Learn how to start your own blog in just an hour. Become a blogger today by following the steps we used when we started our blog, which has since attracted more than 20 million people and has been seen in the New York Times, TIME magazine, and on the TODAY show.
Do you want to create something worthwhile? Start your own blog! What are the benefits of becoming a blogger? Creating this blog is one of the most rewarding choices Ryan and I have ever made. Mybloginsta is our method of earning money. It's also how we add value to others' lives.
So you're thinking about beginning a blog, but you don't have any idea where to start, don't you? Well, we didn't! Before we became "The Minimalists," we had a desire to launch a blog to communicate our thoughts and to express our feelings, but we were overwhelmed by options.
We were lost, confused, and overwhelmed by the choices that were available to us. We weren't sure how to begin a blog, or how to get started as a blogger. What is the ideal moment to start? What is the best way to register a domain name? What exactly is hosting? What platform for blogging do you recommend using? What is the best way to choose a
theme for the blog? What is a plugin? What topics should we write about? We're not even able to spell HTML!
It turns out that it is much simpler than you think to create with a blog. We've learned a lot along our climb to millions of readers. Now you can take the lessons we've learned and apply it to aid you in avoiding the hassle of setting up your blog.
In 5 Easy Steps, How to Start an Online Business that is Successful Choose your blog name and get your blog hosting. Start your blog by adding WordPress. For your blog to be stand out, pick a simple theme. Two important plugins for blogging are needed to monitor stats and locate readers. Write engaging content to create a blog that your readers will enjoy. There are a variety of blogging platforms like Blogger.com as well as Tumblr.com. However, almost every serious blogger has self-hosted WordPress website due to its versatility and creativity.
The Minimalists uses WordPress because it offers us greater control over the appearance and feel of our blog, as well as more creative control than any other platform. WordPress is .
A lot of emails are sent out inquiring about the best way to start the blog and what topics to pick and how to write valuable content. Although the bulk of this article covered the steps to create your blog, it's only one of the steps. It's now time to begin creating and publishing your content.
Find Your Niche. Although you don't have to have a niche it is beneficial. In the beginning of learning to become a blogger, it's essential to consider what you're interested in. Running? Cooking? Parenting? Are you a parent? If so, whatever that is, write about it. It is important to find your passion first. However, what do we mean by this is: do not create a blog on something unless you've got unique perspectives. If you've got an unusual perspective and can live in a simple way, then you should definitely consider it.
Find your ideal readers. Once you've identified your niche, it is important to know who will be visiting your blog. We write about how to live a fulfilling and meaningful life with little. Thus, our ideal readers are people who are keen on exploring the idea of minimalism to clear the way for more fulfilling lives.If you want to write about your newborn child's development then that's awesome: your ideal readers are likely your family and friends. You can also write about restoring old cars. You can tailor your writing to the needs of your readers (whether it's your family members or local community or whoever else will be reading your blog).
Bring value. Your blog must add worth to the lives of its readers. Helping people solve problems is what you want. That's the only way to bring in high-quality visitors to your website (and keep returning back).Adding value is the only way you can earn people's long-term commitment. We both learned this after 10 years of managing and leading people in the corporate world. When you write anything, it's worth asking whether it is adding value?
Be unique. There are many blogs that are covering the same topic similar to yours. Your blog is distinctive So, why is this? Answer Why? Because you are. Your blog's unique because of your uniqueness. It's about your outlook and your imagination, as well as the value you bring to your blog.
Be interesting. Write interesting blog posts. Particularly if you wish for people to share it with others.
Be yourself. One of the most interesting aspects is sharing your story. Each person has their own unique story, and your tale is one of a kind. The important part of storytelling is removing the superfluous details that make the story uninteresting. The great storyteller will remove 99% of the details that aren't relevant and leave the interesting 1% to the readers.
Be Honest. Your blog needs to be authentic, and it must feel real--if you wish to attract readers to it. You could be your blog, or your blog can be you. So does your personality match the things you write about? If not, the readers will notice the flaws. Gandhi's famous quote states, "Be the change that you desire to see to see in the world." Maybe bloggers should start a blog they'd like to write about for the world.
