Have you ever started something and then wished you would have known a little bit more before you got started? Well that’s exactly how I felt after I launched my blog. I don’t want you to feel that way! Oh gosh is it overwhelming!! I am sure that’s why a lot of people who start a blog quit before they even give themselves a chance. Don’t let that be your story!
I am by no means a pro at this whole blog thing. I am actually just beginning my journey through this crazy wonderful world of blogging. Although I haven’t been at it long, I have learned quite a few things through trial and error in the beginning. (Oh boy was it stressful!) Through many stressful nights, I learned I should have done a few things before I even launched my blog! It would have made a huge difference!
I know that there are probably about a million blogs out there that explain how to start a successful blog. I’ve probably read about half of them! Some I couldn’t read and others were helpful. I did TONS of research before I started but I only found one that truly resonated with me, How I Made 3,000 From Home Last Month by Silas and Grace from chasingfoxes.com. This post really helped me with multiple questions I had about blogging. My dreams would come true if I could eventually be that for someone.
After all, I wanted to start this whole thing to get my ideas out there in the hopes that I could help at least one reader. So before you jump right into starting up your blog, you
really should do some hard work beforehand. Even if you can’t wait to get it up and running. (Waiting to launch is soooo hard to do!!!)
But first…… Do your research!
For me, I wasn’t exactly sure if I wanted to start a blog (or if I could even do it.) I have never been the best when it comes to writing but I needed an outlet for my thoughts and ideas. So before making any decisions I decided to read about blogging. I read well over 20 posts about how to start a successful blog before reading one that finally set everything into motion for me.
Maybe you already know that you, for sure, want to start up a blog. It is still a good idea to do your research to help you figure out the best ways to get a successful one started. Don’t be scared to comment on a post that you like with some questions! Every blogger I know blog because they love to help people!
Doing your research will help with this step. There may be ideas given that you are interested in or good techniques to come up with some great ideas.
As your brain starts flowing, write your ideas down. I had tons so I started up a note in my phone where I added ideas as they came to me. In one night I came up with 20 post ideas that I would be able to write about. I added more as I started writing posts and more ideas would come to me.
(Don’t Skip this step, it will help you prepare and organize. You may even realize blogging isn’t for you.)
Now that you have some ideas that you would like to write about, start writing about them. I started them out in word so that I could keep them until I was ready to launch. It will also make it easier for you to launch because you will have a good amount of content that can pull readers in. Instead of just one or two posts.
Different bloggers have different recommendations for the amount of posts you should write ahead. I had about 20 already done and about 30 more ideas that I was excited to write about. (I just couldn’t wait to launch any longer)
Go back and Edit
After you have your posts written and before you post them you should always reread them and make any edits that you may need. It’s a good habit to
get into. By the time you go back and edit a post you may have other fabulous ideas that you would like to add or realize that something just doesn’t sound right.
Think of a few names
I know this is a pretty typical one. Only because it is important. Now that you have some content and have your style, try and come up with a few variations of different names that would work. Make sure they are catchy enough for people to remember. It’s important to have more than one option because you most likely won’t be able to use the very first one that you try.
You should also do this for your blog posts. It will help you come up with the best possible title. The title of the post will be the first thing your readers will read. They won’t stick around if the title doesn’t interest them or peek their curiosity.
Create Images for Pinterest
This is something that I didn’t even think about doing before I launched my blog. None of the posts that I read said that I should do this before starting. Trust me, you want to have a few different pictures created for each post. Oh boy, do I wish I knew to do this before I launched my blog. It would have saved me tons and tons of time (not to mention stress). My time is extremely precious as I am currently working full-time and also trying to get my blogging business going.
Don’t worry, I didn’t know how to do this at first either. Until I came across a post called PicMonkey tutorial: 3 Easy Steps to Rock Your Graphic Design Every Time by The Busy Budgeter. It was a saving grace because it was very easy to follow and showed me exactly how to create images that are perfect for Pinterest. I would still be lost without it.
This is important, extremely important. The design is the first thing that your readers will see. It needs to be easy to navigate to give your readers ease of use. Some say that it is important to pay someone to set up your site but if you are anything like me, that is not an option. If it is an option for you then go for it. If not the do some research and learn how to create the site you want for yourself. It may take a lot of trial and error but it is possible.
You can do all of this before you take your blog live. It is a good idea to do this before you hit launch so it looks like a well planned out and experienced blog. It will save you a ton of time in the long run. Trust me, I wish I knew to do this before I hit launch.
After you have successfully done all of these, you are ready to start up your blog! It will take a lot of work to get your blog where you want it to be but just know that your hard work will be worth it in the end!
One last suggestion (for now), It is also a good idea to start planning out your posts in an editorial calendar. I also include brainstorming sessions in my planning. Doing this will help keep you sane in a crazy busy world!
Comment below once you have launched your blog. I would love to see all your hard work! Don’t hesitate to ask any questions you may have! Thanks for stopping by! I hope I could help!