It’s easy to get confused when it comes to the internet, it seems like there is a new fad popping up almost daily. Between Facebook, and Tweeting, it’s very easy to feel overwhelmed and while I don’t pretend to be an expert about all things internet, I can help answer the question: what is blogging?
Blogs started as online journals, a web log (blog). For the most part it started as a way for people to have their own website online and share their thoughts and expertise with anyone who might be interested. Over the last few years though more and more people have learned that having a blog can also help them make some money online.
There are many places where you can start a blog for free, some of the most popular are WordPress.com, Blogger.com, Squidoo.com, HubPages.com. If you want to learn more just do a search online. These places will allow you to set up your own blog for no charge.
The actual steps may vary somewhat from one place to another, but here is an overview of the basic steps you will take to set up your own blog:
1. First you will sign up, at that time you will be asked to pick out a name for your blog.
It can be anything you want it to be, Cathys Kittens, or Sallys Sewing, etc. Just pick something that you like and reflects the nature of your blog.
2. Once you’ve signed up you can pick out the theme you want to use.
A theme is just the template for your blog. They come in all types of styles and you can find many of them for free. Just do a search for themes online and you’ll see what I mean.
3. Take a few minutes to familiarize yourself with the theme and how it works.
It’s not hard, but you want to be comfortable so you don’t miss out on any great options you may have.
4. Start making posts to your blog.
Every time you write an article for your blog its called a post. Most blog themes will allow you to easily upload pictures, videos, and music. They will also have helpful features like spell check.
Once you’ve got your post looking just the way you want it, you can click on the publish tab and your post will be uploaded to your blog so that all your visitors can read what you’ve written or look at your pictures.
These are the basic steps you will need to take when starting a blog. The important thing for you to remember is that if you are starting a blog as a business you will want to change out some of these steps.