How to Start a Blog
A "blog", abbreviated word for weblog, is a web-based journal in which people can
publish their thoughts and opinions on the Internet. It is everyone's home on the world
wide web and probably their number one venting venue. Anyone can start a blog. It's
straight-forward and, in most cases, free.
1. Find a decent blogging provider that appeals to you. The most popular
providers include LiveJournal, Blogger, WordPress.com, and Xanga. These sites are pre-made
with templates and push-button publishing that don't require much technical know-how.
2. Once you sign up, you'll have a gallery of ready-made templates to choose
from. With these, you can pick a color scheme and layout for your blog.
• Most sites come with a set of predefined layouts and schemes that
you can choose from. Select one and personalize it. Then add your name, interests, images, etc.
• If you want to, get a more unique template, there are some sites up
that have many of these that might make it look better. For example, PimpMyProfile.com or Pyzam.com.
3. Add blogging freebies like buttons, images, blog chalks, imoods, tagboards
(for example, myshoutbox.com), guest maps, guestbooks, comment boxes for readers' input, etc.
4. Explore other blog sites that offer more features for a small fee, such as
Typepad.com and ChoseIt.
5. Decide whether you want your blog to be private or public: do you want any
Internet visitor to be able to read your blog, or do you just want your friends and family
to be able to read it? Most blog sites offer the ability to password-protect your
published posts so only those who you approve of can view what you've written.
6. After you've set up your blog, write a few posts to test it out, and make any
adjustments to the layout or style that you see fit. Like if you just got a new
template, you'd check your blog to see if you like it, right? 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. Write about your day, your thoughts, events, ideas, fears, pleasures,
the news, current affairs, art, or anything you are interested in!
7. Visit other blogs to build a blogging circle. When you leave comments, add
your blogging address so they can visit you too. (Note: This will not work if your blog is private)
8. Publish your blog by sending the URL to your friends or publish the URL on your
website. Add the URL to posts you make on other blogs.
• If you update your blog frequently, more people will return on a
regular basis to read it. Establishing a reader base will motivate you to write more and
in turn more people will read your posts.
• Get into a routine of blogging. Make it part of your day. Soon, you
will notice things during your day and think, "Hey, I'll blog this."
• Personalize your blog. A pretty blog always catches the eye. Visit
blogger.com for ideas; they have a list of their 10 most recently updated blogs.
• You could Google for "blog California" or "blog Shakespeareans" (or
anything else), depending on location, interests, etc. For instance, if you have a blog on
lawns, you may want visit allaboutlawns.com's forum and other similar type blogs. Circles
of interest are the essence of blogging, and it can start to develop you as an authority
in the "blog-o-sphere" on lawns or whatever area of interest you choose.