We are finally at the last post in my how to start a blog series! If you haven’t read any of the other ones, be sure to start with what to do before a blog and follow the links until you get here! This post is going to be all about what to do once you’ve figured out what you’re going to blog about, created your blog, and picked your design. It can be a bit stressful to figure out where to go with creating your first post and how do actually do this whole blogging thing. And that’s where I’m here to help! Keep reading to see what you should do next to help get your blog off the ground!
You’re going to need a variety of social media accounts to help when it comes time to promote your blog posts. Go ahead and start creating accounts for Instagram, Twitter, BlogLovin, Facebook, Pinterest, and any other platform you may want to use. Try to get as close to your blog name as possible on all accounts. If for some reason you can’t, avoid using numbers and try using the underscore symbol either at the beginning, end, or middle. Numbers will make the account look less professional and can be harder for people to remember. You also want to create an email address for your blog as well. If your blog name is already taken just add blog at the end of it before the @.
Every blog has extra pages and links to help make navigating it easier. Start by creating an about me page so your readers can easily learn more about you and what your blog is about. You can read some fellow bloggers about me pages to get a feel for what you should include. I personally would including a little bit about yourself in terms of name, age, job or school level, bit about who you are personally, why you started your blog, the story behind your blog, and some fun facts about you! Once you’ve completed that add a nice photo of you, and make sure to link the about page at the top of your blog’s home navigation bar so readers can easily find it.
You’ll also want to create a contact page where people and brands can easily figure out how to get in contact with you, and create categories (lifestyle, fashion, travel, etc.) that you link to the home page to help readers narrow down posts. You can always add or remove categories later, but just put your main few ones on there for now. And don’t forget to add any widgets such as you Instagram feed, recent posts, mini about me, and more!
Now that your blog is completely created and you’ve added everything you need to, it’s time to start brainstorming some post ideas. Your first post might want to be an introduction to who you are and your blog, but you’re also going to want to have one to three other posts done before you publish them all and promote your blog. This way people can get a little taste of what your blog will be about from those few posts. To brainstorm take a piece of paper, make different lists for each of your blogging categories and start writing down any post ideas that come to mind. Once you’re done pick a few and get to writing!
Start writing up a few posts, starting with an outline of each with points you want to talk about. Come up with what photos you want to take for each post and start snapping! It will take you a while to figure out your blogging style and voice, and that is perfectly okay! As I talked about in my How to update old blog posts post, you can always go back and fix them at a later time to match your current style. Once all of your posts are done, set them all to publish!
Once all of your first few posts are up you’re going to want to start promoting them. Before you do that follow some smaller bloggers that you genuinely love on your social media accounts and start interacting with them. This will help you start to network and meet other bloggers. You’ll want to post about your new posts on you social media accounts, but make sure not to over do it. For Instagram you’ll want to post at least once about each post, but not all on the same day. Spread it out throughout the week with some other photos in between.
You’ll also want to use Twitter to tweet out about each post, and use blogging hashtags such as lbloggers, fbloggers, bbloggers, and BloggingGals to help promote them and connect with other bloggers. It will take time, but eventually you will find people who will love your posts and want to read them, and you’ll find your own mini blogging community. You’ll figure out what platforms work best for you and which ones are a waste of your time to use. Be sure to be as consistent as you can with promoting and posting on your accounts, but don’t forget to not over do it as well!
And that is how you start a blog! If you haven’t, or you need a refresher, be sure to give the other posts in this series a read ( What to do before starting one, Picking a Platform, Picking a Blog Design). Also, if you’re not sure where to begin with what to use for blogging, be sure to give my Blogging Equpiment + Blogging Process post a read to see what I use!
If you did use these posts to help create your blog, leave your blog link down below so I can give it a look!
I’m Kara Callahan, a 22 year old blogger with a camera in one hand and a book in the other. This is my lifestyle blog where I share life’s simple moments, tips + inspiration, slow living, blogging tips, travel photo diaries, book recommendations, and more with a few outfits in between. I hope you get some inspiration and happy reading!