Most bloggers I know do not have a strong content plan. They struggle to come up with blog post ideas, and they write posts based on what sounds fun to them on any given day rather than really following any kind of strategy.
And to be honest, I think this is a big part of why most bloggers don’t make it.
Meera’s book shares amazing guidance on creating a content plan for your blog.
She talks about the types of content most likely to get people to buy, and how to create a long-term strategy for your content.
She also talks about creating free and paid offers and how to weave those into your content plan.
If blog content is an area you struggle with, Meera’s book can help you so much.
In 2015, desperate for a creative outlet when I wasn’t at my government job, I started my first blog.
Years later, that job has not only made me a lot of money, but has also helped me to launch my six-figure freelance writing business, quit my full-time job, and completely change my life.
Whether you’re starting a blog just as a creative hobby or because you’re hoping to grow it into a side business, this post is for you! This guide for how to start a blog in 2022 will go into the technical aspects of setting up your blog, as well as helping you to figure out what you want to blog about and how to get started with the creative side of blogging.
How to Start a Blog in 2022
There are affiliate links in this post, meaning I may make a small commission at no additional cost to you. For more information, see my full disclosure policy here.
Step 1: Deciding What to Blog About
There are plenty of general lifestyle blogs that have turned out to be successful, but you’ll see the most success by choosing a specific topic to blog about.
I’ll be honest, my blog was kind of aimless for the first few years. And while I did alright and was able to earn some money from ads, sponsorships, and affiliate marketing, it was when I narrowed in on a particular topic that things really started to change.
You might find that your blog topic changes over time, but just start somewhere. If you’re struggling to figure out what you want to blog about, take some time and think about what you’re really passionate about. What do you love to talk about? What do you know a lot about and can pass that knowledge onto others? That’s your sweet spot.
Choosing a domain name for your blog can be challenging. Finding the right name for your blog is probably going to take a lot of brainstorming and, unfortunately, a lot of the great ideas you have are probably already taken.
Here are just a few guidelines to help you. First of all, do a brain dump and just write down anything that comes to mind. I found my current domain name by doing a brain dump, and then using the thesaurus to find synonyms of each word until I found some that sounded really good together!
Second, make your domain name easy for others to type in. This means making it short, memorable, and easy to spell. I recommend going with a .com if possible as well because that’s what most people naturally search for.
Finally, remember that it can be changed later. It’s certainly easier if you get it right the first time, but I changed my blog name after two and a half years of blogging and was able to easily switch everything over without losing any traffic or social media followers.
Once you have some ideas, head over to SiteGround and start checking to see what’s available! You may find the occasional domain name that is for some reason super expensive, but most of them are going to be pretty reasonably priced for under $15 per year.
Before purchasing a domain name, I recommend checking to see if the corresponding social media handles are available on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest. Though it’s not absolutely necessary to have the same name on every platform, it will be a lot easier for people to find you if your social media pages match your blog name.
When I was rebranding my blog last year and brainstorming new name ideas, I checked every single one on social media first and crossed out the ones where I wouldn’t be able to get matching names across platforms. And once you’ve checked social media and purchased your domain name, I recommend securing those social media usernames right away!
You can use a free tool like Namecheckr to check the availability of your name on every platform at once.
Step 3: Choosing and Installing a Platform
Once you’ve purchased your domain name, it’s time to get started setting up your blog! First things first, it’s time to choose a platform. There are several options, including free platforms (Blogger) and paid platforms (WordPress and Squarespace). I highly recommend choosing one of the paid platforms. They aren’t that expensive, and it’s the only way to truly own your blog content.
Since I use and recommend WordPress, this tutorial will be for those setting up a blog on WordPress using SiteGround hosting.
First things first, head over to SiteGround and click “Sign Up”. This is where you’ll choose your hosting plan. If you’re setting up a brand new blog, I recommend going with the cheapest plan available. You can always upgrade later, but this plan will be a good starting place, and it’s a bargain at only $3.95/month!
Seriously, that’s less than $50 per year!
