How to start a blog
Hey sweet friend. Welcome to How to start a Blog Part 1 of 4.
Do you know that feeling? You know the one where you stumble from Pinterest onto some amazing Blog post and you suddenly realize you have found your dream career?!?
Or as many call it “the Blogging Bug“.
Well sweet friend, let me tell you, I know that feeling far to well. Somewhere in the land of Pinterest about three years ago I suddenly realized I was destined to Blog.
In a attempt to justify my semi-craziness. Yes ,CRAZINESS! I told myself I would only Blog for fun and that if I ever felt it was “good enough” then I would attempt to make some money at some point.
So that is exactly what I did. I Blogged just to Blog! And oh how I love blogging. I truly enjoyed just being able to have something that was mine, a hobby to get lost in. My own BLOG!
Let me tell you a little bit about me and maybe it’ll be easier to see what I mean.
My husband(love of my life) and I got married when I was only 18. We have four amazing children and 2 german shepards. We both have full time reputable careers and the perks that come along with them(mortgage, car payments, insurance ect.)
As wonderful as ALL of this was there was a part of me that I somehow lost along the way in the 15 years of us growing our dream life. I was so busy taking care of everyone else that I forgot all about the things that I enjoyed doing.
I was just floating through life contently on autopilot until one day my husband asked me what hobbies I liked. I know super simple question right? I had NO answer. I actually was stumped.
I thought………. I like to go to Starbucks………………hmmmm I like to shop at Target……………………… UMMMM? Do those count as hobbies? We laughed at the fact that Starbucks was my hobby , but I couldn’t stop thinking about it. How did I get from someone who had to many hobbies and DREAMS to someone who had NONE.
I really had NO IDEA what I liked to do.
I mean, an afternoon away from my hubby and kiddos meant Starbucks and an extra long Target trip. How was I supposed to have a hobby let alone hobbies when I worked full time and had four kids.
The fact that I had no idea what hobbies I liked was nagging at me. How did I not know what I liked?
A few weeks after I stumbled across a Blog on Pinterest and POOF it was like an idea light bulb was floating over my head. I needed a BLOG! It was as if I just suddenly knew that this was a real possibility. If all these blogs existed why couldn’t I have one. I know not your typical hobby, but I’ve always been a little eccentric I can’t help it.
I had actually taken graphic design courses in high school and loved it, but went with a more “safe” career of Nursing in college as graphic design career was really more of a bigger city career and I had no interest in living in a bigger city with our kids.
And so it began, the next 2-3 years I just blogged to blog. Truly as a hobby. I had no idea what I was doing but I LOVED it. I would post anything and nothing. LOL.
But a few months ago in my blogging research/play I realized that people actually lots of People were actually making a LOT of money off of blogging.
I thought really? Blogging? Could these people really be making money off of blogging?
This hobby that I love so much?
As I continued to research Blogger after Blogger, I realized that it may be quite possible to actually make MONEY off of BLOGGING.
So as I start out on this journey to see how to make MONEY blogging I thought about you Sweet Mama. I want to share my BLOGGING journey with you. I want you to be able to BLOG and enjoy life too and hopefully we will make some money along the way.
First things first you will need a BLOG!
How to start a BLOG Part 1
- First things first do you want to start a blog?
2. Next, we need to figure out what you would like to blog about?
As I started my blog as a hobby I really enjoyed it being a general lifestyle blog. But there are endless options.
You will need to find a few minutes to just sit down with a plain piece of paper and a pen or pencil and brainstorm away. Really think about what you may want to blog about. The only real REQUIREMENT for your BLOG is that it really should be something that you are truly passionate about and that you could talk about for HOURS and HOURS without even blinking an eye.
My lifestyle blog is about my crazy busy Mom life mixed with fashion, beauty, crafts and other things that I enjoy or that bring me happiness. I love my family, glitter and pretty things and have no problem talking about them constantly.
I wanted to talk about everything so I kept a very open topic “lifestyle”. Another option is to pick a very specific topic like capsule wardrobes or healthy meals for less. It really just depends on what you want to talk about. Just make sure it’s something you love.
3. Next you need to think about a blog name.
What name would compliment what you are wanting to talk about on your blog. You want your blog name to help explain what your blog is about.
Write down as may words as you can think of that are related to your blog topic and then play with the combination of the words coming up with as many options as you can. For my lifestyle Blog I took the two words BLISS and MESS. I want my MESSY(busy, chaotic,crazy) lifestyle to be Blissful(peaceful and perfect). There fore Blissful Mess was created. Come up with multiple options as we will go into securing your name in How to start a Blog Part 2 and your initial option may already be taken.
These 3 tasks can seem simple, but can be very time consuming once you start considering the options. Take your time and really consider what you want to BLOG about. This will become the beginning of your new BLOG sweet Mama. Congratulations! You are AWESOME!
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It’s happened! I tried to resist, but I couldn’t!
That’s right! I’ve become obsessed with greige. I can’t help it. Greige is so universal. That’s why I just couldn’t resist making the perfect home decor DIY with greige! Yep, greige! A DIY Greige Dalia paper flower.
