How To Start A Blog: A Simple Guide For Beginners

Advice to help you start a blog with a video tutorial to help you setup your blog today. A must-read for anyone who wants to start a blog and be a successful blogger!

There are hundreds of ‘right’ ways to start a blog, but having all of those options can be overwhelming. So in this guide, I’m going to share the simple step-by-step process I personally used to bring my blog Smart Twenties to life!

To help you start a blog, I’m also going to answer some of your most commonly asked blogging questions (like how to decide what to write about and how to pick a name for your blog), give you an idea of what to expect and share a list of the amazing resources that have helped me grow my blog to where it is today,

But most importantly, I’m going to give you my best advice on how ride the emotional rollercoaster that comes with starting a blog! I’ll be chatting about perfectionism, whether you should tell your friends, imposter syndrome, my struggle with fear and self-doubt and much more. I hope you find it all helpful!

NOTE: In this guide, I only recommend the services I actually used to start my blog (and still love using to this day!). If you sign up for one of these services, I’ll get a commission for helping you start your blog – at no extra cost to you.

HOW TO START A BLOG

step 1. choose a domain, blogging platform and hosting

There are so many options when it comes to blogging. And, as I mentioned before, this is why starting a blog can get a little overwhelming! So I’m going to share how I personally chose to setup my blog (after hours of research) and why I made those decisions. I hope it helps! 

Why a self-hosted blog is important

As you might already know, when you start a blog you have the choice between starting a blog for free (using something like WordPress.com, Tumblr or Blogger) or to pay a small amount of money for a company to ‘host’ your blog (which is called a self-hosted blog). If you have a lot of doubt around whether your blog will be successful, it can be tempting to go with the free option. But I really want to encourage you not to and there’s a few reasons why:

If you want to eventually make money from your blog (which I’m sure you do!) it’s really important that your blog is self-hosted! Not only are there all sorts of restrictions around making money with free blogs, but brands tend not to take bloggers with free blogs seriously. Creating a self-hosted blog also gives you much more creative control over your blog, so you can get it looking exactly how you’d like!

Why I use and recommend WordPress

There are lots of platforms you can use to start a blog (like WordPress, Wix and Squarespace) but I personally chose WordPress for a few reasons:

  • A WordPress blog is crazy easy to setup (watch the video below to see how quick and easy it is!)
  • Behind the scenes, WordPress is intuitive and super simple to use
  • WordPress is the most popular blogging platform in the world, so there are a zillion tutorials and resources to help you if you don’t know how to do something (which means you’ll never need to hire anyone for tech help, even if you’re clueless with computers)
  • Also, because WordPress is so popular, there are thousands of beautiful WordPress templates to choose from (I share which templates I use later in this blog post). Plus WordPress is super easy to customise – so if you want a beautiful blog, WordPress will make it easy!
  • WordPress automatically optimises certain parts of your blog so readers can find you through Google – amazing!
  • Plus there are heaps of thousands and thousands of free plug-ins you can install to help you find more readers, make your blog more beautiful and make more money

For me, starting a WordPress blog was a no-brainer and I’ve never had any regrets!

Why I use and recommend Bluehost

After hours and hours of research, I chose to have my Wordpress blog hosted by a company called Bluehost. One of the reasons I chose Bluehost was because they make it so damn easy (especially for someone like me who can struggle with computers haha). Using Bluehost, I could register my domain name at the same time as signing up for hosting (which took all of 3 minutes). And after I had finished that, I could use their one-click install to start my blog right away. It was so simple and took no time at all!

Here are the other reasons why I use and recommend Bluehost:

  • Your WordPress blog will be FREE
  • Your domain will be FREE
  • You can start your WordPress blog with one click (watch the video below to see me setting up a blog – they literally couldn’t make it any easier)
  • Your WordPress blog will be self-hosted, which is exactly what you need if you want to make money from your blog
  • You will appear much more professional to readers, brands and other bloggers
  • 24/7 technical support (which I’ve hardly had to use, but it’s great to know it’s there)
  • Plus there’s a 30-day money back guarantee in case you change your mind!

