Starting my spiritual blog was, at 37 years old, the single best move I have ever made when it comes to my working life. I had my spiritual awakening and wanted to keep an online diary about it, hey presto this blog was born.
It has taken a while to learn and research what to do, but if I can do it you can do it too. As cliché as it may be, it really is a dream to be able to earn a financial living from a key moment in your life.
Here are a few things you need to think about to start your spiritual (or any type of) blog…
Why Are You Starting A Spiritual Blog?
Blogging isn’t a new phenomena these days but as long as there are people asking questions on search engines there will need to be people supplying the answers. Spirituality is no different. Spiritual blogging is my way of providing what I have learned to someone else on their journey.
When I first had my awakening I turned to Google to find others that had experienced something similar. I found lots of people who described what they had been through but not many ideas on what options I had now. I wanted a way to make a record of my experience and let others know, so I decided to create this blog. That is why I created my spiritual blog, why are you creating yours? Once you know this you will have a clear way you want it to go, what it will look like, what content you will write, and so on.
My motivation has never wavered from wanting to keep the blog going because of how important my spirituality is to me. I would say when asking yourself the question “why are you starting a spiritual blog?” make sure you know the answer.
What Do You Need To Start?
You’re going to need a name for your Spiritual Blog. This needs some thought before you go any further. Once you’ve settled on your name you will also need your domain name, which obviously will be the same as your blog name ideally. I wouldn’t recommend you spend thousands on a domain name but there are lots that are only a few pounds.
You can use this use Bluehost domain checker to see if it is available:
Your blog name should be short, snappy and easily rememberable. Don’t forget throughout this whole process to keep things true to yourself and what you feel your blog should represent. Don’t sell yourself short for the sake of a good domain name.
Laptop / PC
As advanced as mobile phones are these days you won’t be able to run a blog from one. You are going to need a computer or laptop. This will be your mobile office where you will spend countless hours trying to convey your ideas to the world. If you can afford to invest in a good one I recommend you do. You again don’t have to spend thousands by any means but you will reap the benefits over and over if you pick the device that is right for you. There are lots of good budget laptops which you can pick up in the sales!
WordPress / DIVI Theme
Something like 35% of all the websites on the internet are created with WordPress. It is fairly simple but does take time to learn, it is also completely free. You don’t necessarily need a website developer for your blog, you can learn to do it on your own, this way you have full control over your website. You will be able to upload, edit, remove and promote it all without having to spend money on web developers. This is important for any blog I believe.
That said, I made things even simpler for myself and used a DIVI theme from Elegant Themes. DIVI takes WordPress and turns it in to a largely drag and drop type builder. Even a spiritual idiot like me could figure it out! I designed the Realiser blog using the DIVI Extra Theme.
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There are lots of other themes available for WordPress which do a lot of the design work for you, some free some paid. Shop around and you will get a good deal especially in the holiday sales. These won’t be the drag and drop system DIVI use keep in mind however.
Here are a couple more links for stuff you can do within DIVI such as social media plugins and email marketing.
Your blog website needs to be hosted on the internet, it needs to sit somewhere on the web and there are plenty of different companies that offer hosting. I chose SiteGround as they have a great reputation and have been around for ages with a good safety record. I live in the UK and despite them being a Bulgaria based company the couple of times I have needed help it has been a piece of cake. They also have lots of servers based around the world and incorporate the CloudFlare CDN (Content Delivery Network). This means your site will load from your closest servers. Without or without using the CDN SiteGround is super quick!
These are the packages (as of writing this, click on the SiteGround banner below the prices for up to date info):
Once you are set up and ready to go it’s time to put metaphorical pen to paper. This is now your chance to bring to life your spiritual blog and all those ideas you have in your head. Writing a blog post can be as easy or as hard as you like, there is an art to writing a good blog and you will learn this as you go along. You will create your own style depending what it is you want to write about. Just a couple more pointers before I wish you all the best with your new path…
I found that the Yoast WordPress plugin helped me keep my blogs in good shape so that they appear on search engines etc. This is a Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) plugin and free.
Remember, any images you post should be a small file size, you don’t want your blog to take an age to load because of big file sizes (a big mistake I made).
Read your blog post backwards before you post it live to your site, it helps to spot grammar mistakes.
Don’t use too many plugins. I had quite a few plugin conflicts which caused me all kinds of issues. Just use a few well known and reliable ones to improve your site.
Realiser was born from a dream to be in a realised state, a state of awaken. To be able to see the most obvious things having missed them for so many years. Subsequently I wanted to create something to serve as an example of how it could be. If only we might spend the time loving that we spend hating. Above all spending the time to be kind to others for no reason. You get the idea. I will travel around doing what I can and would love for you to join me. Follow my path here…