How on earth do I start a blog?

posted 2 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 2
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184 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

MsBeer:  I would use Tumblr. They have free and paid themes that are easy to customize, and you can create tags on your posts that make it easy for other users to find your posts and start following you. 

As far as your blog topic, having some type of focus is a good idea, but if it’s too focused that can make it difficult to always come up with new material. 

I always make sure to update mine at least twice every week; ideally I would like it to be more often. 

Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - UK

MsBeer:  Well, I have two blogs. One which is open to the public which is on weddings, and one which is private and I use more as a diary to a select group of people on the site.

My first one is hosted on Blogger, my personal one on Livejournal, I started that one when I was a teenager.

 

I find that blogs which tend to be more successful tend to be ones which have a something marketable about them – e.g. a theme or a brand. Wedding themed blogs are likely to attract people interested in reading about weddings, or iarebridezilla has ‘branded’ her blog by using MS Paint illustrations – that’s her ‘thing’ as you will, which sets her apart from other blogs and hooks people in.

 

It’s easier if you have an interest or a style you can play on, rather than trying to force something for the sake of attracting an audience, but these are just things I’ve observed from knocking around the internet for a while.

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

MsBeer:  I use WordPress for my blog – it’s a home/DIY blog. FI has a degree in Computer Science, so he designed it for me, but they have some free and nice looking designs for starting out as well.

I used to use it a lot and had a bit of a readership, but I’ve been lazy lately and haven’t been updating much. I’d recommend posting links to your posts on Facebook – getting people you know to read is always easier than strangers.

Also, Pinterest! I don’t know what kind of blog you want to start, but I Pin all of my posts onto Pinterest as well. I had this one candle making tutorial that has been re-pinned like 600 times, so that is also how I got a lot of my traffic.

I like blogging, and will definitely get back into it when FI and I move into our new apartment this fall. When I wasn’t in school, it gave me something to do while FI was working and studying 24/7.

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

Oooh yay!

I have a website that is being used as a blog. 

I pay for my web domain (website name and address) and the server (storage) (I hope I’m not patronising, I don’t know how much you know)!

I use wordpress and use a free theme, which my SO has customised. 

I am trying to blog once a week at least, on a Wednesday as that’s my day off from work. I talk about the house renovations, garden which is undergoing hard landscaping at the moment, and cooking. I also want to work up to talk about local activities, products and places. But you can just talk about what ever you fancy, that’s generally how most blogs go that I read – they are just what the writer likes to talk about; which is what I do. It just so happens that that is an actual theme/topic lol.

Go for it, you’ll be surprised at how much creativity and fun it creates.

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

Oh fun!  I have a self-hosted wordpress blog.  I would start my using a free platform like wordpress.com or blogger.com, and you can even get a domain name for $10 if you want and still have it hosted on blogger.  I would also pick a genre that it fits in and comment on other blogs under that same genre 🙂 

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I have a diaryland private blog that I have used since 2002 as a diary. I use it less often these days.

I have had a wordpress blog about beer culture and my business, but I have let that go on the wayside.

I keep up with my blogger workout blog these days.

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