You do not have to be a professional writer to start blogging. The great thing about blogging is that you can write just about anything of your interest, and make a decent amount of money while sharing your thoughts, ideas, stories and skills with the world.
There are many blogging platforms out there, but i am going to show you how to create a simple blog using one of the easiest blogging platforms on the web.
Blogger is a free weblog publishing tool from Google, for sharing text, photos and video. As a beginner, blogger is a good learning tool to dabble with before you move on to a more advance platforms such as WordPress.
Let’s walk through how you can create a blog for free on Blogspot, and have your first post up and running before you know it.
As a first time user, you will be asked to ‘Confirm Your Profile‘ using your Google plus account OR if you prefer to post under a different name, then click on the ‘Switch to a limited Blogger profile‘ at the bottom on the page to enter a new display name.
If you prefer to use your Google plus account, select ‘Continue to Blogger‘ button.
Click on the ‘New Blog‘ button on the left hand side of the page after logging in to create your new blog.
Now you are ready to create a blog name and its associated domain. Enter the title, and choose the address (domain eg. yourblogname.blogspot.com) of your choice (You can also add a custom domain later).
Select your desired template from the list provided – don’t worry you will not be stuck with this template, it can be changed anytime. Click “Create Blog!“.
Congratulations, you have successfully created a free blog! 🙂
There are a few housekeeping things you need to do to get your blog ready for your first post.
Create a page called ‘About‘, this is the page where you will tell your readers about yourself and what your blog is all about. To create this page, make sure you are in your blogger dashboard page, and select the dropdown next to the ‘View Blog‘ button.
Click on “Create a new page” link, to create your page.
Select a page title, usually ‘About’ is the recommended title for the ‘About’ page. Enter the comments in the body of the page and click ‘Publish‘.
If you want to change your page layout (design) because your initial selection is not doing it for you. Simply go back to your dashboard and select ‘Layout‘ from the dropdown next to the ‘View Blog‘ button.
To create your first post, select ‘Post‘ from the left sidebar, and click on ‘New Post‘ to bring up the post editor.
Use the resources below when you get stuck with anything blogger related or simply leave me a message and i will do my best to respond to you.