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7 Tips for running a blog (as a D.I.Y. Rock Star)

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326. 7 Tips for running a blog (as a D.I.Y. Rock Star)


Here are 7 top tips for D.I.Y. Rock Stars who want to start and  run a blog for their band.


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If you’re not sure where to get started with a blog or need some tips on how to work smart and not hard, this post is for you. Both Zandalee and I run blogs, so here are some things that we’ve learned through trial and error that we think might help some of you interested in the process.


Our guest today, Zandalee Indigo, is not only a fellow creative, but she has run how own blog for 4 years now.  As a relatively new blogger, she shares her top tips for anyone considering starting a blog.

Check out the episode for the full discussion.

Here are 7 top tips for running a blog

(as a D.I.Y. Rock Star): ⭐️

1. Decide on a niche

Deciding on a niche simply means what is the focus of your blog.  And who do you want to reach?  If you plan to share about your songwriting process, for instance, maybe the people you want to reach are fellow songwriters and musicians.  Narrowing down what you want to say and who you plan to say it to will help with all the rest of the decision-making that is involved, which takes us to our next piece of advice when running a blog as a D.I.Y. Rock Star.

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2. Get a domain

Not only does purchasing a domain name help people find you easier, but it also helps with your branding. So, choose a name that supports what you have decided works for the niche you are writing about or the people you want to reach.  For us, we’ve used the name “prejippie” for decades in association with our music, so it was a no-brainer that this would follow through to our blog.  And since we were just starting out in the blogging, podcasting, and YouTube-ing thing, we decided to add that into the name, which is how we came up with “Blooming Prejippie” in the first place. So, again, think about what brand identity you want to convey and use the domain to help further that idea.


Once you decide on your name, you will need to purchase it from any of the various domain name providers.  It IS a yearly fee, but by purchasing it, it means that no one else can use it, but you can connect to whatever website host you choose.

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3. Create an editorial calendar

Though this sounds fancy, an editorial calendar is simply a list of topics that you want to cover and how often you will publish.  Doing so takes some of the pressure off of trying to figure out what to do when. When you find new things to talk about, just add them in.  –As hard as it is to believe, there are times when I think we’ve run out of things to discuss, but then I go back to my list of topics and find that one or two of them inspire me to write.  A quick way to get out of a creative rut is to build up your stock of ideas when you ARE feeling create, so an editorial calendar gives a place to store all those nuggets.


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4. Outline first 

There is SO much power in taking the time to outline points before writing posts. The first advantage is that you can organize your thoughts easier.  –You MAY end up reorganizing your ideas, but this gives you a place to start.  –It also helps assure that you’re not going to leave out something that you originally thought was important to discuss—which I used to do more often—as you are building out your ideas. So, whether you create a more traditional outline—like me—or you use an idea web—like Zandalee—taking a few seconds to jot down some major points FIRST makes fleshing out a coherent post so much easier.


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5. Cross post between posts

What this means is that, as you create more and more posts, you can start referencing those posts in other posts.  For instance, we have a post about blogging and we will leave you a link HERE to go check it out. This allows people to stay in the world you’ve built longer, if they are interested in your topic, your writing, and/or you. Also, doing cross posting between blog posts is supposed to be good for SEO—or search engine optimization—so that Google indexes your blog at a higher ranking than it would if you did not.  Another benefit to cross posting is that, eventually, you will have enough posts on a certain topic to start doing series.  For instance—and in a similar fashion—we now have playlists of our travel vlogs, etc.  

Here's how we got on 18 playlists in one week:

6.  Promote on social media

We know it’s likely a given to share your blog post on your social media accounts, but be sure to let folks who follow you know that you’ve got something that you’re proud of that they can consume.  Sharing on social media is a first way to easily promote your posts.  Write a short intro about what folks can expect in the post and share a photo and the link to your people. Even if they don’t end up checking it out, it lets them know that you’re out there making moves and who DOESN’T appreciate having someone in their life that’s passionate about something?

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7.  Prioritize enjoying the journey

We KNOW we probably sound like a broken record, but since you are likely wanting to blog for the foreseeable future, it’s important to put your OWN happiness first.  THIS is counter-intuitive to MUCH of the advice we see out there for blogging, but if you don’t need the blog to pay the bills, you can afford to ask yourself what YOU like writing about and just point yourself that that direction. So, YES, we try to optimize our posts as much as possible, but we don’t stress over how many links get clicks and how many people we reach, in general.  We have the belief that if we put our “good stuff” out into the world, the folks who are meant to find it will and that, even if it takes a while, we have already done good things by creating and publishing.

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If you are thinking about starting a blog and want to learn a little more about the process and some tricks to keep it running smoothly, we hope this post was helpful.



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What do you think?

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