Who Should Start a Lifestyle Blog?
Do you have a life! Ok, then, you can start Lifestyle blog. Seriously, everyone has a story or two to tell. Why not share your experience with the world? Maybe you can help someone in a similar situation. You can write about your favorite recipes, fashion + beauty tips and trends, the list is endless. In essence you are writing to solve a problem for your reader; like a “how to” type post. Typically the start-up cost is minimal, maybe about $250 on up, considering how fancy you want the initial set-up to be, then you can upgrade along the way. Be sure to glean as much free information as you can from more experienced bloggers. Of course, paid content, is usually worth the price of admission. Some newbie bloggers are making $3,000 in their first month! Not bad, for a part-time gig from home, ey?
What Do You Need to Start a Lifestyle Blog?
To start a blog or most home-based businesses, you will need the following: access to a computer, internet connection, start-up cash, a lot of patience, resourcefulness, time and commitment. If you have young children ( I have three), then you will need EVEN MORE PATIENCE *AND* TIME. (Maybe either early in the morning or while the kids are sleeping or both). You will also need to be at least a little tech savvy (or at least willing to learn). Or if you have the extra cash, you can hire someone to get you started more quickly. Time is the most important factor in this adventure. You will need time to research, time to learn, time to actually write your blog posts, and time to market your website. If you want to start a blog to make money, then do not use a free platform like Blogger or Tumblr, you can update your family and friends there or on Facebook. If you’re goal is to build an online audience beyond your current circle of BFFs, then you must start that process now and begin writing a TON of content.
Why Should You Start a Lifestyle Blog?
It’s a limitless opportunity to showcase your uniqueness.
Blogging is a great way to express yourself. The advent of “blogging” was just that a “web-log” or online diary, if you will. A little place on the world wide web to share your life experiences with the world. Yes, it would be awesome to be on the top page of a google search, but even if that is not your big dream, you can and should try your hand at blogging.
It’s not for the faint of heart. A lot of bloggers will say it is simple to start a blog. I will say that for the younger generation it is probably easy since they are more familiar, in my opinion, with search engines, YouTube, ebooks and and countless articles (such as this one), to start a blog. For the not-so-techie person *or* the easily frustrated person, then the process can seem like it is more complicated and taking forever, even with a mountain of online resources, most of which are free, to help you start, grow, and maintain your blog. But once you find the *right answer* or the *right resource (or person)*, then the process will begin to move forward and you will begin to see it all take shape. It is doable, maybe not overnight or in a month, but it IS doable! My first hosting company Bluehost walked me through all of the steps.
You meet cool people. I’ve met so many cool people through blogging. With a specific niche, you can meet other like-minded folks and maybe even make a new friend or two. Some of my really great friends live miles away or even in other counties (and we’ve not ever met in person). From readers of my blog to other bloggers to business owners, blogging has allowed me to come into contact and connect with other people that I would have never met otherwise.
It allows for creative expression. The layout and design of your website. Your inspirational words. Your quirkiness. These are a fe ways to showcase yourself and your skills. It is a great way express your creativity. Choosing a beautiful photo or creating a cool graphic can be thrilling! Plus, with the abundance of free resources, now is the time to make your mark on the world.
You will learn many amazing things! The world is really is your oyster when you have the world wide web at your fingertips. You will grow as your blog grows, learning so many amazing new things. Some things you long to know (like how to make money on your blog) and other things you wish you didn’t have to know, (like SEO and meta data) but learn them you will. As a bonus, you will also find that you are keeping your work skill set fresh and up-to-date.
3 Reasons NOT to start a Lifestyle Blog
You want to make money fast.
If you are looking to be the next millionaire, then this is not for you (today or possibly ever). Or even if you just want some extra cash to pay your mortgage next week, then the blog post you write today, is not likely to pay out like that fast. The truth is, blogging is hard work. Just like any job. It is possible. It will take effort and patience and time…
You want to be Famous.
If you’re blogging in an effort to become a rock star or the next NY Times best seller, then please know that the chances are slim, like supermodel slim. I would rather underpromise and then overdeliver than to lead you into some unrealistic fantasy. Of course, in this world of reality stars and YouTube sensations, there is always a lottery chance of winning and becoming famous…
You don’t have thick skin.
By that phrase I mean, you are not able to take criticism well. I am not even talking about “constructive criticism,” just folks being rude and plain mean to your (face) website. You will be let down by the lack of traffic analytics and nasty comments on your posts. You will feel worse than your teacher marking your essay that looked like a bloodbath with her red pen. Strangers will hurt your feelings. It won’t be the first time or the last. This is especially true with sensitive subjects as religion and politics.
If you are cool with the reasons listed above, then, let’s keep moving.
Before You Get Started…
Before you begin setting up your blog, you will need to have a strategic plan in place. Those will fail to plan, plan to fail. You don’t have to plan out the whole life cycle of your blog. Just some key points. Read on…
Got goals? Ideally, you need realistic short term *and*longterm goals. A suggested short term goal maybe: blogging 2-3x a week, research new terminology (i.e. what is an SEO or meta data), making a list of topics to write (ones that you are passionate about and can write and easily and quickly). Some long term goals would include: taking a paid course or buying an ebook on technical issue where you are having difficulty or setting a timeline to reach 10,000/mth pageviews, or researching opportunities to do sponsored posts. Goalsetting gives you focus.
What will you chroncile? If you want this blog to solely be about crockpot recipes, then that is cool or hot, rather. You will need to eat, sleep and dream about crockery stuff. That’s not a crock! Take my advice: The crockpot is a beloved appliance ( I have two), but technology and appetities are rapidly changing. New small appliances, like the amazing InstantPot, appear on the market all.the.time. This is one side item? What other side items are you serving? All appliances have an expiration date. What will you write about once that recipe is done? If you have this blog for the long-haul, then I would suggest choosing a narrative that has crockpot or recipes as a yummy side dish. Your life is the maincourse, talk about: your family, beauty and fashion, cost of college, and home organization, just to name a few ideas.
Select a catchy name. Folks like the cool names of websites. Names show creativity. Choose one that is meaningful to you and is reflective of your blog topic. If you get stuck on a name, try this exerise: write a list of key words (nouns) or categories of your blog topics (i.e. grill recipes, homeschool, lifestyle, etc.). Then use an adjective to describe the key word (i.e. SizzlingGrillmaster.com or TheHelpfulHomeschooler.com or LadylikeLifeandStyle.com). I have no idea if these domain names are available, but feel free to take them or tweak them as your own!
To put it in a simpler terms, it is your prerogative if you want to name your blog: airman’s/sailor’s/marine/soldier’s wife/fiance/girlfriend/life/confessions or army/navy/marine/air force life/world/family etc. but truly think about your personal narrative to the world. I am a firm believer that military spouses have their own identity and military life should take a supporting role. (I know I’m repeating myself, but I want my point to be clear).
Now it is time to choose a company that will “host” or provide the server to keep your blog. (I am currently using Bluehost). Previously I was using GoDaddy, but that I was before I knew that the majority of bloggers prefer Bluehost for making money on their blogs. Your first steps will be: setting up a domain, choosing a platform, and picking out your theme. There are free themes, premium themes and . (My premium theme is “Pretty Chic” by Pretty Darn Cute).
Once you complete these action steps, then you are ready for Part 2: 4 Steps to Launching Your Lifestyle Blog.
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