Transparency. Transparency is not the same as honesty. You needn't share every aspect of your life for the sake of being honest.Always be truthful, and remain transparent when it adds value to the content you're writing. You won't find any photos of us in the bathroom because everything we write must be for the good of the community.
Time. When you've learned to create your blog, you'll realize that blogging requires lots of time, especially when you're as narcissistic as we are.That said, once you have your design set up do not alter it too often. Instead, concentrate on writing.
Vision. The reason that our appearance is appealing is because we have an amazing host, we have an awesome theme, and, most important, we had a vision of what we wanted our blog to look.Once we had that vision, we worked hard to make it a reality. (Note that neither of us had experience with design prior to starting the blog.) If you don't know how you want your blog to appear it's hard to make the perfect one.
Find Your Voice. With time, writers discover their voice and their writing tends to develop a certain flow, one that is appealing to their readers. Your writing will appear more authentic, real and urgent when you find your voice. For more reading, check out our blog post on Finding Your Voice.
We Instead of You. If you can, use the plural in the first person. Particularly when discussing negative traits or behaviors, statements of we and our are stronger than those made by you and your. The negative tone of the first person is more powerful. Imagine the situation this way: we're writing peer-to-peer--we are not gods. When to post. Question: What is the most appropriate time and date to write a blog post? Answer: It doesn't really matter. We don't have a particular time-of-day schedule, but we do publish at least every week as consistency is essential. But, you don't have to get too involved in all the specifics.
Social Media. We suggest you use Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter to connect with your audience. However, don't get too involved. The writing is the most important part of blogging. Social media is a follower.
Negative Criticisms and stupidity are not taken seriously. Yes, we receive a lot of negative feedback and silly questions. But they aren't our readers. These people are called seagulls. They come into your blog, trash it and then leave. We don't pay them a mind, because we didn't create our blog to be a victim of them. Go on, and delete their comments.
Research. Do some research on the topic you're writing about. We can use a variety of useful and relevant sources in our essays since we have spent the time researching our subjects.
Simple is best. Simple principles can be applied to start any blog regardless of the genre. There's no reason to include unnecessary ads or widgets on your site. Keep it simple and delete any irrelevant ads or widgets.
Picture. Your blog should include your photo. People love to see the person who is behind the blogger. It's not necessary to be worried about two snarky guys from Dayton, Ohio don't mind sharing their photos on their blog.
Comments. If you're going to have comments on your site you should read the Five Words that can destroy Your Blog written by Scott Stratten.
Living Your Life. You're starting a blog on your life (or about certain aspects of your life at the very least) and you have to live your life. You should always prioritize exercise as well as health and relationships. Simply put, you should live a life that is worthy of writing about.
15 Reasons Why You Should Begin a Blog The idea to conduct research and write this blog post after reading Joshua Becker's 15 Reasons I Think You Should Blog in which he outlines 15 reasons for why you should begin your own blog.
What is the word that is used here. Becker also discusses the purpose behind blogging and not how to create a blog. This is something that many blogs about blogging overlook the purpose-- the motivation for starting blogs.
Learn how to become more effective as a writer. Writing is communication at the core. Becker writes that writing is all about putting your thoughts down on paper and getting others to agree with you. Writing, like all types of communication, can be improved by practicing. Blogs won't make you more proficient at writing, it will simply happen as you practice it. And becoming a better writer will have significant benefits throughout your life, whether you're writing an ebook, a presentation for your resume, an anniversary card for your spouse." Excellent! This isn't just a fantastic method of improving your blog's writing, but it's an amazing opportunity to improve all aspects of your writing from business email and texts to that novel you've been thinking about. Meet strangers. "Whether it's via comments or emails, or even social media sites, you could be surprised at how quickly you can meet people online," writes Becker. That's true! It's true! Minimalists blog is responsible in large part for some of my most important relationships over the past decade. These relationships include long-term business and personal relationships that resulted from this blog. You'll be more confident. "Blogging will help you discover more confidence in your daily life," writes Becker. It will be easy to realize that you're a worthy person and a unique view and something you can be able to share with other people. True! Writing can help us understand our lives and the effects of what we do.
