It’s been 5 years and 9 months now since I started blogging. I shared my first post on January 5th, 2010 with no solid idea about what my content was. I basically started a blog because I wanted a new challenge in my life, and at the same time, it was a channel I used to share what’s happening with my life here in India to my family back in Thailand.
When I published my first post, there were only few sentences, and I had 3 page views. A week later, the number of visitors started to grow. Today, I have more than 1.5 million total page views, and I don’t even know how this number is even possible for me! I have to admit that in the first few months of blogging, I did try very hard to get visitors to my blog. Although making money was never the main goal of blogging for me, I did think that the more visitors and page views I had was the more possibilities and opportunities for me.
Now that I have been in this blogging business for a while, I would like to share my experience with you guys, and I hope that this information will be helpful if you want to start blogging as well.
So since I love to do things the easiest way, I’m going to make the simple 4 steps to start a blog.
Find the Topic
What you want to write? What you want to share? Find your niche. What is your passion? You will be your best at things that fascinate you.
To be honest, I didn’t plan to write recipes. I first thought about writing a life journal. But then a few posts later, I think food is what I want to talk about the most. It’s easy, it’s universal, and it makes me happy.
Choose your blog platform
There are so many way to blog. Some of the most popular platforms are wordpress, blogspot and tumblr. The basic plans of these platforms start from zero. Yes, you can have a blog for free. If you go for a free hosting plan, you can enjoy the easy features that help you publish your posts. There are tons of free themes and options for you to customize your blog. However, free plan also means limited options. You can choose to have more features and flexibility in you blog by going to self-hosting space.
Starting a blog from a free plan is super easy. I have experiences in both wordpress and blogspot. I also try tumblr a bit. I am more comfortable with wordpress because that was the first platform that I chose, and I kind of got used to it. I also host my novel writing blog on blogspot, so I know that it’s quite similar to wordpress, and it’s easy to use as well.
I started my blog out of a free plan on wordpress. Actually, at first, the name of my blog was Homewarming. Then when I saw the potential of my blog, I moved to a self-hosting space. I still use wordpress as a platform to write my blog which means I use wordpress installation in my self-hosted blog. I also changed my blog name to Tes at Home and bought that domain name. Having my own domain name and self hosting space gives me a lot of options in terms of designing my blog.
I love this part! If you are using free blogging plan, you still have a lot of options to make your blog look attractive. There are a lot of free themes to choose from, and you can pick one that suits your style and content of your blog. You can customize the color and layout of your blog as well as adding widgets on the side bars of your blog.
In self-hosted blog, the options are even more wide opened. You can do a lot more. You can install plugins which makes your blog more efficient and look awesome. You can change fonts, use codes, and you can be more flexible with a lot of things.
Spreading words and Marketing
After writing your first post, it’s time to tell people about it. You can start with your family and friends. Then you can go to your social media friends. It’s always good to listen to the feedbacks, but at the same time, your opinion matters the most. Your blog is about what you want to share. I found that if you do what you love, you will progress really quickly.
Also, do not bother too much about page views in the first few months of writing. Trust me, the readers will show up sooner or later if you keep writing. I used to try very hard to submit my blog in different directories that claimed to help me gain viewers. They DON’T WORK for me. Of course, there are tips and ways to make search engines and people find your blog better, but trust me, the best tool to reach your readers is to keep writing what you love, and the people who are interested in your contents will find you.
Blogging is easy and fun. I think everyone should blog. You can if you want to. It’s a nice way to share your interest and connect with people who care about the same topics. Blogging helps me learn and improve my cooking, and over the years I’ve found a lot of inspirations and beautiful stories from other bloggers as well.
Let me know if you want to know more about blogging. What you want to write about? I have a lot of things to say about blogging since I have been doing this for a long time. I can share some tips on blog designs, marketing and even how to make some money off your blog.