I have been asked many times not only how to start a blog, but also how *I* particularly started and grew Adultish. For those of you who don’t know Adultish was my post-divorce-quarter-life-crisis idea. And it’s turned into this!
The first thing to start off a blog the correct way is to figure out WHY you want to start it to begin with. You need to have a reason, something that sets your soul on fire or after two months you will be over it. For me that was easy- no one was really talking about divorce the way I was. It’s seemed too taboo and I knew I couldn’t be the only one.
Find a platform- when I started Adultish I knew of WordPress and that was the end of my search. I had heard of Blogger but could never remember my gmail account credentials and it really made the choice between WP and Blogger that much easier.
Interact with other people on the site. Like, comment, follow- grow meaningful relationships. Some of my now close friends I met because of having my blog.
Don’t take things too seriously. I have gotten my fair share of mean comments and that’s when you just deny the comment and move right along with your bad self.
Don’t upload a blog without a picture. I love using Pixabay because there are a lot of Tumblr-esque photos, all free.
Make sure you are using tags, and categories.
Personalize your site. Fill out all of the information WordPress let’s you. Update your “contact me” page and make sure when you click through your site ensuring you don’t find any dead ends.
Consider upgrading to WordPress Personal. It’s not as much of an expense as their Business plan and it.. well it’s just better! You have more room to publish, you have your own domain, zero ads and it really is worth the small price.
And my last bit of advice is to start a blog for the right reason. If you want to start a blog to get rich… I dunno, maybe get a second job instead. If you want to be famous fast then pull a 2007 Brittney Spears. People can tell if you’re not being true and genuine. These bloggers pour their heart and soul into their blogs for you to read them, communicate, help, inspire and uplift.
Starting Adultish has been so huge for me! I write a ton now, I am more open and honest and all of your feedback and advice is amazing to me. If you start a blog for the right reasons, you will never regret it.