Start Blogging!

So you might have thought about it, but don’t really know where to start. Here are some things to consider to get your feet wet in the blogging world.  

BEGINNER BLOGGERS–

There are several FREE blogging sites where you can be up and running in a matter of minutes. Really! And it’s free so you might as well just give it a shot!

  • Blogger: If you already have a Google Account you are one step closer to setting up a blog on Blogger. Just login with your Google Account, and follow the steps. Don’t be afraid, you can change the look, content, posts, and information if you want to later on. Or you can create a new one to start over. Go to www.blogger.com
  • WordPress.com: You can set up an account with WordPress.com and follow the steps to create your first blog. The WordPress site even provides a special how-to walkthrough here at http://learn.wordpress.com/ .

With either of these sites, or some of the other free ones you try out some blogging, here are some things to think about as you plan it out:

  • Why do you want to blog? Do you want to share your thoughts? Do you want to keep a general online diary? Do you want to make money?
  • If you want to make money, remember that content is very important. It is also important to keep your blog updated.
  • Think about what kind of category or niche your blog falls under, then keep your posts geared toward that topic.
  • Keep an eye on news articles about your area of interest, so that you can reference them and provide your thoughts.
  • If you want to make some money using ads on your site, you’ll want to investigate which blog templates allow you to add your ad code.

SERIOUS BLOGGING–

If you are ready to really blog in a serious way, it is recommended that you host your own blog and then upload the different types of templates that you might want to use. This way allows you to make a more customized blog and keep control of how it looks. A great place to get your own hosting where you can host multiple blogs is Hostmonster: Free Domain, Free Setup, Host Unlimited Domains $5.95 If you set up an account with Hostmonster, they make it very easy to install WordPress and then if you need to upgrade, they let you know that an upgrade is available and you just need to click a button to install it. The next thing you can do to spruce up your blog is install a fancy template to meet your increasing needs to organize the content and make it easy for others to find your content. One site that offers great templates is  StudioPress Pixel Happy Child Theme.  You might need to investigate some plug-ins to help you provide the right content, links, social media profiles links, or advertisements that you want to display.

Either way, beginner or serious, you don’t really need any technical expertise once your blog is up and running. You can just type and click a button to post the content! Good luck and have fun!