Bluehost’s basic price is less than the cost of one coffee per month – starting from only $3.95 per month! If you sign up for Bluehost and have any questions (like how to set it up and which plan to pick) you can always send me an email and I’ll help you out! My email address is sam@smart-twenties.com. Don’t be afraid to get in touch, that’s what I’m here for!

Video Tutorial: Start A Wordpress Blog With Bluehost

I’ve created a super simple step-by-step video tutorial showing you how to setup your WordPress blog with Bluehost from start to finish (in only a few minutes). Click here to start the setup process and watch my tutorial below to see exactly what to click on plus how to make your blog live!

CLICK HERE TO START THE SIMPLE SETUP PROCESS

step 2. choose a theme

One thing I LOVE about blogging is that you don’t need any coding experience to create a beautiful blog! When I first started blogging, I used a free theme that comes with WordPress called Omega. About two years later, I bought a theme from Oh Wild called Lucid. And a few months ago, I changed to a Pipdig theme called Equinox.

To begin with, I recommend avoiding overwhelm by choosing one of the free WordPress themes.

Quick tip – if there’s a blog you love and you want to know where to get their theme, you can usually find the name of the creator in the footer at the bottom of their blog. If there’s no name, it’s likely been custom designed (there are so many beautiful free and inexpensive templates that I don’t recommend hiring a designer at this point).

step 3. modify your theme and create a logo (optional)

Once you’ve chosen and installed a theme, spend a little bit of time playing around with it and getting things the way you like! But be careful not to spend too much time doing this – it can quickly turn into procrastination.

Creating a logo is optional right at the beginning (I actually didn’t have a logo for my first two years of blogging) but it will definitely help you take your blogging game up notch. I created my logo using an amazing free graphic design tool called Canva. My logo is just black Playfair Display font in lowercase, but I love it!

Quick tip – you can find out exactly what colours your favourite websites use by using a free tool like this one to get the HEX colour code.

step 4. create social media accounts

The next step is to get your social media accounts setup, though don’t feel pressure to post anything on them straight away! Setup an account on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter for your blog (don’t worry if you don’t want your friends to find them, it’s easy to create new accounts without having them linked to anything else).

You might also like to create a dedicated gmail email address for your blog (mine was smarttwenties@gmail.com) or you can setup an email address that has your domain name as the ending by following these easy instructions (these are the exact instructions I followed to setup my sam@smart-twenties.com email address).

step 5. setup google analytics

This will only take a minute and will help you keep track of your blog’s growth. Set it up here.

step 6. write your ‘about me’ page

Your ‘about me’ page is one of the most important pages of your blog because people read for you more than they read for your content! Spend a few minutes writing a few sentences about yourself including your name, your age, where you’re from and why you started your blog (it doesn’t need to be a masterpiece). You can read my ‘about me’ page here if you need a little inspo.

I also recommend uploading a photo of you to blog’s sidebar (even if you’re planning on keeping your blog a secret) because it will help your readers create an emotional connection with you as a person, which makes them much more likely to come back!

step 7. publish your first blog post

It’s important that you publish your first blog post on the same day you start your blog because it will help you create so much momentum! It doesn’t need to have a pretty photo, it doesn’t need to be beautifully worded and it doesn’t need to be revolutionary – just post something (you can always delete it later if you want)!

After your first post is up, try to post as many blog posts as you can – especially while you’re feeling motivated! This is important because it will help you find your voice and figure out what you truly want to talk about! Once you’ve started to find your voice and some readers, you can move into creating a schedule.

Advice to help you start a blog with a video tutorial to help you setup your blog today. A must-read for anyone who wants to start a blog and be a successful blogger!

Q&A: HOW TO START A BLOG

Now to answer a few of the most commonly-asked blogging questions I get!

i’m interested in so many things. how do I choose which topic to write about?

