So, you’ve decided to start a blog. Great! Not only is blogging a fun and easy way to share your thoughts and ideas with the world, but setting one up is also relatively simple, requiring just a few steps to get started.
Step 1: Choose your topic
Blogging without a clear purpose can be confusing for readers, who might quickly decide to spend their time elsewhere. When you select a topic that interests you, your enthusiasm will come across in your writing and make for a much more enjoyable read.
Step 2: Choose a platform
There are many blogging platforms available, with the most widely used being Wordpress. Wordpress is easy to use, and offers many templates with varying design functionalities. The free option is tempting, but is limited in capability when it comes to design. If you want to create something unique – and use a custom domain name – you’re better off paying. If you’re not keen on Wordpress, check out Blogger or Tumblr.
Step 3: Choose a host & domain name
Before you start writing, you’ll need somewhere to host your site. Hosting is a service that allows your website to be displayed on the internet. Kind of like an online hard drive where your blog is saved. There are many providers in the market, so base your decision on stability, reputation, and cost. This is also the time when you’ll choose your domain name, which will typically be the same or at least similar to your blog title.
Step 4: Design, write, promote
This is where the fun starts! Now you can begin designing and personalising your blog, writing your first post, and of course, promoting it to as many people as possible. Social media is your best friend for promotion, with many blogging platforms allowing you to post directly from your blog to Facebook or other social accounts.
And basically, that’s it! If you’re after some inspiration, head over to the O2S website and check out some of our student blogs: https://blog.open2study.com/
This post is by Open2Study's blog writer, Peta Brady.
Peta Brady is a freelance copywriter, editor, social media enthusiast, and general grammar pest. She loves writing scribbles and correcting errors, as well as changing her hair colour every five minutes and eating all the foods in Melbourne.