Start a blog today
Start it today. Seriously. Don’t hesitate. If you’ve ever wanted to start one, just do it. There will never be a right time. At the very least get it off your list of things to do. Maybe you’ll be good at it. Or perhaps you’ll hate it and no longer pursue it. Either way you’ll know.
How I started
I’ve spent years going back and forth on starting blog. Finally, I started a site for aspiring citizens who wanted to become an Army Green Beret (in 2012). It was only 5-6 pages. The website had 5 blog articles and few pictures I uploaded of training. It was easy! I started off with purchasing a domain name, subscribed to a host (paid $12.95 a month), designed the site, and posted. I kept the site only a few years (meaning I paid for the monthly service) but was able to build the site to about 4000 annual users pretty quickly. Not fantastic but not too bad either. I never promoted it on any social media nor did I build a subscriber list of visitors that I could market to. It just sat there in “internet space” as a reference. Occasionally I would update some of the new requirements for entry into the profession but that was it. I only used it to put out basic information.
Although it gave me a taste of how the process worked, I wasn’t motivated to really be a blogger until recently (2017). I realized I frequented blogs of the same topic over and over (how to blog, personal finance, careers, building wealth etc). So why not collect what I’ve learned write and about these topics myself? Back to blogging I went with a topic that could reach a bigger audience and hopefully help some folks along the way.
Here’s how you can start your own right now!
Step by step for new bloggers
1. Decide on a topic.
The topic can be specific (Army Green Berets) or something more general (personal finance). It doesn’t matter. You can start as many blogs as you like! Just because I started with Army Green Berets doesn’t mean I was limited to it (or personal finance for that matter). I’m also starting one on medical survival equipment review (coming soon). The point is just pick something of interest and go with it. You can always change it, add to it or just get rid of it. The key is to learn from the experience and make your next blog even better.
2. Decide on a domain name.
You may not get your first choice so be patient. Check for available domain names here then click on the “hosting” tab at the top of the screen. Scroll down to select “domains”. Or you can just type in what you want below:
3. Purchase a hosting option.
Now that you’ve selected your domain name, you’ll need somewhere to host your blog. This is where your website will “live”. They will ensure that all the technical issues are not technical issues for you. They will help with blog set up too if you require something outside the scope of this post. For this hosting service, I went with bluehost.com. Why? Because one of the blogs I frequented recommended it! I’m glad I did too. They’ve been super user friendly and are very quick to respond with any questions I’ve had . Maybe I just got lucky by reading the right post. Since I purchased my domain name through them, they were able to connect the name with my site automatically. Pretty cool. Setting up the WordPress installation was a breeze too! Which leads me to…
4. Set up WordPress!
Bluehost makes this easy too. WordPress is the “editor” of your blog posts. Think of it like a Word document that you can edit and upload images to.
Once you sign up for hosting, you’ll get a ‘Welcome’ email listing all your account information. Click on the “c Panel” link in the email to access your Bluehost account. Find the WordPress icon on the page and click on it.
It should look something like this:
Bluehost will walk you through the installation process. Be sure to select the domain name you just purchased as the place you want WordPress installed to. So when people type www.whatever-name-you-chose.com, your blog appears.
You’ll be asked to enter a user name and password for your new site (under advanced options). Pick a good one (hacker proof) and write it down. This is what you’ll need to edit/write posts on your new blog.
Once installation is complete, you can pick a theme (how your site will look – many free options) and begin posting.
That’s all there is to starting!
Remember this is just the start. Check out these references below to improve your writing and the way your site appears.
Get Blog Host and Domain name
Blog writing resources
To log into your new site, you’ll type www.whatever-name-you-chose.com/admin
That’ll get you to logged in to WordPress to write/post/edit your new blog. Good luck! If you have any questions, contact me anytime.