If you’re not part of the blogging revolution then you’re missing out on one of the easiest ways to get online. In fact, I don’t know of an easier way. You could have your blog online in five minutes. No need to wait around for a graphic artist to design your website. No need to learn HTML coding or hire someone to build a static website for you. In five easy minutes, you could be posting your first article on your blog as easily as you type an email or use Microsoft word
Before I put my money where my mouth is and show you how easy it is to get online, I’m going to take a few steps back and give you some definitions.
So what is a Blog anyway?
I get asked this question at least once a week. It’s a great question for beginning bloggers to ask. After all, anyone who wants to learn how to blog should understand what a blog is.
Wikipedia, my reference guide of choice, defines a blog as follows:
A blog is a website in which items are posted on a regular basis and displayed in reverse chronological order.
The term blog is a shortened form of weblog or web log. Authoring a blog, maintaining a blog or adding an article to an existing blog is called blogging. Individual articles on a blog are called blog posts, posts or entries.
A person who posts these entries is called a blogger. A blog comprises text, hypertext, images, and links (to other web pages and to video, audio and other files). Blogs use a conversational style of documentation.
Often blogs focus on a particular area of interest, such as Washington, D.C.’s political goings-on. Some blogs discuss personal experiences.
Whew, that’s quite the mouthful. Confused yet? Don’t be. A blog is essentially the online equivalent of a journal. That’s all you really need to know.
Okay, so I promised to show you how easy it is to get online. I’ll pick one service of the f*ree blogging services this week so that you can learn step-by-step how to set up a blog.
Step 2: Create a Google account. If you already have one, you’re asked to sign into it first. I’m going to assume you don’t have one. This step is easy-peasy. Just look at the form below.
1. Fill in your email address
2. Retype your email address
3. Enter a password (Mix capital and lowercase letters)
4. Retype your password
5. Choose a display name (your name is good)
6. Type in the word verification
7. Accept the terms and click Continue
Step 3: Name Your Blog. Get creative and juicy. What will your blog be about?
1. Fill in your blog title. 2. Choose a blog address (how will someone find your blog online). If it’s not available, keep trying until something is. 3. Skip the advanced setup for now – we’re almost online! 4. Click continue
Step 3: Choose a template. Look at all the pretty options available and pick the one you like best then click continue.
Step 4: Tada! Your blog is done. Click the orange “Start Posting” arrow.
You’ll be taken to a window where you can start typing your first post.
Give your post a title and then click in the text box and start typing. It’s just like using Word or typing up an email. If you want to make something bold, click the bold button. You can change font style, change the font color, add hyperlinks and images and even a video.
When you’re done, click publish post and you’re done. You’re online! Wasn’t that easy?
No matter whether you blog for profit or for fun, I firmly believe that everyone should have a blog. So go get one now!
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