I’m starting a new blogging series sharing hint’s and tips I’ve learnt throughout my time blogging.
I have been blogging now for 2 years this July and I now call this my job.
But before I go any further, I just want you all to know that I am no expert. All the tips I share are what I have learnt myself, either by trial and error or from a tip I have read on another blog – which I will give full credit too.
In this blogging A-Z series I will start with the very basics, starting a blog, finding a platform, choosing a name, blog design etc. Then will move on and share my other tips.
And even now after almost 2 years blogging I am still learning new this all the time

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How to Start Blogging

If your thinking about starting your own blog the very first thing you need to do is choose a blogging platform.
I use Blogger which is a free service. The main other ones are WordPress.com, WordPress.org and Tumblr. Don’t get mixed up with the wordpress blogs – wordpress.com is free, but wordpress.org is a paid for service. Tumblr is also free.
I don’t know much about Tumblr. But I have heard it’s the most unrealible, but don’t quote me on that.
I lot of bloggers start out with either Blogger or wordpress.com. But if your wanting to make money from your blog, then go for Blogger, as wordpress.com doesn’t allow this.
There have been a few worries from some bloggers that google may get rid of blogger as they are shutting down google reader and GFC in July. But these are just rumours. At the moment I am sticking with Blogger, I have had no problems with them and if the do shut down then I will then move to wordpress.org.
Again, I don’t know that much about wordpress.org. But I do know a lot of bloggers that use it and prefer it to Blogger and the money spent on it is well worth it. There are more plugins available and you can design and customize it absolutely anyway you like and there is also a customer service telephone number you can ring if you get into a muddle. If you don’t know much about blogging or html I would say start out with blogger and then when you get the hang of it move over to wordpress.org
After you have chosen which blogging platform you would like to use, your next big decision is to choose your blog name. I spent ages choosing my name. You must choose a name you are happy to use forever. It’s no good calling your blog, “Mum to One” then a year or so later you have another baby, you’ll have to change your name to “Mum to Two”. I do know a few bloggers that have changed their name, but for the first few months after they changed their name I have got confused and thought they were a completely different blog to the one I was following.
Another tip is to choose a name that goes with what you are going to blog about. It’s no good calling your blog “My yummy recipes” if your only going to write about recipes a few times but also have lot’s of craft posts too. I choose my name “Serenity You” as really it doesn’t mean anything, just a nice relaxing name. I post about all sorts and my name doesn’t tell you that I post about just a certain topic.
So once you have chosen your blog name you need to make sure no one else is already using it. If you use say blogger your name will be something like “www.serenityyou.blogspot.com”. This is what I used for over a year until I brought a domain. Lucky for me, www.serenityyou.com was available. it only cost me around £8 for the whole year and I did this through blogger.
I recommend buying a domain right from the start as I wish I did. Has a lot of my photo’s have my watermark – www.serenityyou.blogspot.com, and I hate it as that is not now my url. People can still use this domain and will be redirected to my new name. But I just think it’s a lot easier to have your own domain right from the beginning.
So now you have your chosen your blog platform and your name is also chosen and maybe you have brought your own domain, now you’re ready to pick your blog colours and start designing your blog. Come back next week for more tips on how to do this.

Here are the other posts in the Blogging A-Z Series

How to Make a Blog Header and Button
How to Make a Button Grab Box
Social Media Tips

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22 comments on “Blogging A-Z – How to Start Blogging”

  1. Couldn’t agree more, Natasha! I struggled with my blog name for what seemed like DECADES! LOL. I went through four different urls because I’m weird and didn’t like how one sounded. Now that I have mine purchased, I’m pleased. One more thing to share – when choosing a name, make sure the name is available in other places as well – yahoo/hotmail/gmail, facebook, twitter, instagram, etc. I didn’t do this from the beginning but was fortunate enough to have them all free to me when I got around to adding these things. I even secured my “sewmuchcrafting” name on Etsy even though I’m not a seller yet. Just in case one day…

    Looking forward to reading more – and sharing this on Pinterest & Twitter!
    Happy Wednesday {I think it’s still Wednesday where you live??}!
    Danielle

  2. Very informative & helpful for new bloggers! As one of the co-hosts from the My Favorite Posts Weekend SHOW OFF Party! I wanted to personally thank you for linking up with us & to invite you to add me to your G+ circles or follow me on Twitter or Facebook as I’ve done the same with you. Also, I run a link party on my food blog, Anyonita Nibbles where you can link up recipes or food related posts. This week’s party is here: http://www.anyonitanibbles.blogspot.co.uk/2013/05/tasty-tuesdays-10.html

  3. Great info. Wish I had read more of this stuff when I first started out…it would have helped a lot. I’m so glad you chose to share your blog knowledge at the Rock ‘N Share! Have a great weekend! Blessings, D@TheShadyPorch

  4. Great tips! Thanks!

    Was it a pain to switch to your own domain? I have both of mine, but haven’t switched the blogs yet…I was afraid I would lose links like in linky parties and pins and such. Any idea?
    Thanks!

    ~L

  5. Very informative! 🙂 As one of the co-hosts from the My Favorite Posts Weekend SHOW OFF Party! I wanted to personally thank you for linking up with us & to invite you to add me to your G+ circles or follow me on Twitter or Facebook as I’ve done the same with you. Also, I run a link party on my food blog, Anyonita Nibbles where you can link up recipes or food related posts. This week’s party is here: http://anyonitanibbles.blogspot.co.uk/2013/05/tasty-tuesdays-11-10-incredible-comfort-food-recipes.html

  6. Good info! I too wish I had done a URL from day 1….I still haven’t. I look forward to more information. Thank you!

    Whit @ The Busy Broad

  7. Fabulous tips Natasha! Love them all.. I totally agree with Danielle above too.. I’d check to make sure the name is available on all networks as well as just the domain.
    Thanks so much for sharing with us at Weekend Wonders!

  8. great tips! I am sticking with blogspot for now as well. I don’t want to have to pay monthly hosting fees for the rest of my life to keep my blog content up! Thanks for linking up to Tasteful Tuesdays and for the link back :o) Can’t wait to see what you bring next week. Emily @ Nap-Time Creations
    oh, and I just posted looking for some help with my blog… maybe you can offer some advice?

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