I have had so many people ask me about starting a blog, what it took, and how I do it, so I thought I would give you a little insight to my blogging life. I hope this will encourage you to take the next step into blogging, even if you have no mother-earthly idea of what you want to do with it. So, lets go over some things that would normally keep people from starting one.
- What do you do if you are not a tech wiz?
Okay, for all of you ladies and gents out there who, besides social media, have no tech experience it is okay! I honestly have a love-hate relationship with technology because sometimes I just don’t understand it. This was my biggest hang up when thinking about starting a blog. What-the-potato-chip was a domain name? And, there is no way I am going to be able to format an entire website all by myself.
Luckily for you the blogging host-site that I use (wordpress.com) is incredibly helpful and does most of it for you. With beautiful free templates, it almost feels like back when MySpace was a thing and you could customize your profile. It is pretty easy and they have videos that will walk you through your design process. However, this is not something you can throw together over night. I gave myself 4 months of prepping and designing before I launched my blog because I wanted it to look professional, I wanted to create content, and I wanted to hype up the start of it with some marketing. But, if you are like me and don’t understand technology, it is okay, you can still do it! Plus,you will learn so much along the way.
2. How do I sign up for the free wordpress without seeing the @worpress.com after my username, letting people know it was free? I just want it to be username.com without having to buy a $250 annual subscription for my plan.
I am so glad you asked this question! There is an option to buy a username without having to buy a plan. Back when I did not want to buy a plan, I paid $18/year for my user name and used the free plan. This way I wasn’t breaking the bank, and I had the free plan and no one ever knew. Also, you can buy your domain name through WordPress.com which makes it even easier because it is a one stop shop!
3. I need a lot of content right?
NO! You want to be consistent but research shows that blogs that post once a month with solid content are better that blogs that post every week with little to say and really hardly any “meat” to the writing. Don’t be worried that you will lose your audience in a month. Be consistent in whatever you do and as long as you hype up the blog before you post it, you won’t lose anyone.
With all this being said, don’t be afraid to put your thoughts out there. Don’t let your worry of how many people will view it or like it hold you back. If you want to do it, Gosh Dang It, then DO IT! It is fun and exciting and as long as you are doing it for you because you like it then other people will like it too.
Good luck on your blogging adventures and I will be seeing you on WordPress.com soon!
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