Beginner’s Guide to Building a BlogWednesday September 13th, 2017 Events
By: Mark Christopher Lund
In a previous article we discussed on how to get a web hosting and how to set-up your site in it. In the case that you are new here, you can check out the article here.
If you no longer have any questions let’s get Meta and discuss the basics on building a blog with this blog!
Blog is the Word
First off before getting started in building your blog, you might want to know a little short history of it. Blogging isn’t a new fad as some may think, it has existed since the early 90’s, but during the time was just called as a personal homepage by anyone who owns it. It wasn’t until 1997 that the term “Weblog” was coined by Jorn Barger, meant at the time to reflect the process of logging the web as one browses. It was later on shortened by programmer Peter Merholz to just “blog” in 1999.
During the time blogs were managed manually, meaning if you would need to update your site, you would have to archive it first and then publish a new one containing the updates. As you might think right now this is extensively time consuming and such a tedious task and you are right! If one wanted to get into blogging back in the day they would need some basic to advance knowledge of programming for the web, so it was understood during this time why only a few blog exists.
Come the introduction of platforms such as Live Journal and most importantly the platform that was later on turned into Blogger that the blogging industry was finally able to spearheaded its’ way into the mainstream. 2003 marks the year that WordPress stepped into the scene, although parts of its’ development date back to as early as 2001, with the existence of WP blogging became more and more accessible to different types of users increasing dramatically the amount of blogs and bloggers from just being thousands to millions.
Now in creating a blog you can’t simply just jump into it without thinking first, there are factors you would need to consider if you are truly serious in creating a truly inspired blog. There is a long list that you might be able to stumble upon online, but let us generalize it to the list below:
- Identify your passion
To be a blogger means dedicating a lot of your time in creating contents for your site, so naturally choosing a topic that you are most interested in is crucial. Whether it maybe in Art, Fashion, Gaming, Business, Cooking, etc. It is Important that your chosen field will inspire you to keep creating fresh and informative contents for an extended amount of time.
- Content is still king
What you write will be the bread and butter of your website, it will be the reason why users will visit your site in the first after all, so it is important to keep your content informative and truthful. Always do your homework and research on the topics you wish to write up on, your blog will be a source of new info for someone so it is crucial that what you write are facts taken from a reliable source, nothing less nothing more.
- Be ready mingle and socialize
As you dwell into the world of blogging you will soon different bloggers similar to yourself and some with more experience. To have a better grasp of blogging you will need to interact with the ones who has a bit more knowledge. There is a number of community you could join online, Nuffnang is one of the more well-known community, offering gatherings and events that can aid beginners in finding their leverage to make it in the blogging world.
- Make it fit
A responsive design is important especially now that most of your readers would more or less access your blog through their mobile devices or tablets. Having a design that looks great on all platforms may not be as crucial as the content itself, but it still an important part nonetheless as this will be the basis if your site is worth staying on by visitors or not.
We have discussed a brief history of blogging and how much it changed overtime, in starting a blog you must remember that blogging is an art-form in itself and as with any art you must be fully passionate in your chosen topic for you to have a chance of success. Just always remember the general important factors to consider such as Identifying your passion, writing an information filled content, willingness to grow and interact with other bloggers, and the over-all look of your blog to your visitors.
As you might discover later on, blogging may not be for everyone, but if you are truly dedicated in what you do chances are you will soon reap what you sow.
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