My first blog was thelittlemrsblog.com – a personal blog where I simply write anything under the sun – my designs, celebrations and more descriptive stories about my photos in Facebook. It serves as a digital journal of my important life events where I can look back after years.
Later on when we decided to visit more countries I discovered the happiness in writing about the travels we made and sharing the great photos captured by my husband. And when a lot of my friends and colleagues asked about our travel itineraries, tips, expenses and experiences we decided to create a professional platform – one that is worth sharing, easy to navigate, detailed and clear. Then one evening in June, this blog was born, themomentkeepers.com.
Besides the passion and the enthusiasm you need in creating a blog, here are the other steps to guide you on how to start your own blog. If you are prepared to take travel blogging seriously then this advice is for you as some of these steps require spending money.
1. Choose a Name
Choosing a good name is perhaps the most challenging aspect of starting a travel blog. It took us days of brainstorming to finally settle on The Moment Keepers – A tagline used by my husband on his Instagram account. Before we settled with this name, we make sure that it’s short and easy to remember. It’s the best word to describe us and our blog since we travel not only to explore places but to find unforgettable moments that are worth keeping for the rest of our lives.
2. Buy the Domain Name and Get Hosted
Before buying the domain name, make sure it’s available. Not only for your blog but with the possible social media accounts you want to create in the future. We come up with name before like The View Finders which we really want as it’s very unique but unfortunately not available. We bought the domain name and buy our hosting in Bluehost. I have tried other hosting sites too as part of being a web professional and I’m confident to say that it’s the most reliable and easy to use site as we hosted more than 20 domains with them in 4 different hosting accounts. Customer service is great as you can simply chat with them when you have questions.
3. Install and Learn WordPress
The best part about WordPress is that it’s free, got a user friendly dashboard and used by well-known bloggers. I also used WordPress to create fully functional websites at my work. Installing WordPress with your Bluehost account is super easy since it’s only a one click installation. Once installed, you’ll be able to log into the WordPress dashboard with your new username and password.
4. Get a Professional Theme
While WordPress comes with a lot of free themes, it’s good to buy your own professional theme if you want to take blogging seriously and to the next level. We bought this theme from Envato market and I just did a lot of tweaking to suite our taste.
5. Create Social Media Accounts
To start building your community and find other people of the same interests, you must create social media accounts of your blog. May it be a Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest or Google+ account. It’s good to start with your favorite social media since you will not be lazy to keep it on track and update it. In our case, we made Instagram first as it’s our favorite way to connect with people on the same niche like us.