It’s not hard, with ready made themes, almost all of the technical side is taken care of for you. Writing, of any sort, is great for their literacy skills, using spell check helps enormously too ( it’s helped me!). Photo editing is creative, fun and a real skill in itself, as is taking the original photos.
Kids love feeling good about themselves, seeing the viewing figures and Facebook likes mount up is great for their self esteem.
Click the box for a free blog ( Create Blog in the Beginner column) and that’s it, you have a blog. To write your first post go to your WordPress dashboard, find Posts on the left hand menu, select Add New and start creating. My 7-year-old and I changed the picture on the left to the one on the right in a few minutes this morning. If you have Photoshop and you know how to use it, great, if not there are a few free image processing sites available online.
Obviously there is a lot more to it than this if you want to make your blog popular, successful and lucrative. Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. I receive questions often from people who have just started their first blog and are looking for tips.
Most people blog about more than one subject, but it's good to choose a general theme for your blog. Once you've chosen your theme spend some time (weeks or maybe even months) filling journals with ideas and inspiration for your concept.
Something I took to heart was in a conversation we had about blogging and you told me to make sure I blog about what I love.
I definitely believe having focused on a couple of really strong concepts has helped my blog immensely.
As I continue to blog, I hope and try to become better each day in cultivating my craft, content, and vibe. I am continually shocked by the number of people who come to me asking for blogging advice who don't read blogs. Kinsey, How has your background as a photographer helped you to develop a better blog? Any advice for new bloggers? Most people blog about more than one subject, but it's good to choose a general theme for your blog. Once you've chosen your theme spend some time (weeks or maybe even months) filling journals with ideas and inspiration for your concept.
I am continually shocked by the number of people who come to me asking for blogging advice who don't read blogs. Your collectors and customers want to hear the story behind your work and the process of creation. It is a fact that is does take some effort to maintain a blog, but it’s definitely worth it! Guest author: Jason Dirks is a business management consultant by day and a passionate outdoor photographer by night (or any other hour he can get outside and take pictures)! This entry was posted in Art Business Tips, Art Marketing & Branding, Blogging Tips, General, Guest Articles and tagged art blog, art lessons, art marketing tips, blogging tips, how to blog, how to create a blog, sell online art. Lori McNee is a professional artist who specializes in still life, and landscape oil paintings.
If I could add a fourth point…Blogging is a great tool for reflecting upon the work that you do.
It’s fun to see how things are done and people enjoy seeing what goes into your work.
Your customers also enjoy being the first to know about a sale or a new product line and having a blog is a great way to share all of these things with them!
So, how do you go about starting a blog when you don’t have a clue how or where to start? I’ve included step by step instructions and as many photos as possible, along the way. Now that you’ve chosen your plan it’s time to pick a domain name for you new blog! I highly recommend paying for at least 1 year at a time, but to maximize your savings, choose the 36 month option.
Not only does it save you even more money, but you won’t have to work about paying for it each month. While starting a blog is the work of just minutes, building a blog that will attract visitors, provide leads for your business, and even provide you with a regular income is something very different, indeed.
In this post we’ll explain why you need to find a niche before you even consider getting online and we’ll give you tips on how to find a niche to blog about. A quick Google search will confirm what you have always suspected: there is a blog about just about every topic under the sun.
There’s not a lot of overlap between blogs about organic gardening, public policy, and digital cameras, but believe it or not all successful blogs have two things in common. For the second, though, it’s the first and perhaps most important choice you’ll make about your blog.
So choosing a niche is important, and it should be a choice that you make before you launch your blog. Choosing your niche is a personal or corporate decision and it will be driven by a number of factors.
While it can be nice to start and manage a blog where you are learning along with the readers, your visitors will generally arrive looking for answers and expertise. If you’re getting ready to launch your own blog you are almost certainly reading other blogs already. On top of these three tips the team at DOZ has developed a 30 Minute Method for finding your niche. First, getting through things in 30 minutes is easy, but there’s nothing wrong with taking more time. Those aside, if you can’t wait to start blogging and are itching to get online, this method is made for you – in half an hour you’ll have a niche identified and can start thinking about the next steps in your blogging journey. Make sure you are in a space where you can work uninterrupted for the next half hour – again, you don’t want to lose time to colleagues, kids, or ringing phones. Look at the passions you have no your paper and see if you can group them together into some categories.
