Starting a blog can feel daunting at first. Other than writing the articles themselves, there’s also the domain, hosting, building, and many other aspects that you need to consider. It can get confusing when trying to figure out where to start. So we’re here to help you break down the basics!
A blog is a great way to start writing about what you’re passionate about, and publish your articles in a place where other people can read your ideas! Not only does blogging give you an outlet to publish your own ideas, but also gives you the chance to:
- Improve your own writing ability
- Build your online/personal brand
- Generate an income
- Create an online community/meet like-minded people
Now that we’ve gone over why you should start your own blog, let’s get into the basics of how to start one!
- Write about your interests.
There is total freedom when it comes to choosing what to write on your blog! Blogs can be about anything--from your own personal thoughts, travel diaries, recipes, DIY activities, any topic can be suitable to write about. Figure out what you’re passionate about/what you find interesting! Pick something that you know you can write consistently about.
2. Purchase a domain.
A domain is the URL of your website--essentially what comes after the “www.” in your search bar. When starting a blog, you’ll need to purchase a domain, so that you can host your own site where people can read your content.
Domains can be purchased from a domain register. Domain registers manage and register domain names. You can buy a domain directly on Jemi--as you can start building your website right away. Some sites where you can shop exclusively for domains include NameCheap and GoDaddy. Read this article to learn more about shopping for domains.
3. Pick a CMS and start building your website.
A CMS (content management system) allows users to create and design a website without having to code it from scratch. You can also manage your domains here as well. A popular choice for users is Wordpress, where you can build your own website without having to code. When using a program such as Wordpress, you will also need to find a place to host your website, such as GoDaddy.
A simple, elegant alternative to Wordpress is Jemi. Jemi is a drag and drop website-builder where you can easily link your custom domain and host your website. With tons of templates to choose from, Jemi easily takes you through the process of creating a blog while doing most of the work for you. Just pick a template, move around the blocks to your liking, edit the content, and link your domain!
4. Start writing!
Now you’re set to start writing and publishing your content! Try keeping a consistent writing schedule and sticking to it. For example, someone might establish that Mondays and Thursdays are their posting days, and will work on their blog posts between these days. Although your schedule can be flexible, it can be helpful to have regular publishing days where people can expect you to have new content available.
Get started on building your blog with Jemi today.
If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to our support team at firstname.lastname@example.org.