Since starting this blog in 2014, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to run a website, build a community, and ultimately juggle a million things at once. Running a blog is a lot harder than it might seem, but it’s also one of the most rewarding things I’ve ever done.
I started a blog simply because I love writing, and I knew a blog would be a good creative outlet for me to share my passions. It’s become something far greater than I ever imagined, and I’m so grateful that I took the leap of faith and just started it.
Over the years, I’ve received tons of questions about how I got started with blogging, what my favorite tools are, and how I designed my blog. I’m sure since you’re reading this post, you have an interest in starting your own blog or want to know what it takes to start your own (spoiler alert: it’s super easy).
That’s why I decided to put together this mini-guide – now you can easily get started with your own blog and quit holding yourself back from something that might change your life!
How To Start A Blog In 5 Simple Steps
Before we get into the details, you should know the most important thing about starting a blog: write because you have a passion for something. If you are starting a blog with the intention of getting rich and famous, you’re probably better off trying something else.
But if you have something to share with the world, whether it’s tips, photos, writing, your interests, or hobbies, I say go for it. I mean, really, what are you waiting for? Here are five simple steps to make it happen!
1. Choose a domain name
Coming up with a domain name can be one of the hardest tasks. After all, it’s going to be the identity of your blog. I’m talking about a .com that is all yours. You could go the simple route and use your name, but if you want a little creativity/anonymity, it might take a little bit of thinking over.
It took me a long time to come up with The Blissful Mind, but it ultimately came from my belief that having a healthy mind is the key to overall health. Once you’ve figured out the name, buy a domain name from somewhere like namecheap.com (prices start at just $0.88 per year which is stupidly cheap).
2. Get a host
A host is basically the place where all of your blog’s files are located. I use SiteGround as my hosting provider, and I have been so impressed with the level of customer support they offer. The SiteGround team are quick to respond to any issues (which I’ve rarely encountered), and they are extremely knowledgeable about hosting.
SiteGround’s hosting starts at $3.95 per month which is perfect for anyone just getting started with blogging.
To start the process, head to this page and click ‘Get Started’ for the plan you want (StartUp is best for your first plan. You can always upgrade later).
Once you’re on the next page, enter in the name of the domain you just purchased from NameCheap and then choose which payment plan you want to go with (trial month, 12 months, 2 years, or 3 years).
Sidenote: To be completely transparent, I started off using BlueHost but found that they weren’t as helpful or responsive with questions that I had about my site, so I switched to SiteGround and never looked back.
3. Install WordPress
There are quite a few platforms out there like WordPress, Blogger, and Squarespace, but I’ve used WordPress since day one. Since I’m only familiar with WordPress, that’s what I’d recommend you use as the place where you write your blog posts. SiteGround offers a free and easy WordPress installation which makes it a million times easier than doing it manually. Once you’ve set up your account with SiteGround, they will prompt you through the WordPress installation process.
4. Find a theme
When it comes to your blog’s appearance, you want it to be user-friendly and aesthetically pleasing. Over the years, I’ve used themes from Angie Makes and Station Seven (both found through Creative Market), and I’m currently using a theme I found Themeforest. If you don’t want to spend money on a theme, there are tons of free ones out there if you just do a quick search on Google for free WordPress themes.
SiteGround has some free templates that they can install for you, and it’s easy to change your theme once you’re all set up. Most places that you buy or find themes from will tell you exactly how to install them in WordPress, so you don’t have to worry about messing it up.
5. Start writing
When you’re just getting ready to start a blog, you’ll read a lot of articles that tell you how important it is to have a niche for your blog. Here’s my advice to you: don’t worry about your niche until you’ve written at least 10 blog posts. My blog started out as a mashup of random topics like an apartment tour, pancake recipes, and beauty products I liked. I had no idea what I was really talking about, but I kept writing because I enjoyed it.
It wasn’t until at least a year into blogging that I started realizing what I really wanted to write about and what resonated with other people. Let yourself write about what you want in the beginning and don’t try to put yourself into a box. These things take time.
P.S. I wrote a post with 5 simple strategies for improving your blog posts here.
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And that’s a wrap, folks!
I hope this blog post helped simplify the process of starting a blog and you feel a little less daunted now. Please let me know if you have any questions or need anything explained in more detail!
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