so, you want to start a blog?

i've had quite a few people email me over the last year asking for advice about starting a blog. things like how to get a blog design, how to get sponsors, how to grow a blog, etc. so, i've decided to start a little "blogging 101" series to help answer these questions. i figured that for all the people that actually emailed me, there's gotta be at least that many people that haven't, so these tips are for you!
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i want to start off this series with just a few points to think about before you start your blog.

1. pick a good name. you want to choose a name that you love and one that's true to you. something that gives a reader an idea about what your blog will be about and one that's memorable. once you think you've picked the right one, bounce it off of other people and see what they think. let it sit for a few days, and if you still love it, go with it.

2. have some direction. it's important to have an idea of what you will want to focus on for your blog, whether it be fashion, crafting, parenting, health and fitness, cooking, or any combination of topics. it doesn't have to be permanent and can definitely change, but i promise it will help direct your first few posts and help ease you into writing more regularly and finding your sweet spot.

3. be confident. when i started out, i could never have imagined how much my blog would grow over the first year or so. never. i remember being so thrilled when i hit 100 followers (which is a huge accomplishment!) and now i'm hanging out around 2,000, which totally blows my mind. in the beginning, i doubted that people would even be interested in what i had to say, but i stuck with it because i loved doing it...and it worked.

4. be yourself. i cannot stress just how important it is to just be yourself when blogging. find your writing voice and use it! not only will it make reading your blog much more interesting and fun, but it allows readers to learn about who you really are and feel connected to you.

5. do it because you love it, seriously. blogging isn't for everyone. and that is okay. there's nothing wrong with you if you start a blog and just can't stick with it. in fact, there's probably more likely something wrong with all of us that love it and think about blogging all day long ;) bottom line, blogging should be a fun and enjoyable creative outlet, not something that adds stress or negativity to your life.

so, there you have it. just a few things to start thinking about if you're looking to start a blog! (if you're a blogger and have some additional tips, feel free to leave a comment below!)

34 comments

  1. Great tips! I put off starting a blog for so long because everything wasn't "perfect", but I realized that you have to start somewhere!

    Life Unsweetened

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  2. Thanks for the tips! I will definitely be using them ;-)

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  3. I love this post. I started my blog about 5 months ago and have really enjoyed watching it grow. You and your sister are both inspirations to me as well as the rest of TriFABB.

    www.domesticatedworkingwoman.blogspot.com

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  4. Thanks for the great advice! I just started my blog.... and have 1 follower... yeah. It helps to know itll grow. And if it doesnt.... well thats ok too, b'cuz i love it.

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  6. Thanks for the tips! I started my blog back in July and it is coming along pretty well! You are absolutely right about making sure you love it and it's not adding any additional stress. It was adding some for me so I just took a step back from it and remembered why I started it.
    Have a great day!
    -Kris

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  7. I am so excited for this series!! Thanks so much for helping out all of us new bloggers! :)

    opal-and-violet.blogspot.com

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  8. Wise words, friend. I'm so glad you're starting this series, because you're right. For all of us (ahem... raising hand!) who e-mailed you with blog advice, there are many more who did not. Looking forward to the rest of the series and other questions that were asked of you!

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  9. Great tips! I actually started my blog last year then took time off and I am back again. Love learning new things (and I do everyday!)

    http://fancymeetingyouhere-tiffany.blogspot.com/

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  10. Thanks for the tips! As a new blogger, I need all the help I can get. Can't wait to see what other great ideas you'll share!

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  11. Thanks for the advice! I actually decided last week to switch to a new blog because my old one just wasn't suiting my needs anymore. Hopefully I'll be able to find my voice a bit better this time around!

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  12. great tips! I am wondering, how do you begin networking and getting to know other bloggers? Maybe I am ahead of myself and you are already planning a post about that. I am curious to hear what you say!

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  13. Awesome! Thank you for doing this. I am definitely looking forward to reading this series.

    1love2always.blogspot.com

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  14. This should be a fun series! I never think to ask other bloggers questions...So I love FAQ pages and things like this. You're definitely doing something right. And I definitely have a lot to learn.

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  15. Great post! I can't wait for the rest of the series.

