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Cassie Daves Guide To: Starting Your Own Blog.

Wednesday, 7 January 2015
Because I keep getting emails from people asking about how to get started with their blogging adventure, I thought to finally put out a post sharing some tips and advice from starting mine and my own little experience thus far.
Lets dig in.
Covering The Basics.
So you've decided that you want to be a blogger? But not so fast yet, first of all you have to cover the basics before delving any further.
What are these basics?
- Defining your niche, Target audience and Purpose : This basically means figuring out what it is you want to write about, who your content is aimed at and what you hope to achieve with blog.
When I first started, I honestly didn't have a set plan for what I was going to use this space for although I knew I was going to definitely write about my life and style but I've learnt that knowing what your focus is and having some direction in the beginning usually helps to guide you along the way.
I finally defined my niche and purpose along the way : This is a fashion and lifestyle blog and I write with a hope to inspire, encourage and motivate people by sharing bits and pieces of my Style and fashion journey, struggles, life lessons and also build community and connect with likeminded people
Picking Out A Name.
Now that you've finally covered the basics and you know what topics your blog will be centred on and all. Picking out a name is the next step. I also got stuck at this stage and at first this blog was "beneathmybeautiful" before i finally changed it to "cassiedaves" but here are a few tips for figuring out a name 
- Make sure it doesn't already exist
- Maybe a name people already identify you with?
- Something that goes with what your blog is about?
- You want something that shouldn't be so hard to recall. ( I thought cassie Daves was pretty easy but people still keep mixing the daves up with davies. Uggh)

Choosing A Blogging Platform.
Source : tanjamortensen.com
If i had to choose all over again, I'll probably go with wordpress. Not just because their commenting system is easy but there are really dope themes there and a lot more you can do but the downside to wordpress is that its a bit techy and if you're like me who doesn't really have time to read How-To books (My uncle actually gave me a book on wordpress to read and it wasn't exactly a small book) and scour the internet for help then maybe blogger might just be for you. 
Although I had the option of moving over to wordpress when i was trying to set up my domain, I decided to stick with my blogger mostly because of the chance of loosing all my blogger stats with the move and also i think blogger is way easier for me to maneuver.
Finally, it all balls down to personal choice but i think you should figure that out to avoid the stress of moving later on and possibly loosing your stats.
Also if you plan to build a brand off your blog, I think getting a custom domain name straight up might be best ( a .com rather than a "wordpress.com or blogspot.com) but you can as well start out hosted and convert later

Blogger Starter Pack.
Source : jennypurr.com
Really all you need is your head to think up content, a blog planner ( Get yours here)for ideas and computer / phone. But a camera or just a badass photographer who can help you out might come in handy especially if you're planning to start a fashion blog.
I wrote a post on my blogging process and also shared some of my blogging tools and you can read that here


Blog Design.
This is very important as your blog design is the first thing people will see and a cluttered one can put people off. I prefer more minimalistic themes but it all depends on your choice as long as you keep it clean. 
There are lots of wordpress themes but unfortunately with blogger, its a bit limited although there are some nice free blogger themes like the soraya theme and iksandi theme but you can always buy blog themes on etsy.

Start Creating Content.
Focus on creating awesome, engaging and original content. Say No to plagiarism! and if you do post another blogger's stuff, please link back to them.

A Few Extra Advice.
- It may or may not kick off real quick so don't get dissapointed if after the comments aren't rolling in. Focus on yourcontent, 
- Network Network Network!! That is one important way to get your blog out there so visit other blogs, leave meaningful comments, and join in on the fun.
- Consistency is key.
- Don't forget to set up your bloglovin and GFC and get a good header image (the cassandra ikegbune fashion life style you can see up there)

I really hope this is helpful and if you finally start up one please leave me your links . 
You know I gatchyu always!!
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59 comments on "Cassie Daves Guide To: Starting Your Own Blog."
  1. Nice and insightful, I started with a tumblr cos i was clueless on this whole blogging thing but now losing everything by changing is a bit scary, this helped though, taking the big step soonest, thanks Cassie

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    1. I know that feeling! Too scary, its almost like you should just continue with your current site right?
      I'm glad this was helpful

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    2. so i started on blogger and then moved to tumblr being so unaware but now going through a change still thinking about what i want for my self and my blog.

