Blogging 101: A Non-Techie’s Guide
At Mile High Mamas, we received an email from Shannon Cole of Colorado Springs who used our beginner’s guide to start a blog. We would love to see more of our readers catch the blogging bug!
Yesterday was dedicated unto why you should blog and today is the how. You do not need to be tech-savvy or a professional writer. All you need are a few gems of wisdom,
someone you love to exploit errr…something to blog about and you will discover why so many are turning to blogging. And why so many unsuspecting spouses are turned off.
What is a blog?
I am frequently asked this question. Essentially, a “web”blog is a personal website – an online journal that you can use as a vehicle for self-expression. The sky is the limit for what you want to publish including pictures, commentaries, rants, thoughts or videos.
The key is to choose a theme and title that fit your personality. I.e. Mine is “Crazy Bloggin’ Canuck” because 1) I am certifiably crazy 2) I blog and 3) I originally hail from Canada. My next blog will be entitled “Evidently, I have issues.” For obvious reasons.
Where do I go now?
I was shocked how easy it was to start my own blog, especially since I am HTML-challenged.
Xanga, MySpace and MSN are free and good for beginners (I started with the latter).
For a great local angle, The Denver Post has developed its own system. When you post a blog entry on Neighbors, you have the built-in audience of the newspaper’s web site. Sure, it’s not the whole web site, but links to your entry go on every page in Neighbors (in the recent blog posts column), as well as the Neighbors town indexes.
Do not be intimidated. Most of the services are very user-friendly and the process is simple as you select a name and choose a theme. Before you know it you will be prompted to publish your first post thereby beginning your path to self-
A Few Other Considerations
There are many other considerations such as blogrolls, RSS and permalinks. Make sure to checkout Technorati – a real-time search engine that is the leading monitor of the world of blogs. Their site has a great guide for the beginning blogger. Mommy Blogger also has some extremely helpful guides: So You Want to Start a Mom Blog, Starting Your Mom Blog Part II, Your New Mom Blog Part III, Picture This Part IV, Blog Content Part V.
After you have waded through everything read How to Start Your Very Own Blog in Fifty-One Easy Steps, a hilarious tongue-in-cheek commentary on entering the blogging world.
You’ll need it.
Current bloggers unite: what blogging service do you use? What tips and recommendations would you offer to the beginning blogger and why?