Blogging has become the great equalizer for people who want to express their thoughts in the written word. Anyone who wants to express themselves, talk about their day, or discuss their favorite hobbies or obsessions will find a ready audience if they start a blog. If you want to start blogging but don’t know how to go about it just follow these handy tips.
The first thing you need to do is to choose the free blog sites that will host your blog. There are many free blog sites you can use. A cursory search on the key words ‘free blogs’ will result in many links to a great number of free blog sites. Some of the most popular sites are blogspot.com, livejournal.com, wordpress.com and blogger.com. Choose the site that you want to use. If you’re not sure about which one you want to use you can research first on the internet and read the reviews for these different services. You can also ask your friends who are already blogging for their recommendations.
When you’ve finally chosen the site you want to use, register to get an account. Remember that sites like these will ask for an email address so have the address you intend to use for your blog ready. There are some bloggers who prefer to make a separate address for things like blogging so that they can keep their primary email address private. This is a personal preference so just decide whether you want to have a separate email address or if you want to just use your primary email address.
Now that you have an account you can now access the blogging platform of the site you’ve chosen. From here you can now customize your blog. One of the keys to a good blog is to make it as individualized as possible without sacrificing design aesthetics and readability. Designing your blog is easy using these sites because they already provide several templates that has the basic structure and from there you can just build up on it. One thing you should probably invest some time to work on (or money if you want to hire a professional) is to develop a masthead that is truly unique to your blog. It tremendously helps you create an identity for your blog.
Finally, it’s time to write. But before you do, you really should think about your blog first. What do you envision for your blog? What topics do you want to discuss? A good rule of thumb is to stick to a particular theme or to a particular topic. If you’re going to write a blog on your love for music, it may be a good idea to focus on a specific genre and just talk from that perspective.
Finally, when you do start blogging, do so regularly. By writing regularly you will help build your readership because readers will expect to see fresh content whenever they visit.
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