Personal Growth


Spread the love
  • 10
  • 2
  • 837

Are you prowling Google for blogging tips on how to start a blog? If you’re like me, you’re probably overwhelmed with all the free stuff online to help new bloggers. 

Should you start a blog?

Absolutely but first you need to forget all those Pinterest pins that say that you can start a money-making blog in no time at all. 

Blogging takes the proverbial blood, sweat and tears with no guarantee of success but once the spark has been lit, it’s impossible to extinguish.

I started my blog when I was forced to quit my job. The odds were 100 to 1 against me as I was clueless about blogging topics for beginners to even get started.

But I decided to stop playing it safe like I had done my whole life. 

I gambled and started   

How to start a blog



To start my blog, I used awesome free resources available online. But I found myself in a freebie avalanche as I had no map to plot my course. 

I’ve created a simple checklist of blogging topics to help you avoid the dreaded new blogger overwhelm. Click the graphic to sign up for your step by step study plan:


sign up form


It’s my personal account of how I started my blog.

Ready? Let’s jump in.

1. Conquer your negative mindset

Have you seen incredible Pinterest pins like: 

How I made $2000 with my 1-month-old blog!


My August Income Report – $5000BLOGGER COFUSION - TOO MUCH INFO

My reaction –  TERROR …..

A little voice urged me to QUIT! It screamed at me….. you can’t do this ……. you don’t know anything about how to start a blog ……  on and on it went …                                                                                                      

But a story of triumph in a Facebook post by Prerna Malik of Content Bistro inspired me to quit skulking behind my doubting demons and start my blog.

So, the first thing you need to do is to recode your brain from CAN’T to CAN DO and MUST DO.

The flood of free online blogging tips for beginners confuses the new blogger. 

Tombs of step by step blogging information put me into permanent study mode.

I’m sure you’re in the same boat, aren’t you? A cycle of research …. notes….  research … and still, more research about blogging topics pattern your days.

When all you want to do is get to the fun part of writing blog posts.

2. The Birth of the No-Fail Checklist to Blog Smart

I wanted to blog not spend hours on end finding out what this or that tech term meant.

So, I created a blogging curriculum inspired by this post to track my progress. 

It was my life vest when I was drowning in a sea of baffling blogging how to’s and to do’s.

The experienced blogger will probably scoff at my simple checklist of blogging topics but it helped me to stop researching and start blogging.

For a simple overview of how to start a blog, read  Setting up a Blog Tutorial: How to Start Your Own Blog TODAY


3. How to start a blog with sucky tech skills

Studying about starting a blog is one thing. Actually working on the backend of a WordPress site is like taking a swim in a thunderstorm.

Was I now ready to launch my site and start blogging?

No, not by a long shot.

But this blog post by Elna Cain slayed my doubts at once. It was a ‘Starting a Blog’ GPS for me.  The whole process was dead easy to follow as it had step by step screencasts.

I chose Siteground to host my blog because they had Tech Support via Live Chat.

I now had my own, self-hosted site! Yaaay! If you are still doubtful about starting your own blog, YOU ABSOLUTELY CAN.

The course that was instrumental in speeding up my blogging education was Kim Anderson’s 12 Week Growth Strategy CourseI learnt how to create goals and mini goals to help me cover all the items on my blogging checklist.

4.  Getting to know WordPress

Have you ever been separated from your kids in a store or a mall?

You know the sheer panic you feel?

Well, that was WordPress for me. It proved to be my biggest blogging NIGHTMARE.

The itty bitty nitty-gritty details in the actual blog set up were as much fun as snuggling up to a cactus.

Oh, the relief when I discovered WP Beginner videos.

Short videos about everything from title tags, slug, meta tags, permalinks, Image attributes.

The best and quickest way to get to know Word Press is WP Beginner. Click To Tweet

I got to know the WP dashboard with Nick Foy TV – WordPress Tutorial for Beginners – The Ultimate Guide (2017).

I overdosed on other YouTube WordPress videos (too many to credit) as I grappled with WP.

Suzy Whitford’s Blog by Numbers e-course was another lifeline for me. This course, with easy to follow modules, illustrated all the stuff I had to do to customize my blog. 

Suzi’s step by step method of video teaching helped me to:

  •  understand the difference between pages and posts 

  •  structure my menu with categories

  •  set up social media buttons

  •  organize the about me section of the sidebars on my site

Wow, after all that I felt like I had just come out of a dark tunnel.

I now had a functioning site. Ready for the next step?

5. Creating content 

Finding, researching and writing content for my blog went on in jerks and jolts.

Lack of experience in writing online copy shrieked and screeched at all my efforts. I wrote, edited, rewrote, edited and went on in this loser circle.

Stressed new blogger


Exhausted by my lack of progress, I prowled Google. It did not fail me. Read on to see the gems I found ……

Here are the resources I used to start posting content on my blog.

