How to Start Your New Blog

How to Start Your New Blog
March 8, 2016 5 Comments Writing J.K. Allen

If you’ve been toying around with the idea of starting a new blog, but was daunted by just the thought, then this post is for you. Starting a new blog can seem scary but with a few tips, some general advice, and a walk through of your first post, you’ll be ready to start. So let’s begin.

The most important thing is to pick a subject you’re passionate about and can unpack and write about for years to come (because we are starting a blog to last the ages, right?). If it’s something you’re not passionate about, your writing will be lackluster and dull. You also need a subject with staying power so you can write about it week after week. Whether this is a place for your poems, where you give great writing tips (like me), or where you post all about your cats is up to you.

Consistency is key. Set up a blog schedule and follow it. Whether you’re posting every day, every week, or every third Thursday, stick to it. I always post my blog on Mondays so my routine is to pick a topic on Thursday and start researching and compiling ideas so I have a polished post to put up on Monday (and for this column on Tuesday).

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You’ll start off slow and that’s okay. As you build up more posts, you’ll get more readers. This takes a little time so don’t get discouraged by your numbers at first.

And be yourself. You’ll attract more viewers and build your audience by being authentic and relatable. I recommend reading other blogs and evaluating what about them makes you want to read more. But create your own voice when you apply what you learned to your blog.

 

 

Now let’s look at some tips for blogging:

  1. Schedule a time to upload new posts and be consistent
  2. Be useful/helpful to your reader
  3. Craft a good About Me section
  4. Pay attention to headlines
  5. Keep paragraphs short for easy reading
  6. Use subheadings and lists to break up content
  7. Add pictures (public domain only)
  8. Use a signature sign off
  9. Interact with your readers
  10. Proofread before you publish
  11. Share on social media
  12. Write guest posts on other blogs
  13. Read other blogs and leave comments. Learn from others and build comradery

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Finally let’s go through writing your first post. Come up with a topic. But don’t just choose any topic. Pick one that follows your subject and will also be helpful to your reader (they want a reason to read on). Once you have a topic, it’s a good idea to outline. Will you have a bulleted list? Organize each paragraph and find the proper sequence. Get all your ideas down. If an idea pops into your head, write it down before you forget. Next we write the full post and format accordingly. Last we sign off with our signature farewell and add pictures to make everything visually appealing. Proofread it twice and then hit publish. And you’re done! Not such a herculean task after all.  Some of these tips are new to me as well, so I’ll be implementing them into my own blog.

Do you have any tips for blogging? Any struggles with it? Comment below and happy blogging!

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J.K. Allen Julia Allen received her BA in Creative Writing and English from Michigan State University. She did her senior thesis in poetry under the tutelage of Diane Wakoski, but has been focused primarily on fiction as of late. Common writing themes that can be found in her work address identity and the type of strength that can be found in ordinary people. Julia is currently working on a Young Adult fantasy novel and can be found at local cafes in her hometown when writing, and painting, drawing, or reading when not.
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  1. 5 Comments

    David Wiley

    The hardest part is building that base of followers and not being discouraged by a lack of visits and comments. If you are making good content, eventually they will come and appreciate your posts!

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      juliakyong

      I couldn’t agree with you more. Consistently build your blog and the numbers will come. And most importantly, don’t get discouraged

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    Ohita Afeisume

    Thanks, Julia for this post. I am a writer of fiction (yet unpublished). I’ve realized my need for a website or blog. Do these terms refer to the same thing, by the way?
    Another thing this not clear to me is what to write about. Does it make sense for me just to write my unpublished stories for the world to see?
    I shall be grateful for your kind reply

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      juliakyong

      A website and a blog are not exactly the same thing. A webcast showcases you as an author while a blog is something you post daily, weekly, or monthly to connect to your readership. You can set up your website so that it has a blog.

      A lot of people write about their writing and writing journey, but I’ve been advised against doing this. You are not an expert in the field and if you don’t have a readership already, what’s the draw to get them to invest in your personal experience? You’ll want to write about something you can be an expert in whether that’s medieval times, French cuisine, 1920s fashion, something you know because of your writing. Make sure it’s something you can write about over and over again for several years.

      Best of luck!

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