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The Ultimate Guide on Starting a Lifestyle Blog

New year, new ambition. 2017 Is the year you’re going to set tall and start blogging. Here is The Ultimate guide on Starting a Lifestyle Blog.

Last year I wrote how this girl I was tutoring thought lifestyle blogs were stupid and dumb. The majority of you hit back and said there were nothing wrong with lifestyle blogs and the girl was being silly for thinking that.

It did get me thinking, how exactly do you start a lifestyle blog in the first place? Maybe that girl thought lifestyle blogs were dumb as she didn’t know herself on how to start one.

For me, I always thought of myself as more of a lifestyle writer – than a fashion writer. Even when I was uni doing my fashion journalism course I never saw myself as the next Anna Wintour – more like those writers you see contributing to coffee table magazine. I also never saw myself as a printed magazine writer, I always seen myself as an online writer.

That was why I started writing my own lifestyle blog, a place where I can write freely with a whole range of different topics.

For me, lifestyle blog topics ranges from baking to zebra at the zoo that day when you took your camera. Lifestyle blog I feel give you more freedom and more flexibility with your writing.

Anyway the point is – you have decided to start a lifestyle blog this year. This lifestyle blog is your own little place to express your hopes and dreams in the coming months. It’s your own little space where you can write about topics you are interested in.

Let me talk you though my ultimate guide on starting a lifestyle blog. You won’t regret it.

Choose your topics and Focus.

First big question of the day, what is the blog about? What is your focus? I feel that choosing your focus is the starter point of starting a lifestyle blog. The thing with lifestyle blogs, is that its cover so many different areas. Perhaps to make it easier for you on deciding a focus for the blog is narrow is down to a simple niche you are interested in.

Get a pen and paper (yeah the old fashion way!) and write down a specific thing you are interested in. Write down a list and just brainstorm anything that comes into your head. Also while we are there, write down on who you are. Yes, you! Who are you?

Are you a single mum with 3 kids and working at a corporate office as an admin? That enough to tell me who you are already. With this lifestyle blog write down your experience as a single mum, write down your day to day schedule. Etc. See where I’m going with this?

I feel with lifestyle blogs, it better to be open on who you are. And also to write a topic you are interested in. Trust me if you are writing about something that bore you to tears – your audience will notice.

Buying a lifestyle Theme.

I always like to think this is the fun part.  You get to create how your lifestyle blog will look. There are hundreds and hundreds of different options here.

I buy my blog theme from Themeforest, it can be a little pricey but I love how it has hundreds and hundreds of different options and the themes themselves can be customize to your own blog. However, my advice is to buy a theme from there once you know what you are doing with your blog, it can be a little tricky to customize it to your blog.

I also think Etsy has a really nice selection of simple blog themes. There are other places online that do lifestyle blog theme: Creative Market, BluChic, and Pipdig.

Choose your blogging platform.

The two biggest blogging platforms are WordPress and Blogger. I have touched on this before on which platform is the best one to you.

Personally I would choose WordPress but there is nothing wrong with Blogger. If you want to get serious with your blogging and want to make money, then I choose WordPress again.

Choose your blog name.

This might sound obvious but don’t name your blog ‘My fashion place’ when you’re not really going to write about fashion. My advice would be to choose an easy name that will cover your overall blog topics. I do think that choosing your blog name is the most important first step. It should also be something you love and want to stick with.

Where to find ideas.

For me when I’m thinking of ideas on what to write about, I just look on Pinterest and Bloglovin. Thinking of an idea when starting a blog is the hardest part, I feel. It can be daunting looking at a blank canvas. So what I do is read a few blogs on Bloglovin and have a browse on Pinterest. Often I find something that spark an idea and get my old brain working.  If you find something, then write it down and brainstorm ideas. Start a blog notebook with all your ideas and if you find something interesting then write it down. Also you often find your ideas when out about. You could be walking along minding your own business then suddenly you will be hit by blog inspirations. It happen to me all the time. Write it down on your phone (if you don’t have your blog notebook) and email it you. So you can take a look when you get home.

Find your Tribes.

It might be a surprise to you when starting out – but you’re not the only single mum working as an admin who have a blog. There are others as well. Go find them and go find your tribes. My advice is to join a Facebook blog group and meet other bloggers. You will find others who have the same interest as you. It will help you bounce ideas and help you find that blog focus.  Join Bloglovin and reads other bloggers lifestyle blogs. Say hi to a fellow bloggers and talk to them on Twitter. Don’t be shy. Be active and find other likeminded people.

