Starting a blog sounds so fun right? Once you finally decide to actually go ahead and start one you then realize that there are a lot of pieces to the puzzle.
The hardest part is trying to figure everything out yourself. You have so many questions like:
- what should I blog about
- where should i blog
- what template should i pick
- how will I get website traffic
- how will I monetize
- and about a million more...
What's really difficult about the whole process is there really isn't one way to do anything. You either have to find someone you trust to do it for you or teach you how or you have to learn it all by yourself.
I created my first website in an advanced computer summer class 16 years ago. Yes. I was that girl.
I've created a ton of different sites on several platforms for myself since then. The domains are no longer valid and no, I didn't save any screenshots of them. #embarrassing #didtheyevenhavescreenshotsbackthen
Once I learned what the heck I was doing and found my footing I started building sites for clients and businesses (on Squarespace of course).
And what I've learned by doing all of this work is THEY ALL START OUT THE SAME.
A blank template with a dream. So many options and so much to think about. And that's where people get completely lost.
All of the Squarespace templates look amazing right? Of course they do. Why? Because they all have professional photography and are created by designers. The biggest drag is when you finally select your template of choice (expecting it to look just like theirs) and then you slap up your photos and you wonder what the heck happened? My site looks nothing like the Pacific template example! You throw up your hands and walk away.
So many people get stuck at this step. They don't even move onto something else because they aren't even aware they CAN move onto something else. They just stop. And that's just sad.
I created a checklist that I use personally and that I recommend to all of my Blog Accelerator students to help guide them through the fun and not so fun tasks of creating and launching their blogs.