Are you wondering how to start a blog? This is Blogging made easy. How to get started! In this post, I am going to give you a very brief overview on how to get started. I’ve touched on this a while ago and figured it’s time for a little update.
Let me briefly explain why I started my blog, how I went about it and how you can create yours.
I started my first blog with Blogger around 2010 and also played around a little bit with wordpress.org at the time. I didn’t quite stick with it and deleted all of it shortly after. I’ve been wanting to make a new blog ever since starting my YouTube channel in 2015 and at the end of 2017 I said to myself “This is it, I’ll give it another try!” and here we are. I spent weeks reading into it all at the beginning of 2018 and found Expert Vagabond’s post on How to start a travel blog incredibly useful. He guides you through every single step of the process, gives you a breath breakdown and also shares his experience with various providers and packages.
I ended up setting up my blog within two weeks in January 2018 and have been absolutely loving it! As much as I love filming YouYube videos, sometimes blogging makes more sense and I also find it a little easier. Why easier? Well .. imagine filming a video in an apartment you rented that turned out to be next to a construction site .. or imagine filming a video while it’s raining really heavily outside. Writing a blog post, in this aspect at least, is a lot easier as I can do it from literally anywhere, no matter what may be going on around me. I also greatly enjoy writing and sharing little bits and bobs and figured that a blog would be perfect.
Step 1: Set up your domain and hosting
A hosting provider, simply put, provides you with everything you need to make your website appear on the internet. A domain is the URL that’s unique to your site.
I did a lot of research in this area, I checked out Bluehost, GoDaddy and upon reading through Amanda Round the Globe’s resources I decided to go with SiteGround. It only took a couple of minutes to set it up and their customer service is great. I emailed them about a question I had and got a response within a couple of hours! They have three main packages that you can choose from, depending on your website’s traffic and needs. I paid around $100 for my 12-month long hosting package and also registered my domain through them. Please note, if you are thinking of going with GoDaddy, then read this prior to signing up with them.
Update: In 2019 I switched to VEEROTECH hosting. They offered more affordable hosting than SiteGround and had customer service that was just as excellent. I’ve contacted their customer service team on numerous occasions and I am really happy with their service.
Step 2: Choose a Content Management System
A content management system, simply put, helps you to create, organize and publish content.
I used blogger in the past and also played around briefly with wordpress.org way back in the day. In December 2017 I got my feet wet again and created a website using Squarespace’s trial version and I wasn’t quite happy with it. While it looked neat, I wanted a bit more flexibility and decided to go with wordpress.org instead and I am so happy I did. I installed WordPress through SiteGround with the help of bussybloggingmom’s post that I highly recommend if you want to know how you can install WordPress with SiteGround.
Step 3: Get creative and select a theme
A theme dictates how your website is going to look and is typically made up of a range of things including fonts, colors and the overall aesthetic of the site.
Upon playing around with it for hours I came to the conclusion that wordpress.org’s free themes weren’t for me. I was looking for a simple layout with a sidebar on the right and couldn’t quite get the themes available to look the way I wanted. Amanda Round the Globe’s previously mentioned post led me to pipdig, a website offering affordable WordPress templates that are super easy to install and just plain beautiful. Have a look at their WordPress themes here. I’ve asked pipdig a million questions since and have always been given really helpful responses and incredible support!
Step 4: Start posting
You’ve registered your domain, have selected a hosting provider and chose your content management system. You selected a free theme or purchased one and amended it to your liking. Yay! You are ready to post your very first blog post. I love using WordPress.org and highly recommend their website for helpful tips. Not sure on how to create your first post with WordPress.org? Click here.
Laptop & camera
These are the tools that I personally use. Please note, I am by know means an expert and simply use the below mentioned tools because I enjoy using them.
- Laptop: My first ever laptop at age 15 was a PowerBook G4 and I’ve been a lover of Apple’s laptops ever since. 5-6 years after purchasing a PowerBook G4 I switched to a MacBookPro 13″ and in February 2017 I switched to a MacBookAir 13″ and absolutely love it. It’s small, lightweight, very thin and does what I want it to do. While I wouldn’t pay full price for it – I got mine used – it’s a great device for what I am doing.
- Camera: For filming videos and taking photos I am using a Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV that I bought used on eBay in 2017. Prior to making the switch, I used a Canon 600d that I had for around 6 years. I highly recommend looking for electronics used, it’s like with cars, most of them lose a big chunk of their value the minute you drive them off the lot. Buying electronics new? Not worth it.
I am using InDesign to create thumbnails for my YouTube channel and I edit photos in PhotoShop. Don’t get the wrong idea, I don’t have an Adobe subscription, I am still using a fairly old version that I got way back when I was a student and back then there was no such thing as Adobe subscriptions.
Are you ready to start a blog?
The thought of creating this blog with WordPress.org and setting it all up terrified me! The resources shared in this post helped me so much and I don’t think I could’ve done it without them. Creating a blog may seem like a difficult task, and while some aspects of it certainly are, setting it up isn’t overly difficult if you follow the above steps.
This was Blogging made easy. How to get started! Please note, this is how I went about it and there are a million different ways to set one up. Of course, you don’t need any of the equipment mentioned. These are just the tools that I use. Have you considered starting a blog? What is holding you back?
Updated: April 2020