Finish signing up. Go through the signup form, filling in every space. Most of this is pretty self-explanatory, such as contact and payment information. When you get to the bottom, they’ll present you with additional services available. These are totally up to you, but I do recommend purchasing the domain security.
Now that you’re all signed up with SiteGround, it’s time to install WordPress! In your SiteGround dashboard, you’re going to want to head to the “My Accounts” tab and click that red button that says “Go to cPanel”.
Head down to “WordPress Tools” and select “WordPress Installer”, which is the first button in the box.
This is what you’ll see next. Click the blue box that says “Install”.
Fill out the form that comes up on the screen. This is where you’ll have an opportunity to name your site, fill in a site description, and choose a username and password. You can also choose to install a theme here if you already have one, but we’ll wait on that part for now.
Once WordPress is fully installed, all that’s left to do is log in! Head over to your admin page (yourdomain . com / wp-admin). When you see the following screen, just log in and you’re all set!
SiteGround is the hosting provider I recommend to all bloggers, both new and old. When I first started blogging, I was using a different hosting company (one you’ve probably seen promoted by other bloggers). It was a struggle for two years. My site was going down fairly often and the customer service was hardly ever any help.
On the recommendation of quite a few other bloggers, I switched to SiteGround and haven’t regretted it once. My site hasn’t gone down a single time, and I literally cannot say enough good things about the customer service!
Plus they offer SO many services that you otherwise would end up paying for separately, such as daily backups for your blog, free moves from http to https, and WAY more.
The best part is that despite being (in my opinion) the best hosting provider, the pricing still cannot be beaten! You can start your blog for just $3.95/month with SiteGround, which is an amazing deal!
Step 4: Installing a Theme
Your work is far from over once you install WordPress, but there’s just one more technical piece we’re going to go through today – installing your theme! There are lots and lots of free WordPress themes available, but I really think purchasing a premium theme is worth it when it comes to making your blog as easy to use and aesthetically pleasing as possible.
On my blog, I used the Divi Theme by Elegant Themes. I’ve used quite a few different themes over the years. The reason I ultimately chose Divi is how customizable and easy to use it is. Everything is drag and drop, meaning even someone who doesn’t understand code (like me) can totally customize their site however they want it.
That’s why I think it is hands-down the BEST theme for beginners!
Elegant Themes has TONS of tutorials on their website to set up your own blog with the Divi Theme. I’m planning to do a post at a later time sharing how I use it to create my site!
Remember as you’re searching that most things in a theme such as fonts, logos, and colors will be customizable. The best bet is to focus on the overall structure and features of the theme when making your decision.
Once you’ve downloaded your theme, find the “Appearance” button on the left side of your WordPress dashboard and select “Themes”. This is where you’ll be able to upload your new theme.
Everything I shared above is a lot of technical information that’s probably going to seem overwhelming if you’re brand new to blogging. But don’t worry! Take as much time as you need to get everything set up before you start creating content.
Plus if you ever have questions or technical issues, SiteGround‘s customer service is AMAZING and they can help you get over any roadblocks you might run into.
Plus, you can ALWAYS reach out to me with any questions and I am happy to answer as best I can!
I hope this information was all super helpful to you and provided you with the starting blocks to get your blog up and running and figure out where to focus your blog. Now that you’ve got your blog all set up, make sure to head over to my super-detailed guide on growing your blog this year!
When I first started blogging, I definitely didn’t have the intention of making money from it (I had no idea you could make money blogging). But it didn’t take me long to realize that it’s totally possible to turn a blog (or another hobby) into a side hustle you can actually make an income from! In this post, I’m talking about why YOU should start a side hustle, and I’m also sharing a few awesome side hustle ideas!
Why You Should Start a Side Hustle
You Can Diversify Your Income
When I first started blogging, I gave no thought to the idea that I might be able to monetize my blog. In fact, I didn’t even know you could make money blogging! But it didn’t take me long to realize that there are a lot of people online making a great income from their blog or online business. I don’t make a full-time income from my blog by far, but it’s nice to have a bit of extra income in addition to my full-time job.
I love my full-time job and blogging on the side, but a lot of people are side hustling with the intention of turning it into a full-time job. Starting your business on the side before quitting your job is a great way to allow you to grow slowly and stay financially stable until you’re making enough money to make the leap.
