Several friends have asked me recently about starting a blog and the process. Today I’d like to share from my experience.
I’m not an expert but I found those who are experts in this area. I will share their links at the end.
Before I officially started my blog I researched and asked lots of questions, probably too much. After a while I realized I was focusing too much on blog mechanics, rather than writing.
If I had to do it over I would start with Google’s blog option called BlogSpot. BlogSpot is easy to use and a good start for someone unfamiliar with blogging. Try it first, even for a month or so to get familiar with blogging and writing.
There is so much to learn in the blog world; from having your own domain name to maintaining your blog. I bought Blogging for Dummies, which I found very helpful. There are many websites to help you. Just Google a question like, “how do I start a blog” and you’ll see what I mean.
WordPress seems to be the most popular, at least with my blogger friends and blogs I follow. With a WordPress blog/website, you have a choice between the .com and .org versions. I started with the .com version then switched 14 months later to .org. Some of my reasons are because of customizations, self-hosted, no ads, and the option to earn an income from my blog. Customizations such as themes and plugins are not available on .com version. I didn’t like the ads displaying when reading my blog. Some ads were not what I represent.
Here are the links I would start with:
If you are interested in online writing training I highly recommend:
Compel training with Proverbs 31 Ministries.
And Hope*Writers is fantastic! I belong to this group currently and they are a wonderful bunch to learn from.
I use PicMonkey for making most of my images and editing my photos. They have a paid option but I use the free option.
That’s a good start and I don’t want to overwhelm you. Please feel free to ask questions and I will try my best to help.
If this has been helpful, please let me know and I may continue writing posts like this. I enjoy sharing what I have learned to help others.