I would love to help people to know a little of what I know in a simple way. I know how the Internet is becoming a medium we all use for personal and business purposes.
I get a lot of people asking me about how to set up a website for their hobbies. It use to be a little more complex back in the day, but now is becoming easier, so I created this guide as a gift to guide you in 6 simple steps to set up your blog and get going.
I know some people are more tech-savvy than others but following this guide that tells you exaclty what to do.
Whether you want to have a blog to show your friends your hobbies, to share your travels with family or if you want to promote your business, a blog is perfect for you!
I’m really excited for you to begin your journey to the blogworld! Let’s get started!
As you may know, the word “blog” is an abbreviated word for what the geeks used to call a “weblog,” a web-based journal in which people can publish their thoughts and opin- ions on the Internet. It started out very small at the end of the 20th century, and has burgeoned to over 172 million bloggers today.
Now you’ve decided to start your own blog, which is great! Not only is it fun, but it is easy, and best of all, it’s pretty much free to get going and cheap to continue.
Decide on your topic. If tyou have a hobbie you would like to blog about, a interesting topic you would like to share the world about, or just share family stories, photos and videos, a Blog is perfect for you!
Before you set up a blog, think about what you want to talk about on a regular basis. A blog without focus is just a fancy diary, and a blog without regular updates is called a “website.”
Here are some ideas to help you get the creative juices flowing: Crafts, Fashion, Cars, Food, Wine, Travel, Family Time, etc.
There are two kind of providers: FREE Providers and PROFESSOINAL Providers. If you want to start to get the hang of blogging and this is your first blog, you might want to create a Free Blog. If you want some- thing custom design you should hire a professional web designer.
Most popular FREE providers include Blogger and WordPress. These sites are pre-made with a wide variety of templates, and push-button publishing that doesn’t require much technical know-how.
Enter your Blog Name – What you want your viewers to see on the URL. Example: myblog.wordpress.com
You will be sent a confirmation email that you must click before continuing. Once you’ve done that, you can sign in with your new account, and design your blog.
Yes, as simple as that!
Now you get to pick how you want your blog to look. There are so many different templates and designs that you can pick from. Take your time and pick your theme. You can always change it later.
After you pick your theme, fill in the blanks.
You’re Almost Ready to Start Blogging!
Now that your blog is set up, write a few posts to test it out, and make any adjustments to the layout or style that you see fit.
At first, it will seem tough to figure out what to write, but once you get into a routine of daily blogging, you will find it addictive.
Send the URL to your friends, publish the URL on your website, and add the URL to posts you make on other blogs—anywhere where it would be appropriate. (A memo to your boss about the Q3 SEC investigation is probably not an appropriate place to promote your blog). Also promote it on your Facebook page, and use Twitter to tweet about every new post that you make. Before long, they’ll be busting down the gates to read your blog!
- Sara Martinez is a passionate designer for web, mobile and print. In 2004, she won Best Portfolio Award at the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale. In 2005 she taught "Human Interaction Design" at the University Francisco Marroquin, Guatemala. Her work has been published in websites such as MovieTickets.com, Univision.com, Amazon.com, MSN.com, AOL.com, Disney.com, MTV Networks and CBSSports.com.