╰ . °✧ BECOMING A BLOGGER.

Falling into the rhythm of blogging.

I am now on my second week of blogging, and I have a feeling that this is something I won’t be giving up on. I really am determined to make this something bigger and better as time goes on. It’s all about improvement! Slowly, I am becoming more and more aware of the type of community that this is and I’m really starting to love it. It has only been a week and I have made some mutual followers and have found plenty of blogs that catch my attention and motivate me. I have even gotten to talk to another Florida blogger, Emily of teaaddictsanonymous!

As a new blogger, you sort of become eager to “level up” in the world of blogging. I know I find myself aching to make my blog better and a lot of the methods to do so involve money. I also still have many questions, and without a mentor or someone I can really ask, it’s hard to figure some things out on my own. I’ve read a lot about self-hosting, but as an unemployed college student, I definitely do not have the funds to upgrade my WordPress plan AND buy hosting plan. For now, that is one of my future goals for this blog. I hope my followers can enjoy watching the evolution of this site as time goes on. I definitely have plans for upgrading the theme, the layout, the photo quality, ect.

I also have linked a bunch of my social media, but I see that a lot of bloggers separate their personal/private accounts from their “blogging persona” accounts. The social media I have linked are all my personal accounts. I wonder if I should make a separate email, twitter, instagram, ect. or if that is just too much? Is it personal preference or does keeping them separate work better?

I have a bunch of future posts/topics drafted and ready to be written about and published. I have plans to buy a domain and a host, and turn this blog into something serious. I am having so much fun following other blogs and growing a network. Bloggers are really kind and welcoming people.

And with that, I do have some questions for other bloggers out there:

  • Do you feel like it is necessary to buy a premium WordPress plan? If so, which one is best/more worth it?
  • Do you have to buy both a premium WordPress plan and a self-hosting plan? What is the difference? Has it made your blog better/brought more readers?
  • How important do you feel having a nice or pretty theme & layout is?
  • Should you/do you separate your personal social media from your blogging social media?
  • Should you have a separate email account for your blog (separate from something you use for other things besides blog-related things)?
  • Do graphics make a blog better? Such as personalized signatures at the end of every post, banners with a logo or blog name on it, ect?
  • And finally… what are some tips you have for new bloggers?

Feel free to answer all, some, one, or none! Thank you for your time!

With love,

Key.

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8 thoughts on “╰ . °✧ BECOMING A BLOGGER.

  1. I enjoy watching new bloggers immerse themselves into the community and watch how they grow. I’ve had my blog almost 4 months now, but I had another blog way back in 2005 to 2011. Things are a bit different these days though, so I’ve still been learning and growing as a blogger.

    I’ll answer your other questions now:

    Do you feel like it is necessary to buy a premium WordPress plan? If so, which one is best/more worth it?
    – I have the premium plan (which you have to pay for the whole year upfront). I definitely do think it’s overpriced, but it was just the most convenient option for me at the moment. This way I can use whatever theme I want and customize it how I want, and also have a domain name. It was just the most simple route for me to go.

    Do you have to buy both a premium WordPress plan and a self-hosting plan? What is the difference? Has it made your blog better/brought more readers?
    – No. If you buy premium plan through wordpress, you set up your domain name through them right away. It’s super easy. You are then still hosted under wordpress, so you do not need to move over your content or followers. Essentially, you are paying for more space (to upload photos and videos and such), the ability to use any of their premium themes (and to customize the themes to your liking), and the domain name. If you go self-hosted, you’re paying another host (other than wordpress) to host your blog. However, you could still install wordpress on your blog. You would also have to register your domain name separately and link it to your hosting. My old blog back in the mid-2000’s was self-hosted. I think that could be cheaper in the long run, but I honestly find it so much more simple and easy to just upgrade the wordpress plan and have them continue to host my blog. Again, that’s just a matter of convenience for me. Plus, I had already made posts and established followers before I upgraded, so I didn’t want to be bothered trying to transfer anything over to a new host.