When I was figuring this out for myself, I went with the topic that interested me more than anything else – figuring out how to hell the make the most of my twenties! Even though I had NO idea how to make the most of my twenties, I decided I would share what I learned as I learned it (never underestimate the value in sharing a journey or process).

I didn’t start by writing thousands of words per blog post like I do now. I actually spent the first few months writing posts that were only one or two sentences long and linked to other people’s blog posts and videos that I enjoyed (curating and sharing other people’s content is extremely valuable too). Over the following years, I gained more confidence in sharing my thoughts and opinions and my niche evolved to personal growth and lifestyle advice for perfectionist women in their twenties (I could have NEVER come up with this before I started my blog since I didn’t even realise I was a perfectionist haha).

Your topic doesn’t need to be unique and you don’t need to be an expert – what will make your blog amazing is YOU (even though fear and self-doubt will try to convince you otherwise). And you will be the best version of you if you’re writing about something you’re genuinely interested in talking about.

I know that every expert says not to pick too broad a topic or not to write about multiple things. But if there are lots of things you want to write about and don’t know how to pick just one, start by talking about them all and see which ones you find are easy and enjoyable to write about! Don’t feel as though you need to know what you’ll like doing before you’ve ever done it. This is the best time to play around with what you want to write about and give a few things a go!

To put it simply, my advice is to blog about a topic (or topics) you’re genuinely interested in or want to learn more about. And to share your journey relating to that topic. Don’t put pressure on yourself to find the perfect topic or the perfect niche! Just start where you are with what you have and allow your niche to evolve with you!

how do I choose a name for my blog?

A good blog name is memorable and easy to spell. But the more pressure you put on yourself to create a perfect blog name, the harder it will be.

There’s no perfect formula for creating a blog name.

The name Smart Twenties was inspired by a blog I love, Smart Passive Income. To create a name for my course, Dream Habit, I did some brainstorming by hand and then used Thesaurus.com to find better variations and combinations of the words I’d come up with. And to create the name for my procrastination course Get Out Of Your Own Way, I did an Amazon search for perfectionism books and found my inspiration there!

If you haven’t already got a name in mind, I personally recommend setting yourself a time limit of 30 minutes to do the following:

  • Create a list of blog names that you love and review them to find the similarities and get some inspiration.
  • Do a search on amazon for books relating to your topic to find some inspiration from book titles. Again, create a list of the names you like and try to identify what it is you like about them.
  • By hand, write out all the blog names you think could be a possibility. It’s best to do this quickly so that you’re not tempted to judge the names as you write them (I always find it helpful to separate idea generation from judgement – it’s incredibly hard to come up with good ideas without wading through some bad ones first).
  • Use Theausurus.com to look up similar words to the ones you’ve written and see if there are any other words you like and if you can think of some new options.
  • If you have absolutely no idea, you can always use your name or a variation of it (e.g. nickname, first and middle names, middle and last name etc)

Trying to choose the perfect blog name is where most people get stuck – they want their blog name to be perfect so no one will criticise it and so they can’t criticise themselves. But if I waited until I’d found the perfect blog name, I still wouldn’t have started yet! So I really encourage you to choose the best name you can today. If you need a little help, you’re welcome to post in the Smart Twenties Community for some feedback. But make sure you don’t let yourself stay confused about this as a way to protect yourself from failure. You can always change your name, it’s just important you get started!

After you’ve come up with a name, I recommend you do the following:

  • Do a google search to see what comes up when you search your blog name (to make sure it’s not similar to something that’s already popular)
  • Do a search on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter to see whether the names you want will be available

A few of the names you come up with might already be taken, don’t be disheartened! Just keep going through the process until you find something (I promise you will!).

I started a blog and then abandoned it, how can I pick it back up?