Now you've got fifteen reasons to create a blog. In addition, we've explained how to start a blog, step-by-step, from our own personal experience.
However, after providing you with those specific instructions that could help you save thousands of hours of time wasted In addition, we want to give you some good reasons why you should not create your own blog. These are only our thoughts and do not represent a complete set of tried and tested blogging strategies.
Money. If you want to make money, you shouldn't start your blog. First, you must establish a goal. If your primary objective is to replace your full-time income from blogging don't think about it. It doesn't work that way.Do you think that Jimi Hendrix picked up his first guitar so he could "supplement his earnings"? No, he didn't. Rather, he did it out of love for it, for the joy and fulfillment he received as well as the money that followed - a lot later, actually.
Notoriety. Don't plan on getting "Internet famous" right away. It's not impossible for some websites to expand as fast as ours, but it's fine. We kind of got lucky. We found a great domain name and we created a site style and logo that people liked. Our content was unique and made us feel connected to people. That would be a stretch. This website was made to help people become bloggers and to spread the word. We were surprised at the amount of traffic we received. This was due to lots of luck and dedication.
Traffic. Not all traffic is good traffic. Don't stress about having thousands of visitors immediately. If you can help people resolve their issues, then invest your time in creating meaningful creations. That's why you should concentrate on adding value, not increasing traffic.
It's amazing that these possibilities are even possible. A blog may be enough to earn an income that is full-time. It's something we do, Corbett Barr does, and many others. It is possible to be a well-known blogger on the Internet, like Chris Brogan or Leo Babauta. If these are the only motivations for creating a blog, you will be miserable since it's an employment. If it's an occupation, you'll not be passionate about it, so you'll either be miserable or fall flat on your face (or either).
If you want to, you can turn into a blogger because it's what you enjoy doing...
The good news is that starting your own blog is completely free using WordPress. The only thing you'll need to pay for is hosting as outlined in the step-by-step instructions above.
There are also "free" amateur websites such as Tumblr or Blogger that allow you to create a blog using those company's platforms. Be aware that you may not be able to manage your blog's content if it's posted on another website. This is one of the many reasons why we use WordPress.
When I teach my students writing, I encourage them to write every day and publishing at least one blog post per week. The blog typically publishes two blog posts every week. Seth Godin blogs every single day.
Whatever you decide, we recommend you stay steady. You can establish accountability partners (your readers) by making a daily writing plan. This will allow you to feel more compelled to write even if it's not what you want to do.
Avoid grandiosity. Avoid throat clearing. The first blog post you write should not be a lengthy mission statement. Your blog's first post doesn't have to be boring and uninteresting introduction to your blog.
Instead, select a subject that interests you , and then write about it. Use the prompts from the "What should I write on?" section.
For reference, you can check out the first blog post on this blog around the year 2010: Take a hike.
Don't worry about introducing yourself in every blog post. Instead, you should create an "about" page for potential readers that they can go to if they'd like know more about you and your life, as well as the projects you're involved in. See The Minimalists' About page as an example. Derek Sivers, our friend, also has a fantastic Now page that could work for you.
There are at most three reasons why blogs do not work:
Bloggers have low expectations. You're setting yourself up to fall short if you anticipate a million people to visit your blog in a matter of hours. If your motive is genuine and you're determined to contribute value to the world-then you'll notice that your expectations will change.
Some bloggers don't add value. The Minimalists don't focus on metrics like followers or subscribers. Instead, we are focused on bringing value to our audience. If you can help people solve problems, your success will spring from that-not the reverse.
Bloggers usually place money first. While it's fine to make money from writing (as we do) however, it should not be the primary goal. Blogs that are successful make money and great blogs can make a difference. In another way, we let money have seats in the car, but it's never the car's driver.