After the decision to start a new blog, there comes a few questions what, where & how? So, here I come you great people to help you decide on why, what, where & how to blog questions with this post – Beginners Blogging Tips. The why part is already covered in 10 reasons to start blog, I posted earlier.
Beginners Blogging Tips – The four questions
Why to Blog?
Well, it seems you haven’t read the 10 Reasons to Blog post. Have a look at it and come back to this post then.
What to Blog?
You must pick a topic. Remember that you need to deep dive into the thoughts before you finalize. It can be related to the work you do, the things that you like, etc.
If you are a software engineer with Microsoft Sharepoint, you can start a blog talking all about Microsoft SharePoint, it may contain tutorials, how-to, resolutions common problems, etc.
If you are a housewife, you can write about kitchen tips, house hold work, cleaning, reading, writing (yes!), computer, kids or anything that a housewife can think of.
If you are a gamer, you can share the tips and news about the games that you like and you enjoy. You can share the game settings problems that people talk about or anything else related to game (but legal).
If you are a fitness freak, share the tips about exercises, diet plans, workout or any damn thing you like to talk or share about.
If you are a traveler or love traveling, talk about it. Share the great places you visited, the pictures you clicked, the hotel you stayed in, the food you loved, the places you recommend and on and on.
At first, the thought may come that you can do all of the above. True. But think for a longer term passion – choose the topic that you do most, you like the most. Because, if a gym trainer (fitness freak) starts writing about games, he may not be able to maintain it for long. Unless, if he really loves gaming. Certainly, every person like to play or has played sometimes in thier life. But that doesn’t mean they are passionate about it.
Where to Blog?
Choosing the right “where” is utmost important. Essentially, you need to have a domain & a webhost to host your domain. This is where you will have your blog hosted. Domain name plays an important role to. The domain name, related to your topic is better. However, people create any domain name sometimes their own name, or even a funny name. You need to check its availability before you can book it.
If someone is providing you the hosting for unbelievably low prices, ensure to cross check their brand in reviews on internet. Sometimes, they load their servers with lot of websites making each of them slower. My blog used to load very slow on a domain hosting company, but it is much better when I moved to Hostgator.
There are some free services like blogger.com where you can create blogs free of cost but you have their blog url in yours and you may not have full control on assets, settings. Since, today, the hosting is available for so cheap prices, it is a good idea to start one of your own. Some sites like blogger.com allows you to host with a premium service where you can have your own blog URL.
So, scan through multiple options using reviews before you finalize.
If you want help, please feel free to contact me – I would love to help, FREE of cost! You put a comment below to contact me.
Why would I do the free help?
The help won’t be free (you are not paying me directly. It works like this: You buy the hosting package through the links here – Hostgator or Bluehost and through the same standard amount that you any which ways pay to the company, I will get a small commission and I would treat it as a fees from your side. So go ahead, signup through the links I provided above and get my free service.
How to Blog?
Many blog publishing platform are available today. If you are on a PHP (Linux) environment, you can blindly go with choosing WordPress. If you are on a .Net (Windows) environment, you can go with MojoPortal (this is the one I used for my .net blog earlier).
Note that the Windows hosting environment can also run WordPress, as it supports PHP but Linux wouldn’t support .net (at least that’s what I know).
So, how you do it – with WordPress it’s very simple! You just need to have the wordpress installed and you are ready to publish the posts! WordPress has a huge forum and many plugins to help you find one to suit your need. You just need to think of a functionality search it on internet and you will find a plugin supporting that! Litreally, try it. Comment below if there is something you did not find, I and the readers of this blog would like to know in that case. At the same time there are lots of themes available to customize and a great support forum – you ask a question and many people are ready to help you free of cost.
If you need any help setting up the WordPress on your host or whatsoever, put a comment here and I would be glad to assist for free! Check the post on Quick Tips to improve WordPress site PageSpeed
The other CMS tool to publish blog you can use is MojoPortal. Joe is a great guy investing his time for the betterment of this tool. So, .net lovers can just jump into MojoPortal. It becomes easier for the developers who are .net specialized to extend it to customize according to their needs.
Some other popular blog publishing tool are Joomla, Drupal – But I have never used it so can’t comment.
I hope these blogging tips for beginners help you find the answers to your why, what, how & where. If anything is missed out, please feel free to get in touch.