By Josh Rueff on May 13, 2013
Blogging can be simple, or it can be complex – or it can be anywhere you want it to be in between. Starting a blog is very rarely a bad idea – what do you have to lose? If you don’t like how your blog turns out, ditch it! No money lost, just a little bit of time experimenting.
On the other hand, you may open up possibilities you never imagined, wakening the poet, author, prose writer, or minimalist writer within.
In this post I’d like to share with you how I built this blog. There are better blogs out there, and there are worse. But mine is home. It’s where I explore the most exciting things life has to offer; a place where I can revisit my thoughts, and improve them as I learn.
A blog is a journal, a memoir, and an instrument.
The more I practice, the better I become, especially as I learn from others. I think everyone should try their hand at writing, and blogging is a great place to start.
How to Get Your Blog up and Running
The technical side of blogging can be frustrating for some, and I’ll do my best to lay it out in the most straightforward and simple way that I can.
1. Go to WordPress.com: Click the “Get Started!” button.
2. Fill out the form:Fill out the form they provide.
3. Choose your blog’s name: Choose your domain name.
4. Click “Create Blog”: You now own a blog. That should take about 2 minutes, unless you haven’t already thought up a name for your blog.
Once you’ve completed the steps above, you own your very own blog – congrats! My advice at this point is to explore, especially within the dashboard of your blog. Don’t get overwhelmed by all of the different themes, widgets, and settings to choose from – focus on writing your first post.
Write Your First Blog Post
It can be fun to browse through the different themes, but right now just choose a temporary theme (you can change it later), and start a post:
1. Go to your dashboard: This is your blog’s “home” that shows stats, comments, how many posts, pages, and a bunch of other good stuff.
2. Start a new post: In the bar on the left, underneath “Dashboard” and “Jetpack”, you’ll see an option labeled “Posts”. Hover over it with your mouse and it will show you post options – click “Add New”.
3. Write your post: Write a title and write your content, then click “Publish”, and you’re done! You’ve now written and published your first post on your blog!
From here, the cloud’s the limit – you can use your blog for whatever tickles your fancy. It can be an online journal, or a place to practice writing – it can be a fast-paced news blog, or a peaceful place of contemplation. Your new blog will be whatever you want it to be, and this hobby cost you exactly nothing. The economic proverb “Tanstaafl” rarely fails us in our competitive world, but in this case it does. Blogging is 100% free on WordPress, and I’m sure there’s other free options as well.
Twitter is another example of a free blogging platform. Some people don’t consider tweeting as relevant blogging, but I do and I’ll tell you why: Blogging is just a regularly updated collection of information. That’s exactly what people do on twitter; they tweet information on a regular basis, usually about what they’re doing, or funny things that happened to them, and sometimes utterly useless jibberish. “Microblogging” is a more relevant word, but ultimately, tweeting is blogging. So that’s another option for you.
Blogging is fun, rewarding, and perhaps most importantly, can help you realize talents you never knew you had!
Have fun with your blog and make the most out of it!