Blogging may not have the prominence that it once did, but it’s still a great way to communicate information and voice your opinions. If you’re a blogging newbie who doesn’t know how to get started, here are a few tips that should prove useful.

Pick a Niche

First of all, you need to know what your blog is going to be about. Even if you want to maintain a blog as a hobby, it should have some focus. Choose a niche that you want to cover, whether related to your business or your hobby and try to stick with that when you write blog posts.

Choose a Platform

Once you decide what your blog will cover, it’s time to choose your blogging platform. A lot of blogging experts recommend going with WordPress, and for a good reason. It supports countless plugins and add-ons, and it is almost endlessly customizable. It also has more than 82 million active users, so it should be easy to find your blog once it gets up and running.

If you decide not to go with WordPress, there are alternatives out there. Blogger is probably the next best thing to WordPress, and Tumblr is an easy-to-use platform that doubles nicely as a social network. If you want a more serious blog that you can easily monetize, WordPress is probably the way to go, though.

Deciding Whether or Not to Self-Host

You can self-host your blog with its domain name if you don’t mind paying for it. WordPress makes this more comfortable than most other platforms, but you can do the same thing with Tumblr and Blogger as well. Paying for your blog means that you own your domain, which gives you more monetization and customization options. It is worth it if you’re serious about blogging. Free options are fine if you want to blog for fun, but you won’t own your domain, nor will you monetize your blog as easily. Then again, this probably isn’t a concern if blogging is just a hobby.

Installing Plug-ins

If you want to get a better idea of who is reading your blog and how much money you are making from it, you’ll need to install some plugins. Once again, WordPress makes this incredibly easy to do. There are plenty of plugins to choose from that are supported by WordPress, so choose which ones will work best for your blog.

Designing Your Blog

Your blog should be aesthetically pleasing, but it should also be simple and free of clutter. Choose graphics that are related to your niche, and make sure it is easy to navigate. Nobody will want to read your blog if they can’t find any of your posts.

Post Regularly

Finally, stick to a regular posting schedule for your blog. You can post once a week, twice a week, or once every two weeks. You can deviate from your schedule a little bit, but all of your “big” posts should come out simultaneously. If it gets too hard to keep up with your schedule, you can always write posts in advance and schedule them to post to your blog. This is the most important part of keeping a blog, so keep writing. After all, it’s the reason why you wanted to start a blog in the first place.