A 6-step guide to starting your own blog at university

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Whether you’re documenting your university adventure or writing specifically about your favourite interests, starting a blog can open so many doors. Not only can it help to improve your writing skills, which will inevitably benefit your university work, the experience can also help you to find a job once you graduate. So, what are my top tips when it comes to starting a blog? Let’s begin…

1. Choose a platform

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Blogger, Wordpress, Wix… the list goes on. Choosing a platform is the first step to starting your blog. To decide which one will be best for you, it’s important to consider different factors, such as how easy each one is to set up and maintain and whether you plan to host it yourself eventually.

2. Decide what you want to write about

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You’ve found a platform and you’ve started building up your blog. Next step, what do you want to write about? Many blogs have particular niches, be it beauty, sport or anything in between. Other bloggers write about anything and everything, whatever takes their fancy each day. However, it’s important to decide what type of blog you want to set up from the get-go, so that you post consistent content with a clear direction.

3. Find a template that suits you

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Many platforms have lots of free templates that you can use to build your blog and this is probably the best place to start if you’re totally new to all of this. My suggestion would be to find one that’s easily customisable and has a clear layout. You don’t want something that has different bits everywhere as that can get confusing for both you, and your readers.

4. Create a list of blog post ideas

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Having a list of ideas that you can constantly refer back to and add to when you’re feeling inspired is great, especially when you’re just starting to blog. It can be so annoying when you want to post but you’re suffering from writer’s block. So, having some ideas to hand whenever you need them is super useful. If you’re feeling really inspired, why not create a blog schedule using your ideas? That way, you’re more likely to stick to your posting days. You can also use the online National Days Calendar to see if there are any upcoming events or themes you’d like to blog about.

5. Blog for an established site

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You’ve set your own blog up, how about looking to guest blog on an established blog or website? This not only gets your writing out to a larger audience, but you may be able to link back to your own site, which will do wonders for your blog’s authority (in the eyes of Google) and page views. If you’d like to blog for Liberty Living, please head to our Creative Community page.

6. Don’t put too much pressure on yourself

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If you can’t put up a post every week, that’s OK. If you only post once every few months, that’s also OK. It’s so important to remember that this is something that should be benefiting you, rather than causing you more stress. It’s OK if you’re not like all of the other bloggers. Just post when you like and about what you like. Enjoy yourself!

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We’re searching for students to join our Creative Community, so get in touch if you’d like to develop your skills in areas such as blogging, photography and video production.