Blogging: Where There’s a Will There’s a WayMay 24
I’ve met many people who’d like to run their own blog like I do. However, they still haven’t made a single step in launching their online projects. Usually, they have three common excuses to postpone the process:
I have no idea about how blogs are being made.
I’m always busy, and I don’t have time for blogging.
I will definitely fail.
Well, it’s rather difficult to start anything (saying nothing of blogging) with such an attitude. Before going into details about launching a personal blog, I’d like to recommend you change the approach to the situation:
I’m going to educate myself on how to launch a blog.
I will find the time to contribute to my blog on a regular basis.
I will do my best to succeed.
This approach looks much better 🙂 Given the great number of online tutorials, topical websites, and video lessons, launching a website is a piece of cake even for those who have no blogging experience. Technical training, skills, and budget fall as secondary aspects. Today the most important element of any start-up is your idea and desire to share this idea with as many people as possible. You will be surprised to learn that creating a full-fledged blog may take just a few clicks of the mouse. So, let’s look closer at different ways of creating a blog from scratch:
#1 Assemble Your Blog Piece by Piece
This option implies purchasing hosting, domain and installing your website’s content management system (CMS). In fact there’s nothing daunting about these terms: hosting is your website’s home, domain is your website’s name, and the CMS is your website’s inside. Surely, it may take you awhile to compare the host plans, benefits and disadvantages of various CMS before you find the one that will work best for you.
Actually, this process is a bit tedious and requires some technical knowledge (in order to be able to compare the key characteristics of the host plans, for instance). So, if you’re a novice who has nothing to do with IT sphere, you’d better opt for the option #2 which is selecting one of the website building platforms.
#2 Use a Website Builder
If you don’t want to get distracted from your idea, and you’re not willing to spend hours on technicalities, you may want to take a shortcut and use one of the popular platforms (like uCoz or Blogger, for instance) allowing you to design and publish a functioning website in a matter of minutes. As a rule, these platforms have free versions that let you explore the advantages and possible drawbacks of using ready made solutions without spending a dime.
As for me, I always recommend using powerful, feature-rich platforms that can meet expectations of the most demanding customers. Selecting the right constructor can be crucial for your blog development. On some platforms, for instance, you cannot attach your domain name (subdomains only) and thus you lose a great deal of monetization methods, while on others you can expand and improve your blog as your popularity grows. The most powerful sitebuilders even allow you to add other modules to your main website (such as Forum, Site News, Polls, Galleries, Mini Chat, etc.). Isn’t it wonderful?
These days even a newbie can launch a blog. And I hope I have proven this in my post. However, owning a piece of the Internet isn’t enough. You ideas must be fresh, interesting, and actual. If you think that you have something to share with people, you’re bound to create your personal blog right now!