BEGINNERS GUIDE TO BLOGGING
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So, you want to start a blog huh? Great idea!
But…how the heck do you get started? There’s so much info out there on the internet, and everyone’s telling you to do different things. Who do you listen to? Where’s the starting point?
Well it is going be simple, relatively easy, and definitely easy to understand. Sounds good? Awesome, let’s find out then.
- Choosing a platform!
I warmly recommend WordPress. This is a free and open source blogging tool which is really simple to use, it has cool plug-ins, which help you manage your content and create the blog that suits your needs and purposes, and it comes with thousands of templates and themes you can use to make your blog unique.
There are other alternatives however, and they are:
- Blogger– Definitely the next best thing to WordPress.
- Tumblr– Half social network, half blog. Interesting, and very simple to use.
However, wordpress is massive and has no comparisons to it.
- Self hosted or free hosting ??
This is the biggest decision you’ll have to make before I go any further. You need to decide whether to pay for your blog or grab a free one.
WordPress, Tumblr and Blogger all offer free blogs for anyone. Sounds awesome right ? It’s perfect for those of us who aren’t super serious about blogging. But it does have downsides:
- You won’t be able to get your OWN domain name
Create a free blog with any of the above free blog services and it’ll look like this:
ughh!!! Not very appealing right?
There are some limits to free blogs. You can’t fully monetize it, and you don’t have the possibility to upload all those videos and images you want to show to everyone – it’s all limited.
On the other hand, with a self-hosted blog on your own domain name – you are the REAL owner of your blog. You’ll be able to name your blog whatever you want. You can end it with .com, .net, .org, or virtually any other web suffix. Add to that unlimited bandwidth for videos, images and content plus the free themes. So how much is hosting and a domain name? Not as much as you’re thinking, fortunately. It usually works out to about $5 to $10 per month, depending on your hosting provider which is less than a couple of coffees.
3. Register a domain!
Picking a domain name can be more complicated than picking your baby’s name! When you choose a name for your newborn child, you try to find something that maybe has emotional value and doesn’t rhyme with too many household items…a unique and catchy name.
When you pick a domain name, you are creating an online identity for your blog and it needs to speak volumes- about you as the author, about the content and the nature of your blog. It needs to be personal and appealing . Got the perfect domain? Well done, now let’s move on!
4. Designing your WordPress blog
Now, the fun part.
Let’s make your blog look exactly how you want it to. To choose a new theme, you can either head to Appearance > Themes and install a free WordPress theme or you can head to a premium theme website and buy a theme .
WordPress also has this awesome feature that allows you to change themes with just a few clicks. So if you start getting tired of your current blog template, you can just switch to another one without losing any precious content or images.
Remember, your blog’s design should reflect both you and your personality, but also what the blog is about.
Most importantly, it should be easy to navigate if you want people to stick around. No one likes ugly websites, and they especially hate websites that need a university degree to navigate. Make it easy for them.
If you have read my previous blog and followed my advice then you must just dig into your storehouse and publish your very first blog post. Remember, be yourself, write about what you know and love, and just keep on writing. If you haven’t read my last blog yet, then you can read it here.