Blogging is one of the things that someone might find them selves wanting to do. As simple as blogging might sound to be, just getting started can be frustrating; not know where to begin. Well, we have all been there and I can assure you, as frustrating as it may be at the start, blogging most of the time can turn out to be fun.
In this article we are going to see all the tips on how you can easily get started on your blogging journey, so make sure to read to the bottom.
What a Blog Is.
Before we go any further, there is a question we need to answer first; that is: What is a blog?
A blog is a type of website that includes information that expires or information that needs regular updating. Blogs always include entries – which are sometimes referred to as posts; with the most recent entry at the top of the site. Websites that need to make announcements, display articles or news – take advantage of blogs. Blogs also have a feature that allows other people to post comments on blog posts.
When someone talks about a blog, they are talking about a site that passes on regular information to visitors of a website.
Why you might want to start a blog
You can do blogging for many reasons but what makes me do this is the opportunity to share something and have it help thousands of people. Whatever your reason may be, blogging has many opportunities for sharing information and ideas. So here are some of the major reasons why you should get into blogging.
1. Share Information
One of the major things about blogs which I already hinted on earlier; is the opportunity to put information out there. Blogs give you an opportunity to share your ideas, experiences, opinions and general knowledge about particular issues.
For example you could be a teacher and using a blog you could decide to put out everyday tips for your students on how to revise effectively. Or you could be a gardener and you put out information that help people learn how to take care of their flower gardens. You also simply decide to comment on usual social issues and giving your opinions.
Blogging gives you an opportunity to almost talk or share anything that is of importance to you or society.
2. Build a community
Another opportunity that blogging gives you, is the chance to build an audience or community. Blogs have a feature where other people can post comments on your blog posts. This give you chance to see people’s reactions and have discussion from different perspectives; this is how most people cause change in society and the world as a whole.
3. Make Money
We all want money, right? Well, blogging gives you yet another opportunity of being able to make money on your blog. You could choose to display ads on your blog, sale products on your blog or test out new products while writing reviews. The possibilities are endless. In my next article about blogging, I will be writing about ways in which bloggers can make money from their Blog, so look out for that article as it will give you an in-dept view.
Now that you have a brief introduction to what a blog is and why you might want to start one, let us get into the first steps to starting a blog.
Before you can start blogging there a couple of things you have to first put into consideration. This will make your blogging a lot easier and it will make the process a lot more simple and straightforward.
1. Pick a Topic
The first thing you have to do when starting a blog is to pick a topic. You should always go for topics that mean something to you or you have some knowledge about. This will make it easy for you to write content because you will somewhat be talking from a point of knowledge.
Like the example I gave earlier, for someone who is a teacher, you could start with a simple topic like revising, where you tell your(or other) students ways in which to revise. Simple things like that take a big load off your back because you would not have to do much research because you would have shared something that you know about.
2. Pick Blog Name
There two things involved here in picking a name; you need a web address(domain name) and the name it’s self. Lets understand each one of them.
The Blog Name.
The blog name is what someone sees when they are visiting your website; it is very crucial for your online identity. This is normally on top of the site, sometimes it is made in a logo style, simply text or text with a log.
Domain Name(Web Address).
A Domain Name is how someone finds your blog online. It exactly as it’s other name suggests, it is an address(a web address). Most of the time you will find people calling it a domain name and in some other instances a web address, so make sure you keep that in mind.
An example of a domain name is peterpeak.com, facebook.com etc. the dot com(.com) part is called a domain-extension. There are many domain extensions like .net, .org, .co.uk etc. For the most part the .com extension is used for blogs but there is no rule forbidding you from using the others. Normally the extension .org, is used on organisations websites and .com for community websites.
A domain name could also have child domains which are called sub-domains. An example of a sub-domain is images.google.com.
As you can see, the two go hand in hand, The Blog Name and The Domain as they are both important in the identity of your blog online.
Normally picking the blog name is the easiest part, but it becomes frustrating when you want to register a domain name like www.example.com and is already in use. So you need to choose the name carefully because the domain and blog name have to be related. I called mine Peter-Peak and www.peterpeak.com because I wanted to give it a personal touch: You don’t have to.
From the example I have been using all through this post, of a teacher’s blog, you could call your blog something like Revising Tips, the name is fine but sometime you could find that the address(Domain name) you wanted like revisingtips.com is already in use. In that case you could try to put an hyphen in the middle of the domain name like revising-tips.com. If that seems too much then you could go for a different name altogether.
There is no rule that the blog name and domain name should be the same but it makes more sense when some looks at the address bar in their browser and the blog name is as the domain name suggests.
How To Write Blog Content
Now that you have a blog name and domain in mind, you could be now wondering: How do I write blog content? Am not even a writer, so how do I start? That is exactly what we are going to look at in the following few tips.
1. You don’t have to be a great writer.
Well, am guessing anyone can put down some words can be called a writer, right? But you don’t have to be great at idioms or have a huge vocabulary. All it takes for someone to be a blogger is being able to put down some words that can make sense to another person.
2. Always put your self in the reader’s perspective.
When you do blogging, you expect to people to read what you have written. So always put yourself in the situation where you are another person reading what you have written, if it makes sense to you, then it will surely make sense to someone else.
3. You don’t have to be formal.
If your blog is not an official blog, or an organisation’s blog, you don’t have to try so hard in being formal. Sometimes formalities can be a drawback. Remember we are people, we can joke and other stuff. So putting a sense of humour in your posts(if you can) can be something that most people relate to.
4. Write content that mean something to you.
I also already hinted on this earlier, a blog won’t give you much stress if you writer content that you have knowledge of. Telling people something that you know or had is easy. So simply put that in writing and you a good to go
Start Publishing Online
Domain names, blog name/ title, the content; everything is at hand; where do I begin to publish my blog content? Well, the options are many, but most certainly you will have to encounter something called WordPress. You read my previous post; The difference between self hosted wordpress vs hosted wordpress it will introduce to you one of the most popular words on the internet; that is WordPress.
WordPress is one of the most used blogging tools for blog publishing. It is easy to use yet powerful. It powers many top websites on the internet.
What I would recommend for any new blogger is to use WordPress; that is wordpress.com. What is nice about it, is that you can get access to a community of other bloggers and can start publishing your blog content immediately for free; of-course with some limits. But those limits can be lifted by simply upgrading your blog to the next packages as need arise.
For some people, the free WordPress package could be enough. But if you want more features like the best designs, support from WordPress experts and would like to make money on your blog, you would need to upgrade. You can find out more about the pricing and what you can get out of each package on wordpress.com. Let take a look on how to register a blog on wordpress.com
Registering a blog on WordPres.com
Head to wordpress.com and register an account.
On the next screen you will be asked to enter your domain name. To register a domain name, you have to pay a yearly fee but is if you want to start free, you won’t be able to register your domain name but rather you will be given a .wordpress.com sub-domain. So select that option or go a head and register your domain if you wish to give your blog your own brand.
You could see that from my earlier example, the blog Revising Tips is available for registration. On the next screen, lets go ahead with the free plan or if you prefer you can go with any of the paid plans.
Now your blog is Registered. In the next steps the tool system will walk you through all the steps you will need to start publishing your posts and making the site available for public access. At a later date I will create a step by step guide to publishing your first WordPress post.
Well, that is it for this article. I hope this articles helps you and I wish you a happy blogging, don’t forget to leave a comment.