Well, I’ve officially been doing this thing called “blogging” for over a month now. I GUESS you could say I’m a real deal blogger now. Not like real deal as in famous and making money, but real deal as in out here producing content for this website I’ve created and sharing with the world. Never would I have thought I’d be in this situation but I am and I love it!
Let me just say that this hasn’t been easy and from the start I knew it wasn’t going to be easy. I remember running the idea of starting a blog by my best friend and asking her if she thought I could do it. She said yes, like the good friend she is, and said that it might be good for me overall. I wanted to start this blog to really express myself and have a place to harbor all of my logical and sometimes crazy thoughts. I didn’t know who would read it or even care but it was something I needed to do for myself. That was months ago and from that point to this point was a long road… Let me tell you about how I’ve gotten here:
I never wanted to start blogging on any type of free service (WordPress.com, Wix, Blogspot). Not saying that free services aren’t cool or whatever but knowing me, I would have gave up way sooner if I knew I wasn’t loosing any money in this process. So finding the perfect hosting site was very important. I spent a lot of time on Pinterest researching EVERYTHING I could about blogging and domains and hosting and etc. That was a lengthy process and it honestly was more than a month before I thought I was ready to actually purchase one. I ended up going with Siteground for my hosting company off of a recommendation by Raelyn Tan, a fellow blogger on this world-wide web, who is using Siteground for her site. Her post was one of the first articles I read about starting a blog and Siteground just stuck with me (You can find Raelyn’s article here). I am so happy that I did go with Siteground because they offer the best customer service and are only $3.95 per month! Siteground uses WordPress.org for website formulation and offers free, super fast WordPress installation at the time that you buy (Look out for my separate post all about Siteground a little later but you can buy Siteground for your website here).
Names & Domains
Once I knew who was going to host me, I needed a name. Even though I’m not THE best at thinking of super catchy phrases and titles, I always thought it would just come to me…. WRONG! Picking my websites name was the hardest and most frustrating thing of this whole blogging process and almost had me quitting before I even truly began. Honestly y’all, I had to pray about this name for many, many nights and bug all of my friends and family about it! Eventually Unbothered Style just stuck with me and I decided this was it. I don’t regret my choice at all and I’m super happy with it now, thankfully, but I’ll never forget the hell of that whole process *shudders*. The great thing about Siteground is that you’re able to register your domain name and set up hosting all in one sitting for easier maintenance in the long run. This was another big deciding factor for me!
Since buying hosting and my domain name, I have went through two different logos and two different website layouts. At first, I was trying to be as cheap as possible with my design so I opted for a free website template that I found from Sugar and Code. They are a site that sells WordPress templates and also offers free templates too! (You can find the free Sugar and Code template here). Even though it was a good template I knew I needed to really buy something that had the look I ultimately wanted. So I started hunting on Etsy for a few days and finally found a template that I liked for $25 bucks. (Etsy has tons of good inexpensive sellers who sell awesome website layouts, I highly recommend them for blogger beginners!) My template is from Sky and Stars and you can find their website here.
**UPDATE: I now use a template from Pipdig that I absolutely LOVE! This template has way more functions than my previous template and is so customizable! The price is on the steeper side but totally worth it! Do you love it or LOVE it?!
Plug-ins, Widgets, & Codes
Next, it was all about learning WordPress.org and what everything meant. There’s dozens of plug-ins, widgets, and code (literally) that I needed to learn to really be able to design my website the way I wanted to. I will say that this is not an overnight process and because I wanted my blog to be the best right off the bat, (Yes, this is unrealistic) there were a lot of nights that I came home from work and would be staring at my computer screen for 6 hours straight. Even so, I enjoyed every minute of it and still do! Writing blog posts and creating my website the way that I want it and how I want it makes me so happy. Luckily, WordPress is very user-friendly and there are thousands of resources out there that will help you figure out just about anything you may need help with.
The MOST Fun Part
After I felt comfortable enough with my website design, I began building post topics in my journal of everything I wanted to write about in the next few months. I bought nice little props for my flat lay pictures and Instagram posts. I also figured out how to use PicMonkey for all of my digital needs (most of my featured images and in-post images!). Most importantly, I began to actual write and publish posts which was a breath of fresh air for me. I made sure not to publicly announce my blog to everyone until I had a few solid posts written and published. This was important to me because I wanted to introduce each of my 3 niches and have overall good quality posts to debut. Now, I’m currently 8 posts in and happy with the engagement and feedback I am getting! I’m only a month in so I’m not giving myself crazy expectations but I think over 1,000 page views in 1 month is pretty dang good!
I will say that what I originally wanted this blog to be and where I’m at now with it is definitely not what I expected. The pressures of social media and always being “in touch” with the do’s and dont’s of the blogging community is stressful at times, but I chuck that up to being new to the game. I feel like I will get better with time and the pressure might die down as I get my groove (like Stella).
Social Media & Tingz
Social Media is a literal beast when it comes to the blogging/influencer world. Everything has to be just about perfect, it seems like, to get the kind of engagement that you really want. I decided early on that I wanted an Instagram page for all things relating to my blog. I currently have a personal account but I post very sporadically and it’s usually only pictures of myself. Having an “Unbothered Style” Instagram really just allows me to be creative and post things that I like besides just pictures of myself. Aside from Instagram, I revamped my Pinterest account to better accommodate my blog. Pinterest is a BIG contributor to blog traffic and has helped me a lot already. Facebook houses TONSSSS of blogging groups with people more and less experienced than me. They have really helped me set the standard for my blog page and helped me connect with other bloggers for support! I now have a Facebook business page that I’m excited about as well! You can follow and like all of my social media handles through the links on my sidebar!
Now as I go into the many months ahead, I’m super excited to see how my engagement grows, where my interests lead me, and how I can impact other people’s lives with Unbothered Style. I hope to be able to review more products for you all and get noticed by brands for even more exposure! I do think that I’m getting better and better with each post. I’ll be interested to see how much I’ll grow from month to month. There is so much the blogging world has to offer. I’m excited to jump in further and really see what I can do with this platform!
Are you a new blogger or wanting to be? What questions do you have? Leave them below in the comments and I can tell you about my experience!
Also, comment below if you want some of these topics to be expanded on in another post!
Until Next Time –
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