    I think it's important for bloggers to keep in mind that you don't need to have thousands of followers for blogging to be worth it. And it takes time to get those followers. My blog is s l o w l y growing, and I constantly have to remind myself that I do it because I enjoy it, not because I want x number of page views. But you covered that in number 5 :)

    editionally.wordpress.org

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  16. I'm so excited you're doing this little series! I just started my blog a few weeks ago and I've admired yours for so long :) I'm excited to read more tips to make mine the best it can be.

    Chelsea from www.bootsintheburrow.com

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  17. This is really helpful--thanks so much for the advice!! LOVE you blog :)

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  19. Thanks Lauren for all your help I have just finished my first entry to my blog, if you get the chance please go check it out. You have been such a big help with your emails and I can't wait to see what you write in this series. Always Learning :)

    Samantha-http://isalwaystrying.blogspot.com/

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  20. These are great tips and I can't wait to read more!

    I've been writing on my blog since March and at times I still feel like I'm "finding" my voice and niche in it all. It is definitely a process and at times I feel like I'm getting to where I want to be and then there are days where it seems so far off.

    But I'm eager to read more from you about blogging. We all have room for improvements :)

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  21. Great tips! I was seriously just thinking about growing my blog and asking for tips! I can't wait to see what you have to say about growing a blog and tips on backgrounds, etc. I'm kinda clueless on what to do to get my blog out there. Can't wait!

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  22. I can't wait to read this series. I have been blogging for about 9 months and it has been amazing. I've "met" so many great gals. I feel as though I'm still finding my footing - or my voice. I want to be as ME as possible. Unfortunately, I'm often very sarcastic and that doesn't read very well :) If only the readers could hear the tone of voice!

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  23. Thank you for writing this! I just started my blog and I am really enjoying it. I'm looking forward to more posts about blogging 101 :)

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  24. Thanks for all these tips. I'll definitely using them to make my blog better :)

    MJ
    Papersidewalks.blogspot.com

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  25. Thanks for starting this!! Thank goodness for Pinterest that I stumbled upon your blog! I love your style and all your posts! I am anxious to see what you have to say in this series!!

    EMC
    fromthesehazeleyes.blogspot.com

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  26. Pardon my complete ignorance - but how do I follow blog(s)? Right now the only way I know how, is to bookmark them or add them to my favourites. But likely there is a way for them to come up as a newsfeed or something like that. I also wonder, when I leave a comment on a blog (such as this), is there a way for me to be notified when there is a response given? I sometimes do leave comments on blogs, but i forget to check back if there was a response. I think I need to definately need to sign up for blog 101. You will be happy to know, that I am really not interested in starting my own blog. I would also be curious to know why people do blog - is it purely for the joy of writing and communication? It seems that the blogger should be getting something more in return for all their hard work.

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  27. So true about loving to blog. I started blogging in June 2012 and I am really enjoying making online friends. I had to learn to find the right balance with my real job, family life and blogging. It takes time to spread your blog out there and make meaningful comments on other bloggers site. I've got a long way to go...especially on taking better pictures and html. Things I didn't think about when I started a blog.

    Alice
    www.happinessatmidlife.com

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  28. I was far too embarrassed to email and ask for advice, but I'm so glad you posted this! I'm currently hanging at approximately 0 followers... but I'm still learning. Thank you for the tips! :)

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  29. These are great tips! I have been wanting to ask for blog advice recently but got too embarrassed. Thanks for doing this.

    Jamie
    greyskysaturday.wordpress.com

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  30. how did you get your first sponsor- what was that like??

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  31. I love it when successful bloggers give blog tips! I feel like some bloggers are scared to reveal their "secrets" but I feel like the information doesn't necessarily make a good blog...it has to do with the person behind it and how much effort they put in. So thanks for sharing! As a relatively new blogger I would love to hear how you deal with sponsors ( how to find them, how much to charge, etc.)
    ~Jessica
    http://jeansandateacup.blogspot.com/

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  32. Thank you for this series. I've had my blog up for a little over 2 years, but only started blogging regularly over the summer. I finally found my voice (and turned off the voices of others in my head) and fell in love with writing. I have been (frustrated!) wondering what program you use for editing your pictures (creating collages, adding text, etc). I hate the way mine look scattered all around the page. Any tips or is this something that you will address soon?

    Jordan @ www.lilpasteeaters.blogspot.com

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