How To Start A Blog – Beginner To Beginner

How To Start A Blog – Beginner To Beginner

Being a beginner blogger, I relate so much to not knowing where exactly to start. I used to be so stressed out on idea that my blog will never have enough views or followers to actually make something from it (as I assume you’re blogging because you want to make money or at least are looking into doing it so in the future). I wasn’t always really confident about having a blog and actually making money out of it. You might have a plan and a vision but you don’t know how to begin.

I wanted to share some of my little wisdom with you and assure you that there is no right or wrong way of starting a blog. If you have an idea, think about it. Think how you will develop your blog over the months and years. You have to look at the bigger picture. Of course, it is easier said than done but at least try. IT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE A WHOLE BUSINESS PLAN when you first start planning.

Create A Vision Board

I highly recommend starting with a vision board. So you have an idea you can see in your head. You know exactly what you want to do and share on your blog. You have everything figured out, right? Well, not quite. Creating a vision board with everything you thought about – name, theme, couple of initial posts and social media setup – and be very eye-opening. You might be surprised how many things you don’t like when you put them down and look at them all together. Vision board is something I used to create my perfect blog. There is always going to be something that will go wrong or be different from what you envisioned. So try to look at things from a different perspective (literally and figuratively).

Start Small

I know that most of you probably won’t agree on this as I have seen so many posts about how to start a blog where people said to go for Business Plan on WordPress from the beginning, but let’s be real for a second. Not all of us have money to go for the one of the most expensive plans here. Some of us won’t be able to start high and that’s okay. Of course, there’s a huge difference between paid plan and free plan but when you only began to blog – it doesn’t really matter. What matters is the content you put out there. After all, the content is what attract people to our blogs. You can work on the looks later on (or create your own graphics for the blog like I did). First, attract people, then make money. It all comes in a pattern, do you see it?

Focus On Content

As said above – looks don’t matter very much if content you’re creating is bad. From the beginning, it is important to create posts that will lure people in and be captivating enough to read though them. Content is the most important on your blog as it states what you are passionate about and what do you like to talk about. Try to forget about the looks of your blog and ask yourself if your blog is interesting and your posts are the best ones you can write. This will help you establish if you are giving your 100% to your blog posts or you just “fake it til you make it” kind of a person. For me, it is very important to create content where people will be able to say “that’s interesting” or “this is useful”. You want people to genuinely like your blog. Even if you would like to start from the expensive plans – it doesn’t guarantee you that you will make money straight away if there is no people reading your content.

Connect With Other Bloggers

If you already have a niche and know what kind of blog you have, try to connect with like-minded people who will follow you because they want to read your work. For example, I like to connect with lifestyle bloggers (if you are one of them, follow me on socials and let’s be friends!) because I write a lot about it. But I also love body positivity people as I am one of them and I am passionate about home decor as well. So if you know what your blog is about and, obviously, want more followers and subscribers, you have got to connect with people who might find you work interesting. I highly recommend doing it so on Twitter as there are so many accounts that can help you grow your audience from the day one!

Pinterest Is Super Important

Before I started using Pinterest I had very few views on my blog because I mainly focused on Twitter sharing. But what I realised is that on Twitter there are most of the same people all the time sharing their content and they won’t lick on your link again if they already did couple days ago. It is quite hard to create blog posts every day so we have to focus on promoting the other ones just for our comfort and peace of mind. That’s why Pinterest is so important – it gives you the flexibility to share you Pins (which you can design yourself on Canva or other graphic design sites, or you can work with ready-to-use templates) and freedom to post anything you would like. It is a bonus if you research for groups on Pinterest where people are sharing blog posts and help each other grow! It is just the other platform where you can connect with and meet people who have the same interests as you.

