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:
1- a personal website or web page on which an individual records opinions, links to other sites, etc. on a regular basis.
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.
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.
So you’ve started a blog!
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
How to Create a Header on Canva
How to Back Up Your Blog Content
Tips to Make Your Blog Look Better
I learned so much from this blogger, and I have her to thank for getting my blog to where I finally love it.
24 thoughts on “Everything You Wanted to Know About Blogging but Were Afraid to Ask”
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?
Yes. Yes she will. And YOU ARE AWESOME.
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.
Don't go changin'.To try and please me.It is TOTALLY MODGE PODGE.
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.
I love your Pinterest blogging board. Now if I could only start blogging again…
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
Its like we are living PARALLEL LIVES.We should collaborate.I just used a big word.
When are we starting our food eating blog?
Ummm yeah.For a price, I will write your posts for you.OMG I KNOW WHAT I WANT TO BE WHEN I GROW UP!!!!
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.
It is this myth that EVERYBODY is on WordPress.I am glad this helped!!
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!
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.
I had no idea how to do that until last week when I found it on Pinterest! You rock too!
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!
THANK YOU for sharing my post and saying such AWESOME things :). I am so glad my post helped – and your blog is GORGEOUS!
I love Ginny!!And I feel like I should pay you for all of the tips.Or take you out for tacos.Yes! Let's do that!!Thank YOU!
I could spend all day on Pic Monkey.Maybe I have.
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?
You are welcome!Here is a link to a tutorial: https://www.rssinclude.com/help_support/integrate_into_popular_services/how_to_add_an_rss_feed_on_blogger_blogspotThat is for a Blogger blog.I hope this helps.
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).
Thanks, I will go take a look!
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. 🙂