Starting a blog is much simpler than you might think.
A blog is essentially a website that is regularly updated through a series of ‘posts’ (aka blogs). It isn’t as scary as it sounds and you can get started in a few simple steps:
Summary of steps:
- Decide what you want to blog about
- Choose a blogging platform
- Choose a domain (optional)
- Pick a design (a.k.a.theme)
- Start blogging
Step 1: Decide what you want to blog about
This is probably the most difficult step.
There are millions of blogs out there already, so you need to think carefully about why your blog is different. What makes your opinion different? What are you offering or doing differently? These are questions to ask yourself before you get started.
Popular blog ideas include sharing own personal experience, hobbies, industry insights or other activity that you’re involved in.
Step 2: Choose a blogging platform
WordPress is one of the most popular platforms to use for blogging. It’s very simple to use, there are plenty of designs available to style your blog( and it’s free)! Start your WordPress blog here – www.wordpress.com
The other blogging platform that you may have heard of is Blogger (https://www.blogger.com/) – it’s similar to WordPress in that it’s free and easy to use. My personal preference is WordPress, as it allows you to customise your blog that little bit more.
Other blogging platforms to consider:
- Tumblr – https://www.tumblr.com
- Medium – https://medium.com
- Twitter (micro-blogging) – http://www.twitter.com
Each blogging platform is a little bit different in how it prioritises content and features, but essentially they are all quite similar. It’s worth trying out at least two platforms to see which one works best for you.
Step 3: Choose a domain
On the ‘free’ versions of the blogging platforms above, you can create your own blog address such as yourblogname.wordpress.com. This is more than adequate for your first blog.
However, in the long term you may want to purchase a unique domain (URL) for your blog such as walesblognetwork.com or .co.uk. Platforms such as WordPress can walk you through registering your first domain, but I must stress that you don’t need to do this just yet.
Step 4: Pick a design for your blog
The great thing about all of the blogging platforms mentioned above is that they allow you to customise the look and feel of your blogs. This can include adding a logo (if you have a one), selecting background and text colours etc, as well as the overall layout.
There are many free blog designs available (also known as themes), you can view some of the free themes available for WordPress blogs here – https://en-gb.wordpress.org/themes/ – they are all simple to install and WordPress will guide you every step of the way!
Step 5: Start blogging!
The best advice that I can give to you is to give blogging a try! Set-up a test blog on one of the above platforms (it’s free after all and you can make them hidden!)
This will give you the opportunity to try it out and see if blogging is for you. All of the platforms differ in some shape or form, so you’re going to want to find one that is right for you!
If you have any questions, feel free to contact me – firstname.lastname@example.org