If you want to pick your blog back up, my advice to you is firstly to be kind to yourself. The best way to move forward isn’t to beat yourself up about the past! It’s also important to know that that experience does not say anything about ‘who you are’ as a person. Just because you abandoned your blog doesn’t mean you will abandon it again. That’s just a story and it’s one that won’t help you. Instead, focus on what you’ve learned from that experience and make that experience evidence that you will never let yourself abandon your blog again.

If you haven’t posted on your blog in ages, you can feel a lot of pressure to make your comeback post absolutely perfect. And the reason you want the perfect post is because you feel it will protect you from judgement and criticism (both from yourself and from others). It can also feel like setting insanely high standards for yourself will help you write better posts, but this is not the case if that pressure makes you procrastinate. My advice here is to set yourself a deadline and force yourself to stick to it! Know that, when the time comes to post, you won’t want to do it. But force yourself to do it anyway! Then set a deadline for the next post.

Also just to mention here, if you’ve abandoned a blog before due to self-doubt and fear of what other people think, make sure you do my online course Get Out Of Your Own Way! You can find out more it here.

Advice to help you start a blog with a video tutorial to help you setup your blog today. A must-read for anyone who wants to start a blog and be a successful blogger!

SCARED TO START A BLOG?

As I mentioned, when I started Smart Twenties, the fear and self-doubt I experienced was absolutely crippling. After I setup my blog (using the steps I shared earlier in this guide) it took me three months to publish my first post, purely because I was petrified that if I put myself out there people would laugh at me (‘who am I to be sharing this?’ and ‘why would anyone care?’ were thoughts that constantly haunted me).

Fear and self-doubt are a part of personal growth. And while I don’t have the answer to banishing them completely, I’m going to share some resources to help you manage your mind. I also recommend listening to the podcast episode I did on blogging, self-doubt and how to get started!

perfectionism

A perfectionist isn’t someone who’s neat and tidy and always does impeccable work. A perfectionist is someone who strives for flawlessness and sets insanely high performance standards, but is crippled by their own expectations and spends most of their time procrastinating. They’re extremely self-critical and are scared of what other people think. They have an all-or-nothing approach to habits and goals and are deeply ashamed when they don’t succeed (though ironically, they often fail by default because they procrastinate so much).

Before I started my blog, I didn’t know I was a perfectionist. But the moment I hit ‘sign up’ on that Bluehost, it all became abundantly clear. I was petrified of being judged and criticised and felt like my blog needed to be absolutely perfect so that no one would laugh.

If you feel as though your blog (and the response you get to it) is a reflection of your worth as a person, it is extremely likely that you’re going to struggle to stay consistent with blogging. This is because you’ll constantly be evaluating whether people like you and will want to slam your foot on the brake if it doesn’t look like they do (so you can save yourself from embarrassment).

Until a few months ago, this kind of self-sabotage is something I did ALL THE TIME. Thanks to my daily vlog 365 Days of Personal Growth, my business coach and all the personal development work I’ve been doing, I’ve had some major breakthroughs with my perfectionism and can now stay consistent fairly easily.

Just be aware that if you’re procrastinating at any point, it’s likely because of your perfectionism and your fear that if your blog isn’t absolutely perfect and amazing, everyone will laugh at you, be disappointed in your, reject you and abandon you. And also, if you don’t feel like you’re procrastinated but haven’t done something because you’re confused or overwhelmed about what to do – know that this is exactly the same thing! You’re keeping yourself confused and overwhelmed so you can stay in your comfort zone a little longer.

If perfectionism, procrastination and the fear of what other people think have been holding you back from starting a blog, make sure you click here find out more about my online course Get Out Of Your Own Way

Get Out Of Your Own Way-7

imposter syndrome

Even though I’ve never said I’m an expert and constantly remind you guys that I’m just sharing what I learn, I still struggle with imposter syndrome.

For the first few years especially, I constantly asked myself ‘who am I to be sharing this?’ and ‘why would anyone care?’. And when I started to receive lovely emails from readers telling me how my blog had changed their life, I just thought ‘I’m a fraud, I don’t know anything’.

