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5 Tips on How to Start a Blog

Today I’m sharing something that’s very near and dear to my heart. As you all know, I started my blog, The Chriselle Factor in 2010. Since then it’s been my baby (even before Chloe!) that I’ve worked night and day to grow into what it’s become now. Despite the sleepless nights and continual struggle of balancing work and family, I absolutely love creating content for my readers and inspiring women all around the world! I believe that confidence comes in many different forms, whether it’s arming yourself with the right scent or putting your best face forward! It’s been such a blessing for me to share with you guys all these tips and tricks to look and feel your best. But as some of you may know, running a blog (and YouTube channel) isn’t easy. So to make it easier for some of you aspiring bloggers, today I’m sharing 5 tips on how to start a blog!

Fashion, Beauty, Lifestyle
As some of my long time readers may have noticed, my blog has become so much more about styling! Fashion will always be my first love .. but in addition to styling, I'm also a beauty junkie and health nut. My blog content will always reflect and stay true to my loves and interests!

1. Find Your Passion

Discover what you’re passionate about. Instead of starting a blog about something you think would get big or just because, focus instead on basing it around your interests. Blogging should start from the heart, not from the desire to make money. Back when I started my blog, no one was making money. That’s why so many bloggers blew up- they were doing it because they loved it, not for the money. Things have changed now, but you don’t need a business plan to start a blog. Blog about what you love and what you’re passionate about. Readers pick up on authenticity and they will keep coming back for more. Don’t do it for the money because through hard work and authenticity, the money will come eventually!

2. Stick to a Schedule

Starting a blog might be difficult initially if you’re not doing it full-time. I think one of the biggest misconception to starting a blog is the pressure to have to post every day. But be realistic about your schedule and stick to it! If you have a full time job, know what you can do and don’t over commit. Being consistent is just as important as the content itself! If you can only update once a week, make sure you at least update once a week. When I first started, I used to just post whenever I had time or whenever an idea for a blog post came to mind. But obviously as the blog grew, I had to start planning my post content more, and creating a calendar to stick to. Especially now because I have Chloe, I need to know how my week is going to look like in advance. Since I work from home twice a week, 3 days out of the week are my shoot days and the days where I write and edit my content. It was really after I got a system down that I began to update the blog every day. Every morning from Monday-Friday, I post a new post on the blog at 6am.  The key is consistency so your readers know what to expect!

3. Collaborate

Collaboration is key. They always say that network is everything, and I can’t stress how important this is! Not only is this is how you grow your numbers, this is how you grow creatively! When I first started, I worked with people who were also starting out, so we grew together and cross-promoted each other. This is a very important step especially when you’re first starting out because it really makes all the difference to have people who can help you achieve want you want. Like having a travel buddy where you guys can just create awesome content together! Not to mention it’s great having people in your field to help keep you constantly inspired. Look for people who are in the same pool as you so that you can create a solid network around you. Having people around you to encourage you, help you, and that believe in your dream can make all the difference!

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4. Be Intentional in Your Content

I think that because so many social media platforms are now connected, it’s easy for each platform to become over saturated with the same exact content. One thing I like to do is to use different platforms for different content. For my facebook page, in addition to using it to release updates on new blog posts, I also like posting great sale items I found that I want to share with my readers. On my YouTube, I like making instructional and fun videos for wardrobe styling and beauty tips! And of course my snapchat (@chrisellelim) for real time action of my daily adventures. (Okay, but it’s just mostly snaps of Chloe.) When I release new content on my blog or channel, I like to use my social media platforms as teasers to drive traffic. I never release the full story on instagram or facebook, just snippets and teasers so that my blog will always be the destination site for content. Keep in mind, if you want a popular blog, the full content should always be on that blog!

5. Growing & Expanding

When I first started out, I would ask my friends and family to like and to share my posts. It might seem so obvious, but start with people you know! Ask your friends and family to share your blog or YouTube channel. Believe it or not, I used to ask my little cousins to share my YouTube channel with their friends! Don’t underestimate the power of your own personal network. If you take care of the people around you, that network will expand and multiply! And down the line, if you want to grow and get attention from brands, the best advice I can give you is to create quality content. Nowadays, brands will re-tweet and re-gram quality photos. If you want attention from a certain brand, intentionally tag them to get noticed! Never doubt the power of the hashtag! Hashtagging #OOTD (outfit of the day) or #LOTD (look of the day) can help generate likes, and certain accounts’ attention. And again, it’s all about being consistent and persistent!