Just as you got your passions onto paper quickly, now you need to take a separate set of paper and get your expertise onto paper. Look down at the two pieces of paper you have: one with the categories of passions and the other with your expertise. On another sheet of paper see if you can map out the blogs and other websites that you read regularly. Now you have three pieces of paper: your passions in categories, your expertise with links to your passions, and an idea of what you like to read. Do you have expertise in public speaking, enjoy technology, and like reading about great presentations on SlideShare?
Do you have leadership skills, are passionate about sports, and enjoy reading about heroic sporting heroes?
In this final five minutes you’re trying to pull all your ideas together and see if there is a way to bring your passions, your expertise, and the writing you already enjoy together in a way that is unique.
It’s a tough job, perhaps the toughest of all the steps, but when it’s done you’ll be able to reflect on the perfect idea for a niche blog. Determining the niche for your blog is an important first step for any blogger and getting this right is a key to starting a blog that will last in the long term. I am well into my third year of blogging and I am absolutely amazed at how much things have changed. Then, one day, someone tells you that your story affected them, that you suggestion helped them, that your recipe fed them, or that they support you as you struggle to figure things out. So, if after all of that you still are interested in blogging here are the details on how to start blogging and change your life. Again, I started The Shop My Closet project on Blogger, I eventually ended up have my blog transferred to WordPress.org on Christmas Eve 2012.
There is always a lot of talk about which web host to host your blog on and I have to say that I have had an extremely good experience with Blue Host and continue to use them at this point in time. Grow Your Online Tribe-As you write, reflect and share, you will begin growing your virtual tribe. Grow Your Offline Tribe-Overtime I slowly, slowly, began working hard to grow my offline tribe. Joined a Mastermind group-I really didn’t know what a Mastermind group was until I joined one.
Working for myself-I really hated working for other people in the WAY that I was working for other people.
Connected with new friends-I am actively reaching out and putting myself in the position to meet new people. I must echo that blogging, done well, is HARD work, but I’ve also found it to be rewarding.
I was very depressed when I started so I don’t even what to think about that possibility.
There is a lot of great information in here for new bloggers and even those like myself who have been around for a little while. It has been a great experience but it has been basically hundreds of hours of unpaid work-that I’ve done happily! No matter what topic you want to blog about, there are only three basic steps — a domain name, a hosting account and WordPress software. This page contains affiliate links for your convenience. You can read my full disclosure policy here.
I started Cook Eat Paleo to share the paleo recipes, tips, and tricks I’ve learned on my journey with the paleo diet. Do people keep telling you that you should start a blog, but you are clueless on how to start one? I’ve been a full-time blogger since July 2013, and have started hundreds of blogs for businesses and blogging enthusiasts.
When you click the NEXT button, you’ll either see ‘not available’ or ‘congratulations’ the domain name you’ve selected is available. Once you’ve completed your registration with Bluehost, it’s time to start installing WordPress. Once you arrive at the YOUR INSTALL IS COMPLETE page, you’ll want to click on the VIEW CREDENTIALS button and write down your Admin URL, Username, and password. Disclaimer: Please note that some of the links above are affiliate links and I will earn a commission if you purchase through these links. It may be just half a day’s work for your child to start a blog and publish their first posts, and it’s free.
We like to add text and play around with colours, cropping, borders and a million other variables.
Two years ago I blogged 5 Tips For Bloggers and while I still stand behind those tips I want to dive in a little deeper today! This is the category that you would use to describe your blog in one word such as Fashion, Craft, Lifestyle or Photography.
I definitely recommend keeping a regular schedule, but if you can't manage to post every day don't stress out about it! Something I've learned from talking with you, Els, is letting readers be able to define your blog within moments of visiting your blog. Since Kinsey started her blog in November it's grown to around 245,000 page views each month.
As Elsie suggests above, I spent a good three months developing my ideas, vibe, content, look, and name.
With blogging today, there are so many themes to choose from, but if it's not something you're passionate about, no matter how many readers or sponsors you get, you'll eventually get burned out. I definitely recommend keeping a regular schedule, but if you can't manage to post every day don't stress out about it! Something I've learned from talking with you, Els, is letting readers be able to define your blog within moments of visiting your blog. Give yourself permission to keep developing, changing your routines and regular refining content until you are completely happy.
