INTRODUCTION TO BLOGGING
If you are looking for a way to start making money on the internet, and you have a budget that is very small or zero, blogging is a great way to get started.
Blogging has become very popular lately. For one thing, it’s free. For another, you don’t need to have any technical skills what so ever to get started. If you can read and write, you can blog.
WHAT IS A BLOG?
A blog is a simple web page that anyone can set up in minutes. People use them as journals, diaries, and sales pages, like you will learn to do here.
We can say that blogging A blog is a frequently updated online personal journal or diary. It is a place to express yourself to the world. A place to share your thoughts and your passions. Really, it’s anything you want it to be. For our purposes we’ll say that a blog is your own website that you are going to update on an ongoing basis. Blog is a short form for the word weblog and the two words are used interchangeably.
THE ORIGIN OF BLOG:
The earliest blogs started in the late 1990s as online diaries. Individuals posted information on a daily basis about their lives and opinions. The daily posts were listed in reverse date order, so readers viewed the most recent post first and scrolled through previous posts. The format provided an ongoing inner monologue from the writer.
As blogs evolved, interactive features were added to create a two-way conversation. Readers took advantage of features that allowed them to leave comments on blog posts or link to posts on other blogs and websites to further the dialogue.
TODAY AND BLOGS:
As the Internet has become more social, blogs have gained in popularity. Today, there are over 100 million blogs with more entering the blogosphere every day. Blogs have become more than online diaries. In fact, blogging has become an important part of the online and offline worlds with popular bloggers impacting the worlds of politics, business and society with their words.
THE FUTURE OF BLOG:
It seems inevitable that blogging will become even more powerful in the future with more people and businesses recognizing the power of bloggers as online influencers. Anyone can start a blog thanks to the simple (and often free) tools readily available online. The question will likely become not, “Why should I start a blog?” but rather, “Why shouldn’t I start a blog?”
It is always best to try and make money from what you know. It is far easier to write about what you know than to try and make money writing about other things. However, having said that, you can find free content on almost any subject, so you can pick a subject that you think would be profitable, but you don’t really know anything about.
WHO SHOULD BLOG?
So who are these fearless people who would be willing to post about their lives in public, in a forum as the Internet? They are people just like you. Blogging has suddenly caught-on as a legitimate hobby and has entered the mainstream. Every day millions of people, some of whom have no technical ability whatsoever, write on their blogs.
To meet this demand some amazing tools have been created that will allow anyone, even people with very little knowledge of computers, to have their own blog. If you can find your way onto the Internet and follow some basic instructions you can have your own blog. It’s just that easy.
WHY DO PEOPLE BLOG?
So you may be asking why anyone would want to have their own blog. We believe the answer lies in the fact that every human has a voice and wishes their voice to be heard. The Internet is a medium that is unparalleled in its reach. Never before have average people like you or me been able to reach a global audience with so little trouble. Bloggers have the opportunity of reaching hundreds or even thousands of people each and every day.
There are still many people who like to share the details of their days. They may post twenty or thirty times a day, detailing when they ate lunch and when they headed home from work. On the other hand there are bloggers who give almost no detail about their lives, but write instead about a hobby or interest of theirs. They may dedicate their blog to something they are passionate about.
In fact today the blog websites can provide hair tips, up-to-date news, technical information, celebrity scandal, political rumor, gets people involved in volunteering, advice on investments as well as there being blogs on cooking, health, gardening, sport, blogging blogs and of course many personal blogs and ……….
Let’s keep the ball rolling: creating of blog
Sign Up for a Free WordPress Account
by logging onto www.wordpress.com click on create an account
Enter Information to Create Your Free Word press Account
Note: make sure of your e-mail address and password before you start and logon to to your e-mail first (open your email)
Enter Information to Create Your New Word press Blog
Fill the required information correctly
To create your Word press blog, you’ll need to enter the text you want to display in your domain name. Free Word press blogs always end with ‘.wordpress.com’, so the name you choose for users to type into their Internet browsers to find your blog will always be followed by that extension. You will also have to decide on the name for your blog and enter that name in the space provided to create your blog. While the domain name you choose cannot be changed later.
Congratulations – Your Account is Active!
the next step is to comfirm your account in your email, that is why i ask you to open you email before creating your blog.
An Overview of Your WordPress User Dashboard
When you log into your newly created WordPress blog, you’ll be taken to your user dashboard. From here, you can change your blog’s theme (design), write posts and pages, add users, revise your own user profile, update your blogroll, and more. Take some time to explore your WordPress dashboard, and don’t be afraid to test out the various tools and features available to you to help customize your blog.
Overview of the WordPress Dashboard Toolbar
The WordPress dashboard toolbar will help you navigate through your blog’s administration pages to do everything from writing posts and moderating comments to modifying your blog’s themes and customizing your sidebars. Take some time to press all the tabs on your dashboard’s toolbar and explore the pages you find to learn all the cool things you can do in WordPress!
Choosing a Theme for Your New WordPress Blog
One of the best features of starting a free WordPress blog is making it your
own way with the various free templates and themes available right through your WordPress dashboard. Just click on the ‘Appearance’ tab on your dashboard toolbar. Then select ‘Themes’ to see the various designs you can choose from.
You can try several different themes to see which one works best for your blog.
Different themes offer different levels of customization. For example, some themes allow you to upload a custom header for your blog, and each theme offers various widgets you can select from to use in your sidebar. Have fun experimenting with the different options available to you.
An Overview of WordPress Widgets and Sidebars
WordPress provides a variety of ways to customize your blog’s sidebars through the use of widgets. You can find the ‘Widgets’ tab under the ‘Appearance’ tab of your main WordPress dashboard toolbar. You can use widgets to add so many tools, search tools, text boxes for ads and more. Explore the widgets available in the WordPress dashboard and find the ones that enhance your blog the best.
You’re Ready to Write Your First WordPress Blog Post
Once you’ve taken the time to familiarize yourself with the WordPress dashboard and user environment and customized your blog’s appearance and functionality, it’s time to write your first post. Enter the title and text for your post, and select the ‘Publish’ icon to kickoff your blo