytime soon. then you've come to the right place. Just kidding, these tips are only based on my personal experiences, I'm no expert but since I've been blogging for years now and decided to turn this into a career, I thought maybe you'll learn a thing or two from me! :)
Starting your own blog needs a lot of effort, patience and hard work. You have to manage your time wisely, focus on your niche and provide good quality blog posts. I hope these tips would give you an idea on the things that you should consider when you want to start a blog and join the blogging community. It takes time to build your own brand and with that being said, blogging should be something that you truly enjoy because you're gonna need a lot of inspiration and passion to be able to succeed.
- Choosing the right platform - I've been with Blogspot for more than three years and although I've heard that Wordpress has great features, I'm more comfortable working with Blogspot and that's good enough for me. I am not a very tech-y type of person and everything that I know, I only learned through trial and error. It's perfectly fine if you have no idea with html codes and stuff. You'll figure it out eventually, you just have to choose the right platform for you first. A platform that you'd be comfortable to use and one that you're really willing to study.
- Pick your niche - There are a lot of things that you can write about, you can actually pick one or ten. It depends on your interests and willingness to do your research, share and write about it. I suggest you start on something that you're really inclined to and once you get the hang of it, you'll be able to add more.
- Select the right tools - Tools meaning the things you'll be needing to blog. When I started blogging, I was using a 13inch Macbook and it made things easier for me because of the built in photo editor apps, calendar and notes although it wasn't just me who's using the computer, I had to share it with my family as well so it was hard to keep track of my files and make sure everything is organized. Last year, my Dad got me an Asus laptop which I've been using mainly for blogging until last week when I decided to purchase a new 14 inch Lenovo laptop so I could run large files like Adobe Photoshop & Adobe Premier Pro. It actually depends on you but I suggest you use a sturdy laptop that can run large files for photo editing. You don't necessarily have to buy a new one, you can use your resources and what you have right now. :) For the camera, I use Canon SX400 IS for events & taking videos because the zoom feature is amazing but for photos and flat lays I use Samsung NX 200 with 18-55mm lens. But if you don't have access on a camera, resorting to your mobile phone's camera is another option. Just make sure to play with different angles and having a really good lighting is also a must!
- Create your blog's design - It may seem like the most complicated thing to do and trust me, it is. It took me years of practice until I was able to come up with a really nice blog design. But I suggest you start with something simple, neat and presentable. :)
- Start writing - It could be scary at first because you'd think no one's ever going to visit your blog and it would be embarrassing if you don't get viewers and readers but you have to keep in mind that blogging isn't just a glamorous representation of someone's life. There's no shortcut to success. It may take months & years. Just keep going and keep writing. Remember to always write about what you're really passionate about.
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Photos by Pocholo Mendoza
You have to be consistent and bare in your mind that blogging is a good way to earn too just like what I'm doing now and I must say it's great to get paid for doing what you love. But it's not just about the money, you also have to build a relationship and engagement with your readers. Make a connection and make them feel like they are really a part of your journey.
"Great things take time"
I hope this post was helpful and if you have any more questions, please feel free to talk to me on Twitter: @tesletee and I'd be more than happy to help you out! :) If you want a one on one consultation with me you may also contact me through: email@example.com and I would be glad to share to you everything I know about starting a blog.