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Sunday, 25 May 2014

How to: start a blog

Hello Everyone! Today I am going to be answering some of your questions about blogging and hopefully give you some advice on how to start up your very own blog.

Q- How did you get started?

A: I started by writing a little introduction on my blog (which is still there!) just telling my readers my name, my hobbies/interests and what I was going to be writing about. I also included a picture of myself. I think this is a great way to start blogging as it helps your readers to get to know you and feel like you’re talking to them as a friend.

Q- Where did the idea for itsmeniamhalice.blogspot.com come from?

A: It was all thanks to Instagram! Whenever I posted a picture of some new makeup I bought or the outfit I was wearing, I would get lots of comments asking about it. There was so many comments asking similar things, I wanted a way to answer all of the questions at once. I had seen a few other blogs before and thought it looked like a really exciting thing to do!

Q- How did you take your blog from idea to reality?


A: I didn’t actually know anybody that had a blog so it was quite a new concept to me. I asked my Instagram followers what they thought and they all said to go for it! I googled ‘how to start a blog’ and up popped Blogger. The colourful, user-friendly design of the site really appealed to me so I decide to click ‘Create a Blog’ and within an hour my blog was published on the internet.

Q- Where does the name come from?

A: If you hadn’t already guessed, my blog name is my first name – Niamh and my middle name –Alice with ‘itsme’ stuck in front of it! This wasn’t the original name of my blog though. It used to be called ‘theperksofbeingaquirk’ but I wanted something that was easier to type that also had my name in it, so that readers immediately knew who I was! I decided on ‘itsmeniamhalice’ and haven’t looked back since!

Q- What obstacles did you face along the way?

A: Getting the design of my blog right was tricky as I’m quite the perfectionist! Staying motivated can be tough because sometimes you don’t get the response you were hoping for. My advice would be to blog for enjoyment and not to please other people!

Q- What has been the highlight of itsmeniamhalice.blogspot.com to date?


A: Reaching 5,000 views was amazing. My favourite thing, is receiving nice comments and messages from my readers, telling me they enjoy reading my blog or watching my videos. That puts a great big smile on my face!

Q- Do you make any money from your site?


A: Not at the moment, no. As blogging and vlogging is just a hobby I don’t pursue any advertising opportunities. If I was to blog full time, as a career, then there would definitely be ways to generate income. I do, however get sent free products sometimes, to try out and review. Don’t set out to blog purely to make money because that’s not what it’s about.

Q - Did you need start-up money?
A: Nope! The brilliant thing about blogging is it’s absolutely free! You just need the internet and something to write about. If you wish, you can purchase blog templates and add-ons to change your design but as far as starting up is concerned, it’s completely cost free!

Q- What are your career aspirations for the future?

A: I would like to do lots of things in my career – be a Renaissance woman! I would love to have a creative job, writing or designing. I’m also really keen on becoming a children’s television presenter. I couldn’t work in an office, I’d just dance around and sing songs!

Q- What tips do you have for others who want to start a blog/vlog?


A: I would advise that you really prepare before you make a video or write a blog post. Nobody wants to listen or read somebody rambling! Also, check for spelling mistakes! I know I probably sound like your English teacher but trust me, there’s nothing more cringey than a blog post full of typos! Overall just be yourself, do what you enjoy and don’t let anything hold you back!



I really hope you've enjoyed this post, let me know if you have any other questions about blogging and I'll do my best to answer them!

Remember to follow this blog on bloglovin and on all my social media to become a nymph and keep up to date with new posts! (my new schedule is a new post every Sunday evening!)

Until the next post, Niamh xx


4 comments:

  1. Great tips! Love your blog! I've followed you on bloglovin and hope we can both support each other throughout our blogging life haha!

    hannahnotes.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Me too hehe! (sorry for the delay - blogger's being a pain!) xx

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  2. I have just recently found your blog and I really like it. I have recently started blogging to and I wondered if you could check out my blog because not many people know about :) thankyou
    http://paisleysbloghere.blogspot.co.uk/?m=1

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    1. Aw thank you! Sure! (Sorry for the delayed response!) xx

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