I've also been surprised at how easy blogging can be, but only when you truly apply each of the previous topics. If you can't list off the top 10 blogs you love to read then I highly recommend creating a Bloglovin' account and using it to follow and discover blogs that you enjoy. Since Kinsey started her blog in November it's grown to around 245,000 page views each month.
Comments are moderated (everything constructive is approved), so they may take a bit to appear. A blog gives you an online platform to share your personal story about your artwork or products and the process you go through to create such unique pieces of work.
A blog gives you the opportunity to reach beyond your niche marketplace, find a wider audience and connect personally with your customers, clients and fellow artists or creatives. A blog gives you the ability to teach others about your art or craft and share your knowledge.
The only thing you need is your own creative thoughts and an internet connection and you’re all set.
He and his wife live in beautiful Seattle, which provides the ideal landscape for his photographic interests: wildlife and nature, travel, sports and adventure. I was recently offered a job marketing an artist’s web community and only then did I realize that I needed to take blogging about art more seriously! Would you like to share news and updates with your current shoppers while expanding your customer base? But, if you’re in a creative business, the number one reason to have a blog is to share news, updates and sneak peeks of your new projects with customers.
If you don’t have a business name and don’t want to use your own name, what do you sell? Clicking an affiliate link on this site may result in a commission that helps to keep this blog going.
The information shared is based on my experiences and I cannot guarantee that your experiences will be exactly the same.
No matter whether you are an individual looking to write more and earn a little money on the side, or a business seeking to expand a content marketing strategy, you’ll benefit from our series. We’ll even reveal our exclusive 30-minute method to move from ‘no idea where to get started’ to ‘ready to go’. The niche that you choose provides you with a clear topic and theme that you’ll write about consistently on your blog. Choosing a niche where there is a possibility to monetize your blog in some way in the future is a smart move, but it’s one that you have to make even before launching your blog. However, there are three tips that will make choosing (and maintaining) the niche you choose. You’ll need to post regular content about your niche on your blog every week, maybe even every day.
If you have expertise in a certain area, taking advantage of that expertise in crafting your posts and building your blog can save you time, energy, and a lot of research. Take some time to think about the blogs that you enjoy reading, the ones that you return to every day or even every hour, and think about what they have in common. If you’re stuck for what to choose, or if you’re not sure that you are on the right path, this method can help you find the perfect niche for your blog. Remember that you are looking for the raison d’etre of your blog so, if you aren’t pressed for time, you can take longer. Make sure you have a pen and paper close to hand and avoid using a tablet, smartphone, or computer instead. We’re going to move through the steps in 5 minute intervals so you’ll want to know when to move on. Don’t be too harsh on yourself, and no need to rush: if you see electronics, technology, internet, and drones, group them together somehow.
Make the link – maybe you’ll be able to focus on telling grand stories about sporting heroes from teams you know well, or can be motivated to learn about.
While focussing on broad tips is a good way to find your niche if you are really stuck, our 30 Minute Method is a fast and structured alternative for those who need a little more direction. To get your copy simply enter your email in the box below and proceed to the download page. I just had a lot going on and had heard of this blogging thing and decided to start a blog on Blogger. You can let WordPress do all of the heavy lifting for you such as: hosting, backend blog related maintenance and updates. So, if you end up growing a huge site you won’t be able to control certain parts of your site or monetize it the way that you would like.
Are you writing a cooking a site, a general musings site, a personal finance, or lifestyle site? I was very connected with the organization that I worked with and had worked with the majority of my colleagues (who are also friends) for that time.
Basically, it’s a group of people who you meet with in person or virtually every week or every other week. You could ask around-there are a lot of bloggers who are participating in Mastermind Groups.
There is no way I would be able to do this if my husband wasn’t supportive and actually understands being a blogger himself or it would be a huge marital rift! While it may sound complicated, this page will walk you through each step (with pictures!). If your name is already taken, you will see a screen that tells you that domain name is not available for registration. Just keep trying different names until you find one that is available. It acts as a design, security, and SEO foundation for your blog, and has many different themes to choose from. This means that if you make a purchase through one of these links, your price remains the same and I will receive a small commission. After going gluten, grain, and dairy-free for health reasons, I had to relearn how to cook and bake without all the ingredients I’d always used.
