4 Awesome Tips for Beginning Your Blog (and Maintaining It)

by - November 13, 2019


On the Young Writers Workshop Community, there's one question that I see a lot, and that question is this:

How do I start a blog? What is the best way to start a blog? Do you have any tips for a beginner?

This is such a great question! (Well, yes, there were technically three questions there.) After all, a blog is important for building your platform! (You don't have to have a blog to build a platform, though, but that's another topic.)

Students on the YWW want to know how in the world to begin a blog. What host do you use for blogging? How many posts should you publish before launching your blog?

In today's post, I'm going to give you FOUR tips to help you start your blog! Some of these tips will be links to past posts and guest posts, making this post a sort of mini-course! You'll want to check those posts out if you haven't already or if you need a refresher!

Let's get started!

1. Find a Blog-hosting Service

What is a blog-hosting service, anyway? A blog-hosting service (although there might be a more "proper" term) is the website you use to make your blog.

For example, while there are several blog-hosting services that you can use, the one I'd recommend is either Blogger or Wordpress.org. (I am currently using Blogger.)

Wordpress.com is the free version of Wordpress, but it has ads. Wordpress.org is the paid version, but you get your own domain name and other great features.

I will confess that I have zero experience with Wordpress (other than reading Wordpress blogs).

I have lots of experience with Blogger, however, since I've been using it for a year and a half now. Blogger is free and has no ads. But sometimes the formatting is wonky and I'm not sure how to fix it.

Wordpress is a popular hosting service that a lot of bloggers use. But if you're just beginning with blogging, and you're not sure whether paying for it is worth it, I'd recommend using either Wordpress.com or Blogger, since they're both free. Once you know you're going to maintain your blog consistently, you can switch over to Wordpress.org, which is what I'd ultimately recommend.

Of course, there are other options. Here are five services that I've seen people use:

  1. Wordpress.org (paid version)
  2. Wordpress.com (free version)
  3. Blogger (free)
  4. Weebly (free)
  5. Wix (free)

So there you go! Step #1 is to find a blog-hosting service that you think would best fit your blog theme/what you want to blog about.


2. Find a Topic and Blog Consistently

Next, it's time to figure out what you want to blog about and create a blog posting schedule!

Let's break this up. First, what do you want to blog about? What are you passionate about? What has God put on your heart to write about?

For me, I love helping writers. This blog serves all of you to help you with writing and blogging. Maybe you want to do something similar.

Or maybe you want to write a Christian living blog.

Choose whatever topic you think you can post about consistently. Consistency is SO important! (I'll be making some posts about consistency soon!)

Now that you know what to blog about, it's time to create a blog posting schedule! I wrote a blog post about consistency last month, which I recommend you read if you haven't already: 5 Tips to Maintain a Blog Consistently WITHOUT Losing Motivation.

I outline some great tips, such as 1) how to set aside time for blogging, 2) how to batch creating content, 3) what my blogging process looks like, 4) a helpful tip to finding ideas, and 5) what to do when needing inspiration and ideas.

Once you've read that post, come back to this one!


3. Write Your Blog Posts

Before launching your blog, I'd recommend having 3-5 blog posts already published. That way, people can read some of your content and get a glimpse of what you will be blogging about in the future.

Here is my process, outlined in the blog post I linked to above, which I use to write my blog posts:

  1. Come up with an idea. Obviously, you have to have an idea for the post. I want the ideas for my posts to be helpful to my readers (you all!), and I need to be able to know enough about the topic to be able to write about it.
  2. Outline the post. I don't do this all the time, but when I do, my outline is super basicusually just the points/subheadings I want to make, with a few notes. But this definitely helps me stay on track when writing the post.
  3. Write the first draft. Yes, like everything else I write, I have a rough draft first.
  4. Wait a few days, and then edit. Depending on what I need to work on, I'll usually write one to several blog post drafts in one sitting. Then, the next day or later that week, I'll come back and edit.
  5. Decide on a blog title and make the graphics. Figuring out your final blog title is obviously super important before making your graphics. I love using Canva for my graphics!
  6. Run the post through Grammarly. Grammarly is a FREE website that is helpful in finding spelling and grammatical errors that you might have missed.
  7. Publish the post when ready. This is the step you all see: the published post, which you get in your inbox and read and comment on! :D
I know it looks long and complicated for one blog post, but when you break it down, it really isn't bad. It's mainly just writing, editing, making graphics, and publishing.

4. Some Things to Keep in Mind . . .

I wrote a guest post on Bella Putt's blog a while back. The post outlines FIVE THINGS that every blogger should remember when blogging. You can read it HERE. The tips might seem simple, but if you keep them in mind, it can really make a difference.

Speaking of professionalism, if you're thinking about using Blogger, please check out this post I made about how to make your Blogger blog look professional. My blog is created with Blogger, but the theme I'm using is not from Blogger. Instead, I used the method outlined in THIS POST.


So there you go! 4 tips for beginning your blog and maintaining it! There was a lot of information in all of those posts (remember, it's a sort of mini-course!), so if you have any questions, feel free to comment below!


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8 comments

  1. Hi Julia! Nice to see your blog post on a Wednesday! xD These are super helpful. And I love Canva too. (:

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    1. Hey Fe! Haha!
      You're very welcome! Yes, Canva is awesome!!

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  2. Oh and I like grammarly too. But I have been using Hemingway lately. (:

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    1. I think I've heard of Hemingway, but I haven't used it yet!

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  3. I love this!! I'm sure it'll really help someone! I really like WordPress, but it can be finicky to figure out at first. (Thankfully I had my dad to help, and I just love it.) My biggest things I learned when I first started were to schedule posts and comment on other people's blogs. XD

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    1. Hey Kassie! That's great! Yes, those are amazing tips!! :D

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