I’ve seen DIY Dalia paper flowers all over the internet in bright colors and fun print, but really what am I gonna do with a giant purple flower for the next decade? Am I right?!? I wanted something I could make and actually use. That’s when it hit me Greige! Of course, I needed a Greige DIY Dalia Paper Flower!
So here it is!
DIY Greige Dalia Paper Flower!
1 sturdy paper plate (I used a left over birthday cake plate from the dollar store)
Card stock paper (any paper will work, but I used greige colored card stock from Hobby Lobby about 20 sheets)
hot glue gun and glue sticks
1 (about 3 inches) piece of twine or string
Firstly, to make the cones for the Dalia paper flower you must start with a square piece of paper. To create the largest square that I needed for the first layer, I simple folded the paper on it’s self making a square and cut off the excess paper. I then unfolded the sheet and used that now square piece of paper as a template to create my outer layer of the flower. Do not use the piece of paper that you folded or your cone will have a crease in it.
Next, I took one of the large square pieces of paper and created a cone and hot glued the shape into place. See pictures below. This will create your first layer of your DIY Greige Dalia paper flower.
Once the cone was glued into it’s shape I then hot glued the smaller end of the cone to the back of the paper plate in a circle around the entire plate completing the first layer. Be mindful in how you are spacing your cones. You want them to be in a nice round circle and slightly touching each other to create a nice full flower look.
For the DIY Dalia Paper Flower to be layered properly I had to create the next layer of cones slightly smaller. To do so I simply created a smaller square template. Once again I took a full sheet of paper. This time I needed a smaller square, so I folding the paper in half creating to rectangles and cut the paper in half. Next I took one of the half sheets and folding the edge up creating a square and cutting off the excess paper just like before, but a smaller version. This gave me a half sheet sized square template to cut out for the second layer on cones.
You then repeat the previous process by using the half sheet square template to cut out square. Then you hot glue the square papers into cones and then glue them onto the paper plate in a circle as the next (2nd) layer of the Dalia paper flower.
Here is a picture(see above) of the first(whole sheet squares) and second(half sheet squares) layers of glued on cones in the DIY Greige Dalia paper flower.
The last layer #3 also needed to be smaller. To create the square template for the third and smallest layer I folded the paper in half and then in half again creating a quarter sheet and then cut out 4 rectangles from the one piece of paper. I then created a square by folding the paper over on it’s self once again and cutting off the excess paper just like before, but much smaller. I then used the quarter sheet sized square template to cut out the squares for the third layer.
Once the quarter sheet squares were cut out, I once again hot glued them into cones and then glued the cones in a circle on the plate and also filled in the rest of the center of the paper plate with the smaller cones creating a full and complete DIY Griege Dalia paper flower look.
To hang the flower on the wall I hot glued both ends of a piece of twine in a half circle on the back of the paper flower which was the front if the paper plate.
Then I hung the DIY Greige Dalia paper flower on the wall of our home, but I really loved it out on our sun porch too! Needless to say I will be making quite a few more for all over!
Here it is up on the sun porch!
DIY Greige Dalia Paper Flower!
What do you think? Have any questions? Let me know.
Should I do more DIY paper flowers that are actually usable in the home?
LOVE DIY/Crafts? Check these out too:
DIY Glitter Mason Jar
DIY Unicorn Mason Jar
Do you remember childhood games? Like real ones that aren’t electronic? Yeah, those ones! LOL! We do in our home and I wanted to make sure our kids grew up playing them including cards, dominos, marbles, Tic-Tac-Toe and other silly classics.
There’s no doubt that the older games are pretty popular at our home, but Tic-Tac-Toe has become a family staple at our house. Our kids play it just about every everyday! No joke. In restaurants, car rides, really anywhere we may be waiting and of course at home too. There is something about it’s simplicity that just draws them in. They can’t resist it.
That’s why I couldn’t resist making our own DIY Tic-Tac-Toe game for home. It has been so much fun with the kiddos. Check it out!
DIY Tic-Tac-Toe Game!
1 wood log slice(picked up at Target)
white acrylic paint (black acrylic paint optional)
1 small paint bush
10 stones or rocks preferably 2 different color of 5 each (picked up at Hobby Lobby)
rhinestones(about 10-12 small)
hot glue gun or tacky glue
Firstly, I took the wood log slice and decided the best way for the game lines to lay on the board. I then painted on two parallel lines turned the board and added two more that crossed over each other to make the Tic-Tac-Toe board.
I couldn’t resist adding an XOXO with black acrylic paint. Then I let the wood log slice dry.
Next I needed game pieces, so I found the perfect white and dark gray stones.
They still needed a little something more, so on one white stone I added an O in dark gray rhinestones and on one dark gray stone I added a X in white rhinestones. The rhinestones were hot glued on and gave them just a little bling.
Here’s the final DIY Tic-Tac-Toe Game for family game nights!
What do you think? Let me know if you have any questions.