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SETTING UP YOUR BLOG

SETTING UP YOUR BLOG

If you are thinking about starting a blog, this post is for you.

When I first started my blog, it was to act as a diary for my marathon training. I had no clue about design templates, writing, or any of that techy stuff! It’s all stuff I’ve picked up along the way.

Good news though: the tech side of blogging is easier than you think – here are a five steps I wish I’d known sooner!

1. Set Up

There are so many sites you can start your blog on nowadays – but I’ve only ever used WordPress.

When I first started blogging I used WordPress.com and I am now on WordPress.org – the difference? The .org version gives you more control – so I found the .com version easier to start with! Plus, switching is easy.

I started with the free version – so my URL was livelyel.wordpress.com – but you can buy your domain name per year (I think it’s about £15) to get rid of the .wordpress part.

2. Theme

Finding the right theme is key to show off all your great content that will undoubtably come (I believe in you!. And I also think it’s the most fun part of creating your blog – what it looks like!

WordPress.com has a lot of great (free) options that are easy to implement and customise, and with WordPress.org you can use themes from other designers (I use pipdig who install it for you and have a live chat to talk you through anything you need to do)

3. Design

Once your theme is in place, it’s time to make it your own – here’s where you get to customise your blog in terms of your homepage, font colour, hyperlink colour and even your site design. Do you want people to click through to your homepage or do you want to display your recent posts? Think about the structure of your menus – a good place to start is with your About Page and Contact Page.

Do you have a logo? If not, have a think about what you might want. Then upload it as your header and thumbnail.

4. Plugins

Another fun bit – think of them as little extras! Do you want your Twitter feed to be viewable on the side of every page? Do you want links to your social pages at the top or at the bottom of your home page? Will you include a contact form so people can email you easily? Have a play around with the customise – widget tab and see what works for you!

5. Content

So this is probably something you’ve had in mind before you even started step 1. What are you going to talk about? Running, recipes, fashion, interiors? How often are you going to blog (I would recommend starting with once a week and building up if you can!)

Remember, this can change over time! I started off purely with running content but now do anything from homeware to fitness trackers – go with what your heart desires, write about whatever inspires you!


Ask me any questions you have in the comment box below or drop me an email using the contact form on the right hand side of this page (at the bottom of the page if you’re on mobile!)

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