Ready to start blogging? I know you have been thinking about it for a while! In this post, I will discuss how to start a lifestyle blog step by step!
This is very exciting, and I am glad you have decided to take part in this wonderful online journey.
How to start a lifestyle blog
1.Decide on a niche
There are many blogs that you can begin, but for this step by step, we are going to look at lifestyle blogging. Lifestyle blogging is about personal development and other journeys we may take throughout our lives. Lifestyle blogging actually covers a lot of areas, so you are not constricted to just one idea. However, if you are passionate about only one thing then here are some sub-niches that you might consider for your blog.
Just remember if you are not passionate about what you are writing about then it will feel like a chore. Ask yourself some important questions such as “Do I really like this topic?” or “Could I write about this all the time?”
- Health blog
- Parenting blog
- Beauty blog
- Personal development blog
A health blog seems to be trending at the moment. Especially with the pandemic still raging on, people are more conscious of what they are eating and if they have been physical or not. Right now those who are working from home are looking to support their mental health as well as their physical health.
Yes, there are a lot of overweight people in the world, but not everyone who is overweight reads these blogs. Most of the time these blogs are read by those who want to develop a better plan or begin again.
Perhaps you feel it is amazing to create your own personal workout routine, and want to share that with others. That type of passion and excitement from a creator is what others latch on to. You could connect your blog to your youtube channel to help you reach a bigger audience. You have the freedom to create recipes, fitness schedules, routines, and of course mental check-ins. You don’t have to have a Ph.D. but you do need to know your stuff, so do your research!
Trust me when I say there are a number of moms out there who feel overwhelmed, and confused. When becoming a new mom everything in your mind says that your experience will go as smoothly as whatever book you studied said. The truth is life is messy and kids well they don’t follow what the books say.
Advice on parenting is always a great idea. When it comes to potty training, picky eaters, or kids who refuse to get dressed parents are needing to be guided. Or to connect with a community that is experiencing the same situations.
Again you could incorporate your journey on Youtube into your blog and build your audience that way. If you are leary about putting your kids on social media or even on the internet in general, you don’t have to show their faces. In fact, you can use free photo websites such as unslash.com to help you over that hurdle.
Do you love all things makeup, hair, skincare, and whatever else that makes you feel pretty? Well then write about it. Youtube is flooded with tons of beauty vloggers, and again you can add your channel to your blog to gain more followers.
Let’s face it, we all love to dress up or dress down. Beauty secrets from celebrities are always popular, as well as new techniques in skincare. Women love new products that they care about, currently, the trend is clean, vegan, and just feel-good products.
A definite fun niche if you are passionate about blogging all things beauty. You can even target anywhere from 18-70. Cause let’s be real here we still love wearing make-up even in our twilight years.
Personal Development Blog
This is sort of my niche, why? Because there are loads of potential with this type of blog. I love talking about how I improved my life and how you can too. I want to share my successes to show the world you can achieve things!
You can choose to target people your own age or you can do specific groups like millennials, college students, or those who are in between.
I love this niche because you can write about your own story. You can discuss goals and progress. Your journey could mirror or help someone else. Isn’t that exciting?
Starting out with a focus will help you create content and with building your brand. But remember you must be passionate about what you want to talk about!
2. Webhosting and Domain Name
The next step is finding a web host and creating your domain name. I personally use Siteground simply because I love their support and features. Plus, since the pandemic hurt a lot of us Siteground now offers monthly billing for $19.
Of course, there are others that I recommend such as Bluehost, but really it is up to you and your needs.
A domain name is the name of your blog and the web address of your blog. You will want to take your time figuring this one out. There are some out there who say your blog should only have three to four words, and others will say that is garbage. I say if you can make it work then do it!
As you sign up for your web host, you will be prompted to do a search on your domain name.
From there you will learn if it is available or not. (you can change the .fr to com, mine comes up that way because I’m in France-don’t worry!). For me using Siteground is super simple, and user-friendly. Plus customer support is super helpful!
3. Choose a blog site/theme
For my blog I chose WordPress, but you don’t have to use the one I use. There are many of them out there that are suited for the needs of your blog.
Here are a few you can choose from Squarespace, Bloggers, WIX, or Tumbler. Honestly, the platform you choose will be best for you.
WordPress is used by millions of people; such as The New Yorker, Snoop Dogg, and many more. In addition to WordPress is user-friendly, it is also super easy to customize and personalize your pages. Customer Support is really awesome too!
4. The Right Them
The overall theme and appearance are what may be the deciding factor for your readers to want to stick around.
Take your time when looking for a theme, WordPress has a ton to sift through. Just remember to keep your needs and the needs of your blog in mind. Also, think of your theme as a reader. Is it easy to look at, it is easy to navigate, and is your blog cluttered?
Regardless of what you chose, make sure that your platform can support the theme.
I found my theme on CreativeMarket.com, which is a freelancing website that supports graphic artists and other creators. While choosing my theme I kept in mind the theme must be classic, timeless, and is capable to grow with me.
Important note: Make sure your theme can run on WordPress and the author is in good standing.
5. Get Ready to Launch!
Ah, the exciting part because you are finally sharing your vision with the world. Take your time when creating content, you want to ensure you are putting your best work forward, after all, it is your brand. As you get closer to your launch date be sure you set up your social media, using your blog’s name, and get the buzz going that you are about to release something awesome.
When you have a good amount of content then it is time to launch that blog!
Now the real work begins! Stay tuned!
Comment below on what kind of blog you are thinking about starting.
Siteground photo: screenshot taken by Christina @TwilightfallsCo