5.1  How to write Oustanding Blog Posts that Google and your Readers will Love by Meera Kothand.

This post is a must-read for new bloggers. She gives a zillion tried and tested blogging tips and tricks that a newbie would be insane to ignore.

Meera’s Blog Writing Template is a winner. Like slicing a pie into quarters, the outline helps organize fragmented ideas into bite-sized chunks. Super easy to work from.

5.2  99 Strong Verbs to Make your Content Pop, Fizz and Sparkle was a game-changer for me.

Google also led me to stumble upon Henneke Duistermaaat’s blog. She proved to be my saviour in shaping my writing skills.

Cutting useless adjectives and adverbs results in writing that is laser focused. Click To Tweet

Out went frilly adjectives and useless adverbs. In came Thesaurus, my new BFF.

My go-to rule became VERBS – to make my words ‘ dazzle and dance ’ as Henneke states in this post.

5.3 How to Write Spellbinding Introductions by Shamelessly Copying the Pros by Shane Arthur introduced me to Jon Morrow’s introductions.

How to write great introductions is a vital skill for newbies to acquire. Who better to learn from than Jon Morrow? 

The skills below I gleaned by foraging the blogs of successful bloggers:

•   topic choice

•   crafting headlines

•   creating outlines

•   formatting tips

•   research tricks

5.4  SEO strategies

I studied Brian Dean’s at to get an understanding of SEO but I was still confused about it.

Until I invested in  Post by Number, ( dirt cheap at only $9) which was a game changer for me. I learnt how to do Keyword Research, how to structure my content to make it scannable for online audiences.

Check out my review of the course here.

You know what? After all that intense study, I still found it hard to focus on the writing.


desk with font overlay
6. Writing faster

As a new blogger, writing is torment and torture rather than ecstasy. Click To Tweet

I found myself stuck in the perfection hamster wheel.

The result – taking ages to complete a single blog post.

HOW TO WRITE FASTER: 12 TIPS FOR FREELANCE WRITERS by JOHN SOARES rescued me from this panic and chaos treadmill.

I used his 12 point guide to increase my productivity.

The Pomodoro Technique ( Write for 25 minutes, take a 5-minute break. Do 4 such sets before taking a 15 – 20-minute break) worked wonders for me.

Taking a quick walk in the garden after each set also boosted my writing output.

To boost my focus further, I forced myself to remember Done is Better than Perfect!

I have since taken The 12 Week Blog Growth Strategy course, an amazing course that boosted my productivity massively. You can read my review here.

7. Promoting your blog on Social Media 

This is a big-time stress for the new blogger.

But, blog posts need readers.

One way to get eyes on your blog posts is to promote them on social media.

But you need to have a structured plan for social media promotion for it to work for you.

I chose to be active only on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.


I joined a few Facebook groups run by my favorite bloggers.

The help and support given in these groups are immeasurable.

Behind the scenes blogging tips and skills available in these groups is an education in itself.

I used each group’s special promo days to promote my blog and blog posts.

Golden Bloggerz: Online Blogging Community, Mom to Mompreneur and Blogging Like We mean It Facebook groups were awesome.

Their support and encouragement helped me to ‘ just get it out ‘ there and to adopt the motto Done is better than perfect.


Twitter turned out to be a blogging treasure trove.

I found the WP plugin BetterClick Tweet a great way to encourage readers to share my blog posts.    

Tonia Kendrick’s How to Rock Twitter with Free Tools showed me the importance of a Twitter strategy.

Points to consider – what content to tweet and how often to tweet to get readers to your blog.

I loved her video on how to design colourful tweet graphics.


Pinterest is a must-do to promote your blog. Traffic to your blog can zoom overnight if used properly.

I found Pinterest most demanding. As usual, I turned to my best buddy, Google.

The Blogging Like We Mean it Facebook group formed by Carly Campbell proved to be a strong Pinterest backbone for me.

  • Any and everything related to Pinterest from Pin Design to Pinning Strategy is discussed.

It was through this group that I bought Carly’s invaluable book Pinteresting Strategiesand started implementing it right away.

Your turn

The journey to starting my blog was an uphill climb.  Let’s recap. The obstacles were:

1.  Negative Mindset

2..Creating a Checklist of Beginner Blogging Topics 

3.  The Handicap of Poor Tech Skills

4.  Setting up a WordPress site

5.  Content Creation

6.  Productivity

7.  Social Media Marketing

I’m nowhere near the summit. The learning curve is still sharp and steep. But I now have a functioning blog. 

You can too.

Start by trying out a few of my beginner blogging tips.

Perhaps, you’ve already started your own blog or website? Have you any tips to inspire new bloggers?

Let me know in the comments below.

Please don’t forget to share this post on Pinterest, Facebook, and Twitter.

Use a checklist of blogging topics to start your blog especially if you have poor tech skills. 




Spread the love
  • 10
  • 2
  • 837

A former English teacher turned lifestyle blogger. Content creator for blogs and websites. Book lover, scrabble addict and crime show obsessor.


