A blog helping hand

Tonight
I am having a blogging session with a friend who wants to start her own. I have some wine, crisps and chocolate at
the ready and my hubbie on hand to help with any of the more technical aspects.

There
are lots of things to consider when starting a blog, mainly your motivation,
why do you want to make one in the first place? Are you wanting to document your life, a little diary of what you
and your family get up to cherish forever or are you hopeful to start reviewing
and attending events like I do a fair bit these days.

Whatever your reasons building up a substantial blog take
lots of time and energy, if your hoping to appeal to PR’s you will need to
build up your social media followers and post regularly. If you are hoping to blog for your own
enjoyment you can approach the process more leisurely and blog for yourself
without the review deadlines to consider. But some of the PR pitches are quite tempting, like this Easter egg to review.

You
also have big decisions to make regarding which content management system to
use. I am fond of blogger and it has
served me well but I have friends who prefer WordPress, either have quite
flexible themes which allow you to personalise your sites and make them your
own.

I
pay to use blogger self hosted but if your starting out for fun you might be
happier with a blogspot address. 
Alternatively why not choose a free website maker and see
what they offer too. Blogging is not
something you need to rush straight into, having a think about where you will
publish your content is important, ask other bloggers what they think, do some
research, consider your options carefully. 
Once you have set up a blog it is possible to move the content over to a
different platform but it can be expensive and time consuming.

Then content is important do not
just chuck anything up as you feel your blog needs a new post for that day, you
can have a break now and then, which might help you return feeling refreshed
with new ideas. If you hope to review
like I mentioned earlier try reviewing your own bought items first to give you
experience of what components make a suitable review and then follow on
twitter/facebook lots of companies you would like to work with and see if they
already work with bloggers.

If you are a parent
blogger I would definitely recommend joining tots100,
then interact with other bloggers, I have made firm friends with some since
starting blogging over two years ago!

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