A month of chloecripps.com! I posted about my blog onto my Instagram last weekend and honestly had so much nice feedback, I was quite overwhelmed – so now the content must continue! Although people have only really known about chloecripps.com for a week, I’ve been posting content for a month so I thought I’d give a v brief round-up on how it has gone/is going!
First things first, the logistical stuff,
- Choose a nice theme that reflects the kind of layout you want on your blog! The one I’ve gone for is called Resonar and I really liked the way you could have a sticky/featured post on the homepage.
- Pay for your own domain, I paid for chloecripps.com as I’d much rather have my own url than chloecripps.wordpress.com, it looks slightly less professional.
- When you start a blog (on wordpress specifically) before you write any content, Google/find out the difference between a page/category/post, this will help you with the way you structure your blog and your posts. Once you know what each of these are managing the layout becomes so much easier!
- Make sure all posts have an image and a feature image to make them look more appealing
- Add tags to your posts to make them more easy for other people to discover them (you do this when you edit a post on the right hand side).
And now more personal things I’ve learnt about blogging
- Three blog posts a week is hard! At first I decided that I was going to post 3 blog posts a week, I stuck with this for most of the first month but MY GOD it is hard. There is so much stuff I want to write about, but I worry that with 3 posts a week, 1. I will write all my ideas too soon and 2. That the content wont be as good because I’ll be posting for the sake of it. So, moving forwards I’m going to only be posting 2 a week (I’m sure that is more than enough).
- People really appreciate you being vulnerable and open online. In a world where people constantly post polished pictures on Instagram and always seem to be living their #bestlives people seem to really appreciate normal people (like me lol) being more vulnerable and posting about their feelings online. I assume this is because it feels more relatable and less far removed than it does when similar things come from influencers.
- Everyones writing style is unique, I used to think that I wasnt a good writer because of how colloquially I write, but I’ve realised thats just my style.
- Don’t reread your old blog posts! I find it so cringey and I realise how badly they are written and littered with mistakes.
- And to expand on the above, I need to get better at proof reading
If you have a blog, what would you tell anyone who is just starting out blogging?
Thanks for reading, Chloe x