Over the last decade, blogging has become one of the most prominent aspects of the internet. What started out as a way for companies to give information about their activities, expanded to people using blogging platforms as a way to write a personal diary.
It has got to the point where today’s media, and even large publications, are using blogs to showcase their content.
‘Weblogs’, as they were originally called, are a perfect way for people to put their content on the internet in a way that is easy for visitors to read, but is also simple for an author to publish.
Bloggers all over the world are being paid big bucks for their services, as many companies and individuals alike are realizing the power that a great personality in front of a keyboard can have.
The blogging format means that readers are easily updated with the latest information at the top of the page and, whether the blog format is to display news, or is to show a personal diary, the format is an effective way of publishing that has become so familiar to people, that blogs are easy to navigate for many.
There have been many instances where popular blogs have been sold to large media conglomerates for millions of dollars and it is also the case that a popular blogger in a certain niche can influence vast quantities of people.
The blogging platforms that are available for publishing blogs are expanding – as are the number of blogs available on the internet. In fact, some of the most visited websites in the world just happen to blog.
A blog is a great way for you to easily communicate with your readers in a way that allows any user – whether they are technologically savvy or not – to get their content online for all to see.
Blogging doesn’t have to be a diary and it doesn’t even have to just be text. You can show off your performances or your artwork if you’re a musician, painter or photographer – and you can even showcase your personal video clips that you have captured throughout the day.
Blogging truly is for everyone and what you do with your blog is entirely up to you. Your blog could be a future blog that sells for millions of bucks or you can use it to supplement your income to bring in some extra well-deserved cash.
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Research Your Niche Before Blogging
Most of the time a person will think about wanting to create a blog and to go through the experience of creating a blog without deciding what they want to blog about.
Choosing what niche/topics you want to blog about will obviously make a huge difference to the type and amount of visitors that you get on a regular basis.
The best advice is to stick to what you know and chose something that you’re passionate about. If you spend a lot of your time gardening or cooking, or you enjoy the latest gadgets and think you have something to say on the matter, that it will be an obvious choice about what you should be blogging about.
If you want to start blogging but don’t yet have any idea about a topic, think about what you do for a living, what your interests are and what you have to say about them.
Visitors will love your blog and will keep coming back for more if you give yourself an angle. For example, visitors will like to check out the blogs of either people similar to them or people that they aspire to be like.
If you think your job is a boring 9 to 5 job and you can’t think about anything to say about the work that you do, then that’s fine because that can be your angle. People all across the world hate their jobs and they would be interested in someone in a similar situation so they can share experiences and have a good laugh.
If you love cooking but you’re terrible at it, this can also be your angle. People can visit your blog to see what you have to say and view pictures of your failed lasagna or your upside-down cake that looks as though it’s been sat on.
If you love watching reality television or you love playing or watching sports, and have a strong opinion about what’s going on (or what should be going on), a blog is a perfect place for you to express it.
Many bloggers get bored after a while and abandon their blogs. You need to choose something that you can enjoy writing about and something that, as you’re going about life and something happens in relation to your topic, you can’t wait to get to the nearest computer and update your blog for all of your followers.
The key idea is ‘passion’. What are you passionate about? What do you enjoy doing? What do you think about your job? Do you live in an unusual circumstance? Do you have an unusual family? Do you have any pets? Do you like a particular type of movie? Are you a mother or a father?
There are endless possibilities for things that you can make a blog about and the world is waiting to hear what you have to say.
Blogging – Choosing Your Platform
There are many blog platforms out there for you to choose from. However, you need to think about what your intentions are for the blog before you begin.
If you’re totally new to blogging and haven’t a clue about almost any of it, it’s probably best for you to try a free blogging software such as Blogger.com.
Blogger.com will allow you to set up a free blog that will be hosted for you at a domain that will be listed as ‘YOURBLOGNAMEHERE’.blogstot.com. This can be great to help you get into blogging and check out how to make posts, how to chose simple templates to get the look and feel that you want, and settle right in using fairly simple techniques to make your posts and add any of the selection of extra widgets.
It’s even possible for you to go ahead and get your own domain (around $10 per year) and use Google’s Blogger.com to host it for you for free.
If you already know a little about blogging or you’re familiar with the workings of many aspects of the internet and you feel that you’re confident to get a little more technical, you can check out some WordPress software and install it on your hosting account.
While WordPress offer free hosting similar to the way that Blogger.com works, you will probably want to register yourself a domain and a hosting account. This can be offered from the same company or you can get your domain and your hosting from different companies. Shop around to get the best deal for you.
WordPress will need to be installed on your hosting account, either manually or by using an installer offered by your hosting company. For a quick hassle-free WordPress install look for a hosting company that offers Fantastico installation software.
A ‘Blogger.com’ blog may be perfect to get you into blogging and you can expand from there by getting your own domain. However, if you’re feeling more confident about the internet and you want more customization,or you known that you have the intention of making money from your blogging, WordPress will be the way to go.
If you know your topic that you want to blog about, check out some other blogs and see what they are using to create their blog. Some websites that have blogs about different topics in your niche have their own blogging system that you can sign up to if you’re going to be blogging about their topic.
Don’t rush into to choosing a blogging platform, as it is important to work out what it is you want from your blog, how technologically savvy you are, and what you want to get out of blogging before getting started.
Not everyone will be able to afford domain names and hosting straight away, so a free blogging platform such as, WordPress or Typepad may be a good place to start.