BLOGOOLA has interviewed a total blog beginner, a lovely young lady called Claire who has admitted to us that she has “no idea about blogs” but would love to start one and tell everyone how awesome her dogs are! She asked us the following questions which we gladly answered for her to get her started!
It’s true, even though blogs are reaching all time popularity worldwide I have discovered that there are still so many people who don’t know even know what a blog is and the basics to why you would create one.
“What is a blog?”
The term Blog is short for “Web Log”. It is a web site on which one or more users can post information instantly and without any technical knowhow. The content on your blog is called “posts” and they appear with the date they were published with the latest news first. Many blogs are used for posting opinions, rants, personal diaries, etc. However, the blog is just the format. The content can be anything.
“What’s the difference between a blog and a website?”
The simple answer is that there is not much difference a blog and a website. The main differences being a blog appears more personalized and can represent a timeline of events. For example, you could say Claire that on Tuesday you took your dogs to a dog show and on Wednesday you washed them using a new washing product you discovered, then on Thursday… and so on. This builds a timeline of events and gives your blog a more personal feel to it. Of course, there are many other Reasons Why a Blog is Better Than a Website which we will touch on later.
“How do I create a Blog?”
Creating a basic blog requires no technical skills and takes around 5 to 10 minutes. To create a blog all you need is an email address. Basically you just select the name of your blog, enter your email address and a password and that’s it. Detailed Instructions on How to create a WordPress Blog can be found on our website in easy step by step guide with screenshots.
“How will creating a blog benefit me?”
A blog might benefit you by creating a social element to your given subject and interaction with others with the same interests, it also keeps others updated automatically espescially good if you have a large following.. I mean it’s kind of like Facebook but people don’t need to be your friend to read you blog. It can also provide excellent reference material for others and even a diary for yourself to look back on.
“How many people are likely to see my blog?”
Hard questions to answer. This largely depends on how engaging your blog content is, how many people/friends are interested in what you have to say or how well you promote your blog. We’ll touch on this subject later on.
“Can I have more than one blog?”
Yes you can create as many blogs as you like, on as many different topics as you like.
“How much will it cost me?”
A WordPress Blog is FREE! Just visit wordpress.com and click signup. If you want your own web address (ie- www.clairesdogblog.com you can pay $12 a year to WordPress and they will link your blog to it for you).Be aware that because your blog is free WordPress may put adverts on some of your blog but these are small enough not to notice. If you wanted to host your own blog without adverts then you’re looking at around $60 a year plus your domain name and setup fees. Again, more details on our website: How to setup wordpress on your own domain.
“What do blogs look like?”
Blogs can be made to look however you want! I bet some websites you have been on were actually blogs without you even noticing! There are so many free templates which you can choose to customize the way your blog looks. No this doesn’t require any technical skills Claire, you simple find a design you like and click “Install this theme”. From there you can change the colors and what is displayed easy in the theme options page.
See some example blogs for yourself below!
- http://blogoola.com/blog/ – Blog about promoting your blog
- http://jquery4u.com – Blog about computer programming in jQuery
- http://techguitar.com – Blog about building guitars
“How do I research about blogs?”
There are many resources available online where you can learn more about blogging:
There are also books you can buy which contain excellent reference material for bloggers just starting out:
“What content can I put on my blog?”
A blog can contain anything you like, text, images and videos are the main content for a blog. It could contain your thoughts, personal opinions and experiences or it could contain instructions on how to do something… the content is only limited by your imagination. In your case it could be a blog about your dogs, contain images of them, news on their events, how to look after them, showing them off etc… the list is endless!
“How often do I need to put new stuff on my blog?”
Nice question. I would say creating a successful blog requires you to have a lot passion for the subject the blog is about. It doesn’t take a long time to put the content onto it but it does take time and dedication to get people engaged into reading your blog and coming back to read more. You would need to be looking at posting new content on at least every few days, if not daily basis to keep readers interested.
“Finally, how do I promote my blog once it’s finished?”
There are so many ways you can promote your blog, saying that your first steps should probably be:
- Share it on Facebook with your friends and family
- Join social media sites such as Twitter and build a following
- Submit to free blog directories such as BLOGOOLA
For a complete list see 101 FREE Ways to Promote Your Blog.
BLOGOOLA will keep you posted when Claire creates her blog!
If you blog newbies out there have any questions just post them in the comments area below!