Regardless of whether you want to turn your side hustle into a full-time job, having an extra source of income is great! Whether you’re paying off debt, saving for a trip, or just trying to build up your savings account, the extra income always helps!
You’ll Have a Creative Outlet
When I first started blogging, this is exactly why I did it. I have always loved writing and while I was doing a lot of writing in my full-time job, it didn’t leave a lot of room for creativity. The content I share on my site has changed significantly from the beginning, but I still love that it’s my own space where I can write about whatever I want.
I will say, blogging is no longer quite as much of a stress relief as it was when I first started. In the beginning, it was just a hobby and was great for stress relief and just a way to focus on something fun. Since I’ve started making an income from my blog, there are obviously additional stressors put on it. Nevertheless, I still get a lot of joy from it and love having it as a creative outlet.
You Can Make a Career Change
If you’re interested in switching career fields but don’t necessarily have the resume to get a job in the new field, starting a side hustle is a great way to do that! I’ve only worked in one field since graduating college, and by starting a blog I was able to gain experience in areas I would never have otherwise, and that experience would be super helpful if I wanted to change career fields to something more relevant to blogging.
If you have a specific career field in mind that you’re hoping to switch into, think of the relevant skills you’re going to need and what kind of side hustle would allow you to hone those skills.
You’ll Learn New Skills
Even if you aren’t out to jump into a new career, you can still learn some awesome new skills from a side hustle! Before I started my blog, I had no idea of the skills and the hard work that went into running a successful blog and online business.
When I started blogging, I decided I wanted to learn as much as I could about blogging, social media, SEO, etc., and really dove into educating myself. I’ve learned so many skills over the last few years that I would never have had the chance to learn otherwise!
Even if you aren’t planning on taking your side hustle full-time or switching into a new career field, these skills can be super useful in growing your side hustle and in other areas of your life and career as well. I’ve definitely found some of the skills I’ve learned to be super useful in my current full-time job, even though it’s a completely different industry!
You’ll Meet New People
This one has come as a huge surprise to me, but definitely a pleasant one! When I first started my blog, it didn’t occur to me that I might be able to meet new people. I simply started it to have a creative outlet. However, I quickly learned that there are a ton of people online doing the same thing I am, and there are so many ways to connect with them!
One of my favorite ways to connect with other bloggers and side hustlers has been through Facebook groups. There are tons of Facebook groups specifically for people to ask questions (lots of technical questions about setting up and running a blog, as well as questions on growing your audience).
There are also groups solely for connecting with other online business owners. I have met some awesome people in these groups, and blogging definitely wouldn’t be the same without that online community of people who are going through all of the same struggles I am.
You’ll Be Pushed Out of Your Comfort Zone
I’ve always been a fairly shy person and to be completely honest, my comfort zone has always been pretty small, and I definitely feel like that has caused me to miss out on some experiences over the years.
Since starting a blog, I’ve put myself out there in a way that I would never have otherwise, and have had the opportunity to interact with people who I wouldn’t have otherwise.
If you’re someone who has a small comfort zone as I did for most of my life, a side hustle might be an awesome opportunity for you to challenge yourself and come out of your shell a bit!
Side Hustle Ideas
Start a Blog – This is definitely #1 for me! I started my blog in 2014 and have loved it ever since. It’s a great way to make some extra money while also doing something super fun (if writing happens to be super fun for you). The best part is there are so many different ways to make money from a blog!
Open an Online Shop – Are you really crafty at something? Start selling your goods online! You can set up a shop on a site like Etsy, or set up your own site altogether.
Become a Freelancer – Whatever your skill is, freelance it! There are tons of sites these days that connect freelancers with work opportunities.
Sell Digital Products – It’s super easy to create and sell digital products these days. There are tons of options from online courses to eBooks to printables.
Teach a Skill – If you have an awesome skill, chances are someone else is willing to pay you to teach it to them. Whether you play a musical instrument or are an awesome chef, I guarantee there’s a way to make money teaching someone else your skill.