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And there you have it, my 5 tips on how to start a blog! Share with me your tips and tricks that you like to use in the comments below!

sigxo_chriselle

70 Comments
  • Elina Chin says:

    Thank you for these tips! I hadn’t thought about cross-platforming different parts of my blog posts to get people intrigued. This post has been bookmarked for reference! xx

  • andrea says:

    Check out our new fashion blog. Thanks ? officialjustus.wordpress.com

  • claudia says:

    http://www.beautylicious.it

    I love you personality!

  • Ruth says:

    Thanks for these great tips Chriselle! My very weak point is consistency. I need to really work on that!

    Ruth // Whimsical Truth

  • mc says:

    Thanks for these tips Chriselle =)
    -mc
    http://www.looksbymc.com

  • Viviene Kok says:

    I started my blog last year after a break up & felt that a part of me is missing. That’s why I decided to go towards my passion which is travel and writing/blogging :) I have been posting consistently as well just like you :) Regardless of whether do I have thousands of readers a day or not, I will keep my momentum going. Thank you for the inspiration!

    http://www.vivienekok.blogspot.com

  • Francia says:

    Great tips, and yes being consistent and persistent is always the key to anything in life!

  • Elizabeth says:

    Great reminders! I’m starting up my blog again so this was super helpful. Thanks!

  • Elizabeth says:

    Such good reminders! I’m starting up my blog again and this was super helpful. Thanks!

  • Hana says:

    this is great post Chriselle! great article, thanks you! I really realise how much is important regular posting now. This helped to clearly open my eyes now!

    SWEET CHILLI

  • anna says:

    love this!! i am quite new to blogging and will take this advice on board with me. i’m really looking forwad to getting to a level where i can start collaborating with other bloggers.
    http://www.messystreet.com

  • Farah N Ima says:

    Thanks very much Chriselle!! These are incredible tips – Great post * 2 Thumbs Up*.
    – Lots of Luvv and Ki$$e$ from Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  • JocyyBabe says:

    Loved this ! Huge inspiration to go towards improving my blog and making it into what I’m visioning.

  • Belive it or not I have done it all. I blog 5 days a week and put my 100% effort. I’m a mom myself so you can imagine, it takes a lot of scheduling as you mentioned. I’m hoping for the best. It might sound little funny, I don’t have a lot of readers or people who follow me on social media but the feeling of accomplishment I get after I post how I planned, and how I did something else than being a SAHM is motivation enough on it’s own. Thanks for the motivation Chriselle your blog is perfection. Your hard-work and determination shines through it. :)
    love,
    Zunaira Sulman.

  • Suji says:

    thanks for posting! I recently just started blogging and these are helpful!
    also, the color schemes for these photos are beautiful!

    x
    suji
    suchastyle.com

  • Emily says:

    These tips are great :) I’ve started a blog at the beginning of the year and these are pretty friendly reminders on how to maintain it. Thanks Chriselle xxx

    -Emily
    http://monodays.blogspot.com.au/

  • Merc says:

    It’s really helpful!! After reading your post, I finally be brave to start my very first blog and going to tell my friends and family. At first I’m afraid my writing skills in English is not that good enough but I just love blogging and sharing. Passion comes first!

  • Tsolmon says:

    Thank you. This is so useful tips for newbies like me :)

  • Jada Nicola says:

    Hi Chriselle, thank you for sharing your tips and tricks to creating a blog. I recently started my blog and I have really been enjoying it. I started it because I wanted a way to show my style and push myself to be more creative, especially as a college student, I want to be able to relate to others my age as well as any other age range. I would say I still have a long way to go before my blog looks the way I would like it to, but you have to start somewhere!

    http://thegirlfromconnecticut.blogspot.com/

  • Brenda says:

    Great post! I always enjoy visiting your blog because you post frequently and have a good variety of posts, more than just fashion! Even though I love fashion too. I hope one day my blog can reach the success you’ve attained :)


    http://www.casualedit.com

  • carrie says:

    So nice of you to share! Such a generous spirit.

    Carrie
    http://www.wearwherewell.com

  • Great tips!
    Thank you for sharing!
    xx
    Mademoiselle Coconath
    http://mllecoconath

  • What a superb post ! Thanks for the great advice x

  • Marjorie says:

    Thanks for the tips! I really like this kind of posts they are always interesting and you always go knowing something new! My blog is still a baby right now, I started it in January and I’m constantly trying to learn more about the process and how to create better content!

