Starting a blog is a wonderful way to express oneself, as well as one’s interests and preferences in life. Blogs are in a way like the online versions of diaries and journals. You can express yourself however you like, and you have the advantage of sharing your thoughts and feelings with the world. Most people have realized the value of blogs, besides the fact that if your blog receives a lot of traffic, you can take that to your advantage and convert some of that traffic to money. If you feel you want to explore this universe of endless possibilities, below is a quick guide to get you started.
What Do You Want?
If you are to start a blog, the first thing you want to do is to determine what you want to blog about. By the way, the word blog comes from the term “weblog”. It’s essentially a website, but a smaller version and more personal than most websites are The good thing about blogs is that you can blog about anything. So you are free to write and share about anything you like. Take your time, think about what you want to blog about, and see you on in the next step.
Where Do You Want to Blog?
Now that you have figured out what you want to blog about, the next thing in line is determining where you want to establish your blog. There are various blogging platforms online. If you are wondering, a “blogging platform” is just an online service that will host, or enable you to set up a blog, either for free or for a small fee. All available blogging platforms will have a free service. So you can start blogging as soon as you have things set up. But if you want a little more advanced stuff and features, you can check out the available paid plans on whatever blogging platform you choose. The most common and recommended blogging platforms are:
Give Your Blog a Name
If you are blogging about health, you may want to give your blog a name that’s related. If you are blogging about poultry, it would be nice if you picked a name that suggests the same. The key is being simple, and going for a name that’s short and catchy. It can be anything you like. It can even be a few words but don’t exceed five words. If the name of your blog is easy for people to remember, it will be simpler for them to come back, and even recommend it to their friends. Your blog’s name will also technically be referred to as the domain name. This is the name you’ll use to register your blog on the blogging platform you chose earlier.
Get Things Set Up
Once you know what you want to blog about, and you’ve chosen a blogging platform and a name for your blog, the next thing you’ll want to do is set things up. This essentially involves logging in to your account on the blogging platform you selected and setting your preferences; like choosing a theme for your blog, a general color, and maybe even installing some plugins to enrich your blogging experience.
Take It a Step Further (Optional)
If you really want to have absolute control over your blog, you’ll have to learn some web development and design basics so that you can control your blog from the inside. This is not a necessity; just something to think about if interested.
And setting up a blog is that simple. Do a little more research to learn more about what you can and can’t do. Happy Blogging.