Wednesday, 6 February 2013

Ask Vydia - Starting a blog

Hi Vydia, How are you? I love your blog! I am thinking about starting my own blog but I don't know where to start?? Did you design your own website? Did you go on a site that was already set up? Can you tell me how you got started?? Thanks heaps!! Natacha  

Hey Natacha, thank you so much for your question! I’m thrilled you’re loving the blog, means the world. That’s awesome that you’ve decided to start your own blog, it’s so rewarding and a really fun experience if you’re willing to put in the time and effort to make it your own!!

Here are some of my thoughts about getting started with a blog:
* Make your blog your own. There are so many bloggers out there with wonderful blogs and interesting content, so make sure you find something that’s different and that you’re good at. Put a spin on what’s already out there and people who share similar interests will naturally find you.

You don’t need to conform to whatever everyone else is doing out there, your blog is your own form of personal expression so talk about what you like and be you.

* Blogs are about sharing knowledge, opinions and encouraging inspiration. In my opinion, I don’t consider things like tumblr and other websites solely based on pretty pictures and no written content blogs. So make sure you have some sort of written content, talk about something you’re passionate about!

* In terms of design, you can definitely hire somebody to develop a website for you. It will definitely look more professional and be done very quickly, or you can do what I did and start from scratch and design as you go along.

Doing it yourself is great because you can really do everything to suit your own taste, because at the end of the day only you know what you like. I will admit, it is more of a time-consuming process but if you’re willing it’ll represent exactly you.

Look at how my blog used to look like! 

* If you’re starting out for the first time and want something free, I definitely recommend jumping onto a site like blogger or wordpress. From there you can choose a blog name and start posting and building your blog.

* Do your research. Google is honestly your best friend. Even a simple search such as ‘blog designs’ will help get you started and will most likely answer every single question under the sun.

* Be prepared to invest a lot of time and effort!! Blogs  take up a lot of time to maintain and update so make sure you're up for it.

I just recently started to blog and can honestly say that I cant imagine not doing it now, so if you’re tossing up between starting your own or not, DO IT! It’s very rewarding to be part of a lovely blogging community and having your name on something that hopefully a lot of people out there enjoy reading.

Good luck and I hope this was helpful to you. I can’t wait to see your new blog very soon!


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