A question I got a lot during my Christmas break was how do I start a blog? Well I won’t go into the technical stuff because I find it boring, but here’s a quick guide to starting a blog.

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1. Understand what you’re taking on

Blogging isn’t just writing whatever you want then posting it online. Well part of it is, but there is a lot more to it! Theres SEO, design elements, target audiences, marketing, promotion, monetizing and much more. So before jumping in, do your research and please stop saying that it’s easy.

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2. Figure out which platform is right for you

I started with Blogger, went to Squarespace, went back to Blogger and finally settled on WordPress (it’ll be a year on the 9th!) Read my saga here. There isn’t really a right or wrong answer to the right platform, but the only thing I would recommend is doing your research.

3. Upgrade to a dedicated domain

This is a total personal preference thing, but having a personal web address (xyz.com not xyz.theplatform.com) just seems a little more professional. If you’re just starting out, keep the xyz.theplatform.com address, but if and when you decide to upgrade use this link (affiliate) to buy your own personal domain.

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4. Find a template

Mine is from A Prettier Web, but I’ve found LOTS of gorgeous themes out there! Having a set template makes everything look more professional. cohesive and just put together. Read this to learn how to customize a theme.

5. Write some drafts

Haha so you think you’re just gonna publish the first thing you write? That’s cute. A lot of the bloggers I’ve talked to have written things, scrapped ideas that they thought was gonna work and went in a complete different direction. Have a couple backup posts in your queue just in case.

6. Commit

I am part of this club. If you want to start a blog and for it to be successful, commit! Having a blog won’t just work out well for you- you have to work, work then work some more. Don’t start a blog, only update it sporadically then just forget about it (I totally did that…) and call yourself a blogger. It doesn’t work that way.

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Are you planning to start a blog this year?

P.S. check if the domain you want is available here!

Author: Alix Maza

Alix is a college student, Step Up Magazine contributor, wannabe author, blogger and a super girly-girl who loves dogs and is entirely too dependent on coffee.

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  • Em

    There are some great tips on here, I wish I knew about one or two of them before I started my blog.

  • Sarai Watkins

    Great tips! There is definitely more to blogging than what most can see. I’ve struggled with consistency in the past but I’m definitely committing to it this year!

  • Rachel Willis

    Love the tips, #6 is the BEST! My family/friends just don’t get it. I wish they did!

  • I agree with all of this. #6 is especially pertinent because blogging takes a ton of commitement! Thanks for sharing!

  • Monet Tenia Proctor

    Great advice! I just started my blog a week ago and struggle with being realistic about the process. I find myself obsessively checking my stats page. A lot of people do not realize how much of a commitment it is to not just content but research and promotion. Love your blog! Can’t wait to hear more from you!

    • Haha I’ve been blogging for almost 3 years and I still obsess over checking them! Thank you.

  • Tiffany Stein Staples

    This is great advice! I hate that you struggled so much with your choice of platform, but glad that you seem to be happy with it now!

    Tiffany | TiffanyStaples.com

    • Oh last year was a mess, but it hasn’t given me problems so far!

  • I’d love to see some posts on SEO and Google analytics. I feel clueless when it comes to them. I know they’re both essential for growing your blog, and I’d really like to see my blog grow even more this year.

    http://www.goldclutter.com

    • I’ll do my best! I’m a little lost on it also.

  • The Amalog

    More blogging tips and guide please. Love you’re blog <3

    • Anything specific you’d like to see? Thank you!

  • Commitment is seriously the most important! You can start a blog but if you aren’t committed it’s nothing! Love this guide girl!

  • Great tips! Commitment is the biggest – and hardest part. People don’t realize all that goes into blogging!

  • Great advice! Keep up the good work <3.

  • This is great advice! Totally wish I had read it before. I’m also guilty of forgetting about blogs in the past, but since my relaunch I’ve been consistent!

  • This is a nice little quick start guide! I know when I was new, I scoured the internet but I love how you’ve kept it short and simple!

  • thesophiadiaries

    totally agreeing with all of these! especially the part about commitment xD

  • Azanique

    These are such great tips! I’ll definitely have to share this with people who ask me about blogging.

    -xo, Azanique | http://www.lotsofsass.com

  • All great tips! I definitely wish I had thought some of these things through before starting my blog!

  • Great tips for someone looking to start blogging!

  • To be committed is so important!!! xx

    http://www.bonjourchiara.com

  • These tips are so spot on. I loved your point about stop saying that blogging is ‘easy.’ It really isn’t- much of the time you are the writer, editor, creative director, photographer, graphic designer, developer, model, and more. It takes a lot of time and effort to run a blog, especially if you want to monetize.Thanks for sharing!

  • Taylor Mead

    These are such great tips! I’ve had a lot of people ask me the same question recently and I’ll be sure to direct them to this post! So helpful!

    xo, Taylor || Generation Tay (www.tayloramead.com)

  • Great tips!! Committing is definitely important! It irks me when people start a blog because it’s hip and in and then only post once a month LOL

  • These are great tips – especially about buying a domain. So necessary when it comes to SEO!

  • Great easy diy guide for starting a blog!

  • These are such great tips! I wish I had read something like this before I started blogging!

    Kristin
    The Blush Blonde