Should I start a blog?
I don’t have a direct yes or now answer for you, but I can give you some reasons why you should start a blog, and how to start a blog. You may already have your assumptions about blogging whether you think it’s easy, or hard. If you think you can make money or if you think it’s not worth your time.
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Blogging for me has changed my life in positive ways. I’ve also had to face some criticism. So I’m not going to sit here and tell you that blogging is for everyone and that everyone should start a blog. If you have the right intentions, then certainly, I believe blogging is for you. Whether you want to blog as hobby or to turn it into a full-time business- blogging offers so many valuable things.Whether you want to blog as hobby or to turn it into a full-time business- blogging offers so many valuable things.Click To Tweet
Why You Should Start a Blog
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Blogging Brings Out Creativity
Even though I was a dancer in high school, I guess I’ve never seen myself as a creative person. To me, creativity always meant having an artistic talent, like drawing. That’s not the case though. Creativity can take many forms, take writing for example. It takes being creative to create new blog posts that haven’t already been written.
The design and aesthetic aspect of blogging, is honing in on your creativity. So whether you think you are creative or not, I guarantee you have honed in on your creative side. It could have been creating new projects, or systems at work. Creating productivity plans to keep up with school work. Whatever it may be, if you don’t think of yourself as creative- blogging brings out your creativity.
I started discovering how I love creating new and refreshing content, trying to find new ways to put a unique spin on topics already talked about. Now I’m starting to really enjoy designing graphics and customizing my branding. Programs like Photoshop and illustrator used to scare me, now I’m learning how to navigate them and really hone in on my creativity.
Blogging Gives you a Voice
You already have a voice, so let that be heard. Are you incredibly passionate about something? Let that be heard, turn that voice and passion into a purpose. Using a blog as a bridge for your stories to be heard, and to let the world know what you’re more passionate about. This is the key to blogging, unleashing those passions and turning them into purpose.
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Whatever your passion, whatever your purpose blogging is a channel for your voice to be heard. I encourage you, to let that voice be heard. It’s scary, believe me, letting the whole internet universe hear my stories but it’s my hope that they mean something, to someone.Whatever your passion, whatever your purpose blogging is a channel for your voice to be heard.Click To Tweet
Blogging Creates Connections
Believe me you, I am shocked with how many bloggers from around the world I have connected with. I recently met up with some travel bloggers this past week, I being the only one from America. It was scary, and I was definitely nervous being the only person from the states. The ladies were from London, France, Holland, Australia and South Korea.
Had it not been for blogging I would have never connected with other travel bloggers located in Chiang Mai. Not to mention I met up with another couple, from reroutelifestyle.com, who recently arrived in Chiang Mai. I love Krista and her blog mission, and luckily we had the chance to meet in person.
If it wasn’t for blogging, and making connections, I would have never had the opportunity to meet face to face with other bloggers. So if you’re a traveler I highly suggest blogging, even as a hobby. It’s so easy to connect with other bloggers from around the world. It’s also a great way to connect with like-minded bloggers.
You learn how to write
Now, I’m sure most of you already know how to write. We’ve been taught in school how to properly form sentences, and use proper grammar. What blogging teaches you, isn’t how to be proper. (While this is also important), but how to write with passion and creativity. Yes, we should still edit our content, but blogging helps develop your own writing style.
Blogging opens up the door to other opportunities such as freelance writing, which is a great way to make money on the side. Consistency writing for a blog allows you to not only be creative but serve as a platform for your work. If someones looking for a blogger to write for them, your blog is that resume that demonstrated your creative writing style.
You can Make Money
I don’t like mentioning this initially, but a lot of people do start blogging for the purposes of monetizing it. THAT’S OKAY. Girl, I get it. You need a side hustle when I started learning about monetizing my blog- I was all for it. This means I get to share my stories, connect with other bloggers and make some money on the side.
Like I always say though, it’s not a one-step or one-sized-fits-all approach when it comes to monetizing your blog. You also don’t want to strictly have the mindset that you’re doing it just to make money. Otherwise, you lose your purpose in why you want to blog and help people in the first place.
But, if you need a side hustle and you want to run an online business- blogging is the way to go! It can also open the door for freelance writing, creating and publishing ebooks, and so much more.
Guide to Starting a Blog
Okay, I’m sure you’ve probably seen this post a million times but I still want to offer you my two-sense. I also want to make sure that you save as much as possible when starting out because you do have to invest a little. As twenty-somethings, we all tend to live on tight budgets, so I’ll show you how you can start a blog and save some money too.Blogging opens the door to so much, start your blog today AND save money so you can start being a #blogbossbabeClick To Tweet
Here are the reasons I recommend hosting through Bluehost:
- Great service: When I needed to switch over my domain from thebitesizedfoodie to the daily pursuit their customer service walked me through the process, so I made sure I did everything correctly.
- Great pricing: In my opinion, their pricing is affordable, especially for people on a budget. I am an affiliate with Bluehost but became one after using their services. I did not become an affiliate and then use Bluehost. I stand by their services and product.
- Free Domain: You don’t have to pay for your first domain, which saves you a lot of money. Which is why I recommend below that you take some time to decide on a domain name.
- Money Back Guarantee: Bluehost offers a mbg, so if you’re not satisfied in 30 days you can receive money back. However, I’ve never had any issues and have been 100% satisfied with their reliability and services.
Creating an Account with Bluehost
At this point, you should figure out a domain name. This is something I recommend taking a week to think on. This is something you purchase, and when you go through Bluehost you get a free domain name to start out with. Take advantage of that because the second one costs $12 I believe!
Head on over to >>Bluehost<<
Here you can select your plan. Which plan you select is entirely up to you, I chose the basic plan because of the cost. You can’t beat $2.65 per month! Next, you will be prompted to enter your domain name. If you already have one, you can enter that in. Otherwise, if you still aren’t settled on one, a screen will popup allowing you to choose one later on.
The next screen will prompt you to create your account, which is pretty self-explanatory. You will pay the total cost up front. Meaning even though it’s $2.65 per month, you’ll pay for the whole plan up front. So, I highly recommend signing up for ebates! They offer cash back on Bluehost. That will save you money on the initial cost.
Once you’ve created your account, let’s go ahead on log into your account. Which should look like the photo below.
Create your site with WordPress
The first thing you’ll want to do is to install WordPress, the platform on which we will build your blog site.
Here you will enter the domain name that you chose, and install WordPress. From here you will be directed to WordPress where you will create blog posts, publish content, and install a theme. Your dashboard should look similar to mine, but you won’t have as much going on the dashboard just yet.
Note, your Bluehost login and WordPress login sites are separate. Bluehost is where you’ll monitor and manage the hosting. WordPress is where you’ll spend a majority of your time building your blog and publishing content.
On the left-hand side, you will see the option for ‘Appearance’ wave your mouse around this option and you’ll see the tab for ‘Theme’ this is where you can install the theme of your choosing.
My recommendation for themes is Restored 316. The theme I currently used is Refined. They offer super customizable and gorgeous themes for any blogger. You can sign up for their newsletter and receive 10% off any theme. If you aren’t sure which theme to choose, I had a hard time, they have a free quiz that helps you choose one.
Recommended Themes for Creative Boss Babes:
Congrats boss babe,
because you just set up your blog! Whether or not you choose to blog for purposes of a hobby or to turn it into a side-hustle let’s start creating. Here are some resources to get you started:
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