Settling into student life is exciting, challenging, daunting, and a lot of fun.
There are many different aspects of student life to embrace, but it can be difficult to begin with, especially if you haven’t lived away from home before.
Luckily, there are plenty of student bloggers about with the hands-on experience to help you out. Whatever worries or questions you have, someone will have blogged about!
Before we get to the links to some of the best student bloggers around, let’s first take a look at what you need to think about should you wish to become an influencer in your own right and start a student blog this term.
How To Start A Student Blog
Blogging as a student can be a lot of fun. It can serve as a document to your time in university, whatever angle you decide to take with it, and it can also help you develop skills that will go towards your post-university career if that’s what you want to use it for.
For other student bloggers, a regular blog is the perfect tool to promote a charity or student organisation that they are involved with, to create a portfolio, or to build an online community and make new friends with likeminded people. Here are some tips to get you started with your student blog:
Choose A Blog Topic
If you have a general idea about what you want to write about, think about what the purpose of the blog is, why you want to talk about this specific topic, what skills and knowledge do you have to help you write this blog, and who are you writing it for?
This will help you work out specific post titles for a range of pages within your overall blog.
Choose A Blog Name And Domain Name
Some student bloggers go the simple route with their name, others choose to call it something based on the topic, for instance ‘the healthy hangover’ blog was an old student blog that offered healthy meals and hangover tips to students.
If you can, it helps to have a domain name that is the same as your blog name.
How Do I Publish My Blog?
Depending on whether you want to spend any money or not, there are a few choices for you as to where you publish your student blog.
WordPress is the easiest platform to use, with template designs and great blogging functionality, such as visitor analysis for free, with Blogspot another simple choice of platform.
If you want to spend a bit of money and have all the bells and whistles, choose a site builder like Squarespace or Wix.
Register A Domain
Once you have chosen a name for your blog and decided on which platform to publish it through, you can register your domain through any of the domain name registrar websites, such as Go Daddy.
If you go with a free website builder, you might be able to register a domain for free through that site.
Start Writing And Promote!
There are different ways you can customise your blog, with images and videos, style of writing etc.
Once you’ve started writing, try to stick to a consistent schedule to build an audience and then promote your blog through social media, following SEO (search engine optimisation) guidelines on your site builder and guest blog (writing on other blogs or having guest writers on yours).
Over time you’ll build an audience as a student blogger and have a lot of fun doing so.
Student Bloggers To Keep An Eye On
How about those inspirational student bloggers that you should bookmark and keep an eye on throughout your university years?
The Student Blogger is a site that collates all the best student bloggers in one place.
So, you can discover the best student recipes on a budget, student fashion, politics, where to find the best student discounts, nights out in different student towns and cities, and blog posts about every single aspect of student life that you can think of.
Mental health awareness is a crucial part of our lives. Moving away from home and becoming a student is stressful for many of us, and learning ways to cope with stress, anxiety and other mental health issues could be the key to helping find that balance between your uni work, social life and personal space and time.
The Student Minds Blog is a place where student can talk openly and honestly about the stress of student life, covering topics such as anxiety, depression, addictions, eating disorders, as well as providing resources for those looking for help. It is an essential part of the student bloggers community.
Student Hacks is all about stretching your student loan, making your budget go further and enjoying life without spending a lot of money to do so.
University life is a lot of fun, and as much as you don’t want to spend all your money in the first week of uni, you also don’t want to just sit in your student accommodation all year having no fun.
With the help of this student blog site, you can find out where the latest student discounts are, how to shop in the supermarket on a budget and other money saving tips.
This was once called ‘The Life and Times of a Student’ and was full of tips and guidance for students. It is worth going back through the old posts to see some of these student specific posts, as well as look for the section of interviews with real-life students from universities throughout the UK.
The blog has evolved into a post-graduate lifestyle blog, with lovely photos and life stories, but as a student blog in the past, it was one of the best around.
Another student blog site that is full of excellent and informative pieces, this time about universities across the world.
It is a great source of information for students living in places as varied as Manchester, Berlin, Valencia, and Porto, with fun posts, engaging tips and advice for students studying abroad for a year, for those looking to move abroad to study, or just as a way of finding the finest holidays on a student budget.
Once you have found the best tips and advice from these student bloggers, why not give it a go yourself and start a student blog?