How to Get Started Blogging in Five Minutes or Less – Start Blogging Right Away!
I know you are ready to get started but first things first. These tips will help you to learn how to get started blogging in no time at all.
I put off starting a blog for a long time because I thought it would be hard. I thought it would be technical.
I thought I’d have to install scripts and tear my hair out getting them to work.
At that point, most of what I’d read about blogs and RSS was just so much geek-speak and I thought I’d need a complete beginner web design course in order to tackle it.
Was I ever wrong! I Used Blogger to Get Started Blogging!
When I finally got the courage to give it a go, I went to blogger.com and signed up for an account.
To my amazement, I had a blog set up in about 5 minutes. My first post was uploaded to my site about 10 minutes later.
The only thing even remotely technical I was required to do was enter the FTP settings for the website my blog would be published on.
But even that wasn’t a requirement. With Blogger, you can set up a blog on their site, Blogspot, and not even worry about FTP settings.
Since then, I’ve started 3 Blogger blogs on different sites. Blogger remains one of the most popular blog applications in the world simply because it is so simple to use and set up.
If you’re a technophobe, or don’t have the time to learn something completely new, I would urge you to drop by Blogger.com and take a look.
You could be blogging – and enjoying the benefits – almost immediately.
Get Started Blogging with WordPress
Another very simple blogging tool is the WordPress blogging system. This blog is my first WordPress blog, and I’m very impressed with how powerful it is – as well as simple.
WordPress is installed on your own website, but don’t let that stop you. Most hosts that have Cpanel already have WordPress ready for you to install.
Look in your C-panel for the Softalicious application, click it open, and then choose WordPress to install. It will automatically install it on your site for you, and you can start blogging right away.
If your host doesn’t already include WordPress in the scripts on your server, you can still pick it up at http://wordpress.org/
WordPress is free, open-source software. It is very simple to install, even for technophobes, and has a lot of online documentation. There are also many sites with free WordPress add-ons and templates.
The WordPress site is a wealth of information on all things WordPress, including installation instructions, help files, a long list of template sites, and all kinds of hacks and extras you can use to modify your blog and make it original.
If you’re a WordPress user, another place to visit is a WordPress discussion forum to learn more about starting out.
If you’re a new blogger, both WordPress and Blogger are very user friendly. There isn’t a long learning curve. And you won’t have to learn many new technical tricks.
Why not give one of them a try?
To understand blogs, you need to know the terms blog, platform, domain, and web host.
Once you have mastered these key elements of blogging, you can enter any conversation about blogging with confidence.
After you know what exactly a blog is, you will be on your way to passing the final exam. And, you may even be able to make money with your blog! Imagine that!
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Blog is short for weblog, which simply means a series of online posts presented in reverse chronological order. That’s all! Most blogs are text, but there are also photo blogs and video blogs.
The rest of blogging 101 has to do with the technical side of things. If you are setting up a blog, you will need a platform, a web host, and a domain.
A blogging platform is a computer software program that allows you to write posts and to update your blog.
Your platform is also what you use to design the look of your blog, from color scheme to font size.
The web host is sort of like the virtual file cabinet where your site is stored. Your computer communicates with the host when you upload or edit a post.
The domain is the online address of your blog, and usually ends in ‘dot com’.
Now that you know what a blog is, what a platform is, and what domains and hosts are, congratulate yourself! You have passed blogging 101. Have fun! Oh, and here are 101 personal ideas to start..
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