How to Start Blogging with a BANG!

I had a pretty sweet start to blogging life, I'm not gonna lie. My first ever blog post, which you can read here, got over 30 comments and over 700 views, which really overwhelmed me! If you're tempted to delve into the world of blogging yourself and want to kick off your blog's career with a bang, keep reading to discover what worked for me! 



1) Build up a social media following before you launch 
You can choose to do this on Facebook, by creating a page for your upcoming blog and inviting friends and family to like it. You can also try Twitter, by getting involved in chats (read how to gain followers and engagement from Twitter chats here), and by getting to know people and engaging with their content. Instagram and Pinterest are great places to gain a following as well, as they too can promote your blog once you launch.

2) Create a hype about your blog launch
Set the date for your launch and start a countdown! Drop a few clues about what your first post is going to be about, but don't give the game away! This will get people excited and ready to read your content. You may like to think about offering a giveaway to celebrate your launch. If you have a substantial social media following, you may even be able to get a brand to gift you some products to give away. I was lucky enough to have the lovely people at Penny Rose Home & Gifts sponsor my blog launch giveaway.

3) Find your blogging style
The best way to do this is by reading other people's posts! While you're reading, take a few moments to think: What do you like about this post? What don't you like? What could you improve upon? Figure it out, work out your style, and create your blogging voice! You can also look at other people's blogging schedules to help you decide on your own. Posting twice a week works well for me, for example, but you can choose to post more or less frequently.

4) Organise, organise, organise!
Having a consistent content is good. It'll keep people returning to your blog. While you're building up your social media following, get writing! Have a few posts ready to go before you launch. This will mean that you won't just have a fantastic couple of days after your launch but consistently fantastic weeks and maybe even years afterwards! Makes sense, right?

5) Get your blog lookin' fly
Get your blog kitted out with a sexy theme! Pipdig and Etsy are two great places to go for these. Play with photo editing software before you start, and have a go at taking and editing the photos for your first few posts. I can assure you, getting that perfect set-up is harder than it looks! I use PicMonkey for all of my editing. You'll also need to make a blog header, or have someone make it for you! Claire from AlohaLolaCards made my header and I still FRIGGIN' love it, even after all this time.

If you're an experienced blogger reading this, do you have any tips to add? Leave a comment below! What advice would you give to someone about to embark on their blogging journey?

Until next time,

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