Things to Consider Before Starting a Blog

Things To Consider Before Starting A Blog

If you read my post about my blog story & update, you will know that I jumped straight into the deep end with blogging. It retrospect I think I would have gone around things in a different, so this is why I have created this post about the 10 Things to Consider before Starting a Blog.

1) Know your focus

I knew that I wanted to do a blog about Theatre Reviews, Baking Recipes, Beauty Product Reviews and Days Out Ideas; but I had no real focus other than that. While blogging, I discovered that my focus was that of a Lifestyle Blogger. The title gives me freedom to write what I like.

2) Think about your layout

Do you want to have just images on the front (like mine) or do you want text (like my Blog View). There are many themes out there for you to choose from on places like ThemeForest, Etsy or WIX.

3) Be consistent

Use the same colour scheme throughout, be consistent with your images and use the same text/images to promote your blog on Social Media.

4) Do your research

Visit other blogs and do your research before you start your own blog. It is a good way for you to get you starting to think about your own blog.

5) Join Twitter, Instagram & Bloglovin’

If you have read my Guest Blogpost for Twenty Something Meltdown, you will know that Social Media is a big part of blogging. Make sure you are able to get the same username (or very close) for your Social Media pages, it keeps consistency (going back to number 3).

Also, Twitter is great for its Blogger Chats which you can get involved in to meet new friends and talk about your blog.

6) Know your audience

Think about who will read your blog. For the first year or so, it will more than likely be other bloggers. Think about what they would like to read and also ask for their opinion. Twitter polls are a good way of judging this.

7) Be true to you

I can’t stress this point enough. As well as writing for your audience, you need to write for you. If it’s something you wouldn’t enjoy reading, don’t write it!

8) Produce a list of ideas

Before I started blogging, I started writing down ideas of what I could blog about. I still do this now as it is a good way to always have an idea for those times when you get Bloggers Block.

9) Schedule your blogposts

For the first 2 months, I scheduled my blogposts for every Sunday at noon. This is something I still do actually. I pre-wrote posts which could be relevant anytime of the year and scheduled them all. This kept me on track and also allowed me time to make changes to my blog.

10) Promote your blog

Going back to point number 5, promote your blog to the max on any form of Social Media. Once people know about your blog, it will get return visits.

 

Do you Have any Other Things to Consider before Starting a Blog

Is there anything which you recommend doing before starting a blog? Please let me know in the comments below.

  • Amy

    These are some great tips! I also kind of jumped straight into blogging and think having more of a plan would have helped me get getting a bit more quickly. Reading other people’s blogs more definitely helped me work out what I wanted from my own, and I found getting involved with Twitter chats was a great way to get involved with the blogging community!

    • StephsWorld

      Thank you for your lovely comment Amy 🙂

      I’m glad that you agree that twitter chats and finding new blogs is important too. Good to see that i’m not on my own 🙂

      Thanks
      Steph xx

  • Brilliant tips! Knowing your audience was difficult for me to establish but I am getting there, i think this is such an important tip to share as it has really helped! COnsistency is also key, you’re right! My favourite tip is to stay true to yourself, I can see when someone is writing with passion! XXX
    http://www.sopherina.co.uk

    • StephsWorld

      Thank you so much Sophie 🙂

      I’m glad you agree with some of these points. I think if your blog reflects you, you’re onto a winner 🙂

      Steph xx

  • Samantha P

    These are definitely some helpful hints but not everyone will have a focus or tight niche. Some people will end up rambling and that is what works for them. Also, Instagram isn’t really necessary. I do feel bloglovin’ and Twitter both are. 🙂

    S .x http://ramblingsofayoungprgirl.blogspot.com

    • StephsWorld

      I agree Samantha. Rambling works for people and that’s just as good. Your blog is what you want it to be, so it’s perfect 🙂

      Thanks for your comment
      Steph xx

  • Food & Baker

    Great tips! Something I probably needed to read when I started, but in my defence, I didn’t think we’d be what it is now haha
    Totally stand by the Be True To You! Yes yes yes!
    Bloglovin’ we’re still trying to get used to, meh but yay to everything else! Thanks for sharing!

    Jessica & James
    http://www.foodandbaker.co.uk

    • StephsWorld

      Thank you for your comment lovely 🙂

      Your blog is ever changing it’s path and I love it. It is one of my top 10 <3

      Thanks
      Steph xx

  • Wish I’d considered more of these tips before I started my blog instead of just jumping in at the deep end and learning as I went along! Totally agree with all of them, especially number 5 because engagement is SO important on all of those platforms, something which I’m still working on now. Great post as usual Steph! Jess xx

    http://www.almostchic.co.uk

    • StephsWorld

      Thank you for your lovely comment Jess 🙂

      I need to work on bloglovin’ too, but i’m sure I will get there 🙂

      Steph xx

  • becca

    I love all these tips! Thank you for this… social media is especially important in a logs success X

    • StephsWorld

      Thank you Becca 🙂

      I’m glad that you agree with social media point.

      Thanks for commenting
      Steph xx

  • Absolutely fantastic advice and presented super simply & efficiently! I think this sort of thing is absolutely essential for new bloggers and looking over it a lot of your points are why I didn’t jump back into blogging after a break because I saw that things had changed to when I first started and I needed to find my feet (again!). Might just have to print this off as a gentle reminder for myself 🙂

    Pandora xx
    http://curiouslilpandora.blogspot.co.uk/

    • StephsWorld

      Thank you for your lovely comment Pandora 🙂

      Blogging moves at such a rate doesn’t it? Thank you for thinking about printing this off, that is so amazing!

      Steph xx

  • Fab post!
    When I started I just jumped in at the deep end and had no clue at first.
    Lovely way to help newbies!
    Charlotte xx
    theporcelaindollblog.blogspot.co.uk

    • StephsWorld

      Thank you lovely 🙂 I’m glad you liked my post.

      Thanks for your comment
      Steph xx

  • Chloé Jessica

    Thanks for all the tips 🙂 I’ve just started blogging and pre-writing and scheduling posts has been a must for me !

    Chloé x

    https://chloejessicalondon.wordpress.com/

    • StephsWorld

      Thank you Chloé 🙂 I hope you are finding blogging good so far.

      Steph xx

  • Effi Summers

    These are great tips, I wish I’d planned more before starting my blog. I’m happy with it now but it would have been so much easier getting it right from the beginning! xx

    Effi | http://www.sparkleberryblog.com

    • StephsWorld

      Thank you Effi. I know what you mean, I think if I did more research it would of been easier, but I enjoyed in non-the-less 🙂

      Steph xx