What is a blog and how to create your own blog online?
Most of us have kept a diary or some sort of journal from time to time. It may be a daily record of what you are doing or a reflection of what you have done.
Possibly it contains important events, maybe a mention of that cute guy you have a crush on in high school, the first time you won a prize, your fallout with your BFF, your successes and failures, the highlights and the low points in your life. These are very personal and you probably kept it under lock and key.
A blog is much like an online diary where you can express your thoughts freely, voice your opinions and share your passion. Rather than locking it up, you would want to have readers following you and reading what your blog and you keep things fresh by posting new articles every now and then so you keep your readers updated and interested.
Essentially, a blog is a website. It is a space which you own in the virtual world of the internet where you could share what you want to share.
Although I use the term “articles”, a blog can take any form. You can write an article, or use pictures and videos, do a podcast, hold a webinar or even organize meetups for face-to-face discussions. The method by which you deliver doesn’t matter, as long as you can get your ideas across to your readers on a regular basis.
Creating a blog
Nowadays, creating your own blog is super easy. There is no need to have any technical skills, you don’t have to worry about html, CSS, computing and all that, although if you do know, it will be an added bonus as you will be able to customize your blog. You also do not need to worry about the design and layout of your blog because you can use the pre-designed templates. Know how to use the keyboard and the mouse? Then you are good to go!
Using WordPress as a platform
Many people are using WordPress as a platform for their blogs, as it is one of the easiest to use. It has robust features with thousands of themes and more than 30,000 plugins which you can use for free. Create your account now and log in. Click on “My Sites”, then “Add Site”, then, “New WordPress.com site” on the top right hand corner.
Next up, creating your blog in WordPress…
Step 1 – Choose how your homepage looks like
You have 3 choices, whichever is fine as you can change this later. I’m going to choose the first one here.
- A list of your latest posts
- A welcome page for your site
- A grid of my latest posts
Step 2 – Choose a theme
Again, don’t agonize over this, there are thousands to choose from and you can change this anytime. I would suggest go with a simple one with responsive feature (this is best for viewing on mobile phones)
Step 3 – Choose a domain name
Take a few minutes for this step, as you would want a domain name that describes what your blog is going to be about. For example, if I want a site to showcase my sketches, so my site domain can be moonsketches.wordpress.com. Once you have decided, choose “Free – $0 for life”.
Step 4 – You are all set-up, start writing!
Congratulations on creating your own blog! Now you are ready to present your ideas to the world. Start writing and don’t stop learning how to make it better.
This is the first part on a series of articles for wordpress training, look out for more.