I want to start a blog but I have no idea where to start – can you help me?
Most definitely! The first things to think about are what you want your url to be (eg. http://www.fizzleout.com.au) and what you want your blog to look like (have a think about the blogs you love and what it is that you love about them). Then get in touch and we can work together to create the perfect blog for you!
What is the first step in creating a website?
The first thing to do is to purchase a domain and hosting – I can personally recommend my Dad’s hosting company: 123host. He provides individual support for his clients and is based on the Gold Coast, and is easily contactable by both phone and email if anything happens to go wrong.
Plus he is my Dad so you know that he is trust-worthy!
Can you revamp my website?
Sure! I love to take personal blogs and business sites to the next level visually. If you want to see what I can to with your site, get in touch with your url and what you have in mind and we can discuss what is possible. Though my personal preference is to work with WordPress, I have also confidently undertaken projects on websites based on Tumblr, Blogger & Shopify.
To see some of my previous work – take a look at my portfolio.
Why do you recommend WordPress?
While some people find it to be a little tricky at first, there is endless support available online and you will usually find that any question you have will has been answered a dozen times over.
Can you discount your rates for me?
I don’t offer discounts as to do so would make this endeavour simply, not worth my time.
I love being able to provide a service that allows people to start out with a website or blog that they love, to inspire them to create amazing content and allow them to concentrate on the creative side of their business or personal project. Being able to utilise my skills to serve and assist others and to allow their visions to come into reality often makes it feel like this is not a job at all.
In saying that, I spend many hours on both web development and email correspondence and use my personal time (outside of my full time university schedule) to do this work, and have set my fees accordingly. I feel that for the service provided my rates are very reasonable (but do encourage you to shop around if this doesn’t work for you) and I provide a personal and individually customised service to each client.
If you would like to work together for the rates outlined for your job, fantastic! If not, I wish you nothing but the best and encourage you to give creating your own blog a go! There are a multitude of educational resources available online – here are some good starting points:
Grit & Glamour’s Build a Better Blog
Problogger’s 29 tips, tutorials and resources for new bloggers
Do I need social media pages for my blog?
Shouldn’t I wait until I have some readers to create a Facebook/Twitter/Instagram page?
It’s really up to you whether you have social media pages linked to your blog. I personally find it useful to have social media to share new posts and to connect with readers and other bloggers. There is no rule for which social media you need to sign up for – decide what works for you!
If you are a visual person and love photos, instagram will most likely suit your tastes, whereas if you like to connect with other bloggers, I find twitter to be most useful for conversations.
I know you can feel like the unpopular kid at school when you first start out, with very few followers, minimal interaction and none of your posts being ‘liked’ – but don’t worry, things will grow with time. My advice is to remove the focus from your number of likes/fans/followers, and concentrate on the content you are sharing and the interactions you are having with the people that you do have on your page (as few or as many as they may be). I find it is best to have your social media set up and linked to your website from the beginning and then get rid of the platforms that don’t work for you.
The best way to link your social media to your page is via plugins. Some of my favourites include:
Easy Social Icons – to add links to your social media pages
Alpine photo tile for Instagram – gives you the ability to add your instagram feed as a widget to your blog’s sidebar.
Jetpack by WordPress.com – allows connection to Twitter and Instagram (along with a bunch of other fabulous features)
Yep! Here are some extra resources that I think are worth checking out if you are planning to start a blog:
Alexandra Frazen – amazingly inspirational writing that makes me aspire to the highest standards
Problogger- an outstanding number of useful posts to help with all aspects of blogging
Unsplash – stunning photos to use on your site or blog, free from copyright
Evernote – a blogger’s essential note-taking and idea saving app/website accessibly from and syncing across all your devices
(this list is of course not comprehensive and I plan to update it as I come across more useful resources)