Whether blogging for business purposes or personal pleasure- starting a blog is a fun and creative way to express yourself and educate others. And the best thing of all is that anyone can start a blog for free on the internet! Although it can be a bit of work starting off, don’t let that deter you from the experience and joy that can be gained from creating a masterpiece of a blog. As your creation grows and builds an interactive online community you will get that warm feeling of reward that can only be compared to a proud parent (maybe? I dunno actually as I am not a parent-yet!)
Remember: Nothing worth doing is easy!
Now where to begin in the world of blogging for the newbie who may be wondering how to start a blog for free. Let’s break it down into a simple sequence.
Obviously you want to have some content to provide on your blog – This can be whatever interests yourself in which you feel confident and knowledgeable (somewhat) in creating blog articles about. It’s totally up to you on the range of topics and subjects you want to cover. Try not to be dishonest, scamming or disrespectful when starting a blog and creating content- there’s enough of that on the internet already.
Now you need a website to establish your blogging platform – Good thing there a plenty of free sites with excellent tools and templates to start a blog and jazz up your page to your desire.
Here are a few popular blogging sites for starting a blog for free:
The list can go on and one and on. Just have a browse through these sites and decide what fits your preference.
Creating your Blog – When giving life to your creation, presentation is going to be a big factor. No matter how many times you hear it over, people will judge a book by its cover. Present your blog as a user-friendly website where navigation is easy and inviting. Focus on aspects of your blog pages which will draw attention when the user stumbles across your site. This can be through the use of colours and pictures that grab the eyes of the viewer.
Personalize your blog – Make it sound like it’s really you! Introduce an about me section on another page within the site or at the end of each article. Creating your online persona increases the personality behind your work and will encourage others to open up and give you a piece of their mind (hopefully in a good way).
Keep active and contribute frequently – Keep your blog fit the same way you would keep your body fit and that’s by exercising regularly. In the case of your blog this is done by uploading new content to your page on a regular basis. It is at this stage that you want to decide on your commitments to your blog before you establish a following/community with expectations (no reason to threat however!).
Socialize – Most blogging sites work like social media sites and will let you follow other users. So begin searching for other bloggers on the platform you’re using and give them a follow if they have interesting and relevant material to your own. Don’t be shy so go out there and introduce yourself. Begin interacting in conversation and giving your (insightful) 2 cents. The more active you are, the more likely other users will start to pay attention to the content you are providing.
Enjoy yourself – Blogging is an art and meaningful way of expression. It should come naturally as you ease your way into it. Soon enough you will have discovered your online identity and find more pleasure in doing so.
It can be a daunting thought to start something completely new and different to what you have been use to previously. Although it may seem like a lot of hard work- it could well pay off and open the doors to new possibilities. Life isn’t about taking the easy route. As I said before: Nothing worth doing is easy!
So go ahead and challenge yourself!