Become a Dog Walker/Sitter – If you love animals, this can be a fun way to make a bit of extra money while also doing something super fun!
Drive for Uber/Lyft – I know quite a few people who have become an Uber driver in addition to their full-time job.
Take Online Surveys – Online surveys won’t make you a ton of money, but a little extra here and there!
Get a Part-Time Job – If you want to make a bit of extra money but aren’t interested in doing anything entrepreneurial, look for a part-time job at a nearby business.
These are definitely some great reasons to start a side hustle, and the side hustle ideas I shared above are a great start if you’re looking to start one! I would LOVE for you to leave me a comment and let me know if you have a side hustle, and leave a link so we can check it out!
When I started this blog back in 2014, I really had no plans to start a business while working full-time. It was meant to be a creative outlet and a way to build relationships online with those with similar interests and passions.
Things have morphed a lot since then. Not only was I able to successfully grow my blog, but I also used it to launch a successful freelance writing business.
For most of the time I’ve been blogging, I had a full-time job. Yes, starting a business while working a full-time job is a lot of work. A ton of work. But it’s a task that more and more people are taking on as they try to increase their income through side-hustles.
If you’re interested in starting a business while working a full-time job, then this post is for you!
How To Start A Business While Working Full-Time
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Know What You’re Getting Yourself Into
You should know ahead of time that the task you’re getting ready to take on is not an easy one. Starting a business under any circumstances is stressful and a huge time investment, but starting a side business alongside a full-time job means all the stress without having nearly as much time to devote to it.
If you’re serious about your decision to start a side business, know that there are going to be sacrifices. It will likely mean passing up nights out with friends, time spent on other hobbies, and time you may have spent doing something more relaxing such as reading or binge-watching your favorite shows.
While I caution you to take these things into account before you start a side business, I also wouldn’t consider these reasons not to. In the years since I started this blog, I’ve absolutely found those sacrifices to be worth it!
Do Your Research Ahead of Time
When I first started this blog, I was woefully unprepared for the task of running a business. That totally worked in my case, because it was purely a hobby for a long time, and I didn’t make my first dollar until I had already been at it for a year! But if you’re starting this journey with the intention of starting a real business, you’ll want to do a bit more research upfront.
Take some time to consider what kind of business you’re starting, what services you’ll offer, and who your target audience will be. This will make it so much easier to start creating, whether it be a service, a product, or online content. It will also make it easier to make a marketing plan because you’ll know exactly who you’re marketing to, where they hang out online, and what it is they need from you.
Running a business alongside a full-time job also takes a lot of planning. If you just wing it every time you sit down to work, or you don’t know what you should be working on, then you aren’t going to make much progress with your business.
Everyone has a different system for planning that works best for them. Here’s how I plan my business ahead of time:
At the beginning of the year, I consider my business goals for the year and decide what projects and areas I really want to focus on.
Using Asana, I break those projects down into a timeline and write out every action item I’m going to need to accomplish.
Every week, I sit down and plan my entire week in advance. I use my Asana projects and task list to write out my daily to-do list/schedule for each day in my planner.
Certainly, things come up that weren’t on my to-do list, or certain projects get dropped throughout the year. Plans change somewhat.
That being said, it’s still super important to make a plan so you know everything on your to-do list is truly helping you to reach your goals.
Invest in Your Business
One of the great things about building an online business is that the start-up costs are quite low. I spent no money at all when I first started my blog, other than the cost of my own domain. Since then, even as my business has grown, I’ve still been able to keep costs low.
The type of business you’re starting will certainly impact the investment needed up front, but I recommend limiting those costs as much as possible. You might also consider cutting costs in other areas of your life so you have more money available to put toward your business before you start bringing in an income there.
Your costs upfront will likely include a domain and hosting service. You also might consider an email marketing platform and social media marketing tools. If you’re creating a physical product, you’ll have even more start-up costs associated.
Set Goals and Hold Yourself Accountable
I have found goal-setting to be hugely beneficial when it comes to growing my blog and business. It’s easy to get caught up in the day-to-day tasks of writing new blog posts and promoting them on social media, and sometimes you can lose sight of the big picture and other projects you might like to take on.
