How to Start a Blog
If you have something to say about recent events, either in the news, at work, or even in your personal life, you are going to want to know how to start a blog. You have a computer and you've heard about this thing called a blog. What exactly is a blog? More importantly, how do you start one?
Basically a blog-which is an amalgamation of the term 'web log'-is an online journal, in which a user types out and posts what's going on in their life, their opinions, and other things. You've probably seen blogs around the Internet, from ProBlogger or Google's own Blogger. You're probably read their opinions on software, hardware, politics, and other things. You may have even wished to tell people how you feel in regards to things.
Starting a blog is relatively easy, if you go in prepared.
- Figure out how you want to write. Do you want to tell the world about your child's fondness for crayons? Or do you want to tell the business world what's happening in business today? Decided between having a personal blog and a professional one is important, as you want to keep your blog consistent. You can't have a business blog and then start talking about your child's finger painting lesson-unless it has something to do with work and business-or how you made a cake from scratch. Keep personal blogs personal (but not too personal!) and professional blogs professional.
- Choose a blog site. This is an important one and may take some time for you to decide. Because blogging is fairly popular, there are a lot of sites that offer an area for blogs. There are free blogs and paid blogs and it depends on different features that you will need to look at and research. If you're doing a professional blog, you may want to use one that will tie into your business-sending people and potential customers to your site, making money from advertisements, keeping track of how many visits, etc-while on a personal site, you may just want to be able to customize your layout. Keep in mind that if you are currently paying a company to host your website, you may be able to use their blogging tools as well.
Congrats! Once you've signed up for whatever blog site you've chosen, you can get started writing. Remember to choose a topic that you feel you can update on a frequent basis. After you've gotten started, learn more about the tools and features that are offered by the site. If you have friends on Facebook or Twitter, find the option to allow your blogs to be seen by folks that come by. If you get into a routine and find you enjoying yourself, find out what you can do to make some money on the side. Pretty soon, you'll be a part of the blogging community!