Simple Ways To Start A Blog
These days, companies, organizations, and media houses are using blogs to showcase their portfolio. The latter, in particular, has been seen as the next generation in informing the public through quick news updates.
The original purpose of blogging was for individuals to share their personal lives online, similar to an online journal. You could write a whole diary or give a report of your most exciting trip across the world.
However, the blogging atmosphere has since changed. These days, companies, organizations, and media houses are using blogs to showcase their portfolio. The latter, in particular, has been seen as the next generation in informing the public through quick news updates.
Viral Tea spoke to a few owners of the fast-growing news websites across the country as well as a section of bloggers who unanimously agreed that to start a blog, all you just need is your favored topic, a laptop/smartphone and internet connection.
A person using WhatsApp on her phone. /FILE
"You don't need to be an experienced writer to start a blog and you can actually just pick a topic and write. Blogging has many benefits like sharing your story, make money from home, and build recognition for yourself or your business," one blogger stated.
Websites one can use to create blogs include Wix, WordPress, blogger, Weebly, Medium, among others. Viral Tea looks at how you can create your own blog;
Find your topic
What do you enjoy? Write about what you enjoy. You don’t have to have extensive knowledge on the topic, all you just need is the passion to learn about it as most of what you will learn will come from experience.
You can choose from a wide range of topics such as photography, fashion, art, politics, even your own experiences.
Pick a domain
It should mainly correspond to the name of your blog. Once you do so, you'll need to provide your email address, a username, and a password and, if you’re not ready to select a custom domain name or a plan, you can always do those parts later by selecting the free WordPress.com subdomain and the free site option.
However, if you find that your favoured domain has been taken you can use the following ways;
- Try a different domain extension. like '.net' in case.com is taken.
- Add small words.“a”.
- Add dashes between words.
- Try to use broad keywords- Top-level topics like “cooking” are great, but you need to connect the big ideas to narrower topics.
- Avoid numbers and hyphens. These confuse people, and it makes it hard to explain the domain to others.
Find a Web Host
A web host allows the blog to be accessed through the internet by other users using the search engine. Without a domain and web hosting, your blog will not be seen online and if users don't see your blog, you won't get page views.
There are a lot of different web hosting companies out there, however, you need to find one that is reliable, safe, and has a good reputation. On WordPress, though this has already been optimized.
Another catch is that you do not need to spend anything to start a blog. Most blogging websites have a free plan meaning you can get started right away as you amass enough money to begin paying for other plans that monetize your blog.
Some of the biggest digital news websites in Kenya started as blogs.
Nairobi News is a digital news website reporting on entertainment and gossip. It is under the Nation Media Group. /FILE