Tips for starting a blog

One of my most frequently asked questions is if I have any advice on starting a blog, so here are my answers on how to go about diving into this world of blogging. 

DESIGN

-Don’t let the little things get int eh way of your momentum, No shame in a template. If you don’t have design experience and you don’t have the cash to throw at a custom design of your dreams, just find a blog theme you like and go from there.

-Less is more. I have done a lot of blog design over the past few years, some very busy, over design or far too colourful and I always love the simple designs the most. 

(You can find lots of nice looking themes here.)

CONTENT

-Decide what your blog is about. Start by creating categories & writing down some post ideas. If you spread yourself too thin it will be difficult to stay focused and find inspiration. They don’t have to be topics that necessarily go together like PB&J. But if you decide that you post about dessert recipes & marriage advice, then you know that every week you need a new idea for those two topics. Rather than wondering what in the world you will post about next. 

-Always post with photos with your posts (because otherwise it’s snoooozeeeeeee). iPhone photos are fine, start somewhere. Don’t let not having an amazing camera or being the best photographer keep you from starting. 

-Quality over Quantity. Posting regularly is important, when you start at least once or twice a week, but have standards for yourself. Don’t post just for the sake of posting. Feel proud about what you are putting out there. 

-Launch your blog with content, how do people know if they want to follow along when all you have to show them is a logo and about page. Get 3 or more posts up and then start sharing it with your readers. 

(Do I look upset here… I’m swear I’m not! I have what some would call “resting bitch face”. I’m a friendly person but I actually have to exercise my smile muscles before I walk through the grocery store so I don’t look like a… well.. bitch.) 

COMMUNITY

-Get connected with other bloggers, instagrammers, brands, whoever it is that you feel that connection with online. Comment often, but be genuine. 

-Don’t compete. Don’t compare. Someone else’s content or success has absolutely nothing to do with yours. If someone likes following blogs about Dessert Recipes & Marriage Advice odds are they are going to follow multiple blogs on that topic, so don’t get too caught up in what other people are doing. It’s really only going to make you feel worse and lose creativity. 

 

10 Comments

  1. lelabrookemccurdy@yahoo.com
    May 24, 2016 / 7:25 pm

    I love how you fix your hair. Do you use a wand to give it that wave?

  2. lelabrookemccurdy@yahoo.com
    May 24, 2016 / 7:25 pm

    I love how you fix your hair. Do you use a wand to give it that wave?

  3. lelabrookemccurdy@yahoo.com
    May 24, 2016 / 7:25 pm

    I love how you fix your hair. Do you use a wand to give it that wave?

  4. Becky Canning
    May 25, 2016 / 9:05 pm

    Great advice! I feel like these are good tips and not ones that necessarily would come into one’s mind when starting off. I’ve contemplated starting a blog more times than I can count but I definitely have gotten caught up in the small things like the design, etc. Thanks for sharing this! 🙂

  5. vanillaskie@cox.net
    May 25, 2016 / 11:54 pm

    I love the advise you give. Simple and easy to digest but also a recipe for greatness! Thank you for your post 🙂

  6. vanillaskie@cox.net
    May 25, 2016 / 11:54 pm

    I love the advise you give. Simple and easy to digest but also a recipe for greatness! Thank you for your post 🙂

  7. vanillaskie@cox.net
    May 25, 2016 / 11:54 pm

    I love the advise you give. Simple and easy to digest but also a recipe for greatness! Thank you for your post 🙂

  8. Samantha
    May 26, 2016 / 12:12 am

    This was very informative, thank you!! I’m actually trying to start my own blog so this was very helpful (still need enough pictures though haha) (I tried commenting this on Instagram but for some reason I’m constantly getting blocked? So anyway, thank you!)

  9. Jen
    May 26, 2016 / 2:02 am

    Let’s see the kitchen reveal!!!

  10. kristine.currier@gmail.com
    May 26, 2016 / 2:09 am

    This is so what I needed to hear! I bought a domain name almost a year ago and I keep holding myself back from blogging…I’m not a photographer or have graphic design experience so I talk myself out of sharing ALL THE TIME. So thank you for your thoughts on this 🙂

  11. kristine.currier@gmail.com
    May 26, 2016 / 2:09 am

    This is so what I needed to hear! I bought a domain name almost a year ago and I keep holding myself back from blogging…I’m not a photographer or have graphic design experience so I talk myself out of sharing ALL THE TIME. So thank you for your thoughts on this 🙂

  12. kristine.currier@gmail.com
    May 26, 2016 / 2:09 am

    This is so what I needed to hear! I bought a domain name almost a year ago and I keep holding myself back from blogging…I’m not a photographer or have graphic design experience so I talk myself out of sharing ALL THE TIME. So thank you for your thoughts on this 🙂

  13. May 26, 2016 / 5:04 pm

    I got caught up on the little things for so long, and I put off starting for years! Now I’m so glad I have taken the plunge and I’m learning along the way!

  14. May 26, 2016 / 5:04 pm

    I got caught up on the little things for so long, and I put off starting for years! Now I’m so glad I have taken the plunge and I’m learning along the way!

  15. May 26, 2016 / 5:04 pm

    I got caught up on the little things for so long, and I put off starting for years! Now I’m so glad I have taken the plunge and I’m learning along the way!

  16. June 7, 2016 / 7:24 am

    I’m so encouraged. Ive been following your blog since I was 17 (7 years) and have been so impacted by your life. Maybe if i start sharing my story some 17 year old girls will be encouraged too.

    x J

  17. June 7, 2016 / 7:24 am

    I’m so encouraged. Ive been following your blog since I was 17 (7 years) and have been so impacted by your life. Maybe if i start sharing my story some 17 year old girls will be encouraged too.

    x J

  18. June 7, 2016 / 7:24 am

    I’m so encouraged. Ive been following your blog since I was 17 (7 years) and have been so impacted by your life. Maybe if i start sharing my story some 17 year old girls will be encouraged too.

    x J

  19. rachelsavage5@gmail.com
    June 17, 2016 / 10:29 am

    Which good quality starter camera would you recommend that would suffice?

  20. rachelsavage5@gmail.com
    June 17, 2016 / 10:29 am

    Which good quality starter camera would you recommend that would suffice?

  21. rachelsavage5@gmail.com
    June 17, 2016 / 10:29 am

    Which good quality starter camera would you recommend that would suffice?

  22. September 30, 2016 / 4:05 am

    Bethany! This was just what I needed to hear. So easy to get discouraged in this bloggin’ business, compare yourself to others, and just need a break from social media. I love your message to stay true to yourself and post thoughtfully. Your blog and instagram are amazing! 🙂 xo. Kelly

  23. September 30, 2016 / 4:05 am

    Bethany! This was just what I needed to hear. So easy to get discouraged in this bloggin’ business, compare yourself to others, and just need a break from social media. I love your message to stay true to yourself and post thoughtfully. Your blog and instagram are amazing! 🙂 xo. Kelly

  24. September 30, 2016 / 4:05 am

    Bethany! This was just what I needed to hear. So easy to get discouraged in this bloggin’ business, compare yourself to others, and just need a break from social media. I love your message to stay true to yourself and post thoughtfully. Your blog and instagram are amazing! 🙂 xo. Kelly

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