The Ultimate guide on Starting a Lifestyle Blog

I hope this have helped you with starting a lifestyle blog. If you ever need anyone to talk too about bouncing an idea around for your blog. Then feel to chat too me – I’d be only too happy to help.

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Hello, it’s so lovely for you to join me. Let me introduce myself. I’m Anna Nuttall living in London and married to my husband, Richard. I worked in retail for ten years before I left and fulfilled my addiction to social media and blogging, where I’m now working as a fashion, lifestyle and travel blogger and also in digital marketing.

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Comments

  • Love this! I am a beginner blogger and am loving learning new things about the blogging community! This post is defiantly helpful!
    Check out my site http://www.joyfuliowan.com
    I decided to do a new year overhaul on my blog to make it the way I envisioned.
    -Jenn

    4th January 2017
  • These are great ideas! I also had fun when I was in the process of selecting which theme I want to use; that was pretty exciting!

    Belle | One Awesome Momma

    4th January 2017
  • These are great tips! Lifestyle blogs are my favorite to read.

    4th January 2017
  • LOVE the pink shoes in your picture! This is really awesome. I especially like the idea of having a journal dedicated to blogging. I often have ideas pop into my head at the most random times and just write them down on whatever is handy. It means I end up losing a lot of them so a notebook is a wonderful tip. Thank you!!

    4th January 2017
  • Good advice! I think a lifestyle blog allows for versatility, since you can cover multiple topics. It sounds like you really are in tune with yourself and your audience. Thanks for taking the time to share your advice and great pointers!

    4th January 2017
  • These are some great tips for beginners like myself, thanks for sharing!

    4th January 2017
  • Great guide. So many people start a blog without a clear focus. It really hurts them in the long run.

    4th January 2017
  • Great tips! I admire the lifestyle bloggers, because I think there is a lot of work behind every post!

    4th January 2017
  • I love being a lifestyle blogger, it means you have more range to write about what you like rather then sticking to one particular niche.

    4th January 2017
  • Great information on how to get started! There is so much that goes into blogging in general, this is a great tool for anyone looking to start!

    4th January 2017
  • Great tips! !

    4th January 2017
  • This is all really good information. I am happy that you shared the word focus. It is my word for the year and it is so important for bloggers.

    4th January 2017
  • Thank you for sharing.

    5th January 2017
  • Tara L

    I’ve always thought about making another blog but for Recipes and Food and different things like that, but don’t know where to start. I wanted to start from WordPress since I have an account but it seems so difficult.

    5th January 2017
  • Im a lifestyle blogger and this is a great list for people who are just starting out. I love being a lifestyle blogger because of the versatility of topics I am not stuck in one niche!

    5th January 2017
  • These are fabulous ideas! I believe I do have a lifestyle blog since I write about all sorts of things. It’s mostly focused on parenting, but not JUST that.

    5th January 2017
  • These are such awesome tips! I wish these tips were around when I first started blogging 5 years ago!

    5th January 2017
  • This is a great tips especially to the new bloggers! This is really a helpful!

    5th January 2017
  • A lifestyle blog combines elements of the traditional lifestyle genre with design, business, DIY and crafts, art, photography and much more. It also has the power to encourage, support, and guide amateurs and allows professionals to share their experience and pass their knowledge on to others. Creative blogging can break down barriers and encourage others to welcome a little creativity into their lives. Lifestyle blogging required seriousness of work because of your responsibility to your readers and followers.

    5th January 2017
  • This is such great info! I had a lifestyle blog for a while that was mostly focused on my husband and I as newlyweds with completely different eating habits (I am vegetarian, he eats meat), but I sort of outgrew it and stopped writing. I think that is something to consider, too. It’s not about starting a blog so to speak, but it’s important to know when you’re done, when it no longer feels relevant and when you might be forcing it. Your audience will know and your blog will suffer.

    All that being said, Husband and I are about to start a new lifestyle blog. We just sold our house and most of our belongings and moved onto a sailboat in the Pacific Northwest. It’s a crazy adventure and we are so excited to share it with our family, friends and whoever else might be interested! If you’re interested, it will be at http://www.lifeatsixknots.com as soon as we can get it going!

    5th January 2017
  • Thanks for the tips! I started my blog a couple of weeks ago, But I always like the idea of gaining more knowledge of what I should have for my blog.

    Isaly Holland | http://www.memoriesbyisaly.com

    5th January 2017
  • Really helpful information for new bloggers. Awesome tips. Thank you for sharing.

    5th January 2017
  • Great guide here. I love what you said about finding tribes. It’s so important. I just found this super huge list of Tailwind tribes on Google. I joined most of them hehe.

