I believe that anyone who writes is a writer. You do not need fancy training or amazing life experiences to write. We can write about normal stuff, work life and our daily experiences as well.
Blogging is an amazing tool to communicate your ideas. Not to mention that well built blog can earn you some quick cash as well.
In this article we shall explore the basic of blogging at the beginner level. There are many platforms for blogging but I prefer the wordpress platform. There is an entire free version wordpress.com and there is wordpress.org where you get your own domain name and require to pay for your hosting services. I prefer the wordpress.org as it has more freedom. More importantly you own your content in wordpress.org. You can use advertisements to your benefits as well. Also I believe that if you want to be taken seriously as a blogger, you need to buy your own domain name.
Step 1: Identify your field of writing:
Select your line of writing. Eg. Cooking, travelling, writing, sports, politics, etc.
It is advisable to start writing in a niche and then write in general after you have picked up some audience and clientele. You can start off as a generalist writer as well like a writer’s blog or as an abstract topics writer.
The line of writing should be such where you can comfortably write and advise.
Step 2: Do your homework prior launching the blog:
I got motivated to write blogs after watching the series: “How to make a living blogging interview” and “blogpreneur”.
Both of these series can be found on youtube. In each episode, a celebrity blogger is interviewed and they share their tips of blogging. More importantly they prove that blogging in itself can be seen as a profession. They serve as a great motivation.
I recommend watching the episodes of both these series prior working on your blog.
Also if you are not from a technical background, you can watch a video on setting up basic website or a blog on youtube. Believe me; it does not require much technical knowledge in modern times to build a website. Any common person with basic internet knowledge can develop it.
Step 3: Buy a domain name:
Domain name should be preferably small and related to your field of writing.
I have bought mine domain name from Godaddy.com. It cost me less than 10$ to buy a domain name for 1 year. We spend that much amount daily on random items. I am sure we can manage this much cost to own our own domain name which is as much cool as it sounds. For starting, I recommend to buy domain for 1 year and see how it’s going. You can always renew your domain name.
Step 4: Buying hosting services:
You need to buy hosting for your domain.
I recommend hostgator.com for that. Their live chat feature is very nice and they will answer any query that you have with extreme simplicity.
If you want to use multiple domain in single hosting, use “Baby plan”.
Once you sign up the plan, you will receive mail from them. Copy the name servers in the mail and paste them in place of server in your domain’s name in Go daddy. It cost me 70$ to buy the baby plan for a year’s hosting services. Note that I can add multiple domains under single hosting.
Step 5: Launch wordpress:
Thankfully, wordpress is free of charge. Go to control panel of your hostgator id. In control panel, navigate to software/services > Quick install > Install wordpress for free. Select your domain name, admin e-mail and blog title. You can then launch wordpress and start writing blog posts.
In the next article, we would be discussing the layouts and page developing in the newly created blog along with its menu structure.
So with about 80$, few hours of homework and a couple of hours of setting up domain, hosting and wordpress, we are ready to write an article.
For the record, this is my first article on blog and if I can write articles, so can you.