Imposter syndrome ebbs and flows. So I’ve personally found the best way to manage imposter syndrome has been to try to ride it out (I’m much better at this now, but in the past I constantly put my foot on the brake to keep myself in my comfort zone). There are days where I feel proud of everything I’ve accomplished and recognise the importance of what I’m doing and then there are days where I convince myself (and I can be very convincing) that it’s all a pile of shit. On the days I feel like everything’s a pile of shit, I try to remind myself that the blog I’m feeling down about today is the same blog I was excited about last week. Which means it’s my mind that’s changed, not my worth.

telling your friends

When I started my blog, I didn’t tell any of my friends. In fact, I actively hid it from every single person I knew – including my boyfriend Steve! I experienced so much fear and self-doubt that I thought so much as a quiet snicker or ‘what’s a blog?’ would be enough to have my delete my website.  

And Smart Twenties turned out to be my secret for years to come. I didn’t tell my boyfriend for about a year (I just worked on it when I would otherwise be studying) and I didn’t start telling my friends until around two years in, with some of my close friends only finding out after three! Now I’m at the point where everyone knows, but I honestly never thought I would get there. When I was writing on my blog (even if it was a one-line blog post with a link to something I liked) I was petrified of being laughed at, rejected and abandoned. And I never imagined that there would be a day where I would tell everyone else about it!

Many bloggers give the advice of sharing your blog with your friends as a way to get some initial momentum. If you’re comfortable with this, do it. But if you feel that having your friends and family looking as you work through the beginning stage (and it’s a stage that’s a little awkward for everyone) would make your perfectionism even worse – it’s ok to keep it as your little secret. And it’s actually relatively easy! I still recommend using a variation of your name and your photo if you want to keep your blog a secret for now (as this is what will help your audience feel connected to you) but you don’t need to shout about it from the rooftops. It’s ok to nurture your blog in private until you’re ready to share.

One thing that I will say though is that, when I did finally tell my friends and family, I received nothing but support. Many of my friends told me that they had been thinking of starting blogs themselves and some of them were inspired by me to get started! But again, it’s ok to nurture your blog in private and tell everyone when you’re ready.

find out more on my blogging journey

Advice to help you start a blog with a video tutorial to help you setup your blog today. A must-read for anyone who wants to start a blog and be a successful blogger!

HOW TO GROW YOUR NEW BLOG

The services I’m about to talk about are completely optional, especially if you’ve just started your blog today! But I wanted to include them here because my blog didn’t start growing until I started using them!

convertkit

When I first started my blog, I used Mailchimp to send emails to my email subscribers. But if Convertkit had existed back in 2013, I would have definitely signed up with them instead! I’ve been using Convertkit for the last 18 months and I absolutely love it!

As I mentioned earlier, I can sometimes find tech a little challenging but Convertkit is so intuitive that I’ve been able to do everything I want easily! As soon as I switched to Convertkit (which was v easy to do) I started to see huge growth in my email list (from 5 subs a week with Mailchimp to about 50 subs a week with Convertkit) because it was so easy to send my readers digital downloads, create email sequences and tag email subscribers so I know what they like (and what they want more of). Convertkit also integrates seamlessly with my online course in Teachable, so all new students automatically get my course-related emails! 

Your email list is EVERYTHING! You can sign up for a free 14-day trial here.

leadpages

The other thing that helped me EXPLODE my email list was Leadpages, which I’ve been using for around 18 months as well. I’m just on their standard plan and it’s more than enough to create beautiful forms for my website that readers can use to sign up for each of my digital downloads (Leadpages integrates with Convertkit so that as soon as someone downloads one of my guides (which I create using Apple Pages) they are automatically added to my email list). I also used Leadpages to create the welcome offer (my morning routine guide) that readers see when they first visit my blog. It is so worth the investment!

