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Everything You Wanted to Know About Blogging but Were Afraid to Ask

 

I knew nothing about blogging when I initially started in 2010. 
I literally Googled, “how to create a blog”, chose the first result, and followed the instructions.
That was it.
A blog, by definition, is:

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1- a personal website or web page on which an individual records opinions, links to other sites, etc. on a regular basis.

Personal.
Yes, blogs were designed to be personal diaries, journals, entries.
Similar to an online diary.
What matters most is how it looks to you. 
If you love it, others will enjoy it as well.


There is still a lot I don’t know, but that is what I enjoy most about blogging.
There is always something new to discover.

I have compiled a list of my favorite blogging advice from wonderful bloggers all over the internet. Because I want to see a world in which there are more bloggers than there are non-bloggers.
And these tutorials can assist you in starting your blog.


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How to Get Started

Let me begin by mentioning that when I Googled “how to start a blog” many years ago, there were far fewer individuals blogging.
When I Google it now, I get a bunch of HOW TO MAKE MONEY BLOGGING/ WHICH DOMAIN YOU NEED TO BUY/BLAH BLAH BLAH. 

*Side note- I am currently using the WordPress platform, but this does not affect my assesment of Blogger. Blogger is an excellent platform for getting started with blogging.  

Here is my own take: I prefer Blogger.
I hear a collective sigh from all the apocalyptic bloggers out there. 
Because on Blogger, you do not “own” your content, Blogger does (which is owned by Google).
Now, I don’t see Google disappearing any time soon, and if you have backed your blog (tutorial will be included in this post), there is no need for concern. 
But yes, WordPress works well too. 

 

For me, the most difficult step was coming up with a blog name. 
In fact, before you even Google “how to build a blog”, come up with a name for your blog.
My blog was going to be called Ducks in a Row at first. 
However, when I Googled Ducks In A Row, I discovered two blogs and four small businesses with that name.
That’s a whole lotta ducks.


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So you’ve started a blog!
Congratulations!
All that remains is to add the words.
But if you want to make your blog more visually appealing, check out the tutorials below. 


How to Create a Cool About Me Page

Whether you’re starting a public or private blog, an About Me page is a good idea to have so that your visitors can get a feel of who you are before they read your writing.  If you want to make money from your site, this is a must-have. It should reflect your personality as well as what you stand for. 
 
 

How to Create a Header on Canva

A web design is not required to build a great blog header.
A header is where you’ll put your blog’s name will be, and it doesn’t have to be just text on a tan backdrop. 
Unless that’s your thing, in which case, you’ll have one less tutorial to read!
Using Canva to create a blog header is free, simple, and quick. 
 
 
 
 
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How to Back Up Your Blog Content 

If you have a Google-owned blog, it’s simply a good idea to keep your content saved on your computer. To find out how, go to the link above.  
 
 
 
 

 

Tips to Make Your Blog Look Better

This is my favorite post of all-time (I didn’t write it). 
I learned so much from this blogger, and I have her to thank for getting my blog to where I finally love it.
 
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You have a blog, now what?
There are thousands of writing prompts available, but this one appeals to me. 
Especially if the blog you are beginning is a personal one or one you wish to give to your children as a legacy. 
 
I hope this has been of some help to you, and if any of you decide to start a blog, please leave a comment! I’d love to go check out your new blogs!
 

24 thoughts on “Everything You Wanted to Know About Blogging but Were Afraid to Ask”

  1. Wait! I don't own my content? Do I know what that means? Am I qualified to have a blog? I must read this post in segments so my head doesn't blow up all at once (seriously though, that could be just my sinuses talking) So much good info…so embarassed that I am still rocking stock template stuff over 4 years in…..Flat Kari will help me, right?

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  2. Um, I think it's spelled M-O-D-G-E P-O-D-G-E.Actually, I need to figure out some things about my blog, and I am over the moon that you complied this pretty, pretty pile of tips and helps. Thank you for saving me! I feel like I trust your judgment, and this showed me that some things need to change on my blog.Like I need a better About Me section in my sidebar. And some pretty buttons instead of my mod podge of random "Find me here" ones. And Blogger rules. Just in case anyone's asking.

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  3. Dude, I was JUST thinking about this today – about doing a bunch of blogging posts and then a collective ALL ABOUT BLOGGING post. Because obvs I am a total blogging professional. We are of one mind.

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  4. Just the type of inspiration I need. Totally going to check this stuff out. Is there anything like an auto-blogging tool that will just write the posts for you? Could someone please create that? ugh

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  5. I wanna marry you and have your babies for writing this!! TREMENDOUSLY helpful!!! I can't wait to come back later and read it and put things into practice. I swear I thought I was the only person left using Blogger.

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  6. I love this so much! Thank you – I thought I was one of the only ones using Blogger. The tips are awesome, especially how to embed a tweet. You rock!

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  7. Thanks for all the tips and information. I pinned this so I can refer back to it. There is so much to know about blogging and building a website and it all takes time and patience to learn.

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  8. There IS so much to learn.But there are so many people who want to help. I hope these links help you and please come back and let me know if you have any questions!

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  9. You needed to write this post 8 months ago! So glad I found it though (through Pinterest!), thank you for the tips! Do you have a post regarding adding rss subscription service to your blog?

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  10. HELPFUL! I had no idea when I started. I just went to Blogger and started one. Then I went to WordPress out of curiosity and was lost so I gave up. But I did move there 3 months later (what, I was enthusiastic).

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  11. If I had started at WordPress, I think I wouldn't have left.But I have so many posts to transfer over now. I like where I am at now though. 🙂

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