  • Adventure Aficionado

    These are really excellent tips for new bloggers! You are right, there are so many free resources out there that anyone, including myself, can get lost in all the buzz. But it is great to have a few important steps and resources to go to, like the ones you mentioned above, to help stay the course!

  • Liton Biswas


    A blog is a personal online space. It seems that everyone will have a blog in the coming years.

    There are many benefits of starting a blog, other than earning money. Most bloggers quit blogging in the first year. Because they don’t see any quick return. But blogging isn’t a quick money making machine. You have to constantly put in work to build a successful blogging business.
    However, thanks for sharing this helpful post.

  • Denise Gardiner

    A very informative post! I have been a blogger for about 4 months and understand your initial fears. I took a free course from Pete and Heather Reese, which gave you step-by-step instructions on how to set up a new blog. Their course was the best! This was all foreign to me too but was something I thought of doing for years. I found some very supportive bloggers along the way who helped me through the learning stages! I am now in the process of creating a mini-course on nutrition. Thank you for sharing!

    • Poovanesh Pather

      Good luck with your mini course. I read your article about your journey to vegetarianism. When I started research on starting a blog, I did not hear of any free courses. By luck, I landed on Carly’s FB group and that was the start of my blogging education. But for my own sanity, I had to create some structure about how to proceed and this post was the result.

  • Bryan

    Excellent tips! Starting a new blog can be overwhelming to many and the initial confusion and uncertainty can cause many to give up quickly. Your useful tips help point the way and show that a new, successful blog is truly within your reach.

  • Ana

    Congratulations on working through your challenges! I’m fairly new to blogging and it’s a fun, creative outlet with some technical difficulties thrown in the mix. Thanks for the good info.

  • Kimberlie

    You are absolutely correct that mindset change is essential to success not only as a blogger, but with everything. I’m amazed at the wealth of knowledge you have as a “newbie.” Thanks for sharing.

  • James McAllister

    Hi Poovanesh! What a fantastic collection of advice here!

    So many people are daunted by the idea of starting a blog because it can seem so overwhelming -from the outside, it can look like there’s just so much that goes into it.

    Fortunately today, from a technical standpoint it’s easier than ever and as you share here there are so many incredible resources that help guide you towards things that work, and away from things that don’t. I’ve been blogging for around 8 years now and things have changed so much in that time, I feel so fortunate that so many great people are sharing their knowledge now.

    In the end if people break things down into steps and take it one at a time, blogging does not only become manageable, it becomes incredibly straightforward. When people are ready to branch out, you’ve listed plenty of great tools and guides here – I’ve bookmarked this post so I can explore them in more detail myself as time allows.

    Thanks again!

    • Poovanesh Pather

      Thank you so much. The blogging world is so new to me although I’ve been a blogger for about 10 months now. This post was a result of the severe overwhelm I felt when I started. It is like a foreign language to friends and family. I must say it’s one of the best decisions I made in my life.

  • Sharvina

    Thanks for the post, Poovanesh! Starting a blog has many uncertainties, especially when one doesn’t have the technical knowledge. A self-hosted blog is likely to have more monetization options than a free-hosted one.

  • Marijke

    This post is so full of information that it will take me some time to digest it all. Every thing you say has links to more info and I may set time aside next week to go through them all. I recognise the feelings of doubt, disbelief but hey I am still blogging and building bit by bit every day. Thank you for a excellent source of info.

    • Poovanesh Pather

      Thank you for your comment. I wrote that post to help any overwhelmed blogger and therefore I used so many links. It was difficult to get started but like you, I’m still here blogging away.

  • Amy Kennedy

    Wow! Those are some great resources and suggestions! I had help starting my blog, but now I am thinking about starting a 2nd blog. I wonder if there are any tricky issues with having 2 blogs?

  • Jocelyn

    This is a great resource, thank you for putting all your knowledge and resources together! I feel like I’m going to need to come back to this and really study it since I am just starting out with my blog. You rock!

  • Sarah

    These are all great tips. I agree with you about writing faster. It’s something I am working on, because, as you said, I get stuck in that mode of “perfection”. Sometimes, it’s just not necessary!

  • Thomas

    One of the hardest things for me is writing introductions. It usually takes me several tries to get it right. Some of these tips will definitely be implemented.

    • Poovanesh Pather

      Hi, Thomas I still battle with writing introductions. One of the ways to improve this is to study the
      introductions of successful bloggers. Try to identify the technique they consistently use. Apply to
      your own writing. It will get better with time.

  • juelz

    Such a great post.Such income post at first made me self-doubt myself wondering what am not doing right with my blog, but we all start from somewhere.I love facebook and Pinterest as a source of traffic,they are awesome and very effective.

  • Sophie

    This is a great post, Poovanesh! Thanks for sharing all of your awesome tips! Whenever that doubt kicks in, I reach out to my blogger friends to give me that extra boost of motivation 🙂

Leave a Reply to The Newo Cancel reply

Your email address will not be published.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.