I like to find balance by having a few big goals that I’m working toward along with my normal blogging routine. Most notably, those big goals have included opening my Etsy shop and writing and launching my eBook.
It can be so easy when your business is a side-hustle to set goals for yourself and then find that you never actually get around to accomplishing them. Find ways to hold yourself accountable to your goals such as writing them down, setting deadlines, and sharing them with others.
Manage Your Time Wisely
There’s no doubt about it, you’re going to have to get crafty with your time management if you’re going to start a side hustle. If you’re working full-time, that means 40 hours every week that you won’t be spending growing your business.
Your evenings and weekends will suddenly be worth their weight in gold for your business. I like to make the most of that time by making sure I’ve outlined ahead of time what tasks I need to get done. You can also try to take advantage of early mornings and lunch hours (if that’s an option for you) to sneak in a little extra work.
Everyone eventually figures out a system that works best for them, and it’s different for every business owner. I typically spend a couple of evenings each week working on blog work, as well as one full day on the weekend if I can manage it (on weekends where I’ve got a lot going on personally I’ll just make up for that lost work by putting in more hours during the workday evenings).
Have a Content Strategy
When I first started blogging (and for probably the first 2-3 years of my blog) I had no content strategy whatsoever.
I would write blog posts that I thought were interesting with absolutely no thought as to how they would fit into my overall blog strategy.
I also created lead magnets for my email list without any sort of strategy. I once created a lead magnet around a topic I wrote about only a few times, and that I wasn’t really interested in continuing to write about or monetize.
And then 2,000 people signed up for the lead magnet. And I had 2,000 people on my email list (that I had to pay for) who had no interest in what I actually talk about on my blog.
That experience definitely showed me how important a content strategy really is. Any time you write a blog post or email, create a lead magnet or throw up a social media post, know WHY you’re doing it.
Have a goal for every piece of content. Is your blog post meant to grow your email list by sharing a relevant lead magnet? Is it meant to sell your product or even an affiliate product? Is it meant to build trust with your audience?
Since implementing a content strategy for my blog, I’ve noticed that my audience is way more engaged and actually care about me and the things I’m posting!
Batch Your Work
Since blogging is not my full-time job, I don’t always have a consistent time to work on it. One week I might have a full 30-40 hours to devote to my blog, and the next week it might be more like 10.
The best way I’ve found to deal with this inconsistency is by batching my work. If I have a day where I have a full eight hours to work on my business, I don’t just write my next blog post. I write my next four blog posts.
I also schedule my social media posts for the entire month at once. It just takes me a few hours, and then I know I won’t have to worry about social media posts for the rest of the month.
The other benefit of batching your work is that you’re saving yourself a lot of transition time. For example, I like to schedule Pinterest images for all of my upcoming blog posts at once. I’ve already got my design program open. I’m already focused on that project.
If you have a consistent blogging schedule and always have to same chunks of time to devote to blogging, you could assign certain tasks to certain days.
For example, you might have one day where you write all your blog posts for the following week, one day where you design the graphics, one day where you write and schedule the social media posts, etc.
Get Off Balance
One of my favorite bloggers and life coach Natalie Bacon teaches that if you want to reach a big goal, you need to get off balance in your life.
We read so much these days about creating balance in your life and the importance of creating work-life balance.
But if your blog is really a top priority for you, then you just can’t give it the same weight as everything else in your life. You need to prioritize your time so that your biggest priorities are getting the most time!
Making your blog a priority is going to mean cutting back on other parts of your life. It means fewer nights out with friends and fewer days binge-watching your favorite shows.
It might mean being okay with your house being mostly clean instead of super clean so you can devote more hours to your blog.
Personally, I love reading. I used to spend hours reading every week. And don’t get me wrong, I still love reading. And I still make time to read. But I don’t devote the amount of time to it that I used to.
I would rather spend more time on my blog and have that hard work pay off sooner.
It’s up to you to decide how you’re going to prioritize your life. But just know that if you’re balancing your blog equal to everything else in your life, you aren’t going to see the fast growth you hope for.
