by Badi JonesFriends and family members often ask me how to start a blog, and I always enjoy explaining the advantages of a blog over a traditional website, but it is lot information to take in over dinner. I thought I would document the process to make it easier to understand.
1. Decide What You Want To Blog AboutThere are many bloggers on the web already. If you want to attract readers, you are going to need to establish your credibility. Don't just blog about anything. Pick a topic you are passionate about. Something that you have lots of experience with.
Decide: To Host or Not To HostWhen it comes to starting a blog, your biggest decision will be whether you want to host the blog yourself, or use a free blogging service that is hosted for you.
Free Blogging Services
Yes, it's free, but nothing is really free. When you start a blog with a free blogging service, you don't get your own domain. You get something like mygreatblog.blogspot.com (where there are a million other blogs at blogspot.com) and you don't actually own the blog. If you ever do decide to move to your own domain, you have no way to take your readers with you, because you have no control over the site.
Cheap - Host your own blog using WordPress free Blog software
This is the method I suggest, because it offers much more flexibility and freedom to do what you want. You will have your own domain name, like mygreatblog.com. You can get this for as little as $30 per year. In my experience, WordPress is excellent free blog software that allows you flexibility and room to grow.
If you want to go the free blogging service route, check out links to free blogging services. If you want to host the blog yourself, read on.
Find a Domain NameFor me this part is fun. You know what your theme is already, so now you have to find a good domain name.
There are lots of places to buy domains, but it's better to go with a reputable company.
Godaddy has a good domain search, and is currently offerning domains for $1.99 (normally around $10 or more per year). Head over to GoDaddy to check it out.