Don’t worry – it’s not as complicated as it sounds. A blog platform is simply a home for your blog. And now that you’ve decided to start a blog and what to name your blog, we can get started.
If you already have a blog, stayed tuned, because soon I’ll be sharing tips on how to make your blog better!
Which Blog Platform is right for me?
There’s several blog platforms to choose from:
- Live Journal
- and others
I started this blog using Blogger and a year ago, I moved to WordPress. I love WordPress and highly recommend it. But…if you are just getting started, it has the potential to be overwhelming. So, unless you are very computer savvy and familiar with behind-the-scenes tech stuff, I recommend Blogger as a blog platform. If you’re completely new to blogging, just getting a WordPress blog set up can make you want to throw your hands in the air and give up. And we don’t want that! Plus, you can transfer to WordPress later on, like I did.
Why Blogger? It’s free and very simple. And both of those are good things when you’re just getting started.
How Do I Set Up Blogger?
I’m going to walk you through setting up your brand new Blogger blog. For the purpose of showing you how it’s done, I’ll create a sample blog and call it “Erika’s Sample Blog.” (I know, real creative.)
Before I go any further, just a quick note – don’t let all these steps below intimidate you. This is ridiculously simple. Seriously. I am literally going over every detail and sharing tons of screen shots so you don’t have to figure it out. It’s all right here. K? So let’s proceed.
Go to Blogger.com and log into your Google account. If you have Gmail, it’s the same thing. Don’t have a Google account? Sign up – it’s free and simple.
Once there, click on the NEW BLOG button on the left side.
Here’s where you’ll put in your blog name and decide which URL you want to use.
ADDRESS means the URL or website address where your blog will be found. This should be your blog’s name or a shorter variation.
For example, my blog is Musings From a Stay At Home Mom, but my URL is http://livingwellmom.com – shorter and better than musingsfromastayathomemom.com (would you want to type that out everytime you visited?!)
It’s possible that the URL you want could be taken.
You can see here that SampleBlog is taken.
But ErikaSampleBlog is available. So I’ll use that.
You may haven noticed the added .blogspot to your URL. This is how blogger works. If you want to get rid of the .blogspot, you can buy your own domain later. We’re not going to worry about that now.
The next step is to choose one of the templates. You can easily change it later, so don’t agonize over this decision. For my example, I chose the Watermark template.
Click the CREATE BLOG! button and watch the magic happen. You’ll be redirected back to the Blogger page, where your new blog is waiting for you to get started.
Of course, you’re anxious to see what it looks like, right? Click on the View Blog button.
And just like that, you’ll be taken to your new blog. Here’s a screenshot of my sample blog:
What if you hate how your new blog looks? Or you might want to check out other design options. I told you it’s easy to change the templates and here’s how:
Click on DESIGN in the upper right corner, near your email address.
I don’t have the screen shot of this, but you can browse through more template (design) options, preview them, and see what you like. When you find something you want, just click “Apply to Blog.”
The next step? Start writing! Click on the “New Post” button on the top or go back to the main Blogger page and click on the orange pencil.
You’ve created your blog! Congratulations! This is the first step on a wonderful journey of blogging.
You are now a blogger! And see? It was easy!
— Erika Bragdon (@MusingsSAHM) August 20, 2012
Next week, look for Blogging 101: Designing Your Blog & Making it You