Quick 5: How to Create a Blog

Quick 5 How to Create a BlogThis was originally published on October 11, 2016 and updated October 26, 2017

Oh Gawd! Another How to Create a Blog post? Seriously?

Yes, but hear me out! Everyone has their own take on the steps you should take, right? But have you heard my version?

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Quick 5: How To Create A Blog

Most importantly, before you even begin to create, make sure you:

  • have time to dedicate to blogging (create posts, find images, publish, share, comment)
  • don’t think it’s a fast way to make a buck because you’ll be sadly disappointed
  • be yourself – imposters suck

1.  Why/What

Knowing why you want to blog and what you want to blog about is a great start. Write it down on paper.

  • why you want to blog – documenting a journey, keeping an online journal, networking with others, making friends, eventually monetize
  • what you want to blog about – make sure this is a topic you are passionate about and have a lot of factual information about

When I started over 6 years ago, I had just rescued a 1 1/2-year-old American Bulldog/American Staffordshire Terrier. He was twice rehomed and had two previous names. Being my first ever “pit bull”, I wanted to document our journey together including behavioral rehabilitation, positive reinforcement training, and how loyal and loving “pit bulls” really are.

My “niche” was “being a pit bull mom”. Know Your Niche First!

2.  Name

Again, write it down on paper. This is important for future steps in the creation of your blog.

What do you want to call your blog?

  • keep it as short as possible
  • make it unique

Have several names in mind (written down) because this will help you when you create your Domain.

Referring back to my “pit bull” blog, I wanted to have something clever. My initial blog name was Four-Legged Mom. Yeah, kind of silly, right? Not all dogs have four legs! I eventually renamed and rebranded under Pibbles & Me. “Pibbles” being a nickname for “pit bull type” dogs and “Me”.

3.  Domain

Your domain is an essential part of your blog. This is a custom “url” that you purchase and register to you. It is a huge part of your branding as well, although not everyone will agree with me.

  • keep it short and sweet
  • try to get *.com

There are many places you can purchase your domains. I recommend 1and1.com, NameCheap.com, or GoDaddy for domains only.

Quick 5 How to Create a Blog

There are many extensions that you can purchase today, however, the most widely known and used are:

  • *.com
  • *.net
  • *.org

Maybe if your first choice of *.com name isn’t available, you can change it up a bit.

Back to Pibbles and Me, when I purchased my domain(s), I bought pibblesandme.com and pibblesnme.com.

4.  Platform

Here is a biggy. This is where most bloggers will stress WordPress.org, which is hosted by a Web Solutions Company such as GreenGeeks and Bluehost.

However, there are a few other platforms that are popular and may be a good start for someone who doesn’t have money to pay for hosting.

  • Blogger.com is very user-friendly with very little limitations
  • WordPress.com is user-friendly with some restrictions with tutorials

Whichever you choose, is fine with me. You can always move your site to a different platform in the future if you wanted to. My first blog was on Blogger.com. Then I moved it to WordPress.com and eventually to self-hosted WordPress.org with Bluehost. Today, I have one on self-hosted with GreenGeeks.

5.  Help from a Fellow Blogger

I like to use this as the last of my Quick 5. I’m sure if you’ve read other articles on How to Create a Blog, you will see varying tips and strategies.

Before you begin blogging, I would start looking around at what other bloggers are doing. Also, this can help you to start networking with others in your “Niche”.  You may find veteran bloggers that are eager to help you, for free, like me.

Veteran bloggers sometimes forget how they started out. This is why I recommend shopping around before you put your trust into anyone. I assist bloggers with their web designs. I also create their visions. However, I like to help walk them through what I am doing so they can manage their blogs on their own.

If you’re going to put trust into someone, make sure that they talk in a language you can understand, layman’s terms, not veteran blogger lingo. Otherwise, I fear you will get lost.

Also, be sure to talk out your full plan with your blogging buddy. He/She may advise you on areas where you should compromise or assist in other areas.

This is one thing that I wish I had when I started. However, I learned the hard way and stumbled along. Get a Blogging Buddy!

