How To Start A Blog: Step By Step For Beginners | Meg Says

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talking about blogging and I've been

wanting to film this video for ages

because probably not a day goes past

where I don't get asked how to start a

blog in some way like I always get

Instagram DMS emails tweets everything

saying I want to start a blog how did

you do it or I want to start a blog

where do I begin I will leave my blog

URL on the screen for you right now if

you want to pause this video and go and

check my blog out and I'm also going to

go through this video once I filmed it

and take notes so if you're one of those

people who would rather read this

information there will be a blog post on

my blog as well but for now let's just

get on with it

it was Steph Mitch like who introduced

this crate to me and I think it's a

really good idea just to question your

motives and your reasons for doing

something before you start doing it and

for me it was like a natural need to

write and I just wanted to share things

with the world and I think that should

be the main reason why you start a blog

like a lot of people do it because they

want the free stuff or I've had people

say I'm going to start a blog because I

want to earn enough to live in central

London within 3 months and it just

doesn't work like that trust me and so

why not do it because you love it I

think a good rule to go by is if you

wouldn't do it anyway it's maybe not for

you and if you wouldn't be prepared to

do it for free forever it might not be

the e so just bear that in mind

now we've got that ethical thing out

we're going to move on to the fun stuff

and the first thing is choosing a name

and first you need to decide what your

blog is going to be about and then tie

in your name from there you want to

choose something that reflects your

content so people know what your blog is

going to be about when they click on it

say for example if you know you're going

to be talking about knitting and only

knitting if you want to share your name

you can call it something like Katy

knits or if you want to remain anonymous

you can use a pun like pearls of wisdom

or something like that just something

that reflects your content or if you

know you're going to have a lifestyle

blog and be talking about lots of

different topics choose something that

doesn't put your content in a box

because if you call it Katy knits and

then you talk about fashion and baking

and cooking and traveling it doesn't

really fit in with the theme so you're

better to call it something like Katy's

world or Katie's life or Daley Katie

choose something that suits your

personality and also something that's

going to stand the test of time because

if you choose something that's kind of

like a fad or to do with your age or the

year or anything like that it's going to

change in the future and then you'll be

stuck with a name that's no longer


a lot of people sell title their blog

which is a really quick and easy option

to go for or you could go for something

simple like see if your name fits into a

pun or a phrase or I think there's even

online generators that make a blog lame

for you out of your hobbies and stuff

but I think just be a little bit more

original and think of it yourself just

jot down some ideas and also make sure

no one's got it first that's really


again like your blog lane the platform

that you host your blog on is completely

down to personal preference but if

you're a complete beginner I'd really

recommend blogger because it's just kind

of foolproof I've been using it for

years I've never had any issues and it's

just very easy and straightforward to

use I also used to use WordPress when I

worked as a social media manager I did

find that a bit trickier to navigate and

I had a few more issues with it but if

you're good at HTML and you're Wiz at

coding and stuff that is probably the

one for you both blogger and WordPress

are completely free and then another

question I get asked all the time is do

I need to buy a domain name and no you

don't in my opinion you definitely don't

need a domain name in the beginning

stages if you become a bit more serious

about your blog it definitely does make

your site look more professional but in

the beginning it's better to work on

your content in my opinion and your

money if you're going to spend any is

way better spent on step 4

so roll on step 4

with a blog design I feel like you're

laying the bricks and mortar for your

blog so think really carefully about how

you want your site to lit and how much

you're willing to spend and to give you

an idea of what my blog used to look

like for the first year and a half of

its life and as any two years old now so

the changes I've made to my blog in

November have been fairly recent and

I'll put a picture here of what my

header looked like so basically I didn't

want to spend any money because I didn't

really have any money I knew I wanted

something very clean and pretty and

simple and just kind of straightforward

so I found this one

just by typing in something like free

blogger templates onto Google it

definitely wasn't the most complex of

interfaces but I didn't necessarily need

it to be I just wanted somewhere to put

my writing so like I said it was free

and easy to download I just got on my

computer I overlaid the text using

PicMonkey com I put it on my blog and I

went from there for a year and a half

and as I mentioned I've only just in the

last sort of couple of months redesigned

it so I think it just goes to show you

don't need to spend money but if you do

have a bit of spare dollar and you don't

mind spending in your blog there are

lots of professional website designers

they'll offer everything from custom

blog designs to pre-made templates which

are a little bit cheaper so I will leave

a few of my favorites linked down below

and just have a look until you find

something that's right for you and suits

your style

okay now I feel like I've said this

before in my 10 things I've learned

about YouTube video but I really believe

in it and it's that enthusiasm is way

more important than equipment because

you can spend hundreds even thousands on

cameras and lighting etc but if you

don't feel enthusiastic about what

you're doing and you don't have a drive

to create in the first place all that

fancy equipment doesn't mean anything

back in 2014 when I started my blog up

again I didn't have a camera and I

couldn't afford a camera so I just used

to take all my photos and on iphone 4

which was really difficult and to me

they looked kind of rubbish but people

would still ask me what camera I used so

you don't necessarily need to spend lots

of money that you don't have on a camera

if you have a thing that takes HD photos

just use that and just get started

because practice makes perfect then if

you blog for a while and you think oh my

gosh I love it so so much I want to