Network, Network, Network
As I mentioned before, more and more people are choosing to become entrepreneurs while also holding a full-time job. This means you’re in good company and there are tons of like-minded individuals online doing what you’re doing!
Forming relationships with other online bloggers and business owners has been truly invaluable to growing my own business. First of all, it has helped me to grow my business by allowing me to find individuals who are interested in what I’m talking about on my blog. It has also allowed me to make online friends whom I can lean on and who understand the pressures and stressors that go into this world of online business.
Just a quick search on Facebook will allow you to find countless Facebook groups of like-minded entrepreneurs! You can also connect by reaching out directly on Instagram, Twitter, or another social media page.
If you have a side business, you know that building a successful business with a full-time job is not easy.
It takes time. It takes an insane amount of hard work. And it just might take a bit of your sanity (kidding…sort of).
One of the biggest challenges people seem to run into when they’re building their blog is really balancing their blog with a job that takes up 40+ hours of their week.
I know the lessons I shared in this blog post can help you get on the right track.
In 2016 I wrote my first eBook and officially launched it in October. Writing an eBook had been the #1 goal on my list for that year, and writing a book has been a goal of mine for just about my entire life. When I first got the idea I was grossly unprepared. I had this idea that I would just write something up in Microsoft Word, and surely people would buy it. Well, that’s not exactly how it went, and luckily I figured that out early in the process.
You see, just when I was getting started on my eBook Abby Lawson at Just a Girl and Her Blog launched an eCourse called Book Boss, which was meant to help you write and launch an eBook in 90 days. Since it was at a launch price that seemed like a steal, I impulsively bought the course. Let me just say – best decision ever. In this post, I’m going to run you through what I loved about the course, and give you some guidance on how to write an eBook.
There are affiliate links in this post, meaning I may make a small commission at no additional cost to you. For more information, see my full disclosure policy here.
HOW TO WRITE AN EBOOK THAT SELLS
Know Your Audience
My eBook idea changed a LOT from the time I had the idea of writing one until the time I actually wrote one. Part of the reason for that was that my blog changed a lot too! When I first started blogging, I blogged about just about EVERYTHING. I had no clear focus, and therefore no clear audience.
Finally, when I was really ready to dig into my eBook, I did a survey to find out more about my readers and what they wanted from me.
At this point, I had become more and more passionate about writing about both blogging and productivity, and a quick reader survey showed me that those topics were perfect! The majority of my readers have their own blog, but most of them also have a job outside the home, meaning they’re balancing the two. The survey showed me that people were struggling to find that balance, and I knew I had my topic.
That’s how I ended up writing Streamline Your Side-Hustle, to help people balance their blogs, their jobs, and everything in between.
Set an End Date
I set the goal of writing an eBook in 2015 but didn’t really start writing it until July of 2016. I continued to tell myself I would get to it eventually, just not yet. Finally, in July I looked at my calendar and picked a date about three months out that I was for sure going to launch my eBook.
I hadn’t even started writing yet and I was already running out of time! If there’s anything that will light a fire under you to get something accomplished, it’s having a deadline. It becomes even more real when you announce to your readers months early that you have an eBook coming soon because then you have people waiting and counting on you. Accountability at it’s finest!
Write a Launch Plan
Despite what I thought when I first set out to write an eBook, you can’t just write something and post it online somewhere and assume that people will buy it. The launch is as important as the writing process itself! Book Boss provides a super comprehensive planner of every single task you’ll do in the 90 days leading up to your launch, so it really made it as simple as possible for me.
Have People to Sell To
Writing and launching the eBook is all well and good, but you have to have someone to launch to! I used a free email course on a topic related to my eBook topic to start building my email list months before actually launching my eBook. That way, when the time came to launch, I knew I would have people on my list who were interested in my topic!
Someone on your email list is going to be WAY more invested in your work than someone reading your blog or following your Instagram account, so getting people onto the email list is key to making sales. And I knew my email subscribers would be interested in my topic because my free email opt-in SUPER relevant to my eBook topic!
So what about Book Boss?
