5 Tips For Starting A Legit Blog

Tips for starting a blogIf you’re looking to start a blog but don’t know where to start, you’ve come to the right place. If you’re new to my blogging journey, let me give you a little background. I’ve been blogging since 2009. Even before that, I treated my Myspace page like a blog, displaying all of my favorite things on my page. I started my blogging journey on Tumblr (my page was called Androgynously Styled) before it got really big. Then, I moved to my blogspot, which was called StuddedBows. As you can tell by my previous blog names, I ‘ve always had a thing for dualities; edgy and girly, menswear styled fashion, and now, luxe and minimal.

After changing my blogspot to The Luxe Minimalist, I bought the domain and web hosting and moved to WordPress and here we are now. Through my years of blogging and moving real estate, I’ve learned a lot and I’m sharing my best tips for getting started in the blogging world. Read on for more:

Be consistent

You should have enough content & ideas so there will always be something new when your readers come back. It’s helpful to have an upload schedule so your readers know when to check back for new posts. If your schedule doesn’t allow you to post every day or on a set schedule, plan to post at least 3 times a week. Sometimes I write my posts in one day and take all of my photos on another day, then schedule them to post on the days I’d like.

Do your research

Learn about web domains, hosting, and Photo editing. Most blogs are very dependent on photography. I personally don’t follow blogs that don’t have quality photographs. Learn how to take and edit your photos. You don’t need a fancy camera. You can use a phone and some good photo editing apps.

Also, learn about the topics you’re blogging about. Readers want to come to you to learn more about whatever topic you’re posting about. You need to have helpful and legit information for your readers.

Get a professional layout

Your layout should be minimal in the sense of not being too cluttered or distracting and it should be easy to navigate. I suggest having your contact info & social sites at the top of the page so it’s easy for people to contact you and find you on the internet.

Produce quality content

Quality content in the blogging world is content that helps others in some way, is not full of typos, and is visually pleasing. There are many ways you can help someone with your content. You can give tips on a topic you know a lot about, you can share shopping deals, give reviews and recommendations, or simply inspire people in some way.

Have fun & be yourself

This tip is really important now that blogging has become a profitable career path. It’s easy to get wrapped up in the appearance of the lives of other successful bloggers. But those bloggers who become successful have worked really hard and the success didn’t come overnight for most of them. Blogging is a lot of work and that’s why you should blog about something you really love. This way you’ll never get tired of it.

People see through it if it’s not done out of passion. Blogging can become a career if it’s done right and you are patient. Also remember to do it your way. There are enough bloggers that are doing the exact same things. Be original and just have fun.

This is the first of many posts I want to do about blogging. I have been blogging since 2009 and until now, I wasn’t too consistent with it. Though I wasn’t always consistent, I have learned so much and I want to share what I’ve discovered. Now that I’m ready to take TLM to the next level, I’m hoping I can help others start/grow their blogs. Leave in questions in the comments below and I’ll do more posts based on the questions you have.

You can also send me questions on Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat: coreyiel, and Facebook.

xx, Coreyiel

New York Black Blogger

Author: Coreyiel

Coreyiel is a lifestyle blogger and PR & Influencer Marketing pro from New Orleans, LA, currently chasing her dreams in NYC. She loves sharing life's little luxuries such as beauty, food, and travel, as well as her tips to help motivate women of color in the beauty & fashion industry.