Published: 22nd Jun 2016
If you’ve ever thought that you have a way with words, or important insights to share with the world, then have you considered setting up your own blog?
A blog (originally short for web log) is a web page where you can publish articles, videos, tutorials - whatever you like, in short! It can be as personal as a diary (although bear in mind that anyone can read what you write), or focused around a particular interest, or even current affairs.
Think about your strengths, and what others enjoy about you. If people find you funny, then that could be a starting point for a blog based on funny stories. On the other hand, if you can fix cars really well, why not share your wisdom with the world?
The good news is that you don’t need to know how to write complicated code in order to get started with your blog. There are a variety of dedicated platforms to choose from, which will allow you to pick out a distinctive name, and choose a pre-made layout and design for your entries. Blogger, Typepad and Wordpress are particularly good for beginners.
From there, it’s just a question of writing your entries. To make your blog as successful as possible, then you should try to post content on a regular basis. Whether that’s once a week or once day, consistency is the main thing to aim for.
You can type directly into the blogging website, but it can be helpful to work in a word processor like Microsoft Word. By doing this, you can take advantage of the built-in spelling and grammar checker. However, this technology won’t pick up on everything, particularly correctly spelled words used in the wrong way, so you will still need to proofread.
If you use social media sites like Facebook, make sure to share links to your blog, so that people can find your articles more easily. This will help you to get more page views - the hallmark of blogging success.
Speaking of success, if your blog seems to be getting a lot of hits, then you can consider monetising the page. This means signing up with with a service that will position advertisements on the blog. You can then be paid based on the number of clicks and views the ads receive.
For most people, the amount won’t be huge (so don’t quit the day job just yet), but it can be a satisfying reward for taking part in a hobby you enjoy.
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