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How to Start Your Own Mental Health Blog

There are now so many ways to give your mental health a boost such as playing snooker, taking therapeutic photography, or even writing a blog. Well, to each his own. After all, mental health is all about finding what works best for you. So if you think you can benefit from blogging, then why not give it a go.

According to Psychreg’s founder and the world’s first blog psychologist, Dennis Relojo, blogging brings a host of mental health benefits, such as lowered anxiety and increased self-esteem.

If you have always wanted to have your own mental health blog, but not sure how to do it, here are some handy tips to get you ready to roll:

Setting it all up

Before you go ahead and start your mental health blog, you have to identify what sort of blog you are rooting for – Are you running a blog to share your own mental health stories? Or, are you aiming to share the latest news and information on mental health?

Of course, you also have to think about what name you will give to your blog. This will be your domain name.

Once you have decided on these two then you have to look for a hosting provider and then decide which platform to use. There are many blogging platforms such as Blogger, Joomla, Tumbler, Wix, etc. But, most bloggers use WordPress. You might find this comparison article useful in helping you decide which one to use.

Planning your content

Blogs come in different forms. There are microblogs (such as Twitter and Facebook); video blogs (also known as blogs); an, of course, textual blogs. We are fundamentally talking about textual blogs here. With textual blogs, it is best to update it on a weekly basis. This frequency is great for your SEO, your social media, and of course to your readers.

Writing the content

This is the fun part. According to Wordstream, writing a blog post entails five steps:

 

Step 1: Plan your blog post . Choose a specific topic, outline, conduct a research, and check the facts.

Step 2: Craft a headline that is both informative and will capture readers’ attention.

Step 3: Write your post, either writing a draft in a single session or gradually work on parts of it.

Step 4: Use images to enhance your post.

Step 5: Edit your blog post.

These steps are true whether you want to have a mental health blog or a different genre.

As already mentioned, you have to accompany images for your blog post. Use images that you own or use copyright-free images.

Also, you don’t have to do the writing all by yourself. You can invite other people to contribute to your blog, a practice known as guest posting.

Promoting your blog

You worked hard in setting up and writing for your blog so it deserves loads of exposure and one of the most effective way to achieve this is through social media. You don’t have to have a presence on all social media channels. Pick one that consistently delivers traffic to your blog. This might take some time, but you will soon discover which social media channel works best for you.

Final thoughts

Some people decide to run a blog because they see it as a good way to earn money. But, running a mental health blog isn’t all about earning from your blog. It is more about spreading awareness on mental health and helping to break the stigma.

Persistence and dedication will definitely contribute to the success of your mental health blog. If you think you are not sure of what are doing, just relax. Ultimately, you have to enjoy the act of blogging. Just follow your nose and you will soon get there

 

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