Everyone thinks that blogging is easy. It’s definitely not. It takes strategy, dedication, and time to make the best out of it. But you need to have the basics before you can even think that far. I’ve been asked several times on how to start one, but that’s always so difficult for me to answer instead of the typical “Just start” answer. So I wanted to share what REAL resources you need to start a blog.
Access to Technology
First things first is you need some sort of device. Whether it’s a laptop, desktop, tablet or even your cell phone, you need a dependable gadget that you can write from. There have been times where I’ve blogged from my cellphone because I need to get a post out for the week. My photos were already uploaded, but I needed to add a bit more content to the post and I could post right from my phone. Don’t knock it until you try it.
There are so many but the ones I recommend are WordPress, Blogger, Squarespace, Tumblr, and Medium. It’s a “pick your own poison” situation, as all are different but effective. These five platforms are different but the same in getting content to your readers. Do your research and explore the blogs that are housed on each of these platforms.
Web Hosting Provider
A web hosting provider is basically a housing place for your website such as GoDaddy, BlueHost, or HostGator. These companies give your website the space it needs to be on the Internet.
Pick a subject or niche
What do you like? What’s your favorite sport? What is your life revolved around? What are your favorite restaurants? Do you have a skill or talent? Are you a mother? A father? What is your lifestyle like? What opinions or solutions do you have to share with your potential audience?
At least one Social Media account
In order for people to read it, you have to share it. I’d suggest you start with Facebook. Send your blog post to your family and allow them to share it with their network.
Take a good look at these basics principles and you will be on your way to the blogging community. You have plenty of time to think about strategy and increasing your views. First, fall in love with your niche and learn the behind the scenes of your blog. As your blog continues to grow, you will be abreast to the technology that goes along with this community as well as giving valuable information that you enjoy!
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