Start A Blog
Do you want to start a blog? Do you want to know everything you need to do? If you would like, i have some advice to share. This post is what I have learned from my experience and you can adapt the order to suit the way you would like to start. I will give you an idea of where to begin and you can plan the path you would like as we go along. I would recommend reading all the way to the end of each post before starting the process.
Hobby or Business Blog
The beginning involves a lot of thinking you may want to take a few notes for when ideas come to you. First think about whether you want your blog to be a hobby or a business? Do you want to have a website to write posts so family members can read and keep up to date with what is going on, or to write posts to talk about a hobby of yours? Do you want to earn money from your website? Do you want to make a website to build on a personal business, building its online presence?
If you decide on a hobby website or want to explore it being a business later, some of the steps in the upcoming posts will be directed for a business website. You can tailor my recommendations based on what your needs are. I am going to write to cover all questions and steps that anyone will need to take, for any kind of website.
If creating a blog for your business that already exists, you won’t have to do some of these steps. If you want your blog to be your business, I suggest you to start learning what it takes to own a business. Research what specific steps (if any) you need to take, where you live. Most places will be the same in these couple of points I recommend.
First: Keep everything separate, your business and your personal. I have different bank accounts for both my personal and business. It is easier to keep track especially for tax reasons. I did not get mine till I was a month in which turned out fine. I started off thinking I wanted mine to be a business but was not ready to commit fully until I setup my website and explore if this career was right for me. If you know already you want to, I would suggest starting off with the separate bank accounts.
Second: Have a file where you keep all your papers. I talked to my tax agent and asked him what I needed to do it properly. Especially to not miss anything when it comes to filing at the end of the year. I was nervous to talk to him because I knew this was a big step; it was going to be official I was starting a business. I should not have been though, he was very helpful and answered any questions I had. Do not hesitate to ask yours; knowledge is key.
By now you have your bank account set up, you have talked to your tax agent asked what you need to do and also thought of a way you’ll keep all you papers in order.
Choosing Your Domain Name
Your next step is to think about what you want your domain name to be, mine is www.dearcinthiagrace.com I would recommend you take your time with this part as it is the first thing readers will see. It should have meaning and give them an idea of what your website is about.
Some exercises to help choose your name
Start by writing down what you want your website to be about, what topics you what to cover, think about what you want to say to your readers. Brainstorm why you want your readers to come to your site what will they get from it?
Now start writing down words that come to you. What words represent the theme of your website, whatever words pop in your head write it down once you write it down you’ll notice more will come to your head go with where ever it takes you.
Once you have written down all the words you can think of go back and high light some of your favourites even if they don’t go together, just the ones that stand out. I did this and then I took a step back I let my brain process everything, take time to see the bigger picture. I like to sleep on my big decisions. I came back the next day looked over my words and sat there and thought about what fit my website the best. Again this after all is the first impression of your website. Once you think you have what you want it to be type it into the web and see if there is already that website name. If you are having trouble coming up with a name I would more then happy to help just email me.
Once you figure out your name it’s time to purchase your domain name. You will need to go to my next post where I talk about picking your host and platform.