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  2. Insightful. You're doing a good job here. :)

    www.perryztot.wordpress.com

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  3. thanks for sharing the link to the free blog template(though i can't upload them).....these tips are helpful too:)
    The Beautiful Eagle

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  4. This is really helpful, thanks Cassie
    themortalscript.blogspot.com

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  5. Great tips, very thought out and well planned. Another tip is to do more collaborations with fellow bloggers so as to connect with more people.

    Princess Audu

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    1. YES! ( Hear that guys?) Another valuable tip to get your blog put there.

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  6. thanks for sharing...
    please can you do something like this for Modelling?

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    1. Yess! It has actually been on my mind but now that you've requested for it, I will definitely do it.

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  7. this post was really helpful, use the sora blog template to reform my blog, i hav ebeen wanting to change the template but had not seen something that i liked. Thanks a bunch for this post :)

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    1. Yaay! I'm going to check out your blog now to see which theme you went with.

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  8. Even though I'm not new to blogging I've still learnt a whole lot from this post. Thanks Cassie :D

    Themakeupmind.blogspot.com

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    1. No, thank you for reading! I'm real glad this post was useful to you

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  9. I'm the same way. Wordpress seemed a bit too technical for me. Additionally, I really just like Google, so decided to stick with their brand. I wish they had better and more templates though.

    Berry Dakara Blog

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    1. Same here! Plus I think its about time they looked into that. Shouldn't be that hard

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  10. My number one issue is the design for the header and choosing the appropriate theme..
    WordPress is much fun but way too techie for me..

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    1. I think you can just find someone who is good with graphic design to help with your header. I did my very first one myself after going through lots of tutorials on how to make a blog header using power point so you can try that too. You can also try some of my theme suggestions and if you see a blog with a theme you like , just scroll down to the end of the blog and you should see a link back to where the theme is from

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  11. I absolutely love this post. I definitely debated whether to get wordpress or blogger but I'm glad i opted for blogger, its so easy to navigate considering i'm not tech davy.
    aprilbasi.blogspot.com

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  12. When i started blogging i tried to use wordpress... one word, EPIC FAIL,,,, i had no idea what they were saying so i asked someone who suggested blogger
    Nice tips dear
    Meanwhile do you have an idea how I can change my url on blogger? Please send me a mail if you do

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  13. Great tips! I think I would have loved wordpress if I loved it.

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  14. Awesome tips! I have a few friends who want to start I have already started relaying them to this post because I don't know where the hell to tell them to start. I even tagged a young lady on your IG :). I agree about the blogger/ wordpress decision but just like you I'm stuck here so it's all good. I jazzed my template up with an etsy purchase.

    I wish this post would have been available when I started, I've been learning everything along the way and GOOGLE saved my life. Oh... another way to get a little traffic flowing. Everyday I find 5 blogs to comment on and leave my site. I usually get that person to stop by my blog or one of their followers who read my comment.

    Okay... I'm writing a novel. Love this.. bye! lol


    Ash,
    www.AshleyTamarra.com

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  15. I just recently started out with blogging and i jumped straight in with no insight. Reading this has helped me out so much and i am thankful for these tips. Thank you and your blog is awesome. You are just entirely awesome and beautiful.

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  16. Good tips. I think the biggest lesson for me is that of consistency. I average like a post a month but I guess I can aim better this year. Wordpress it is for me though. Way doper than Blogspot and not as tech as you make it out to be.

    Dtowncrier.wordpress.com

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  17. Thanks for the tips,they are actually very spot on!

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  18. One thing to NEVER do is leave a comment like Nice post XoXo then leave all your information. If you are to comment make sure you are not spamming and make sure your comment is longer than the link you leave. Also dont comment something thats not related to the post just makes it seem you just left a comment so the blogger could go to your blog.
    www.thatnigeriangirl.net

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  19. This is going to be very helpful. Thanks for the tips.

    Www. Perezvoguediaries.blogspot.com

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  20. Awesome. I really like this. Learnt quite a bit. I'm thoroughly enjoying my blogger life.

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  21. So glad i came across this post. It's been really inspiring considering that somewhere in a corner of my mind, I've always wanted to have a blog of mine. But then, dovetailing it with my school work has always put me off it. But with this, i think i might consider it this time. Thanks. Great posts you've got!

