Creating this blog was the best thing I ever did. I have received so much joy from writing and creating content – that I wish I had done it sooner. Here are some of my tips if you have been thinking about starting a blog.
1. Think about what you know: Make a list of all the things you are passionate about: sports, hobbies, career advice, fashion, and more. Ask yourself what you would like the theme of your blog to be. Do you want it to be a lifestyle blog, a food blog, or something else? You can add categories to your blog as you go along, but having a general idea in the beginning will help you get started and allow your readers to identify what your blog is about.
2. Create a catchy title: Once I decided on a lifestyle theme, I knew I would use the title Living in Steil. Amongst my friends, my last name was always a cute play on words. If we were wishing someone a happy birthday, we would sign-off with ‘Celebrate in Steil.’ I have always believed that a life lived with style was a life lived well, and I couldn’t think of a better title to introduce my blog.
3. Research blogging platforms: I spent some time looking at other blogs on WordPress and Blogger. I ultimately decided on using WordPress because I liked that I could control what my blog looked like with some basic HTML and that they had helpful techs to answer my questions. Also, it had the feel of a website, which I liked. Take a look at other blogs and see if there is anything you like about one platform more than the other.
4. Have an ‘About’ page: Before you even write your first post, be sure to have a well-crafted paragraph introducing yourself. This was something I added to my site later on, but I wish it had been one of the things I did from the beginning. When I visit someone’s blog, I like to read more about the author. Sometimes it helps me connect to their writing, other times I find that we have the same alma mater. This is a great place to share your goals for the blog and let your readers get to know you.
5. Practice writing: Now it is time to write your first post! Don’t worry in the beginning about who is reading your blog. Write about topics that appeal to you and that you think your target audience would want to read. I know when I first started I was obsessively checking my stats, when I could have been working on my writing. The more posts you write, the better your writing will get…and people will notice your blog. Most importantly, blogging should be fun. So enjoy the creative process!
I am so excited to share with you my feature in Talentedly’s profile series, The Talent Pool. Head over to read about how I found my passion through blogging, what’s my favorite piece of career advice, and how you can live in the moment.