Starting a Blog

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Blogging, you either are doing it or a mystified by it. But I really believe that anyone can (and maybe should) have a blog! You probably won’t ever get rich from blogging but it is fun! It is also a way to get emotions and passions out and is a great way to work out new product or book ideas. I think it is even great for kids (older kids;) to work on writing and to begin to develop specialty areas of their passions!

There are 2 questions everyone has to think about when you decide to start a blog. The answers will influence everything you do!

1)Message: Are you wanting to teach something like crafting or couponing? Are you starting a blog to journal your life? My message began as an outlet for all the many crazy things I was interested in but others around me weren’t! I want to talk about homeschooling and politics and science (and anything else in my crazy head). Later it changed to wanting to encourage and equip people to do anything they want to learn how to do! I was tired of hearing people say I would do that (cook, homeschool, whatever) but I just can’t do it.

2)Audience: Are you writing to people like you? Your family? The music industry? High level geeks? Who you are speaking to will influence what you say and how!!

3)Are you looking to generate income? That will make starting a blog a little more complicated. It is very important that you have really thought out the first 2 questions. You will also want to research ad networks, other blogs in the area you want to write on, etc. Just a warning: blogging is not a source of easy money! It takes many, many hours (just like a real job) along with quality material to even make any money. But it can become a source of income! Just make sure that your expectations are real;).

Then there are a few steps to take!

1)Buy a domain name and hosting. There are free options but if you want to do this for any length of time you really must buy a domain name and hosting! I personally use DreamHost and have been very happy with them! I pay about $100 a year for hosting. Are their cheaper options? Yes, but sometimes you get what you pay for and I also refuse to support GoDaddy;).

2)Pick an environment. This is what will run your blog and where you enter your posts. I recommend using WordPress. It is easy and free with most hosting and super easy to use! No programming needed.

3) Pick a free template. That is just the pretty behind the words and how the frames are organized. As you get larger you may want to buy some of that or have it custom designed but it isn’t necessary. Just google free WordPress templates and you will get a variety of options and there are even many built in.

4)Start blogging! Be consistent and have fun!!

Seriously that is the basics. If you want to get started you can head over to Dreamhost and use the code CVT to get $10 off your first year of hosting!!!

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