    Marjorie | https://atouchofpink1.blogspot.com/

  • Charlie says:

    I have had several blogs over the year as well as a youtube channel. I’ve had the blog I write on now since late 2014 and I’m sure these tips will help me to reach more people. I do some of these things but I don’t use social media near enough ! Have a fantastic week-end !

    xx, Charlie.

  • Gemma says:

    Really great and useful advice, thanks!

    Gem x

  • Those are really great tips! I’ve been following you for about 3 years (first, your Youtube channel and then your blog) and it had been amazing to see how much you evolved. It’s so cool that you now post every single day on this blog! Oh, and your photography is amazing, I’m always fascinated by all the flatlays, all the little details in them.

    I started my blog 2 years ago and in the beginning I literally knew nothing and I obviously wasn’t consistent with my posts (aka I’d post whenever I felt like it), but then, throught trial and error, I learned about photography, graphic design, different social media platforms and everything else. I’m actually glad I made some mistakes and figured out everything on my own, because now I can look back at my old posts and see how much the quality of my content have changed!

    Love,
    ALINA ERMILOVA | BLOG

  • YV says:

    You’re so inspirational and I love the consistency in your blog. So much love!
    http://thefervour.com

  • nancy says:

    Thats really great. The important thing for me is that i like what i write and that it makes me happy and when there are people who also think that then it makes me superhappy!
    http://www.fashionandfoodandotherstuff.com

  • Sabina Im says:

    Thanks so much for this post. I’ve been following your blog and youtube channel for a long time ! I’m just starting out so I really appreciate your tips. By the way, you are one of my inspirations for starting my blog ! Thanks so much for your style inspirations

    xx Sabina

  • Crystal says:

    This is very inspiring and the timing is perfect for me. I have wanted to start a blog for a few years but didn’t have the courage and lately I have gained the courage to start, but I still struggle with the basics. Thank you so much for sharing your tips.

  • Paige says:

    Thanks so much for the tips! They are really actionable. I really loved the most important point – blogging about what you’re passionate about. I’ve found that blogging about my interests just makes me super happy even if its just a hobby after work.

  • Sarah says:

    You are such an inspiration Chriselle! <3 I love your blog and your style! Awesome tips for a beginner like me!

    thesimplesarah.blogspot.com

  • Cristina says:

    Hi Chriselle. Im a fan from the Philippines and Ive been dying to create my own blog too. I admire you a lot for balancing family and work. Such an inspiration to me also as a first time mom. My baby is 6 months old just like Chloe and I love your snaps a lot. Xx

  • Veronica says:

    I your blog and this post is so well written. I have fallen even more in love with your snapchat lol (missing chole already). This post is just so genuine and although the tips are no Brainers, it is nice to know a successful blogger such as yourself can relate.

  • This is incredible advice Chriselle! Very succinct and I love that you included examples from you personal life. I will definitely keep referencing this post as I try and grow my blog! http://www.chasingbelle.com

  • melissa says:

    What a great read <3 So sweet of you to share tips + tricks Chriselle!
    xo,
    Melissa
    MissyOnMadison.com

  • La Bijoux Bella | by mia says:

    Passion is the drive to anything successful in life, whether it’s a blog, it’s a photography hobby, a collective hobby … Passion has to be present in the work that we do. The lack of passion will guide the unable to breath life into our work and will definitely show a lack of emotion which then becomes a project bored and lifeless. No one is perfect in the things they do but having the drive, the passion is the key to opening the first door, which leads to a small corridor, then out on to a courtyard, then on to an open view of the beautiful seaside … All is owned to a simple passion … And that spoken quality have presented in the work that you do … A strive for perfection and a will to always keep on! :)

    La Bijoux Bella | by mia

  • Hazel Dela cruz says:

    Great tips and very helpful … I will definitely share this to my daughters … U r such an inspiration

  • mariela says:

    Lovely. Me encanta tu blog!. Desde Argentina, De paso te invito al mío, recién estoy comenzando… viendo su rumbo 😉 https://blocnblog.wordpress.com y en FB http://www.facebook.com/blocnblog

  • Mimi Ho says:

    Thank you so much for this post Chriselle! I started my blog out of the desire to want to share my thoughts and have a outlet for creativity. But I am a full time college students, soon to be nursing student, and I find having time for a blog so difficult. I do try to push myself to put out more content on my blog a week, but I was all over the place with when and how much I was posting a week. Consistency is much more important, even if that means I can only put out one blog post a week!