I feel super lucky that Abby launched Book Boss when she did. I can’t imagine what my eBook and launch what have looked like without taking that course. The tips I shared above honestly barely scratch the surface of what the course entails.
Instead of just telling you to have a launch plan, Abby shares the exact launch plan she uses for her own eBooks, complete with a calendar of events. She gives detailed questions she asks in reader surveys to gauge what it is her readers want to learn from her and gives lots of technical advice on setting up landing pages, shopping carts, and more.
If writing an eBook is something you have considered (I 1000% recommend it!), then you simply can’t go wrong with Book Boss!
BEFORE YOU GO
P.S. If you’re ready to start or grow your blog, here are some blogging resources I recommend checking out:
I love reading blogs! I first discovered lifestyle blogs in about 2013, and I’ve been hooked ever since. I have some favorites that I’ve been reading since then, but I’m always finding new blogs to check out.
From a practical standpoint, I love reading blogs that share business and personal finance tips. But I also love reading lifestyle blogs where I can get amazing inspiration.
In this post, I’m sharing 18 of the best lifestyle blogs for women to check out in 2022!
The 18 Best Lifestyle Blogs for Women in 2022
What Is a Lifestyle Blog?
Before we dive into the best lifestyle blogs on the internet right now, let’s talk about what a lifestyle blog actually is.
A lifestyle blog is a curation of interests and activities based on the blogger’s life. These blogs are usually a combination of the blogger’s personal experiences and valuable, informative content for their audience.
It’s important to note that a lifestyle blog is not the same thing as a personal blog. While a personal blog is just a diary of the blogger’s life, it doesn’t necessarily share the informative and inspirational content of a lifestyle blog.
No matter your age, location, the season of life, and personal interests, you’ll be able to find a lifestyle blogger you can relate to!
Some topics you’ll commonly find on lifestyle blogs are:
Health & Fitness
You’ll notice that most lifestyle bloggers have a few categories from that list they focus on most often, but they certainly might sprinkle in other topics as well!
Lifestyle blogs also tend to change over time. As the blogger goes through different seasons of life, so does her blog! And her blog often reflects what’s happening in her own life.
The 18 Top Lifestyle Blogs for Women
There are so many amazing blogs in the lifestyle niche that it’s honestly impossible to cover even all of the most popular blogs. That being said, I’ve tried my best to curate a list of lifestyle blogs that are very popular or successful or that I have been a big fan of at one point or another.
The Everygirl is a blog I’ve been reading for years, and it’s definitely one of my favorites! This site provides just about everything you need to know about as a millennial woman, including career, finance, wellness, travel, relationships, and so much more. Their content is super helpful and relatable!
The Financial Diet
The Financial Diet is a lifestyle blog with a major emphasis on personal finance. Not only do they offer general financial advice, but they also share personal stories and advice for life situations that any millennial woman could find herself in. As I have had to start over both personally and financially over the past couple of years, I’ve found myself taking away more and more from this site.
Advice From a Twenty Something
Advice From a Twenty Something shares tons of advice that any millennial woman will love. The blog covers all aspects of 20-something life such as dating, friendships, career, personal development, and fashion. I find the content on this site to be super relatable. Plus I love that she answers questions from her readers on the site!
Wit and Delight
Wit and Delight is a lifestyle blog that shares personal stories. They share the fashion and home decor advice you’ll see on other, but somehow in a more real and relatable way. I really love the wellness articles and personal stories.
Barefoot Blonde is a more personal blog, where the blogger, Amber, shares a lot of what is going on in her life. But on top of that, she also shares tips on hair, beauty, fashion, and more.
A Beautiful Mess
A Beautiful Mess is one of the OG lifestyle blogs. Founded by two sisters, Elsie and Emma, this blog is my go-to for anything creative. They have an amazing collection of home decor projects, receipts, craft ideas, and more. If colorful and creative is your style, you will love this blog!
Cupcakes and Cashmere
Cupcakes and Cashmere is one of the first lifestyle blogs I found when I started reading blogs years ago. The blogger Emily shares articles on fashion and beauty, recipes, home decor, and personal stories. She has also written several books and has her own clothing line.
