Start a Blog Tutorial – Step 1:
Choose the Topic and Name For Your Blog
Hello there! I’m happy that you’ve made it this far and you’re thinking about starting your own blog, that’s great!
Before you start a blog, you need to find a topic and choose a name for it. There are a few things you should pay attention here, which is why I’m here to help you out.
Choosing a good topic for your blog can sometimes feel difficult and even frustrating. You want to write and share your stories with your readers, but you can’t quite come up with a topic that you feel secure about. Don’t worry – we’ve all been there!
True story: I’ve gone through sleepless nights trying to come up with the perfect blogging topic and name in the past.
But let me tell you this much: it’s not a big deal at the end of the day really.
Sure, a good topic and a catchy name are important, but what’s even more important is that you just start your blog.
Simple as that!
If you’re juggling between several different topic to blog about, choose only one to start with and stick with it for a while.
You will soon notice if it was the right choice, and to be honest, the only way to find out if you chose the right topic is to simply start a blog about it and see how it goes.
So, without further ado, let’s get started and find you a good topic to blog about!
5 Steps For Starting Your Blog:
What Should You Blog About? Choosing Your Blog Topic
The very first step for starting a blog is choosing your topic.
When you’re thinking about a good blog topic, there are two things to keep in mind:
- You need to be passionate enough about your topic and show commitment. You will be spending a lot of time with your topic, so make sure it’s something you really love and have a passion for. It’s the only way to make sure you’ll still feel motivated and driven in 1 year, let alone in 5 years.
- Your topic must help your readers and provide value to them. Even though you sometimes might feel like it, your blog is not about you. It’s about your readers and your visitors who find your posts helpful, useful, or otherwise interesting. In other words, your topic should enable you to provide value to your readers.
These two guidelines are all you need to think about when you’re choosing a topic for your blog.
Both you and your readers must feel like the topic and your content are something to spend time with.
6 Helpful Ideas For Blog Topics:
Not quite sure what to blog about yet? No problem!
Here are a few easy and quick ways and ideas to find the perfect blog topic:
You can write about a hobby that is close to your heart. You will never run our of ideas or feel like you don’t know enough about the topic.
Writing a blog about your hobby is a great way to connect with like-minded people around the world.
What is the one thing you can’t stop talking about? Why not start a blog about it?
We all have different interests and passions. For some it might be coffee, yoga, or politics, while others prefer tea, running, or green energy.
Whatever your passion is, it will help you stay motivated writing for your blog for years to come.
We all have different views and experience regarding the most diverse topics possible.
You can start a successful blog about yourself living your life and sharing your thoughts with the world.
If you have a strong personality (not to the point of upsetting others), blogging about yourself can attract readers and fire up discussions that will help your blog gain even more momentum.
We all come from different families with different backgrounds. There is something about reading someone else’s family story that sparks up our interest and attention.
Of course, you don’t have to go into too much detail and share private stories.
For example, one of the most popular family topics for blogging is pregnancy and everyday life once the new family member has arrived and turns the world around.
5: Life experience
We all have learned a bunch of lessons throughout our lives, good and bad. Blogging about what you’ve learned so far can help others deal with similar issues or hurdles, wherever they are reading your blog.
Sometimes the most simple of advice can help someone struggling with a difficult time in their life more than you can imagine.
But a life experience can also be something as simple as writing about how it is to be an expat in a foreign country or how your life has been since you decided to get married.
Last but not least, writing a lifestyle blog is probably the most popular topic out there.
Fashion, makeup, interior design, travel, shopping, fitness… The list is long!
Lifestyle blogs can become incredibly successful in terms of attracting readers and making money by blogging if done correctly.
If this is is your thing, tag along and let’s start your blog right away!
Finally, a word of advice:
Try not to overanalyze things when choosing your topic. Beginning bloggers often get stuck in analysis paralysis, meaning that they overthink to the point where they feel so insecure about the whole thing that they just give up and forget about blogging altogether.
Don’t be one of them!
Just choose a topic you love, get your blog online, and start creating content by putting your heart into every blog post you create. That’s all there is to it!
Ok, so you got your topic sorted? Great! Next, it’s time to choose a name for your blog.
How to Pick a Name For Your Blog
A good blog name should be descriptive and concise.
It’s the first thing your readers see when they visit your blog, right? Therefore, think about the name from your readers’ perspective. Can they tell what your blog is about just by reading the name?
For example, I chose to name my blog “Blogging Explorer”:
Clearly, this blog is about blogging. And it’s about discovering practical ways to start a successful blog from scratch.
That being said, your blog name should be:
- Unique and clear:
Choose a name that you can relate to and that your readers can understand. If you blog about food, for example, try to include a food-related word into your blog name.
Your blog name should tell your readers what your blog is about the first time they see it.
- Easy to spell:
Choose a name that is easy to write and spell. My rule of thumb is: you should be able to tell it to someone at the coffee shop without them having to ask how it’s spelled. Chances are that they will look for it on Google, so they need to be able to type the name of your blog correctly.
I’d recommend coming up with 3-5 name ideas at this point.
Once you have some blog names figured out, you will need to choose a domain name extension. The most preferred domain extension is “.com”. Also, “.org” and “.net” are popular.
If you wish to write for readers in a specific country, consider choosing a country/language-related domain extension like “.fr” for a French blog or “.de” for a blog in German.
Free 20-Minute Blog Name Worksheet
To get your creative juices flowing, check out my FREE blog name worksheet below. Use it for step-by-step brainstorming to find the perfect name for your brand new blog!
Now that you have some name ideas and a domain extension chosen, it’s time to get your blog online.
This might seem a bit scary or technical, which is why the step-by-step guide below will walk you through every step to make things easy for you. It’s easier than you think, trust me!
Next Up: Get Your Blog Online
Great, you’ve got a blog topic and a name for your blog all figured out! You’re ready for the next step then – let’s get your blog online!
This next step can sometimes feel a bit technical and challenging for many beginners. That’s why I’m here to walk you through it step by step.
The technical setup for your new blog is the most critical part for making sure you won’t run into problems later on.
But there are a few easy tips for getting everything setup properly from the beginning.
In the next part of this tutorial, I’ll share with you a few simple steps for making sure your new blog will run smoothly.
When you don’t have to worry about the technical stuff, you can focus on growing and monetizing your blog instead!
I’ll be there to walk you through each step, so let’s rock it!