The 2 main contenders to Blog Websites are Goggle Blogger or WordPress (which I use). Apparently, what I’ve heard from Google Blogger users, this one is much less complicated to set up a basic blog, as in there isn’t much techy-business involved. I would advise you choose Google Blogger if you don’t have much experience, or patience, with coding etc. Nevertheless, your outcome blog is still pretty fresh and smart! A successful example of a Google Blogger is The Londoner (http://www.thelondoner.me). On the other hand, if you feel like you can conquer WordPress (after a few YouTube vids) you should definitely go for this one; you have more control over the look of your blog, which was a very important factor for me. So, choose wisely because you can’t change websites once you’ve started going!
Put a name on it:
Once you’ve found your trusty Blog builder, you’ll need a name for your new, shiny website. Something catchy, but relatable to you. So… something that is relevant to what you are planning to write about. Might that be food, fashion or just good ol’ rambling. Just make sure no one else has thought the same and nabbed it, so you really need to be unique. I chose the name “Brunch at Tiffany’s” because this has two relatable meanings to it; I love brunch, it’s my favourite meal to write about because you can experiment with fruit, flavours and an endless amount of toppings for pancakes etc. So food was a key aspect that I wanted to photograph and write about on my blog. I also wanted to combine my love for fashion as well. I thought this would be tricky, combining food and fashion so I thought of a name that would do justice to both. Finally, I absolutely adore “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”. I’m obsessed with New York and Audrey Hepburn. The film is like an olden day Sex And The City mixed with Gossip Girl, but much more classier and well thought through by Blake Edwards. There are so many iconic moments in the film, such as the Black Givenchy dress. Anyway, spend some time whirling ideas round your head and you’ll find something that has your name allll over it!
With WordPress, you can use different layouts. These layouts are a helping hand because it’s another building block to get closer to the blog you want. This is when you get creative and choose how YOU want it to look; colour scheme… font… even a logo for your front page if you’re feeling extra fancy. You can always add things while you go along, that’s what I do because new ideas will constantly pop into your head. If you’re really stuck, try checking out other blogs to get inspiration, preferably ones who use the same WordPress Theme, but still make it unique by adding your own personal touches.
You need a strong promoting platform. This comes in the form of Instagram, Twitter or any other source of social media. The more you blog and get your name out there, the more followers and potential readers you will attract. Don’t feel restrained that you don’t have enough followers to start, because these numbers will drastically grow into the thousands if you work at it.
In order to keep your blog exciting, you NEED pictures. Blogs are for seeing life through writing with help from photos. You can read a book or article if you want to have a long read. But really it depends on your preference of writing-to-picture ratio, whatever suits you! When you’re out and about, don’t be embarrassed to whip out your camera to capture that moment, you’ll learn to pluck up the courage because in the long run when you’re looking through your snaps you’ll be so glad you did. I either use my iPhone camera or my Canon EOS 1200D.
Putting pen to paper:
When writing, I like to keep it short and sweet because the majority of my posts include photos, so I like to write a sentence or two on the photo just to keep you in the loop. I try to write posts that aren’t too lengthy, around the same time taken to drink a cuppa or to arrive at your stop on the tube. Something to keep you occupied and updated on the latest art gallery or new healthy brownie recipe etc. However, if you really want your writing to be noticed, you need to be yourself and let your unique way of writing flow and shine through. It can be daunting, but you don’t need to be a classified “writer” to have a successful blog, you just need to be interested and passionate about what your writing about. That way people will become interested in you.
Just keep swimming, swimming, swimming…:
If you enjoy it, you will know. Think of it as a hobby, and a hopeful career path! However if you don’t enjoy blogging and it feels like a chore, you should perhaps re-think what you are writing about. No one wants to read about something that you’re not interested in, that means that it is probable that the reader won’t be interested. Blogging is a great way to let loose with writing, there are no rules so you can really get creative. I really hope this has spurred some of you to create your own blog. I wanted to write about this because a few readers have come to me and asked whether they should start a blog. I was a bit on the fence with blogging, I spend hours and hours scrolling through blogs, and I had never really thought of becoming a blogger. It was something I was thinking of doing, and the more and more I thought about doing it, I realized no bad could come of it, only opportunities and fun. Get blogging! P.S If any of you have recently started on the blogosphere, feel free to comment the links to them, I’d love to check them out.
*All pictures sourced from Tumblr
Jemima Plume Xx