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Plan Of Action – Starting A Blog

January 12, 2016 | By Dee Ann Rice

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I have been working with several new bloggers recently and Tammi is one of those bloggers. 

When Tammi called me all she knew is that she wanted to start blogging but did not even know how to get a blog set up or started.

Tammi had lots of ideas for posts but had no place to put her posts. 

After talking to Tammi for a while I learned a little bit more about her. She was a stay at home mom of 2 young children and her husband was in the military. Because of her husband’s job they moved around quite a lot. Tammi was looking for something she could do from home in order to eventually make money. This would be her spending money. 

I started discussing with Tammi where she needed to start and what her plan of action would be to get her first post up on a blog.

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Plan Of Action

Purchase A Domain Name

The domain is how you are going to be known on the internet and is your first way of branding yourself. Many people use their name as their domain. This is because they are branding themselves. You can use most anything you want to though. If it is not your name then it should be something related to what you are blogging about.

If you are buying your first domain name, you can get it free when you purchase your hosting.

Purchase Hosting

Hosting is where your blog will live. 

While there is free hosting out there I would highly recommend that you purchase your own hosting for your blog. 

Free hosting often comes with lots of restrictions and requirements. With free hosting you do not really own your blog, your hosting company does and you are at their mercy.

Pick A Theme

When starting out I would suggest that you pick a free theme. I would also suggest starting with one of WordPress’ theme because they are updated regularly and the code is clean. Some of the other free themes are rarely updated and many times have code that is not very clean.

Later on you will want to purchase a theme. A paid theme has more functionality and will offer more options to make the theme look like you want it to look.

Colors For Your Blog

You can pick 2 or maybe 3 colors that will be used on your blog. These colors will be used as part of your branding. Everything you do on your blog will rotate around these colors.

You will pick your colors before you make your header or have a header made.

Header – Make Your Own or Have One Made

Once you have picked your theme you will know what size header you will need.

If you are good at graphics then maybe you would like to make your own header otherwise you can have a header made. Fiverr is a great place to have your first header made. 

The main things a header should contain are:

  1. Headline – usually your domain name
  2. Tagline – one line describing what you offer in your blog
  3. Your picture

You can add other things like a background image or other images. It all depends what you want your header to look like.

Remember to use the colors you picked when designing your header.

Incorporate Your Colors In Your Theme

Your colors should be used throughout your theme. The color of lines, links, when you hover over links, buttons and anything else that is a color should be coordinated and be part of your color scheme. 

Some of the colors can be changed in the back office of WordPress. Many times the theme will allow you to choose colors for certain things in drop down menus.

If you want other colors changed you will need to do this in a child theme. You might be saying what is a child theme and how do I figure out how to make one? This is the point that you will need to hire someone to help you if you have not done it yet. They can teach you how to make a child theme or put one up for you.

Write Your First Post

Your blog is now ready for your first post. 

This is the point that Tammi was waiting for. She had lots of ideas for posts but did not know how to get to this point.

Is This Overwhelming?

All of this was very overwhelming for Tammi which is why she decided to hire a coach to help her through all of these steps. 

Tammi was far more comfortable completing a list of simple tasks and forwarding her completed tasks to me so I could put together her blog.

Once Tammi had completed the tasks I sent her and sent the material back, I had her blog up in a very short time.

This allowed Tammi to concentrate on what she really wanted to do and that was write posts.

Do You Need Help Getting Your Blog Started

I am eager to help you get started so here is what you’ll need to do. Click here and tell me where you are right now and we’ll set up a time to discuss how I can help you so that you are up and running by the end of the week.

I Love Comments

I would love to hear your thoughts on my post. Leave me a comment and let me know your experiences with getting started blogging or your frustrations.

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1 Adrienne
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January 12, 2016 at 11:53 am

Hey Dee Ann,

Boy, I bet Tammi is glad she found you. Heck, I’M glad I know you. You’ve helped me SO much with my own issues with my blog so I know anyone who is brand new is overwhelmed by all of this.

Most of us who come online had no background with these types of things. I mean honestly, I had been online before I decided to start my own business but I didn’t even know what a blog was let alone how to put one up. The hosting cPanel alone freaks people out because we’re always afraid we’re going to do something wrong.

The whole process of getting started online is scary but it’s always great when you can not only get some help but from someone who really cares about you. That’s just who you are Dee Ann because you’ve been there, done that and have had some not so great experiences. We all need a Dee Ann and I hope those just now getting started will want to work with you. They will definitely be happy they did.

Great share Dee Ann and I’m excited for Tammi. I bet she’s really thrilled to have her blog up and she’s ready to start writing more content. Great way to start a new year.

~Adrienne
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2 Dee Ann Rice
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January 20, 2016 at 1:21 pm

Adrienne,

Thank you for your kind words. You have helped me out also. I think that is what is so great about networking. What one person does not understand another does. So I can help you in some areas and you definitely help me in others.

Getting started is so very hard. It literally took my 3 to 4 months to get the first blog that was done right up.

In the very beginning I also had no idea what a blog was or why anyone would ever want one. Then I did it wrong a whole bunch of times before got it right. When I say wrong I mean I did everything wrong. I knew more about doing it wrong than I did doing it right.

I really wish I would have been able to find someone to teach me in simple terms how to put up a blog, write posts and comment when I started. I would have saved me one heck of a lot of time and money.

Thank you for your comment and for stopping by my blog.

Dee Ann

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3 Tom Southern January 17, 2016 at 6:29 am

Hi Dee Ann,

It’s good to know there are supportive coaches like you ready to help beginner bloggers get started. Like you say, it can be overwhelming with everything everybody tells you that you need to include if you want success. Not all of it is necessary, especially to start with. And it can sound so overwhelming and out of a lot of new bloggers’ league that it stops them starting in the first place.

I like how you spend time talking about colours. These are really useful in helping you create your individual look. You don’t need a fancy, expensive theme to start with. It’s all about how you add your personality and character to your blog that can do wonders for making you stand out.

I use bright and sometimes, unique shades of colours, to give my blog a Pop Art look. This is a nod to my interest in comics but also my background in graphic design. Your simple, clear design is great, Dee Ann, really welcoming. Unfortunately, a lot of the themes that are becoming popular now make blogs look the same.

The simplest way to start a blog is to think about what end result you want out of having it. Your answer will give you a focus for what you need to do and have to start a successful blog.

Enjoyed this post, Dee Ann. Thank-you.

-Tom

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4 Dee Ann Rice
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January 20, 2016 at 1:39 pm

Tom,

Thank you for the complement you gave my blog. I really like simple. I am also trying to brand myself with my color scheme so have been working on that.

You really do not need everything in order to get started. Getting only what is necessary when starting out will allow you to get going and then figure out just what you want after you have an understanding of what you would like.

You are right a lot of the more popular theme make everyones blogs look alike. I really do not like that and have tried to make mine look somewhat different. I am working on a new theme and hope to make it have a look of its own. When I install a theme for a client I always make a childtheme so I can make changes that will stay and their blog will look a little different than others who use the same theme.

Thanks for your comment and for stopping by my blog.

Dee Ann

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