Welcome to Another Blog, this is the first post, since I am starting a new blog magazine I would like to share a few tips on how to start a blog, while this list helps me to refresh the few steps I followed for my first blog. These tips are applicable to blogs at their nascent stage.
But starting a new blog project can be fun, if you have a good plan. Here I want to share a few ideas. I know, I know, there are numerous sites that talk about blogging that targets newbies. But the ideas you are reading here have been tested, in the sense that they are the ones I have gained from my 7 years of writing a blog (and plus this one)
#1, before trying to think of a name for your new blog, try by coming up with what kind of content you are able to provide on a regular basis. It can be as simple as a blog on just one topic, such as the one I have started in 2011. By focusing on just contemporary art, I have managed to turn out reviews on a regular basis and make it different and interesting each time.
#2, once you have a general idea of what you would like to write about, start writing then as draft posts first. Don’t worry, if you are not confident to claim the topic or subject as an expert. The more often you write, the more research you will realize you need to do. This way, by doing the writing consistently and frequently, you will learn more and more as you go.
#3, if you have a definitive launch date in mind, it is wise to purchase a domain name, this way, you won’t have to worry about it not being available later. When trying to come up with a domain name, work around the topic you are writing about. Also, keep it simple and use the key words to start. Sometimes, the popular ones may already be taken, such as “food,” “fashion,” “health,” etc. In this instance, you would need to be a little more creative and more specific.
#4, before launching, try to have at least 4 or 5 finished pieces on the website. This way, readers will get a general idea of what kind of information you are offering and they are likely to come back and check your site for updates.
#5, use images that would grab your readers attention, and avoid using too many amateur selfies that looks obviously been taken from your bathroom. I have seen lots of selfies where the person neglects the fact that a toilets can be seen in the background. Those do not convey style, in fact, I find them to have a comic effect that is entirely unintended. Also, pay attention to other backgrounds such as a messy room, or crudely constructed storage, such as a towel hook, or shoe racks. Go for stock photos, and there are many sites that offer free usage of photos. Also, if you must use images not in the public domain that belong to a specific person or institution, remember to provide the appropriate captions.
There are very fundamental tips, I know. In the near future, I will be posting more detailed tips for aspirant or new bloggers. As I have 7 years of experience in this area, there is much more to share. Feel free to ask me anything or post your comments on this subject.