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  22. Lovely tips. How do I do the GFC thingie? I seem unable to.

    http://miralabelle.blogspot.com

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  23. Really helpful! Although I've read a dozen "how to start up a blog" posts, this was really helpful. Thank you Cassie 🙅

    PS: that "Cassie Davies" vs "Cassie Daves" mixup is really not their fault. Even I used to call you 'Davies' till you pointed it out.
    It's a Cognitive thing, our mind messes with us with certain words when they are associated with particular words( I hope that makes sense 😬 ).

    They can swear that they heard or saw the letter or word, usually because of past experiences/knowledge. At least that's what I learnt from Psychology. Lol.

    I think you should just point it out more, then everyone will adjust eventually.

    - Ej Ono
    @pro_modesty

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  24. Hey, I just started my blog just cos I've had the inspiration for a while and I've always admired your blog, and it also motivated me. I'm still a rookie at blogging, so if you could visit and give a few tips, that'll be great and highly appreciated. Thanks.
    candidlytreasure.blogspot.com

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  25. hey cassie i guess am lucky enough to have come across this before going soqn to mhy real business.LOL! well just opened a blogspot and would want to know how to go ahead to get the .com Thanx!

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  26. Great tips :) Learnt some stuffs.
    Www.pretty-faze.blogspot.com

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  27. I really luv d tips!..very helpful and though WordPress is a bit techy,I love their themes.
    I was using blogspot b4 I switched to WordPress .

    One advice, always tag ur posts after blogging on WordPress and u wud see visitors or at least a like. Thanks Cassie!

    metropolitannativity.wordpress.com

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    1. Heu Vicky, thank you! What do you mean by tag it on WordPress please? How does that work. I use Blogger though.

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  28. Ha! This is so helpful. I was just about to send you a mail asking for tips on how to start a blog, then I stumbled on this post. Thanks cassie.

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  29. choosing a blogging platform boils down to one's choice though but am loving the blogger platform cos that whats best for me currently due to some reasons.
    For people who are confused of which one to choose, i once wrote a post on 5 reasons to choose EITHER blogger or wordpress, it will surely helps in deciding.
    Kudos for the tips Cassie

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  30. This is really helpful and i definately will try out your tips. please check out my blog. thank you. www.astoldbymoyin.blogspot.com

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  31. So glad I came across this post, although I still have tons of questions, it does help.
    My own change was from Godaddy's Website builder to Wordpress and I lost a lot, but it had to be done and I knew I had to do it early- which I did. I'm yet to restore my header I created on Website Builder and that really gets to me anytime I open my account because I don't quite get the Wordpress yet. But it's all good anyway; part of the learning process. 😊
    And yeah, Wordpress is techy for the average Joe.
    Keep up the good work!

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  32. I have to say that this post has really helped me. Currently I am using wordpress and I do prefer it to blogger.I support the 'say no plagiarism 'you can be inspired but don't copy. Thank you so much Cassie.
    www.iamyeychii.wordpress.com

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  33. Thanks for sharing. I enjoyed reading this post and i have to say you actually inspired me to set up my own blog. I remember coming across your page on my instagram feed and i checked out your blog that day, i was motivated to set up my blog after reading the tips you shared that day.

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  34. Very insightful,thank you for sharing

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  35. Thanks. please visit my blo.. Your tips have been very helpful
    www.tosinolaniyi.com

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  36. Hi, I met you earlier today at budding wings. Thanks so much for this post, it has given me much clarity and what I should do and I've not been doing

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  37. Omobolanle Hassan9 August 2016 at 17:15

    Very educative! Currently looking to improve my blog. http://wooflinepets.com/

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  38. #CassieTheTutor, I enjoy reading these tips of yours because reading from someone just writing on secong-guesses is very different from someone who's being there and done that. Continue to blesss us with your blogging knowledge. Love U.
    PS. I tried subscribing to your email but it didn't work.

    *Sorry, But I Can't Go Out With My Natural Hair

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  39. Thank you for the tips. I am a blogger who is still deciding on the niche of her blog. I love to write about my musings and also tell stories around me either with my words or my visual memories (photos) ,please Cassie what does that make me? On The issue of bloglovin, I was pretty disappointed when i found out WordPress can't connect with bloglovin. Any help there? Thanks.

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  40. Thanks so much for this, made me feel like I have shit figured out to a point cause I could tick off like 2 or 3 points off my list. Keep doing you, your newest fan :)

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  41. Just what I need...been trying to set up my blog....Thank you very much!!!

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  42. thanks for sharing this post

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  43. This post helped me when i was setting up mine last year.
    http://www.styledefinition.co/

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