Leadpages has helped me get more email subscribers than I could have ever imagined! You can sign up for a free 14-day trial here.

canva

Canva is a free graphic design tool that makes it easy to create beautiful graphics for your blog. This is the service I use to create all the graphics I use for Pinterest as well as my instagram quotes, YouTube thumbnails, logo and basically any other graphic I’d ever need to create.

You can sign up for a free account here.

boardbooster

Most of my traffic comes from Pinterest and Boardbooster is the tool I use to manage my Pinterest account and keep my followers growing! It’s an inexpensive tool that is SO worth the money (especially if you’re working or studying full-time).

You can create an account here.

stock photography

It’s really important that you don’t share anyone else’s photos on your blog without their written approval (even if you see other people doing it) which means it can be hard to find beautiful images for your blog when you’re first getting started! You can either take your own photos (you don’t need a DSLR – smart phones are good enough these days to do it) and if this is the way you want to go, you can find great photography advice here and here (as well as on many other blogs). Alternatively, you can find free images that others have taken and give permission for others to share or you can sign up for a stock photography library.

When I first started my blog, I used Flickr Creative Commons to find free photos I could use for my blog. But I will admit this was a time consuming and frustrating approach, as I had to wade through hundreds of photos to find good ones I could use (and they weren’t even that good). About 18 months ago, I signed up for a beautiful stock photography library that is now called Haute Stock (Rosemary Watson’s stock photography library is also beautiful). Now I’m blogging (nearly) full-time, I’m in the process of learning how to take my own photos so I can give my blog a unique feel and also enjoy the creative process a little more!

Advice to help you start a blog with a video tutorial to help you setup your blog today. A must-read for anyone who wants to start a blog and be a successful blogger!

IMPORTANT REMINDERS & BLOGGING EXPECTATIONS

i’m just like you

As you’re reading through this guide, you might find yourself thinking that it was easy for me to start a blog. That it was a smooth and blissful process, I was full of self-confidence and I never questioned whether anyone would want to hear what I have to say.

But I experienced crippling fear and self-doubt when I started my blog (which I chat about in great detail in this podcast episode) and I too was on a learning curve. So please be kind to yourself. Thank yourself for choosing to bring something new to the world. And if you find you’re putting pressure on yourself to be perfect from the beginning, please use this website to see what my blog looked like when I first started!

blogging is a marathon, not a sprint

I know this is not what you want to hear, but it needs to be said. Blogging is a marathon, not a sprint. Yes, there are ways to fast track growth (my growth skyrocketed as soon as I started using ConvertKit and Leadpages) but if you want to create a successful blog you need to play the long game. Slow growth is NOT a sign that you won’t be successful!

But the good news is that if you want blogging to be the thing you do, there’s no need to rush. In the beginning, you might find your mind trying to convince you that blogging would be easier if you had thousands of people paying attention. But let me tell you, knowing that there are people watching you does NOT make it any easier!

There will always be a challenge, so don’t wish away the magical beginning. Embrace that you have no one listening yet – this is the perfect time to develop your voice, find your style, settle on name and figure out what it is you love talking about.

the first three months

Starting a blog is always very exciting – especially when you start thinking about all the success you’re going to have. But I just want to make sure you don’t get disheartened prematurely if you don’t experience much growth or get many readers in the first few months of blogging.

I literally had single digit pageviews for months and months and months (many of which were me) before my audience started to grow. Part of the reason was because I was self-sabotaging (you can learn how to stop self-sabotaging here) but the other part was because it takes time for people to find you and for word to spread.