Note: If you already have a domain name or purchased one through another site, such as GoDaddy, you will type your domain in the box ‘I Have A Domain Name’. Hosting is basically your little rented space on the web, allowing you to make your blog accessible to the online community. Genesis Framework – this is the framework that we’re using here on Your Marketing BFF + the StudioPress Themes. I’m self-taught and used my digital image manipulation skills professionally in a hospital pathology laboratory. Are you choosing this theme because you admire another blogger and want to be just like them?
Again, some of my favorite blogs only post a few times per week or only during the weekdays.
For instance, I really enjoy some food, family oriented, and high fashion blogs, but I choose to steer clear of those subjects because writing about them are not my strong points. You only get one first impression, and if readers can't define what your blog is all about, they might feel a little overwhelmed by your content and unable to relate.
Working for Red Velvet gave me an instant urge to start blogging right away, but I'm so thankful I waited a bit to start cultivating the themes and content of my blog and truly believe it made all the difference. I really had to evaluate and say,"If I have just a few readers and don't make a dime, would I still blog?" The answer?
If you don't enjoying developing DIY projects, you don't have to create them for your blog. You only get one first impression, and if readers can't define what your blog is all about, they might feel a little overwhelmed by your content and unable to relate. When you have a theme you love, subjects you're passionate about, driven focus, and a realistic schedule, it becomes a natural, blissful part of your every day life! She is a great example of a brand new blogger who is learning, growing and challenging herself every single month!
I find that creative writing helps me to open up channels for new inspiration that is often reflected in my artwork. Check out this post on how to start a blog for your creative business – it’s packed full of information along with a step by step tutorial to get your new blog up and running today!
They like to see how you make things, what materials you use and most of all photos from the beginning steps to the end product. We’ll take you from stage zero to blog hero, and make sure that you understand the importance of having a niche, choosing the right blogging platform, crafting the perfect post, and getting found online. If you’re interested in starting a blog its reasonable to assume that you’re on-board with being a blogger or on a blogging team. You won’t be jumping from topic to topic, or writing about politics one day, sports the next, and baking the day after that. If you are targeted in your writing and if your posts are grouped around a specific subject, you’ll attract readers who share that same narrow interest. Whether you are an individual considering targeted advertising or affiliate marketing opportunities, or a business blog that wants to develop targeted and qualified leads, having a well-defined niche allows you to eventually monetize your blog to the benefit of yourself and your business. This means that there is real value in choosing something that you care about, something that you can realistically remain motivated about in the long term.
For a business blog, drawing on your expertise is a great way to highlight your products and services, and to demonstrate that you know a lot about your market.
You are trying to get through this in just half an hour so you don’t want distractions pulling you aside for even a minute. Whatever pops into your head is useful here, so don’t worry if you skip from sports to electronics, to your hobby and your work. Circle them, highlight them in different colors, or re-write them in a list on a fresh sheet of paper. Don’t just say you are an expert manager, for example; instead, think about ‘people skills’, ‘leadership’, ‘financial planning’, ‘project planning’, and ‘resource allocation’. You might be someone whose real expertise is in public speaking and leadership, but you are passionate about sports or technology. You’ll find that the ones that come to mind most quickly have something to do with the passions and expertise you’ve just listed out. But, to say that the act of blogging hasn’t made a profound, sustainable, and long-last change to my life would be disingenuous.
Blogger was a free blogging platform offered by Google and at the time I wasn’t sure how long I would be blogging. This name becomes the url (thing you type into the search bar for the non-techy types) so spend some time on this step. You have a list of tasks that you’ve agreed upon that will help you work towards your professional goals.
And that I’ve used to help friends and clients start blogs on everything from fitness to horses to parenting.
You can access your dashboard through the Login URL link on your confirmation screen or email. Next, pick the idea that stands out most to you – the one that will represent you and your blog the best. This plan is paid in one lump sum and gives you quite a bit of a discount versus paying monthly – I’m frugal, so you know this would be the one I’d choose! A few of our favorites are: Parallax Pro Theme, Modern Studio Pro Theme and Foodie Pro Theme. Most of the free themes have options to customize them, you’ll have to pay for this option.