In Closing

Creating a blog can be scary. I won’t lie to you. It takes a lot of time, energy, sometimes money, and a backbone.

So, if you’re thinking you might want to start a blog, reach out to me. Let’s discuss your ideas and put them into motion. Blogging can be fun, therapeutic, a friendship/community builder, and a source of income (long-term speaking).

Are You Ready to Get Started?

Drop me a note below!

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14 thoughts on “Quick 5: How to Create a Blog

  1. Hi Bren!

    You’ve done a great work indeed and share tips via this article how to make a blog quickly. Even when i had started my career of blogging, i were created my first website within 2 months.

    But i feel and reading your article that everyone can create blog in just a few hours.

    Great sharing and i shall also recommend my friends about this blog.

    Thanks for the knowledge sharing.

    1. Hi Ronald,

      I appreciate you sharing your experience with us. Believe it or not, we all were at that “creating a blog in a few months” versus a couple hours but experience has helped, at least myself over the years. I hope you have a successful blogging experience. Do stop back again.

      Bren

  2. Hi Bren,

    Great post! #1 is where it is at. Seriously. I made it my #1 priority to build a neat blog and a cool lifestyle. Because we create and connect and manifest based on our BEING, and we are BEING a specific person based on our why, our intent. Which is why I blog predominantly for fun, because the more fun stuff I do, the more fun stuff I manifest through blogging. Thanks for sharing!

    Ryan

  3. Love your how to blog sharing. You gave some simple examples amd links,to helpful sites. It was the perfect non selling blog post. I think that is what we are supposed to do. Thanks for sharing

    1. Hi Paula,

      I’m happy to see you enjoyed it. There are times I can feel like a salesperson, however, for this “How To” I didn’t want to come across that way. I’m glad to see you picked up on that.

      Thank you for stopping by and sharing. Enjoy your weekend!

      B

  4. Hey Brenda,

    Our primary and ongoing goal should be to continuously develop innovative content and we need to put a truly unique spin on whatever topic we’ve blogging about. For a blog to be successful, we must stay on topic and cater to the wants, needs and expectations of our target audience.

    This means developing a thorough understanding of who is our audience, then we need to adjust our focus as trends and demands change over time. Once we’ve found our niche, we need to know who will be reading our stuff.

    Being transparent is different from being honest. We needn’t share every detail about our life just for the sake of being honest. Always be honest, and be transparent when it adds value to what we’re writing. We should spend time on researching what we’re writing about. The reason we are able to use so many helpful, relevant links in our essays is because we put in the time to research our topics.

    We should always Choose wisely a blogging platform, domain name, hosting option and a simple theme for better expecting result. Eventually, thanks for sharing your worthy post with us. It really seems as informative and has potential to increase productivity of website.

    With best wishes,

    Amar kumar

    1. Hi Amar,

      Very insightful comment. I’m glad you could add to the conversation so my readers can get a bonus.

      I have to agree with all you said, however, I do find that many bloggers start out with too much information and get confused as to “where to start”. I prefer for them to start out in “baby steps” so that frustration and overwhelm doesn’t kick in shortly after starting their blog.

      I appreciate your comment and for adding on to the convo. Wishing you a great weekend ahead.

      B

  5. I love quick and easy steps but yes, the most important are figuring out the niche and coming up with a domain name that will reflect that.

    Thanks for sharing this. Already passed it on gf!

    Hapy Tuesday. Love ya!

    C

    1. Hey Cori,

      Thanks, gf! Easy is good for me. I hope I made it simple enough for anyone to understand.

      Hope you’re having a great! My late arrival to work because I was getting my gutters done, turned into a day off. Ugh, an unplanned one. 😦

      B

  6. Hey Bren,

    Creating a blog takes a few things.

    The first thing is the domain name which should contain the keyword of the niche. The shortest is much better.

    There should be reliable web hosting like Bluehost, Siteground.

    ~Ravi

    1. Hi Ravi,

      You’re absolutely right! There are so many steps bloggers should take when starting a blog. I know it’s overwritten just about everywhere but there a few different spins to our guides.

      I appreciate you stopping by to comment. I hope you’re having a great week!

      Bren

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