Why you should blog? There are several reasons and motivations why one would blog. First, blogging is a good source of passive income. There are more profound reasons why one would blog that doesn’t relate to any monetary reward.
Blogging is an expression of what you love to do and share it to the world. It gives you a venue to share your ideas, thoughts, opinions, workmanship, expertise to the world who have similar interest as yours.
Overall, the benefits blogging will make you a better person. You will gain more confidence, manage your time wisely, make new connections and hopefully, a financially independent.
I’ve been blogging for over 5 years now and I have several blog niches of my interest and what would I love to write. Blogging isn’t easy! It really takes up your time, energy and effort. It has ups and downs like most of our day to day things to do.
Blogging is a “to do” item that must frequently be done to become successful. Your blog topic must be something you enjoy doing.
There are several blogging platform to choose from. These two are the most favored free blogging platform. You can immediately sign up these free service and start writing your first article.
1. WordPress.com by Automattic
2. Blogger.com by Google
See our our detailed article on how to setup these two blogging platforms. (underway)
However, if you want your brand or blog to stand out, experts recommend to get a self hosted services. A quick look between the two:
Self-Hosted – e.g yourblogname.com
Free hosted – yourblogname.freehosting.com; freehosting.com/yourblogname
Self-hosted sites are limitless while the Free hosted are dependent on what feature is available or allowable by that host company. Checkout the difference between the two in detail here.
If you need help in setting up in a self-hosted environment, I am more than happy to assist you, please visit pinoyblogtools.com for more information about my blogging services.
Your domain name will be the web address of your blog site, eg pinoyblogtools.com. It is where people type in the url to read your articles. There are exhaustive guide out there in choosing a name for your blog, however here are the 3 main keys:
Once you’ve decided your domain name, next step is to get a good hosting company.
There are several considerations in choosing for a hosting company and it each have its own strong and weak points. For us in blogging community, we don’t need much that of high end providers and their high end services. There are actually three considerations to make:
There are several top providers that meet these needs, to name few, there is, Go Daddy, BlueHost, HostGator and many more. If you just get started, our recommendation is get Bluehost. The GUI is super user friendly which you can setup yourself in few minutes. They have good CPanel interface and even have one-click install for WordPress!
See our guide on setting up your blog with Bluehost.
That’s all the 3 main steps to keep your blog up and running. From here, you might want to play along with various themes and plugins that suites your tastes.
Your blogging journey has just begun! Enjoy and write exciting stuffs!