How To Start A Blog – Blogging Tips From My First Year

Happy Anniversary to US! I am so grateful for the past year of experiences. I’m forever thankful to my son, because I would have never had the courage to quit my job and started to focus on my passions if it wasn’t for him.

Second, I have to shoutout my husband who didn’t even hesitate when I said I wanted to stay home with my baby. We hadn’t planned, saved, or even discussed going down to one income, but he didn’t miss a beat and stepped up. I love you.

Photo by Laurie Arriaga

Lastly, shoutout to YOU. Everyone who has clicked on a link, attended an event, or shared my posts. There are so many ways to support each other, and you have taken the time to help me out when it wasn’t required of you. As a thank you, here’s a list of some info I’ve gathered in my blogging journey. Whether you’re looking to start or just interested, here’s some basic blogging tips to help you out:

Photos by High Peaks Photography Photos by High Peaks Photography

Blogging Tips For Beginners

1. Find A Niche

To start, you have got to figure out what you want to write about! Your niche is your specialization. It’s harder than it seems, and honestly it’s still something I struggle with. Niche is important because your followers will be following you for specific content! If you’re a parenting blog, they don’t want to see fashion suddenly that isn’t tied in to the parenting side of things. The audience is not the same.

One of my biggest learning experiences was that I wrote about my trip to Europe and planned a whole itinerary – but that trip was from before I had my son. I just thought it would be popular content and I wasn’t in my comfort zone. Turns out the post didn’t do well because it just wasn’t my niche or my passion!

2. Grow Your Brand

Constantly grow your brand, not only on your own site, but across all platforms. Instagram, Facebook, Youtube, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, you name it! I was shocked that Pinterest would help get any more views, but it really did! Some people have even started to build up their TikTok profiles. Any of these social media sites could lose popularity at the drop of a dime, so it’s important to have a quality website and a variety of platforms that lead back to it.

3. Be Authentic & Personal

We can all agree that when someone is not being authentic or real on their profiles it tends to be painfully obvious. DO YOU BOO. You don’t have to share everything, but just share things that are truly important to you.

If you’re a passionately political person, don’t turn it down to get more followers. If you’re a religious person, own it because it’s a part of who you are. The people who connect with you on those personal levels will become true supporters of who YOU really are, and not just the basic cookie cutter blogger.

4. Be Consistent & Creative

Create a posting schedule and stick to it. This also means committing to creating quality content, which is really the hard part! It’s easy to just post about anything, but getting creative and writing things that people will connect with takes a lot more time. Find quality photos for your posts and interesting topics that are within your niche. Read other blogs in your niche for inspiration, and credit those blogs when they do give you ideas!

5. Network & Support

No one will support your hustle like other like minded creators and business people! Grab tickets to networking events and talk about what you do. Getting involved in the blogger community in your area will benefit you and create lasting friendships! Once you start getting invited to media events, you’ll be seeing a lot of the same local people regardless, so might as well introduce yourself and get familiar. Get out of your comfort zone and get your name out there by showing support. This means clicking on peoples links, commenting on their posts, and taking their photos.

6. Learn About SEO & Get Technical

You’ll be amazed by how many tricks there are for the technical side of expanding your brand, popping up on google using SEO, using the correct eye catching titles, and finding the ideal posting time of the week and day. It can feel overwhelming, but I honesty recommend waiting until you’ve done everything else on the list before focusing on technicalities. SEO isn’t important if your content isn’t where it needs to be, you know?

I did a ton of research and also attended local social media and blogging seminars to learn a little bit about where to start. Some of the best articles over the basics were from The Basic Blogger B*tch, or especially about incorporating social media to expand your brand. Writing for Metroplex Social also helped me a ton as far as learning about google and SEO, or basically how to format my blog posts so that they would pop up in searches more often.

How To Start A Blog – JUST DO IT!

Blogging can be a great outlet and a positive way to express yourself day to day. If you have a story that you feel deserves to be heard, or experiences you’re ready to share, don’t be scared! Jump right into it and don’t forget to send me the link so I can read all about it. Here’s to another year of Life&Lana.

L

6 thoughts on “How To Start A Blog – Blogging Tips From My First Year

  1. vespinoza7 says:

    Congratulations on your first year! Yes to everything you have said especially to getting out of your comfort zone. I can’t stress enough how that is key to getting yourself out there. I look forward to seeing all the amazing things you will accomplish as the years go by. ❤

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  2. Allie says:

    We appreciate you so much!! Great tips and advice for someone thinking about starting a blog or for someone that started a blog a while ago and still trying to figure things out.

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