“A pen is mightier than the sword” is a saying of the yore, “A keyboard is even mightier than a pen”, is what we say. If you feel that there’s a little journalist or a novelist inside you that is itching to get out and bombard the world with atypical ideas and opinions that will make you an overnight superstar (only a figurative speech, don’t get high, and take off those goggles), then blogging is the platform for you. Blogging is like maintaining your own private journal or diary minus the private, with regular entries of commentary, description of certain events or an idea that you think can spark a conversation. However, the difference being that the information is worth sharing, with an option for others to read it and leave comments. To help you understand better, take example of facebook and twitter. Both use the concept of blogging, micro-blogging to be precise – that is, when you update your status with a message, your friends see that message on their wall and can post comments as replies to your status. Blogging is just like that except, you have followers who read your piece of writing and comment back on it. You too, can follow as many people you like, including your own favorite journalists and novelists. And longer the diameter you have in the blogging world, even bigger your circle will be. It’ll help you get a platform to say what you want, presenting new ideas and sharing a different perspective. Does this seem exciting enough? Is your mind quizzing you as to how to set up a blog? If yes, then read on and get going.
Setting Up A Blog
Create An Account
The first thing you’ll need to create an account is a valid email address that you check up regularly. Then enter as you go along – desired username, first name, last name, and password, confirm password, and email address. Chose a username that is easy to remember, include alphanumeric values in your password and write it down somewhere, lest you forget. Read the terms of service thoroughly before accepting them, and then click the option ‘Sign Up’.
Create A New Blog
Enter the following as you go along: choose a title and description for your blog, define whether your blog is a public blog or not, decide between blogspot and FTP for hosting the blog and choose a subdomain in the url of your blog. A title will be an identity for your blog meant to differentiate it, thus, choose it aptly. Choose a description that accurately defines why you chose that title. And then decide whether to make your blog public or not. A public blog will be visible to all and a private one will only be visible only by sharing the url for the blog. If you have no knowledge of hosting a blog on FTP, it’s better to host it for free on blogspot, until you learn about FTP and move to it from blogspot. The last step to setting up a blog is to choose a subdomain for your url. Choose a name that is unique as many bloggers will already have it. You are now ready for your first blog.
Posting To Your Blog
Don’t worry about the templates or the look of your blog and various other things that you’ll be directed to. Keep them for later. What you post in your blog has nothing to do with the look of your blog. Just log in and by default setting you’ll be taken to the page where you keep your posts. Right in the middle, you’ll see a text box where you need to start typing for your very first blog. After you’re done, have a preview and proofread it for mistakes before you actually publish it. After you’ve published it, you can now call yourself an official blogger! Get ready to rock the world!
Follow these steps of setting up a blog and get the recognition you always wanted.