As she prepared to start her blog and developed it for the first six months I had a chance to mentor her a little bit. Also a lot of people start blogging based on trends they see other people writing about and not something that they personally gave a lot of development to.
The most important thing is that you choose a schedule that fits with your lifestyle that you can enjoy creating each week! Make connections through social networking or good ole' fashioned e-mail and keep in touch.
To practice your own photography you don't need a fancy camera or editing software, start with what you have. When you have a focal point it becomes the "main course" of your blog, making it appealing to the readers you want to attract. Make connections through social networking or good ole' fashioned e-mail and keep in touch.
To practice your own photography you don't need a fancy camera or editing software, start with what you have. As a social media influencer, Lori ranks as one of the Top 100 Most Powerful Women on Twitter, has been featured in the Wall Street Journal and named a #TwitterPowerhouse by The Huffington Post. While a broader focus might attract a more diverse group of readers, they won’t find much reason to stay, or return. For individual bloggers it’s a matter of choosing something you know enough about to save yourself the time required for extensive research before every post. On the other hand, if you are reading blogs about different niches then perhaps you’ll be able to identify what makes all of these blogs interesting to you and develop a niche at the nexus of these different blogs.
If you enjoy watching football on television, make sure you are thinking in terms of ‘football tactics’, ‘play analysis’, ‘player reviews’, and ‘know everything about team X’. Look for ways to connect these such as, for example, coaching (leadership and sports) or TED talks (public speaking and technology). This is entirely normal, and a result of your mind already starting to identify a theme or even a niche subconsciously.
The name of your blog is called the domain and is the information that you will put into the sign up form on Blue Host on the front page of Blue Host when you begin to set up your blog. If you do that, your first step will be to go to the WordPress.org page and find the download button in the middle of the page on the right hand side. BUT, I am trying all of these things again and am happy to say things are coming together nicely.
Once I made the decision (after many, many blog posts and years of thinking) I stopped emotionally eating.
In this article I'll share the advice that I gave to Kinsey and she will share about her experiences and perspectives as a brand new blogger with you too! If you start blogging based on what you see other people doing then the chances are good that in six months you'll feel uninspired and in need of change. One of the ways that my blog grew when it was very young was by cross promoting with my pals. In this article I'll share the advice that I gave to Kinsey and she will share about her experiences and perspectives as a brand new blogger with you too!
If you start blogging based on what you see other people doing then the chances are good that in six months you'll feel uninspired and in need of change. She is a keynote speaker, has been a talk show host for Plum TV, writes for F+W Media publications including Artist’s Magazine, Artist’s & Graphic Designer’s Market, Photographer’s Market. For a business this can be easy: ask yourself what your business does, what industry they work within, and what the company’s unique selling point is. Writing about something that you already have expertise in won’t mean no research, but it will help you research less, and faster. For a business, look at what your competitors are blogging about and see what you can emulate or where you can innovate. Your goal here is to determine the categories you are passionate about, not to make independent lists of absolutely unrelated passions.
Avoid the temptation to refer to your computer or handheld device for clues from your browser bookmarks: if it’s not coming to the top of your mind it might not actually be that important to you after all.
Do you feel confident about your ability to share content about this subject every week? Those are all great reasons to choose a theme! Don't tie yourself down with lots of rules in the first year, allow your content to develop and evolve in a natural way by listening to your readers and most importantly, your instincts! Questions like this can help reveal the niche that a blogger or team of bloggers can remain passionate about.
For individuals, try grouping the blogs you read into categories and try and understand what niches these categories represent.
If you end up with cooking, baking, kitchens, barbecuing, and picnics on the same list it is not a problem.
Follow some photography blogs and use their photos as inspiration to try a new effect, lighting or pose.
Use your strengths to create ideas that are unique and will be fun for you to work on week after week! Some of my very favorite blogs are super focused on just a few things and never branch out much. For an individual, try and identify the areas of your life where you find your passion, be it sports, the home, photography, a hobby, or a game.
I highly recommend getting into the mindset that you are a lifelong learner and that your blog will get better with time!
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