How to Start a Blog UK Edition
You’ve decided that you want to start a blog- that’s great! Blogging is an excellent creative outlet and, whether you’re doing it for fun or to support a business, it can reap some great benefits. Not only can you explore yourself but you can express yourself and connect with people around the world who have similar interests to you.
Many people are under the misconception that starting and running a blog can be very confusing, and this puts them off. But this isn’t true, creating a blog is extremely easy, it just requires a little bit of thought.
So here is our how to start a blog UK edition guide.
First off all you need to think about what you would like to blog about. This is called finding your niche. There are tons of blogs out there on the internet which vary from things like health and fitness, and relationships to fashion and business. It should be something which you have a lot of interest in. Ask yourself: what am I really passionate about? You can always tell when a blogger is really interested in their subject matter, it comes across in their writing and their whole attitude to blogging.
Most importantly, you should blog about something that people will want to read. Unless your life is particularly funny, it’s unlikely that anyone is going to want to read an online diary about your life. Now, if you’re going on a gap year and going travelling and exploring the world, that might be a blog that gets some attention.
After you’ve decided what your niche is, you need to choose a blogging platform. It is probably best to begin with a free blog, or a sub-domain, especially if you’re just starting out. You can use platforms like Google Blogger or Tumblr but the most popular is Wordpress. 48% of blogs use Wordpress, making it the biggest blogging platform in the world and by far the most reliable. These sites usually have a step-by-step guide to help you set up your blog and navigate your way around it.
There are some downsides to using a free blogging platform: the themes and layouts are very limited, and you don’t have complete control over your blog. That is you don’t officially ‘own’ it; your blog with remain the property of the host and is subject to any changes that the host may make. But don’t worry, this is rare. These aren’t really a problem for beginner bloggers.
Once you are an experienced blogger with a high volume of traffic and some dedicated followers then you can start thinking about getting your own domain. Then you will have full control over your blog and you will legally own it. This is a great option if you want to actually earn money from your blog. Domains cost a few pounds per month and a hosting service (the service which gets your blog online), costs in the region of £10 per month.
There are some fantastic sites which show you how exactly you can get your own domain such as this one that takes you through step-by-step how to choose a web host and get your blog up and running. Also here’s a great guide to setting up Wordpress on your own domain.
Although, setting up your blog is exciting, you need to make it original. Utilise plug-ins and add-ons to make your blog look it’s best and have special features to make it memorable. Using widgets and buttons on your blog can also be really fun, but don’t go overboard or the page will end up looking cramped.
Whilst designing it is the fun part but it’s not all about the visuals. Be interesting and write decent content. As I said before, your content needs to be something that people will want to read or, think of it this way: something that will add value to your readers lives. Don’t just talk about what you had for breakfast that day (unless you’re writing a recipe blog) but include some useful insights or talk about things that are going to inspire people. But above all, just be yourself and your blog will naturally be unique.
Once you’ve set up your blog and written a few posts, you should to advertise it. Let your friends and family know what your writing about and get them to spread the word. Utilise social media sites like Facebook and Twitter to promote your blog and attract readers, but be careful not to spam people.
Blogging is a great past time. It not only improves your writing skills but it is also a challenge which can inspire your growth as an individual. If you’re lucky, it could even turn into something more profitable and you could make a career out of it!
Your blog also doesn't need to be written, have a look at our article on how to start a blog like Zoella for more inspiration.