invest in my blog and make my quality

better I would recommend investing in a

camera and I just take a look at what

some of your favorite bloggers use for

example I use a canon 600d and that's

what I'm filming on right now and I also

take all of my blog photos on this so

it's a really good all-rounder but if it

doesn't fit your budget you can always

buy second-hand or you could search for

a cheaper camera altogether it's totally

up to you and then another thing that's

totally up to you is investing in extras

so things like tripods lighting

Photoshop etc they're all things you can

buy but at the end of the day all you

basically need to start a blog is a

computer and something that takes photos

trust me I know exactly how daunting is

to start posting on your blog especially

if you've told your family and your

friends and your co-workers that you are

starting a blog

I'm not everyone does that but I did at

the second time around I did find it a

little bit more daunting cause obviously

I knew people I knew in real life we're

going to read it but trust me it gets so

much easier once you establish your tone

so I'd really recommend doing an

introduction post introducing yourself

and your hobbies and just saying hello

to your potential readers when it comes

to putting together blog post do

whatever feels right for you I think

that's the beauty of blogging is that

one person will do a very photo heavy

post with barely any writing and someone

like me who kind of types how they speak

and is really into writing will write

more paragraphs with less photos and

just basically put it together how you

would like it in your head and a good

rule of thumb is to put together posts

you like reading yourself and just make

sure you like your content posting

regularly and consistency is a great way

to build your audience up but again do

whatever's right for you some people

have a schedule so their audience know

when to expect new content and some

people just upload whenever they can so

it's just whatever fits you and your

lifestyle it's also really handy to have

like an about page and a contact page so

readers and brands can get in touch

easily if they'd like to

come to think of it I don't actually

know anyone who has a blog and isn't

also on social media so get yourself set

up with some accounts

there's tons out there but I would

definitely recommend Twitter and

Instagram as the two initial ones you

should get started with first I decided

that I wanted to create separate

accounts from my personal ones and I

actually really enjoyed having it that

way because it's almost like having a

work phone and a home phone on my blog

Twitter and Instagram accounts I can

promote my new content and keep up with

all my favorite bloggers and then on my

personal accounts I can still see

everything my friends are doing and then

people who used to go to school with

don't have to see me constantly posting

about my new YouTube video if they

didn't want to I would really recommend

doing the same thing after putting so

much of your hard work and time into a

pastry obviously going to want people to

read it so don't be afraid to share on

social media and invite people to come

and have a little browse social media

also allows you to contact brands

directly so if you've done a post about

their product or their service it's fine

to politely at them in a tweet or tag

them in a photo because there's a chance

they might see it and it's really never

too early to start building connections

a really great way of building your

audience and making friends is to get

involved with the community so things

like Twitter chats there's Twitter chats

every single week and I will leave a

calendar for all of them linked down

below in the description box if you want

to go and have a look and then one

evening why need to make a big cup of

tea and set aside an hour to join in

there's always an interesting discussion

going on and there's also always an

opportunity to share your links at the

end so you're showcasing your blog to

lots of potential readers and you're

also having a lovely little chat in the

process as you might know if you've ever

commented on any of my stuff before I

think it's really big yes a big old

double thumbs up to reply to your

readers because if you think about it

how many blogs are there out there a

heck of a lot and they've taken the time

out of their day to read yours so take

the time out of your day just to be nice

and reply say someone asks where your

jumpers from on Twitter tweet them back

and let them know because in the early

stages especially it doesn't take much

effort to reply to everyone who leaves a

comment and your stuff and I just feel

like it makes your audience feel more

appreciated and it shows that you see as

a two-way relationship between you and


once you've been blogging for a little

while you might want to sit down and

have a little think about how it's

progressing and whether it's something

you want to continue as a hobby or

something you might actually want to

turn into your job if it's the former

I'd say carry on going your own pace

feel free to upload however often you'd

like to and just enjoy having a corner

of the web that's all yours if it's the

latter let's be real you're going to

have to work super super hard vlogging

in general can be tricky so to go

full-time is a lot harder than it looks

but don't let that realisation put you

off it really is a fantastic career path

because you get so many exciting

opportunities and you get to meet the

most amazing people but either way

whether you're doing is a job or a hobby

make sure you roll on number 10

I wanted to put this last because this

is what I always say to people who ask

me for advice on blogging it is a

saturated market these days and it's

easy to have feelings of self-doubt when

you measure big blogs against your own

but just relax a little and remember

that they might be six years in they've

probably been blogging for years and

years and you've only just started so

relax take it easy and just enjoy the

ride create stuff be proud of it and

have fun because there's only one of you

in the world your life is unlike anyone

elses and blogging is a really beautiful

way of sharing that with the world so

there we have it those are my top ten

tips on how to start a blog if you're a

beginner and I really really hope this

was helpful for you like I said at the

beginning I can do follow-up videos or

blog posts on other aspects of blogging

if you would like me to I know I'm not

an expert but and I've been doing a

quite a long time and I feel like I've

got a good idea of sort of tips and

advice to give you guys so if you have

any questions leave them in the comment

section below and I'll do my best to

answer them as best I can and I love you

all lots happy blogging if you start a

blog do let me know and I will see you

in my next video thank you so much for

watching I love you lots