Want to build a blog?? Never Fear! I am here!
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I have had a lot of people come across my path lately who want to start a blog, or know someone who does, and are semi-clueless as to where to start… so I thought I would write up a Crazy Easy, 7 Step Blog tutorial for you and your friends to use.
First of all, who am I and why am I teaching you how to start a blog? How do you know I didn’t just start mine yesterday (besides the fact that I have archives that go back years)?
I’m Haley (stretches out hand to make your acquaintance). I am a seasoned writer and blog builder. I have been writing feverishly since I won a Sprint Young Writers Contest at age 11 and made it into the local paper where I grew up (I consider that the first time I was published).
Since then, I have published in psychological journals, the Huffington Post, my book “Get That Girl a Cheeseburger: Eating Disorder Myths and Misnomers”, and many many of my own blog posts and posts as a guest blogger around these interwebs of ours.
I have built over 20 blogs for other writers like myself as a side hobby and thought this would be an awesome article to write since I’ve been getting the nudge to do so and I know how to do it.
So voila, here I am, and here you are, so lets get to it!
STEP NUMERO UNO: WHAT THE HECK DO YOU WANT TO BLOG ABOUT AND WHO DO YOU WANT TO READ IT??
Just jot that down really quick… this isn’t rocket science. Answer these 3 questions:
- What can I talk about all day and teach people about with vim, vigor, and vitality?
- If everyone knew about 1 topic, what do I wish would it be?
- Who would I want to sit down to coffee with in order to share this information?
TAH DAH! You did it! Moving on!
NUMBER TWO: WHAT BLOGGING PLATFORM DO YOU WANT TO BLOG ON?
Since I blog on WordPress.org, I will explain my reasons for doing so and give you the run down on a couple of other ones too.
WordPress.org is free to use and is an awesome way to control ALL of your content. It is fully customizable because it is a blank slate. You choose your theme and customize it to your heart’s content (like my double use of ‘content’ in this paragraph?? – sorry, word-nerd alert).
Anywho… there is also WordPress.com which is also free but with limited capability on the free platform as well as some question as to how much of your content you truly own. Then you have your other platforms like Squarespace, Blogger, Facebook Pages, etc, etc.
For the purposes of this article, I am going to give you a Crazy Easy Tutorial on WordPress.org (because, let’s be real, this isn’t an “Dummy’s Guide to Setting Up A Blog on All Platforms” book).
NUMBER THREE: CHOOSE A WEB HOSTING PLATFORM.
A Web Hosting Platform is where you get your website name (or domain name) and is who allows you to stay at that address for the amount of time that you do.
According to WebHostingBest10.com¹, the top 5 are:
- HostClear and
I have tried a few for a few different clients and I personally use and like Bluehost as you get the most bang for your buck, and little to no interruption of service. I’m not a fan of HostGator, and I’m unclear about Ipage. HostClear and SiteGator have lower rankings than Bluehost, but are satisfactory as well.
When you choose a hosting platform, you will come to a page like the one below and it will walk you through getting your timeline set up (I suggest doing 2 years as you will get a cheaper price per month on any platform that you pick) as well as choosing your domain name.
BIG TIP: YOU DON’T NEED ALL THE NICKEL AND DIME EXTRAS! Just go for the base amount per month or you will end up with a huge bill for stuff you will never use.
NUMBER FOUR: CONNECT YOUR PLATFORM TO YOUR HOST.
YAY! We made it!!!
Now, you have 2 choices:
- Choose to have your hosting party connect your wordpress site to your domain for anywhere from $100-$500.
- Follow the wordpress.org tutorial and DIY. (I suggest this one, but I am a DIYer)
STEP FIVE: CHOOSE YOUR PLUGINS.
A Plugin is like an app for your website. Some of them keep your website safe, some keep it running smoothly, some give you fun fonts.. This Post will show you 15 awesome plugins and how to use them.
STEP SIX: DESIGN YOUR BLOG.
In WordPress, you will come to your “Dashboard” which will look a lot like this:
Along the left side of your Dashboard, you will get to customize your:
“Themes“: Which will decide what the feel of your blog will be.
Within your theme, you will get to choose “Pages” which is where you put your content – posts, about me page, welcome page, etc.
On the sidebars and on the bottom (depending on theme) you will have the opportunity to customize your colors, fonts, and little things called “Widgets” which are the links and forms that you have for your readers to engage with such as social media, newsletters, affiliate links, etc.
NUMBER SEVEN: WRITE YOUR FIRST POST AND GET YOUR BOOTY OUT THERE!!!!
You have stuff to say, so say it!
Write your post by clicking “+ New” on the top black bar.
Choose a name for your post, enter the content in the body of the post, and when you are done, click that publish button on the right side!!!
TAHHH DAHHHHH You are a bonefide blogger!!!
Now, I’m not an idiot, I know this doesn’t sound all “Easy Peasy Rice and Cheesy”… I get it. This is not a sit down the first time and do it in 3 hours type of deal. That’s how long it takes me to design someone’s website and I’ve been doing this for a few years now.
Be patient with yourself. Rome wasn’t built in a day. If you need this done in a day, however, I still build blogs as a hobby, so if you want help setting up your blog, I’d be more than happy to help. I charge way less than actual designers because I don’t do this as a living.
If you are interested in having some help, just email me at email@example.com and I’d be happy to chat with you about what you are looking for and let you know if I can help at all.
It has been my utter pleasure to walk you through the steps to creating your personal blog! This is the quick and dirty… there are other intricacies, but this is what I could fit into 1 blog post. As always, if you have questions, I am here, just an email away!
If you know of anyone who could use this help, let them know! Sharing is caring!!!
Love and Blessings!