  • Elizabeth says:

    Hey,
    I want to start a blog, so I don’t want to pay for anything with my money yet, so I wanted to ask you, which is the best blogging website (which one you use)? For now I have WordPress account. Thanks in advance! xx

  • Majean says:

    Thank you so much Chriselle for sharing your tips and experience. It is a saturated market but still room for those that are willing to put in the time and effort. Definitely agree that being passionate is a key component which comes through clearly in what you put out xx

  • Elizabeth T. says:

    Thank you so much for these amazingly insightful tips, Chriselle :)
    It’s always nice to hear encouraging advice from someone who’s started from the bottom and made it to the top, and I really appreciate you sharing these tips with us aspiring bloggers.
    It’s a lot of hard work, but I agree with you that at the end of the day, it’s all about being passionate about what we’re writing about! Even though it’s only been 4 short months, I feel so happy to be working on my blog daily, be it taking photos, being in shoots, creating content, or editing photos!
    So excited to continue working hard for my blog! Thank you so much for the inspiration! <3

    xo, elizabeth t.

    https://clothestoyouuu.wordpress.com/

  • Thanks a lot for these tips !!
    I started blogging 6-7 weeks ago. I am currently focussing on content. Pretty soon I’m going to see how I can get more followers and these tips will certainly help !
    If you could spare a minute of your precious time please visit my blog and let me know what you think ?! But for now I wish you a wonderful vacation under the Greek sun !
    Love, Kathleen
    http://www.thegoodthefabandthelovely.com

  • Sophia says:

    Thank you so much for these helpful tips! I started my blog about 6 months ago, and have done my best to post mostly about fashion. I know I need to have a better schedule in terms of posting on my blog, so your suggestion definitely reinforced that for me!

    Xoxo, Sophia

    http://blanc-mode.blogspot.com

  • DGW says:

    Chriselle,

    Unrelated question– just happened to see your bedroom makeover and love the dressers used as bedside tables. Could you share the source?

  • Dear Chriselle,

    I love this post so much, not just because it is obviously helpful and practical, but because I can relate to it so much. I feel quite overwhelmed to know that I have taken some steps in the right direction, and to hear that you have started out relatively the same way as everyone else did, or I am doing now. It feels so inspiring to know that someone like yourself once started off by asking your friends and family to share your posts! (I have also done the same, thought I might have been the only one to be THAT shameless. XD) I’m so happy to have discovered you and your blog, your energy is just infectious. Thank you for creating wonderful daily blog posts, I always always look forward to your updates. Their consistency seems to be part of my daily routine now, including checking up on your IG and snapchat, I just love seeing you with Chloe. Please keep blogging forever. Xx

    Velveteencockroach

  • Thuy says:

    Hi Chriselle,

    I’ve been thinking a lot of about starting a blog for past few months. Right now I’m in the middle of laying it out on WordPress and trying to determine how much time I can commit. I already know what areas I would like to blog about because – as you said – it’s near and dear to my heart.

    Thanks for thee tips!

  • Diana Youn says:

    Hi Chriselle, I’ve followed you for almost 4 years now (first through YouTube, then through your blog) and love all your beautiful posts. Thanks so much for the inspiration and the awesome tips!

    Diana

  • Valentina says:

    This post is so helpful. Thank you for sharing!
    Have a nice day
    http://www.mybubblyzone.com/

  • sasa says:

    Great tips<3

    Shall We Sasa

  • Mina says:

    I’m working towards starting my own blog right now and have been wanting to do this for almost two years, so you can imagine how excited I was when I saw this post! Thank you for the tips and hope you have a great time in Greece!

  • Christianne says:

    All of these are true, specially number 5. Every time I see my post being shared and liked it always started with my mom, brothers and my linkers are my cousins and some friends… You are my icon, and by reading this I can so relate. Thank you for this great post.

    http://simplychristianne.com

  • Anne says:

    These are really great tips Chriselle! I have followed your YouTube channel first and then your blog for two years now and I have you to thank for the sartorial inspirations as well as the very recent Chloe overloads. They never fail to make my day. Love you!

    Anne’s Scribbles and Doodles | annescribblesanddoodles.blogspot.com
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