Advice on starting a new blog

Hey everyone, I am planning to start a new blog series on everything relating to women. I need guidance as to which platform should I be using to publish it.

teresaman's profile thumbnail
There are so many publishing platforms out there, and seeing a list of pros and cons like this one may be helpful. For me personally, I've used both Ghost and Wordpress in the past!
kalpanac's profile thumbnail
Thank you @teresaman
MorganLucas's profile thumbnail
I use Blogger and don't recommend it; Google doesn't maintain it. You can use Notion and buy a few extras to make it show up on search engines with SEO.
kalpanac's profile thumbnail
Thank you @MorganLucas
Nyaima's profile thumbnail
@kalpanac What is your ultimate goal for your blog. Are you looking to build an authority website? Monetize/build a business around it? Is a blog the only format you are considering (depending on your goal, a newsletter may be a good option with many solid platforms you can use)?
kalpanac's profile thumbnail
Hey @Nyaima the goal is to build a personal brand first and then monetize it. The newsletter is a good thought, not sure if the nature of my content will pique interest. The content is primarily revolving around women, health and things that affect me/them.
Nyaima's profile thumbnail
@kalpanac I agree with @ElleDM, if your goal is to build a personal brand and then Monetize, Wordpress.org is the way to go. There are lots of templates, help and support (online), and many plugins that you can use. Wordpress can also grow with you as you build. If you are planning on building yourself, here are two videos to assist you on the web building phase. I find this guy super helpful, but there are a tons of amazing tutorials on Youtube.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4czPPXTPa7A (How to make a Wordpress site for beginners)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S_jW2ymXgcM (How to build a Blog into your Wordpress site)Re: the Newsletter - Interesting, if your blog content will pique interest (which it must if you are planning to monetize) I am you could do a newsletter. But, definitely a different pathway that is more focused on building community.
kalpanac's profile thumbnail
Thank you @Nyaima for such exhaustive information. It is quite helpful.
ElleDM's profile thumbnail
Hi! If the intent is to eventually build out a brand, I recommend self-hosted Wordpress, because it's so flexible. This is different from regular Wordpress which is hosted on their servers and can get pricey if you need more customization (domain, themes, etc.). The only hangup is that you'd need a domain name first. There are a lot of great resources out there and most web hosting services have a one-click process for installing Wordpress on your server. Here's a good overview of the differences: https://colorlib.com/wp/self-hosted-wordpress-org-vs-free-wordpress-com/Happy to help out if you run into questions while exploring this!
kalpanac's profile thumbnail
@ElleDM thank you for the suggestion. I am considering notion to start off with and probably migrate to WordPress once I am able to gauge the feedback.
ElleDM's profile thumbnail
Oh, I'd never thought of Notion but there's lots you can do on there! Good luck and have fun trying it out :)
kalpanac's profile thumbnail
@ElleDM thank you, will try and see how it goes. :)
hummus's profile thumbnail
Great question. I am also interested to see the responses for this.This also just reminded me of a blog I used to follow that was tailored to content and topics for women's lifestyle - it was one of my favorite blogs, but now can't seem to remember the name.