Starting a blog?! Secrets that no one tells you!
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I’m… starting a blog?! Do you ever jump head first into something and while it’s happening all you can think is… why didn’t anyone tell me this?! That is exactly how I felt beginning the process of starting a blog.
For years I have contemplated starting a blog, but always talked myself out of it for one reason or another. Recently I had a conversation with my sister about writing. I have always felt that I’m a fairly decent writer, or at least learned how to b.s. my way through writing many papers in college… Haha. She mentioned that I should start blogging, which she has mentioned in the past as well. I, as per usual, just brushed it off and thought nothing of it.
Currently I’m a stay at home/work at home mom. I have a small in home daycare – I currently only have one other child, with another on the way. Over the years my anxiety has gotten much worse. Thinking about having to go through the interview process, deal with someone telling me what to do, etc… is sounding less and less appealing.
In that moment I realized… why not try blogging?! So, I’m jumping in… head first, of course! What is the worst that could happen?! I’m not wasting any money; I paid for the hosting fees with money that I earned through doing Swagbucks (more on that in another blog post!). All that can happen from here will be a fun new adventure!
Getting Started — Starting a Blog
First, I did tons and tons of research before deciding I was really, FINALLY, going to try it. So, off I was trying to figure out where I was going to host and set up a blog… WordPress.com? WordPress.org? Blogger? Wix? Tumblr? Nearly everything I read said WordPress and Bluehost are the best. Once again… off I was to do just that. This is where it gets fun. I’m not much of a coder… unless it’s using code words to mention the P-A-R-K in front of my kids, of course. I took C++ and HTML in high school, but that was 10 years ago.
Well, let’s just say… it has been no easy task! Maybe I’m just not as technically savvy as I thought, or maybe I just chose the more difficult options. I went into it thinking getting the website up and running would be the easy part. Boy… was I wrong!
A quick little run down of what I did:
- Research. Research. And Research some more! Google and Pinterest will be your best friends. Find out all of the information you can about what you’re “signing up” for.
- Signed up for Bluehost.com. Here is a word of advice: DO NOT use their chat option online. I spoke to a few people on there. They seemed completely oblivious to life and how to help anyone. However, I have heard that their phone support is amazing, which is apparently 24/7 (I didn’t realize it at the time). If you run into an issue, definitely call!
- Installed/Set up WordPress.org through BlueHost – super easy
- Choose a theme – If you’re not looking to invest in a paid theme, or framework/child theme just yet, but want customization, I recommend the Bloger theme. Be warned, it doesn’t come without and bugs. However, with that said, if you come across a bug you can always just use a plugin in place of what the theme itself is supposed to offer.
- Get to work on starting your website! Do your research and figure out exactly what you want. If you go into it blindly it can be very overwhelming. I had a general idea of how it worked, what I wanted my website to look like, etc… but I was definitely overwhelmed.
- Brainstorm! I would suggest doing this throughout the entire process, but make sure you’re brainstorming ideas. Any time an idea pops into your head… write it down! It might just be me, but if you don’t write it down in 2 seconds you’re going to wish you did.
- Write. Write. And… Write some more! I would personally suggest having a decent amount of blogs already on your website when you launch it. No one wants to come to a blog with one blog post! They also wouldn’t be very enticed to come back… would you? You also want to have a newsletter/email “subscription” ready to go that you can launch with your blog.
- Once you have everything set up to launch your blog I would suggest signing up/downloading plugins for affiliate companies, ads, blog stores, etc.
I’m done! …or am I just beginning?!
Although the process of blogging is never ending, that it the basics to getting a blog up and running. It is not easy by any definition of the word, but it’s SO rewarding to know you started it from scratch!
The community of bloggers is an intimidating, yet seemingly rewarding, niche to work your way in to. As a stay at home mom I often feel like I lack an outlet to give and receive advice, companionship, and any form of intellectual conversation… not that my 4-year-old reciting the alphabet and “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” all day isn’t intelligence boosting or anything… Although it may be slighting (okay, who am I kidding… very!) intimidating to try to start from the ground up seemingly so late in the blogger world… I cannot wait!
I look forward to getting to know each and every one of you and starting a fun, loving, non judgmental community of mommies! Leave a comment and introduce yourself!