Stacey and I started A Summer Full Of Peaches almost a year ago, with the aim of documenting what we both feared were our last few months in the same city. Twelve months later, and we’ve found that not only are we both still in the same place, we’re happier than ever and we have documentation of the last year. When A Summer Full Of Peaches was first conceived, it was a fun project for our weekends and the cold, snowy evenings in Edinburgh – it’s become our introduction to other wonderful bloggers, our ticket to events we wouldn’t otherwise have been invited to, and even brings in a little additional income.
Neither Stacey nor I are internet novices; we’ve both had numerous blogs, online journals and little websites over the years – but we’ve been on a steep learning curve with A Summer Full Of Peaches. We’ve been majorly aided by my job in internet marketing, which has prompted me to use this blog as a testing ground for different techniques and strategies I also use for clients.
What I’ve found, over the last year, is that there are so many bloggers online who just don’t know how to build their blog to fulfil its potential. It’s not surprising, because so many of the things bloggers should do are actually really counter-intuitive and it’s hard to know where to start – which is where this new weekly How-To guide will come in.
Whether you have a blog and you want to start making it work for you, or you’ve been thinking of building your first ever website and need an idea of where to start, this series of posts will cover the basics of building a blog which is attractive to readers and to potential advertisers. Please believe me when I say that there are bloggers out there who make thousands of pounds a month from their blogs – and there is nothing to stop you joining them.
So, if you want to learn about why you should be self-hosting your blog, or how to optimise it so that it’s attractive to search engines, or even what the different options are for monetising your online assets; just check back here each week. I plan to upload a new how-to guide once a week, which will cover everything from how to move to a self-hosted blog (and why you should) right through to how to install Google Analytics and why you should be setting up Google Alerts. If you want to look back over all the weekly posts, just click on the ‘A Gay Girl’s Guide To Blogging’ button to see each week’s updates – and if you have any blog-related requests, just give me a shout in the comments section!
The first How To will be ‘A Gay Girl’s Guide To Blogging: Setting Up A Self Hosted Blog’ – and should be up in the next few days!