Gal Meets Glam
Gal Meets Glam is a fashion-centered lifestyle blog where the blogger Julia shares really fun and unique southern style. She also shares some beauty, travel, and home decor content.
A Cup of Jo
A Cup of Jo is one of the most popular women’s lifestyle blogs out there. She covers the content you’ll see on most other lifestyle blogs, such as fashion and beauty. But I also really love that she dives deep into some deeper, more personal topic such as dealing with different relationships and women’s issues.
Corporette is a fashion and lifestyle blog for women in high-achieving careers such as lawyers, bankers, MBAs, and consultants. As a woman who works in a very professional work environment, I love getting fashion advice tailored toward similar careers.
The Skinny Confidential
The Skinny Confidential is the perfect blog for anyone focused on health and fitness, among other things. The creator also has a podcast where she brings on guests to share health and fitness tips and tricks.
Lauren Kay Sims
Lauren Kay Sims is a blog written by, you guessed it, Lauren Sims. It’s a pretty lifestyle blog that covers just about everything, including fashion, beauty, travel, motherhood, fitness, and more. She’s also super active on Instagram stories and shares a lot of tips on there. Some of my personal favorites from her are her skincare tips!
Pink Peonies started as a lifestyle blog, but it’s basically turned into an empire. On the blog, Rachel shares advice and inspiration for fashion, home decor, beauty, and more. She also has her own women’s clothing brand.
Sincerely Jules is a lifestyle blog that shares personal style and beauty advice for women. Most of her posts are fashion-related, and she shares amazing photos!
The Blonde Abroad
The Blonde Abroad is a great lifestyle blog for anyone who loves travel! For years Kiersten has been the go-to resource for solo female travel. She shares advice on every step of the travel-planning process. She also shares inspiration and beautiful photos who are just looking to live vicariously through someone else’s travels.
The Stripe is a fun lifestyle blog for women where the blogger, Grace, shares daily inspiration on personal style, beauty reviews, DIY projects, travel, wellness, and more. I also love what an avid reader Grace is, and she has a “book club” where she shares reviews of the books she reads each month.
Alyson Haley covers mostly fashion and beauty on her blog. I’ve been obsessed with her personal style for years, and she’s one of my favorite go-to sources for inspiration. She also does a lot of traveling and shares some incredible travel guides.
A Girl in Progress
A Girl in Progress is a lifestyle blog that focuses strongly on personal development. They share great advice on fitness, mental health, career, and money. And like most lifestyle blogs, they share the occasional fashion and beauty post as well!
How to Start a Lifestyle Blog?
When I first started reading a lot of lifestyle blogs, I became super inspired to start my own! You’ll notice my blog is not a lifestyle blog anymore, but that’s what it started out as!
Now that you’ve been able to explore so many lifestyle blogs, you might be interested in started one for yourself! But how do you get started? Here’s a quick step-by-step guide to get you started.
1. Decide what to blog about. This part can be hard, but you can always change it later! Just think about what topics you’re interested in, and topics that you already know a lot about.
2. Choose a domain name. Try to choose a domain that matches your niche or your own name. I just use my own name!
3. Secure your social media handles. You’ll want to make sure your social media handles match your domain, so grab those ASAP.
4. Sign up for a hosting plan. If you’re starting your blog in WordPress (which I highly recommend), you’ll have to sign up for hosting. The provider that I recommend and personally use is SiteGround. I’ve never had an issue with them and they have amazing customer service! Plus their plans start at only $3.95 per month!
5. Install a theme. Your theme is the framework for your blog design. Pretty much all themes are super customizable, so it’s best to just choose one and get started. My favorite choice is the Divi Theme because it’s a drag and drop theme that allows you to design your blog however you want without knowing any code.
I just love reading lifestyle blogs, and that love has only grown the longer I’ve been blogging myself. I love discovering women online who have so much to offer, whether it be some amazing advice or a personality you just can’t help but love.
I’ve also been able to get to know many other bloggers over the past five years, and I can tell you they are some of the most genuine and positive people I have met!
I hope you loved this list, found a new favorite blog, and maybe are even considering starting your own lifestyle blog!