start somewhereI’ve been getting questions on how I started my blog/website, so I decided to share my beginners guide to starting one. I want to reiterate that it’s a beginners guide because I have a long way to go.

1. Just start: It sounds simple enough, right? Don’t over-think it. When it comes to writing/blogging, my best piece of advice is to just write. I started my website in 2013, and all I knew was that I wanted to talk about music, my life, and of course – Los Angeles. It was a lot of trial and error; and it still is. My idea for #MeetTheIndustry came out of nowhere, but I can guarantee it wouldn’t have happened if I hadn’t started when I did.

2.  Know your audience: I sat down and wrote down characteristics of the person I was talking to.  Who are you trying to reach? Think about that and then write for that person.

3. Consistence is key: Designate the days that you want to contribute on your website and stick to them. If you become inconsistent, people will stop visiting your site.

4. Be authentic: Be you; there is nothing worse than reading someone’s posts and knowing they’re either not being themselves, or they’re not practicing what they preach.

5. Spell-check is your friend: Reading someone’s posts should not feel like you’re trying to put a puzzle together. Keep it simple and straight to the point. In addition, please make sure everything is spelled correctly and that you’re using the correct grammar. We aren’t perfect, so of course we’re going to miss something, but don’t be known as the writer that can’t write.

6. Believe in your content: Don’t write fluff posts just to say you posted something. Write because you truly believe in what you’re saying and because you feel it will benefit someone.

If you need additional help starting your blog, you can check Jen’s post on  starting a blog.

Thank you for reading!

– Jocelyn