My Tips for How to Start a Blog

Feb 19

Today I want to share something I’ve been working on for a bit behind the scenes, something I truly hope will be useful to those of you who might be curious about blogging. In a nutshell, it’s a resource page designed to help you navigate the basics of how to start a blog! I go over lots of things from registering a domain name to making your blog pretty to improving your photography skills so you can share amazing content. I also tried to pack in tons of links to places where you can do more reading, get inspired, and ultimately get up and running quickly. My biggest piece of blogging advice? If you’re thinking about starting a blog, there is no better time than today! I promise, you can’t wrong if you blog from the heart and share what you love. If you do start a blog or have one already, please leave a comment here with a link so I can pop over and say hi! Click here to get started.

How to Start a Blog from @cydconverse

Note: Because I strive to be very open with you guys, I want to make note that the resource page this post links to contains affiliate links, which means I will earn a commission if you make a purchase through those links. This is one way that I earn a living and fund the projects, posts, tutorials and recipes I share here daily. Also, these are all companies, products and/or services I trust and would recommend even without that commission. So, basically, thank you for helping support The Sweetest Occasion! If you find this information helpful, I invite you to please pin the resource page on Pinterest, to help spread the word to others. Thank you! xoxo

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[Photo by by Alice G. Patterson for The Sweetest Occasion.]

15 thoughts on “My Tips for How to Start a Blog”

  1. Thanks for the post! Awesome information. I just started mine at crunchbakes.wordpress.com…. still a work in progress but its been fun :)

    1. Thank you for your sweet words, Carla! I just checked out your blog and you’re off to such a great start. I’m so glad you found this information useful – please let me know if you have any questions about anything! xoxo

  2. Wow. So much here. Fantastic!

    So I have a free WordPress blog and am planning to go to a registered domain soon. This is the second blog I’ve seen talk up Bluehost, but I am confused as to the difference between registering through them or just upgrading directly through WordPress. Do you know? Also, and I apologize if I should find another source for these questions, but will I lose my previous content?

    1. Hey Jennifer! Your blog looks so great. Those Burns badges are amazing! But back to your questions ;-) So, a free WordPress account at WordPress.com is a little different than having a self-hosted WordPress blog, which is often referred to as WordPress.org (If you want to Google it, you could search something like “wordpress.com vs. wordpress.org” if that’s helpful.) If you upgrade to a custom domain via WordPress.com you’re still going to be hosting your blog through WordPress, which is essentially the same difference as having a blog through Blogger. So, using the same analogy I used on the resource page: a domain name is your address, your hosting is the apartment you’re renting on the internet to allow people to visit that address, and having a custom domain on a free blog via WordPress.com (or similar) is essentially like living in your mom’s basement rent-free. (As in, it’s your space, but it’s your space under a roof that belongs to someone else.) Does that make sense? lol I hope so! The benefit here is obviously price. Free! Which seems super beneficial. However, it limits your capabilities when it comes to customizing your site, making it function as you want it to and really growing your traffic. You’ll be surprised how quickly those become things you’re concerned about if you really love blogging and want to stick with it. I think the sooner you can move to a self-hosted site with a custom domain, the happier you’ll be, because it’s always easier to do that when you’re just starting out vs. years later. All of that said, you’ll never lose your old content! When you set up your domain and hosting and then install WordPress, there is an import option which will allow you to sync your new site to your current blog and pull all those posts over with literally just the click of a button. If you get to that point and you have any questions, please let me know and I’m happy to help in any way that I can! In the meantime, I hope this helps! xoxo

  3. Thank you soooooo much for this post! I learned a lot! I love writing and being creative but the whole administration side of blogging really frustrates me. I started my blog at the beginning of February and I feel like there is so much to learn – it can be quite overwhelming really!

    Thanks again, Joi

    http://www.joiful.me

  4. the admin thing is the most tedious part of the whole blog world. I am still trying to get my blog to look pretty. thanks for all the information.
    shrida @ mintlabsblog.wordpress.com

    1. You’re right about that one, Shrida! But it gets easier and really becomes second nature as you go along. Your blog is looking great! :-)

  5. What a great resource! Thanks for sharing. I always love reading your posts – you’re full of inspiration & wonderfully enticing content : ) Sometimes I feel like I need a blogging mentor to show me the way, so this was definitely helpful. xx
    flowercrownsandcandy.com

    1. I’m so glad you found it helpful, Casey! And thank you so so much for your sweet words! It means to much to me to hear that, you have no idea. Your blog looks really fabulous. Just keep doing what you’re doing and you really can’t go wrong. Wishing you the best of luck! xoxoxo

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