The blogging world in our country is growing at a rapid pace! People love reading blogs from their countries because they know that the products mentioned are easily accessible to them. I know I enjoy reading South African blogs. If you are thinking about starting a blog, here are a few tips on what you can do.
1.Choose a platform to blog on
Research blogging platforms available. The two most used free platforms I know are WordPress.com and Blogger. I started off on Blogger and then decided to move to WordPress.com before self-hosting. I would recommend starting off with the free platform before going self-hosted because at this point you are still trying to figure out where you are going with your blog and you are still building yourself as a blogger. It might look easy but trust me there is so much to learn.
Once you are sure you want to do this, you can move to a self hosted blog if you would like. This will enhance your blog and your brand and give it a more professional look and feel. This can be achieved by buying a domain and getting yourself a host. I am with MWEB.
2. Choose a Theme
After deciding on your platform, it’s time to choose your theme. Take your time with this step because this will be how your blog looks and I strongly feel that this should be a reflection of yourself. When you choose your theme do not chose it according to the norm but according to what you like for as long as it is appealing, legible and accessible. You need to be able to love it and say YASSS! when you are on your site. if you love your site then everyone will too.
3. Decide on a Niche!
What are you passionate about? What do you want to blog about? What do you have to offer? A niche is important because people read blogs of topics they are interested in. The idea is to get loyal readers for your blog. If your do focus on different things make sure that they are similar enough that most people who likes the one topic are most likely to enjoy the other
4. Plan your posts
For the longest time I used to post randomly! But I found that it is so much more simpler to plan your posts. It eliminates writers block by a whole 50! Trust me I should know
5. Proof Read your work
We all make mistakes! I always preview my posts and read them as if I were a reader. You spot more errors this way. Copy your text to a word document and run a spelling and Grammar check.
6. Write in Basic English.
If viewers do not understand what you are saying, they won’t read your blog. We all have our jargon from our professions and we tend to forget that some people won’t understand as they do not work with us or they are not in the same profession. So try and layoff the Jargon and use simple Basic English.
7. Take appealing pictures
I think we all go through the phase of taking pictures just for pictures sake. Try and make sure that your pictures are clear and of good quality. You do not need a DSLR for this. If you use your Cell phone for pictures set you phone camera to the highest Megapixel. Try and take your pictures in Natural Light and Equip yourself with an editing app to enhance your pictures.
8. About me Page
Make sure you have an about me page. You readers want to at least know your name (if your blog name does not state it) and they want to know where you are from (Country at least). Also tell your readers what your blog is about so that they can know what to look forward to on your blog.
9. Contact Page
Make sure you leave contact information for your viewers in case they have questions for you and also for brands looking to reach out to you.
10. Social Share
Have social network profile ready to promote your blog. This can be your personal accounts or you can set up accounts dedicated you’re your blog. This can be twitter, Instagram or Facebook.
11. Discover and interact with other blogs
As much as you would like people to read your blog and interact with you, Do the same. You can learn so much from other bloggers!
12. Have Fun!
Have fun with it! That’s all just flow with it
And that is it from me today. Let me know your thoughts on starting a blog. To current bloggers feel free to leave more tips down below. To potential bloggers if you have any questions, feel free to ask below and I will gladly respond
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