How to start blogging
Despite the popularity of social
networking sites, serious Internet commentators still share their
thoughts with the world via blogs. Twitter may be fun for a quick chat
or to stay on top of daily trends but it’s hard to discuss a topic
in-depth using 140 characters or less!
The Web 2.0 revolution
brought with it a multitude of sharing and collaboration applications,
opening up the world of blogging to anyone with a high-speed Internet
connection. You no longer have to worry about things like domain hosts
or server capacity. Now, if you can write a coherent word document, then
you can publish a blog.
Here’s how to get started:
Choose a topic
you start a blog, you should have a clear idea of what you’re going to
write about. Whether it’s politics, fashion, food or just the occasional
get-it-off-your-chest rant, make sure your blog has a coherent theme.
ask yourself whether your chosen topic is going to provide enough
material to sustain a blog. If your subject matter is very specific,
then you may be better off with an occasional contribution to Blogher, Wikipedia or another communal site.
Choose a hosting service
is a wealth of choice when it comes to hosting your blog. Most of the
main hosting sites offer similar tools and customization options. One
thing to keep in mind: Make sure the option you choose has good
exporting tools should you ever want to move your blog in the future.
Here are some of the more popular choices:
– One of the first open source blogging projects, WordPress is still
the market-leader and is the home for tens of thousands of bloggers big
– Now owned by Google, this end-to end blogging service boasts strong
tools and the ability to add all Google’s traffic monitoring and site
- Xanga – Part blog, part social network, Xanga offers some extra community-oriented features.
- Vox – Like Xanga, Vox features some extra social components.
Once you choose your service, you will be asked to register and set up an account.
Customizing your blog
you have set up your blog, take some time to customize the look and
feel of your new site. Most providers offer a variety of templates from
which you can choose. Pick something that fits your personality or topic
blog platform with the most – and, arguably, most creative – templates
to choose from is WordPress. There are hundreds of websites dedicated to
showcasing themes for WordPress blogs, and many of them are free. (If
you see a blog with a design that you like, scroll down to the bottom
and look for a link to the designer responsible for the theme or
you're happy with the basic look of your blog, you can choose to trick
it out with widgets, social media badges – for sites like Digg,
for example – guest maps and guest books. Twitter widgets are a popular
choice, as are widgets that enable readers to repost your content on
their Facebook or Twitter accounts.
you are up and running, start blogging away! The trick is to blog
consistently, so when people come back to your site there is something
new for them to see.
of visitors, get the word out! People can’t visit your blog if they
don’t know about it. Send a link to friends and family and ask them to
send it on to their friends. In the beginning, they'll be your most
loyal readers. Then submit your site to social sites like Delicious and StumbleUpon and start talking up your posts on Twitter.