    5th January 2017
  • great tips for starter bloggers! it’s helpful even for a non lifestyle blogger for me!

    5th January 2017
  • Lovely how-to post! So helpful!

    5th January 2017
  • These are very helpful tips. I’m blogging for a year now and so far I am happy with what I am getting through my blog. For me, the hardest part is coming up with your blog name.

    Mhaan | http://www.mommyrockininstyle.com

    5th January 2017
  • These are all great suggestions for any blog really. Great tips!

    5th January 2017
  • Dana Vento

    Agreed, the look-part is where the fun starts.When picking niches, I really look at it from two angles, and two separate ones. Each one is a fallback for the other.

    5th January 2017
  • Great Ideas! I can certinally always get better at blogging!

    5th January 2017
  • This is a nice guide for someone who’s looking to get started. You’re right, a lifestyle blog is more versatile.

    5th January 2017
  • These are all helpful tips! My blogging platform is on beauty, fashion and lifestyle. This year I’ll be focusing more on lifestyle blog running parallel with beauty posts. I agree that finding tribes are important.

    5th January 2017
  • Great tips here for starting a lifestyle blog. I’d add be nice and friendly to people along the way, it’s always nice to be nice and you never know when you could help each other 🙂 Ree love30

    5th January 2017
  • Love this! I am a newbie and I would totally love to connect with you! I love the tips ty so much for sharing!!!

    5th January 2017
  • A lot of people are scared of starting a blog because they don’t know that it’s actually easy and you can meet really cool people.
    I wish I would have had your tips when I was first starting out though!

    5th January 2017
  • I do have an idea of staring a lifestyle blog for long, but has always been fishy on handling it & moving ahead. This is such a great resource that could come handy for many like me!

    6th January 2017
  • Andrea

    Thanks for the tips! I think finding a tribe is the most important in succeeding as a blogger. You learn so much from your tribe, and get support when you have bad days.

    6th January 2017
  • These are great starters. The right platform is important because changing it is scary and can be expensive if you don’t feel savvy enough

    6th January 2017
  • Great post, wish I had something like this when I first started.

    6th January 2017
  • Elizabeth O.

    That’s very well said, Anna! I think it’s awesome that you decided to start a lifestyle blog, I’ve enjoyed everything that I read in your blog so far and I’m looking forward to more. These are great tips! Perfect for the newbies planning to focus on lifestyle blogging.

    6th January 2017
  • These are great tips. Blogging is so much fun. It can take a lot of work to have good content but it is worth it.

    6th January 2017
  • Rosey

    Huh… I never thought about my title actually. I guess i could make it more indicative of what I blog about these days, which is primarily product reviews. Food for thought.

    6th January 2017
  • Lots of useful information on this post! Lifestyle blogs rock! You have great ideas!

    Roger Wellington
    http://www.wetnoseescapades.com

    7th January 2017
  • Robin Rue

    These are all such great tips! I have what I would consider a lifestyle type blog but it could use some room for improvement.

    7th January 2017
  • tauyanm

    this is very informative and helpful to those who wants to start their blogging life this 2017! all the list are perfect to help them

    7th January 2017
  • I love this advice (especially the pen and paper)! I am “old fashioned” so I always have to grab a pen and outline what I want to say before I type anything!

    7th January 2017
  • Finding your tribe is a great piece of advice! This is a beautiful post with lots of inspo thank you!
    x
    Missy
    popofstyle.com

    8th January 2017
  • veena

    Wonderful guide for beginners ???

    1st April 2017
  • Dani

    When I first started my blog it was meant to be more fashion orientated, but as the years have gone on it has turned into more of a lifestyle blog.
    I always write pen and paper lists to plan my blog posts 🙂

    Dani x

    2nd April 2017
  • Such a great guide for new bloggers wanted to make a lifestyle blog, wish I knew when I started

    2nd April 2017
  • This is a great post! Very helpful. I wish I had these tips when I started!

    2nd April 2017
  • This was such a great article to read, lots of great advice for those wanting to start a blog.

    2nd April 2017
  • I agree with you on all your points, however I have a question for you… why do you think that wordpress is a better platform than blogger especially if you want to monetize your blog? I know wordpress is the most popular platform but any other benefits except that?

    3rd April 2017
  • Great advice for those wanting to start their own blog x

    3rd April 2017
  • Amazing tips! I am most definitely going to forward this to my friend who is looking to start her own lifestyle blog! My advices are all over the place!

    3rd April 2017
  • Great tips for new bloggers. I know what you mean about WordPress but I actually prefer blogger because I find it easier xxx

    4th April 2017

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