Before I started ‘Bryony Baker Blog’ back in late 2016 I had no idea what equipment I would need to create it. I had so many questions including ‘does it cost?’, ‘do I need an expensive camera?’, ‘how do I get people to read it?’, ‘how do I create it?’ and many more.
In this post, I aim to answer some of your questions, so if you’re thinking of making a blog hopefully after this you’ll be informed enough to make your decision.
What websites can I start a blog on?
There are a few different hosting sites you can use including, Blogger, Wix and WordPress. Personally, I would recommend WordPress as the layout is really easy to understand and it allows you to buy new themes to personalise the look of your blog.
How do I get people to view my blog/ grow a following?
It’s all about being active on social media, create accounts on Twitter and Instagram that are for your blog, on this, you can then engage with other bloggers. There are ‘blogger chats’ that are regularly hosted and ‘comment threads’ where you can post your link on to get views and interact with others posts. If you’re seen leaving nice comments on other bloggers blogs, they will then want to check yours out and see what you’re all about.
It’s key to also let people know when you have uploaded a new post, you can tweet about it on twitter, write it on your Instagram story and even post it on your blog facebook page if you have one.
Don’t go into creating a blog thinking you’re going to instantly get thousands of views, an audience does take a while to build up.
How do I stay organised with posting?
If you decide how regularly you wish you upload, it could be once or twice every week; you could then set yourself certain days to upload on. This would give you a target to work towards to.
How do I edit my pictures for my Blog/Instagram?
There are a variety of apps you can use including PicMonkey, VSCO, Colour Story, Lightroom and more that I haven’t mentioned.
My favourite one to use is Lightroom, you’re able to adjust a wide range of settings from the exposure, the colour gradients, the shadowing, the contrast and many more. Once you’ve created a certain edit you’re able to copy and paste the settings from one photo to the next making it easy to keep all your images in the same style.
In addition to this, you can purchase Lightroom presets from Etsy, there are essentially pre-made edits that you can apply to your images. There’s a wide range of them to choose from ranging from Free ones to some that are £15+.
How long did it take you to find your style?
This is all really down to perspective, as you’re always going to be improving with the content you’re creating.
I’ve had my blog now for 2 years and I’m very happy with what I’m creating and putting out there. I wouldn’t worry too much about finding your niche as your niche is you, just create the content you love, I’m sure if you enjoy making it others will enjoy reading it.
What plugins do I need on my blog?
I would recommend having plugins for your other social media’s as it makes it so much easier for others to find you and follow you on there. I’d go for Bloglovin, Twitter and Instagram and Pinterest too if you have it.
What posts should I start with?
You could start off with a post welcome people to your blog, explaining the type of content you’re going to be making and just a little about you. From there on, you can post whatever you like, that’s the beauty of blogging, there is so much freedom. You could do one post about a cookie recipe and the next one about the new lipstick you bought.
what tips would you give to someone who is thinking of starting a blog?