Have you ever wanted to know how to start a blog? Why should you even want to blog? Is it really necessary to have? In today’s post, I will share with you how you can start a blog and why it’s important to have one as you build your personal brand.
When I created my blog in 2007, I didn’t use a lengthy tutorial. I remember it being really easy and quick. I just hit the “Start Here” button on the Blogger website. Then I started writing blog posts whenever I felt inspired. I loved talking about fashion and makeup so my posts centered around that. Since I sold Mary Kay at the time (before the company has a blog), I would email my customers links to my articles. I felt like I had my own fashion online magazine and it was fun.
I now understand that I was really beginning to build a rapport and trust with my customers. Over time, I found that I enjoyed the ability to switch up the layout, trying out new themes and adding new elements to the site. I was using the Blogger platform. I now use WordPress because it offers more flexibility of layout.
In today’s post, I will show you how to create your blog using WordPress.com. Hosting your blog on the WordPress site is ideal if you are just starting out and don’t want to be bothered with hosting fees.
Let’s get started
You will need the following tools:
- A computer with internet OR phone with internet
- The name of your blog
Ok, that’s it. Now begin.
Step 1: Using WordPress.com. Go to https://signup.wordpress.com/signup/
Step 2: Choose an address for your blog. You can change the WordPress.com address later. Choose the FREE option for now. (You can always purchase a domain later.)
Step 3: Choose a title for your blog. It can be anything you like. Fear not, you can change this any time.
Step 4: Use The Site Visibility privacy setting controls who can read your blog.
Step 5: Click the “Create Blog” Button under the plan you want to use. (SN. I suggest using the free option for now. You can upgrade later.)
Your WordPress.com blog is created! All you have to do now is choose a theme you like or use the default theme that was included in with your blog set up. The next step is to click on the “New Post” link in the upper right hand corner (on desktops) to start writing your blog posts.
So did you find this information helpful? Did it take you 15 minutes, less or more? (Disclaimer: 15 minutes is an estimate.)