Blogging, surely that’s for bloggers isn’t it ?Surely someone is supposed to ask you to write one and surely you must be good at writing. Can you still write one even though your English teacher told you that you were never much of a writer?
How do you become one? Well if you can tell a story and entertain a few people by teaching them something they didn’t know before they read your story then you are a blogger
.Surely you need a lot of technical skills?
If you can send and compose an email then it isn’t a whole lot different. You need to click on a button that says new post and when you are finished writing you can save your draft, preview and when you are happy to send it out into the big bad world you click publish. Check for more details on the chapter entitled . Setting up a blog with wordpress
.Surely it costs a lot of money?
Well the good news is that it is entirely free. It costs money if you wish to upgrade and have your own dot com domain name. If you want a snazzy fancy design and some Images that look really professional then you will need to upgrade. I would recommend that you see first of all if it is for you. Dip your toes in gently and just write a paragraph, see if you enjoy the process. When you are finished click publish and send it out into the blogisphere and I guarantee you the process is a thoroughly enjoyable one.
Getting comments from people the other side of the world who read what you had to say and found it enjoyable is most rewarding.
If you do not find it enjoyable or rewarding then what have you lost? It didn’t cost you anything, except for the time you invested in writing a piece.
What are the advantages? Well if you have a business it’s a great way for people to figure out the person behind the business. You can use the blog to answer all the types of questions that people ask you that might seem obvious to you but very often confuses others. It’s also a way of showing that you are human too and that you work hard at your business. Showing the human side of yourself makes it more likely that people will engage with you.
Well the good news is that the world of work is changing. We need to start changing the way that we think about it too. We need to envision working with people who live the other side of the world who may be sleeping when we are awake and who can do tasks while we are asleep.
Sites that you will find useful are as follows.
Not to be confused with the dot org site that I will be mentioning later. This is the most popular blogging platform. It’s the one that most people mention first when you discuss blogging. What I would recommend to anyone who has wanted to self publish and finds it a daunting task, start writing a blog.
There are lots of sites out there now that allow you to turn you blog into an e-book, so if you find it all overwhelming then write a post a week or every two weeks and then just use the software and you will be pleasantly surprised by the results.
Again if you can send an email you can set up a blog in Blogger. You can also add ads into your blog and earn some income from google for people who click on your ad. While this is probably not as popular as wordpress the feature to integrate adsense is quite easy and probably a reason to use this to get used to the whole idea of blogging.
This is not free but is definitely the most visually appealing of all the sites. This is used mainly for website design but can also be used for blogging. If you want a really professional looking site with fantastic designs this is the one for you.
This is also not free but allows you to sign up for a 14 day trial. One of the most impressive features of this is the fact that the designs are very eye catching. You pay for the visually appealing templates but after months of productivity you can self-publish your blog with http://www.lulu.com/
I have to confess to not having done much with this. However for younger people looking for a web presence they love it.
I love this. You can submit your blog to this site and if it is about a particular niche topic your loyal fan base will find you. This is one way to save time by randomly surfing the net. This site allows you to post your topics of interest and it will automatically return results that are interesting and releveant to you. Sometimes they are downright whacky but always enjoyable.