Want to learn how to start a blog that stands out from the thousands of others?
So, you’ve decided to start your own blog? It might be to share your expert financial tips, or just to drum up a bit of interest in your interior design business, but before you rush into anything, consider this: the web (and in particular the “blogosphere”) is a crowded place.
With so many blogs out there, it’s important to make sure you know how to start a blog that stands out from the crowd. Your blog needs to be attractive, creative and clever. But more than that, your blog design needs to speak to your readers. It needs to tell them why you’re different, what you’re offering, and why they should take the time to read on.
Here are 10 tips that will get you started and help you take your offering from interesting to inspirational.
1. Choose a blogging platform
There are several blogging platforms out there, from Google’s Blogger and WordPress to Tumblr, or Squarespace. Which platform you choose will very much depending on what you’re most comfortable using, how involved you want to be with the creation process, and what you plan to put on it.
The good news is that most of these are either free blog platforms or offer a trial session so you can give it a whirl and see if it suits you.
2. Decide on your blog’s content
You want to learn how to start a blog, but do you know what you want a blog for in the first place? Blogging for the sake of blogging is pointless – you’ll soon get bored and your carefully crafted site will soon be home to nothing but tumbleweed.
Sometimes it is a good idea to grab a notepad and pen before you even start. Jot down the types of blog articles you’d like to publish so you always have a reference point. Only then should you move on – you know how to start a blog, now it’s time to design and write it.
3. Keep your blog design simple
When creating a design blog, it can be tempting to go crazy. After all, you want your blog to stand out and for people to remember you. How harmful can a rainbow of colors and a plethora of fonts be? The answer is: Very.
Keep your blog design simple. Stick to no more than three colors, and three type fonts. With fonts; you need a heading, subheading and body copy font. Your main text font can then be enhanced by different weights or attributes, but keep these to a minimum.
4. Promote it!
There’s no point in knowing how to start a blog without learning how to promote it too. This is where social media comes into its own. Create Facebook and Twitter pages for your blog, or use existing accounts to shout about it. If you are involving a lot of images in your blog, why not set up Pinterest and Instagram accounts, too?
Most modern blogging platforms such as Squarespace provide integration for everything from Twitter and Instagram to Tumblr and Dribbble, so you can spread the message quickly and effectively.
If you have questions about any of these, or need other tips, give us a call. We’d love to help! (262) 302-0651.