Three days to Certified Blogaholic’s first birthday, I thought it would be a good idea to share my experience with the newbies or those contemplating about getting their own blog. I am still considered a newbie after one year and hardly an expert on blogging. Still, this article may prove valuable to those who want a simpler approach to blogging. I will write my experience sans the complicated concepts of SEO (search engine optimization) or any other technical blabber about blogging.
For those still in the planning process of starting their blog or those still in their infant stages, you might want to consider first the actual purpose of the blog. This one was entirely built on the desire to make money from different opportunities in the web. At this point, I’m still uncertain if it’s a good idea to start a blog driven by that purpose. Yet, it’s an unavoidable truth. It would’ve given this entire article more drama if I told you the blog was born out of a need to share my thoughts or unorganized ramblings about the world. But it would be so far from the truth that even a 5-year old would know I’m lying. Ideally, starting a blog should be born out of a desire to share something to the world — a cooking expertise, a talent in finance or investment, a love for gadgets, or even tips on making a scrapbook or needlepoint. Whatever it is, it would be good if you have something unique to share the world.
Once you’ve decided on your niche, get a good title — something catchy would be great. I do wish you luck in registering it as a domain. Considering that cyberspace has become a virtual universe, most of the common website names/addresses are already taken. Those with the talent to mix words and flip them around into innovative names have the advantage in this area. I’m not the type that comes up with names such as Engadget. Then again you can come up with something as simple as Gawker and build it into a multi-million dollar blog.
A respectable blog needs its own domain and web host. Of course, you can start off with free blogs such as Blogger or WordPress. But if you’re serious about the whole thing, you have to migrate to a web host sooner or later. I suggest you make a thorough research on web hosting plans available before making your decision. I found a web host with so much better perks and at a cheaper price months after I’ve already paid for my host. I’ve always been known to jump the gun — it’s a bad habit I can’t seem to get rid off. By the way, I’m assuming that you have a fair background into setting up websites. If not, starting with a free wordpress blog would be a better option. But if you’re the diligent and adventurous type, just get decent resources on procedures to set-up or install your preferred blog software. Better yet, just hire someone to do it for you if you have the spare bucks for it.
As soon as you’ve set-up all the technical nitty-gritty, you move on to the heart of it all, your content. If you’re not intending to make money out of it, you can pretty much write anything you like — you can even make it a shrine for your favorite soap opera or one about your ex-lover that you can’t get over with. But if you want money or tons of readers, you’ve got a lot more to learn as you fill your blog. I think I will stop at this point, considering that it’s where my blog is at the moment — the learning process. I will add more useful things as I go along. For now, I will call it a long night and a hard day.