    How important do you feel having a nice or pretty theme & layout is?
    – For me, it’s important. That’s the main reason I uploaded my blog. I just wanted the ability to be able to change colors and styles whenever I wanted. Keeping the same theme with the same colors was just starting to drive me nuts. From a viewer standpoint, as long as the blog is easy to read and navigate, I am okay with it. Although it is fun when blogs are more personalized with cute headers and stuff. It does make them stick out a bit in my mind.

    Should you/do you separate your personal social media from your blogging social media?
    – It’s definitely a personal preference what you want to do. For me, I just link all my personal accounts with my blog and that works just fine for me. I think having separate accounts would be too much for me.

    Should you have a separate email account for your blog (separate from something you use for other things besides blog-related things)?
    – Just like social media, this is a personal preference. I just use my regular/personal email for my blog.

    Do graphics make a blog better? Such as personalized signatures at the end of every post, banners with a logo or blog name on it, ect?
    – Personalized signatures are not something I really care about. I do think cute logo/headers on themes are nice. (Like I have one I made on mine). I think it can help people remember your blog better, possibly.

    And finally… what are some tips you have for new bloggers?
    – Just be yourself and don’t try too hard to be like everyone else. Following and commenting on different blogs helps get you noticed. Also promoting your posts on social media helps some too.

    I hope I was at least a little helpful with my answers. 🙂

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    • Thank you so much for answering! It was very helpful to me, I didn’t really know what the difference was between self-hosting and WordPress hosting! For some reason I thought it was something that had to go hand-in-hand? But themes and aesthetics are also something I enjoy as a reader and a blogger so I agree with you there! 🙂

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  2. Oooh welcome to the blogosphere! I love watching new bloggers bloom and get involved with everyone; honestly, blogging has the MOST supportive community. Looking forward to seeing more of you 🙂 Okay, so answering your questions!

    Do you feel like it is necessary to buy a premium WordPress plan? If so, which one is best/more worth it?

    Nope. I currently DO have a premium wordpress plan because i started this blog with money from my old one, so i thought “if i upgrade everything now, saves me money and hassle down the line”, but for the first month i was on a free plan and, aside from the domain, nothing noticeable was different. Domains are good for SEO and earning money, but you can buy that for $12 a year without upgrading. Personally, the only upgrade I think that makes a MASSIVE difference is the most expensive plan (cries inside) because you basically have the freedom of self-hosted without the stresses of maintenance etc. The rest of it I’d say you can upgrade as you get there (if you NEED more space, then upgrade at that point); it doesn’t affect growth or anything like that. In my experience at least.

    Do you have to buy both a premium WordPress plan and a self-hosting plan? What is the difference? Has it made your blog better/brought more readers?

    This one is kind of complicated to explain so sorry if I ramble (i always ramble…). Basically wordpress.com and wordpress.org are separate entities. WordPress.com (what you use now) is hosted, but with self-hosted you use YOUR OWN hosting service and you use WordPress.org’s CMS (Content Management System; basically your WP-ADMIN and how you edit and update your site is a CMS) which is free open source software. Theoretically, running a self-hosted blog can cost as little as a few pounds a month because you only pay for the hosting.

    Hosting is essentially rent; you’re renting out the webspace. WordPress is the what you build on that rented space. You can connect a WordPress.com ACCOUNT and transfer your content and domain, but you won’t be using WordPress.com anymore (it’ll be yourdomain.com/wp-admin/ usually) so you don’t need a plan.

    How important do you feel having a nice or pretty theme & layout is?

    I think the content is more important; having a pretty theme isn’t the be all end all – i think having a clear, readable and not off-putting theme is more important.

    Should you/do you separate your personal social media from your blogging social media?

    It’s entirely up to you! I’m not a big social media user and the only time I use it is for my blog, but I can’t see a problem either way. I suppose it depends on whether you want people you know IRL reading your blog.

    Should you have a separate email account for your blog (separate from something you use for other things besides blog-related things)?

    Again, this is up to you. It can make staying on top of blog a lot easier.

    Do graphics make a blog better? Such as personalized signatures at the end of every post, banners with a logo or blog name on it, ect?

    I think it can help your blog look more professional, but it’s not essential.

    And finally… what are some tips you have for new bloggers?

    Honestly, I think just throw yourself in the deep end and have fun! Hope some of this helped 🙂 xx

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