So I think it’s helpful, for the first three months, to expect to have NO readers. Think of these first three months as an apprenticeship or school. Cherish this time as a chance to find your feet without any external pressure. And make sure you don’t take a lack of pageviews as a sign that what you’re not good enough! The reason that so many people start blogs but so few succeed is because not everyone makes it through the dip – when you have no excitement and also no readers. Commit to at least three months of blogging before you judge whether it’s worth continuing (though mind you, I didn’t start getting a lot of readers for 2.5 years…).

the investment

To start a blog, the only necessary cost is getting a domain name and website hosting (which will only cost $3.95 per month and you can get here). And in this guide, I’ve also mentioned a few other investments I’ve used to grow my blog like Convertkit and Leadpages.

If you’re struggling to justify spending money on a blog, there are always free alternatives. But I recommend instead that you look at this as an investment in your personal growth, education and wellbeing – because that’s exactly what it has been for me! Plus it’s likely that if you invest in your blog, you’ll invest more time in it and it will be more successful.

start today!

If you’re feeling excited about to start a blog, make sure you capitalise on it and start your blog TODAY! It won’t take you long to set it up and the momentum will seriously help you when fear and self-doubt start convincing you to stay in your comfort zone.

If you find yourself getting stuck on choosing a topic or a blog name, know that it’s likely fear that’s stopping you from making a decision. The amazing thing about the internet is that you can change literally anything about your blog that you want fairly easily, including it’s name. If you really get stuck, post your question in the Smart Twenties Community facebook group for some feedback and ideas (often even just the act of asking the question will help you find the answer). But make sure you get started!

If you haven’t already, setup your blog now!

I hope you found this guide helpful! If you have any questions, please leave them in the comments below!

Sam xx


How To Start A Blog: A Simple Guide For Beginners

Become a Smart Twenties Blogger!

I’ll be adding all new blogs started by bloggers in the Smart Twenties Community to this blog post so you can find other new bloggers to connect with, be inspired by their blogs and help new readers find yours!

I’m also doing this to help motivate you to overcome the fears you have around blogging and get started! I know that starting a blog is scary – you’re showing the world the real you – but it’s the most incredible thing I’ve ever done and I want that for you too! It’s time to stop thinking about it and start doing it, just like the other Smart Twenties Bloggers below!

To be included, all you need to do is start your blog using the steps mentioned above and then email me at sam@smart-twenties.com to let me know you’d like to be added. Once you’ve done that, your new blog will be added to this post within 7 days!

Smart Twenties Bloggers

Scared to start a blog? Here's how to start a blog - even if you're scared!
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  • Aisha

    Bookmarked! Definitely coming back for re-reads. Thank you!

  • MrsQuinnzel

    I’ve wanted to start a blog since nearly two years ago… I tried once and I ended removing the blog because I felt useless. A few months ago also, I started having new ideas and I really want to start something new and fresh rn. This could be the last push I was needing to! Now I’m debating if I should do it in english or in my mother tongue…

  • Kloudya

    I wanted to thank you for putting this together! i will be applying these tips on my brand http://www.SheBecameFearless.com – which I launched to inspire and empower women to be FEARLESS. Love this #GirlBoss post. Thank you so much!

  • Adriana

    Thank you for putting this together, Sam! Love all your content but this was a great read for anyone starting their very own blog. xoxo

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  • http://www.inbloomblog.com Emily @ In Bloom

    I’m headed to write my first blog post in AGES right now! I abandoned my blog a few months ago, but it’s always in the back of my mind. I’m looking forward to your blogging challenge!

  • http://www.sometthing-like-magic.com Brette Guilmette

    Thank you SO much for this post Sam! I have been reading your blog for a few months now and you have really inspired me to start my own blog. I made my second blog post today and I actually mention you in the post and talk about the imposter syndrome. I completely feel the same way! This post has been super helpful for me in starting this new blogging journey and I am so excited!!

  • Bianca

    This was an extremely helpful blog post which gave me the confidence to start my own! There are millions and millions of “How To’s” and this one by far was the most helpful and authentic. I appreciate the fact that you always talk to us like friends, rather than subscribers/readers/business partners. Thank you for summing up the in’s and out’s in an effective and clear way!!

    Bianca
    http://www.bbybianca.com