The First Thing You Need to Do When Starting a Blog

So you want to start a blog? I’m Kristen Ritchie of High End Hippie, and today I’m sharing the other side of blogging—the “unglamorous” but important details behind a post. Keep reading for a insight and peek inside my journey turning HEH into a full-time career.

I’ve been an influencer for about four years now, and since my start, I’ve learned a lot about what to do and what not to do when navigating this industry. Most of this has been through trial and error, but a significant amount has been through hanging around other influencers.

When we’re together, we get to pick each other’s brains and let one another know what we’ve learned and what’s working. It helps to talk with someone in your same shoes about this crazy, still relatively unstructured industry we’re in. Since I’ve been lucky enough to be surrounded by so many people willing to share their findings, I wanted to pay it forward and be a source of insight for those of you wanting to start a blog.

I want to preface this with a reminder that what works for one person doesn’t always work for another. I knew I wanted to do my blog differently than the ones I had been seeing. Which is why I chose not to ask questions or google how-tos in the beginning. I wanted to figure it out myself. However, I will say the more of an understanding you have of what’s going on around you, the more you can pick out your little niche and nuzzle on in there.

So in order to start understanding the industry, let’s start with the basics: The most asked question on the subject is probably how do bloggers make money? While “#sponsored” and “#ad” posts are obvious ways influencers earn an income, today I’m focusing on another incredibly important tool that is crucial to the success of a blog.

Keep reading to learn the first thing you need to understand when starting a blog.