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!