Tailwind Is Actually Not That Good

Many blogs telling me to keep using Tailwind and make sure I have it as it can help me grow my blog but I have been using it since the beginning of my blogging and it didn’t help me much. The free version of Tailwind gives you only 100 pins you can create and only 30 of them you can share to tribes and then, you either pay for the Premium account (which is $119 yearly) or you wait until the next month to post things again which is not a great idea if you’re trying to make your audience see you right here, right now. For me, the price of the premium account is too high and I cannot afford it so Tailwind is a big flop to me. You might want to try it or you’re already using it, but for me it wasn’t successful. Was it successful for you?

These are just some tips from me to you that I believe to work. What tips would you give to beginner bloggers?

How To Stay Organised?

How To Stay Organised?

For me, being organised is a must for my every day living, especially now when I have my own apartment and have more space to take care of. I cannot start a day without sticking a “to-do” list on my fridge doors (or writing it down on my phone like a 21st century average human being). I love de-cluttering spaces from things I don’t necessarily need anymore and making sure that my office desk is always nice and clean. Keeping things organised can help you go through your day smoothly, without interruptions, and can increase the sense of fulfilment as well.

Being organised isn’t always easy. Sometimes our schedule change and it creates a little storm in our every day life. But the important thing is to always go back to it. Whenever something changes, try to start your day the same as the last one and keep it consistent. Here are some tips on how to stay organised in your everyday life.

Make Your Bed

This is the big one – for me and for every other organised person I know. I never used to be a bed maker. I kind of figured that there is no point if I am going to go to sleep in the evening again, so why bother, right? Right now, when I wake up in the morning and I am done with my morning stretches and yoga, the first thing on my list is to make my bed look good. Even though my sheets are destroyed because of two little kittens in my household that love to scratch and bite, I am still trying to smooth it out, make it nicer. I even spray some fabric freshener on it, every day of the week, so the whole room can smell fantastic. I know that this simple act can help you start your day on a positive note. It gives you the feeling of done task which makes you want to do more and more productive things. Easy, right?

Finish One Task Before Moving On To The Next One

If you’re in any way like me, you often try to do many tasks at once. Washing up, doing the laundry, feeding pets, cooking dinner, shopping for groceries online, cleaning up – the list is never-ending. I always recommend doing one task at a time. If you’re currently doing something important, forget all other stuff. Maybe you won’t be able to get them done the same day, but at least you will do them right. You can always create a rough schedule around things to give you and idea of what you’d like to do on the day but don’t worry if you won’t finish them all – there is always tomorrow. So try to focus on one thing – whether it is writing a blog or doing online shopping – finish one before you move on to the next one and I guarantee you it will make a huge difference.

Create A TO-DO List

This is something I already mentioned above but I have a huge respect for to-do lists. They changed my life tremendously. I remember being like a tornado going through my tasks all at once, leaving a messy chaos behind me. I wasn’t prepared for anything during my day so any task that came up felt like it needed to be done as quickly as possible. When you create a to-do list for yourself, either the evening before the day or in the morning, you have clearly stated what had to be done. And fun fact – first thing that you put on your to-do list is the most urgent one so you will want to make sure to get that out of the way before you take on any other task!

Quick Pick-Up Around The House

Now, I know we all have 5-10 minutes to simply go around the house and pick some stuff up. Whether they are clothes or toys, or rubbish, it’s so easy to pick them up and put them away where they belong. I find it useful to go around my flat, looking for things that don’t seem to be in the right place. Trust me, there is so many things for me to pick up. As I am the type of the person that when I am changing I like to leave clothes in the exact place I did it. My partner say I am marking my territory that way but I simply cannot be asked to bend over and pick it up sometimes (yes, that’s laziness talking – you can’t tell me you haven’t done it at least once in your life!). So every day, I go around pushing myself to pick things up and put them in the laundry basket or the rubbish pin. It helps to create a clean space where your creativity can flourish and be at its peak.

Those are only some of the steps you can take to keep organised. It works for me, it might not work for you but don’t worry. The idea of being organised is something that we have to work on ourselves. The steps I shown here are only examples. You might start from them and see the difference. You might want to create your own routine – that’s totally fine! Find things that keep you organised. Make a list and follow them. You’ll see how quickly your life will change!

What are the things you do to stay organised?