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What is a Personal Blog? How to Create your First Blog?

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Want to create a personal blog? Then this post will unravel the mystery behind personal blogging in the most comprehensive and result driven manner possible.

So, first thing first, what is Personal Blog and why do you need it?

The Significance of Personal Blog

Every person who wishes to convey a message to someone has to make sure to choose the right medium first. With most of the population shifting their preference to technology, the mediums for sharing information have also changed to a great extent.

No one could have thought that the internet could become an essential part of marketing but it did. No one could have imagined that the Internet can also act as a medium of expressing thoughts but it no undoubtedly has become one and that too the fastest growing and the most famous one.

Personal Blogs have evolved as a great medium for sharing information or even expressing thoughts online.

A personal blog is that sort of blog that has grown gradually over the span of years. A blog simply is a sort of website that mainly focuses on written content.

Personal blogs have gained a lot of popularity with time and have become a great source of sharing experiences, feelings, thoughts or even knowledge about anything and everything.

Around 53% of the marketers consider blogging as their top Content Marketing Type claims HubSpot.

There is no hard rule as to how to create a personal blog.

Personal bloggers in today’s tend to follow the same trajectory as older times, even though there is no fight to creating a website. With the aim to create a personal blog, budding bloggers can use many blogging networks and start sharing their blogs with the world.

The main success of a personal blog lies in finding others to share the writing. The best way out could be to find people who share common interests with you. As a blogger begins to grow in connection with other bloggers, the personal blog eventually begins to grow too.

Read on to find how you can easily start personal blogging:

Steps to Create a Personal Blog

1. Purchase Hosting and your Domain Name

The main and the foremost step starts with making the blog accessible to people around the world. This way you can surely widen the reach of our blog and reach out to the audience from across the globe. This requires two main things primarily namely Hosting and Domain.

Hosting –

This is the powerhouse of your site.

Even though you might not be able to see it but still every website on the internet has a host providing service and most importantly power to it.

To keep it simple and practical a hosting service is the one which is actually responsible for connecting your website to the internet, if there is an absence of a hosting service and hosting provider surely it would lead to no connection of the website with the internet.

Domain –

Domain practically is your permanent address.

You should try and get a unique name that is engaging and induces the audience. Many websites today provide free domains but that is just the case for the newbies. If you are planning to create a big online appearance it becomes a sort of necessity to have your own domains as it goes a long way in building trust  among the users and giving your website a unique identity of its own.

You can surely choose to build your website from the scratch at any time, but that simply implies that youll have to spend a great deal of time coding and then too after inculcating maximum efforts, the end result might come mediocre which can be surely disappointing.

So, in case you dont fancy the idea of toiling and playing around with the codes and the complex language, you can simply adjust your attention and focus to turn to the specialist available at your disposal online .

You can easily start with the purchase of your hosting and domain at the same time.

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Choosing a Hosting Plan

You may choose to go for different options available at your disposal but you can choose WordPress and it is widely recommended to use BlueHost to new WordPress bloggers. Some of the reasons justifying this choice and move are as follows;

(i) Budget is something that gives enough goosebumps to big giant names online left alone the newbie startups and bloggers. To eradicate this thought from the context many websites are available for aid. Hosting service and domains are easily available at a very reasonable price which is a great fact for all the budding bloggers out there trying to make their mark amidst the cutthroat competition.

(ii) You are even eligible for a free domain name when you sign up and this directly ties in with affordability as domain otherwise would easily cost around $10+. The amount in some cases might seem less but it is eventually on the final payment that you realise that the iceberg is just a small part of the glacier.

(iii) You seriously require zero stints with technical knowledge as you can install a wordless software easily within a few clicks and start using it. This eliminates the fear of having high technical knowledge which is widely prevalent among the budding bloggers. Having said that, you can always choose to get in the production mode of the website in the traditional way, but its surely your choice for the simple fact that its your website and most importantly your blog.

(iv) Success surely can’t be achieved overnight and keeping this in view, BlueHost offers plenty of performances to keep your site loading. Being a new blogger, one can be easily carried away by the slams online or simply in the stress of managing the workload and being behind the wheel of the whole process.

(v) You can easily sign up for WordPress hosting at BlueHost. This surely might come across as a daunting task but it is only when you start getting hold of it that you realize that you can realize how easily you can create a personal blog.

2. Install Your WordPress Software

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Install WordPress

Unsurprisingly you will have to install software.

For instance, if you are creating a WordPress blog you will be required to install the software of WordPress. This again might come across as little intimidating but most people are surprised at knowing how easy it is actually to install the software.

After completing the signup part you receive an email from BlueHost.

The email aims at facilitating your experience of logging in into the BlueHost customer area. A simple wizard is available at your disposal once you are done with logging in for the first time.

The wizard takes you through the process of installing WordPress on your brand new site.

Using the easy navigation and the menu available you can launch the Wizard all by yourself and that too pretty easily. Once you are down with the installation process, you finally have access to the dashboard of your new blog.

Having access to the dashboard and that too so easily can surely turn up the mood of the users and this again marks a great start for their own personal blog.

3. Start Writing on your Personal Blog

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Start Your Blog

Yes! You have earned it.

The next step that follows after completing the installation process is to actually give your personal blog some content.

Using the menu and options available at the disposal, you will eventually launch the WordPress editor that would let you write content for your personal blog.

Using”blocks” it facilitates the adding of images or even an embedded YouTube video.

Leaving your blog merely on the responsibility of written content can make it boring at some point of time. To avoid this issue, it is always recommended to keep using pictures and other stuff too. Having said that it doesnt imply that one should stop focusing on writing quality information on the blog  and rely completely on the pictures and Infographics.

4. Looks Do Matter

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WordPress Blog Looks

Looks do matter and why take a chance with your personal blog. After you have actually written content for your first personal blog, you have to change the way how your blog looks. WordPress allows you the luxury of choosing from a huge collection of themes.

The thing with WordPress is that you already have a theme on your blog. It can even be the default theme of WordPress or the one that you choose during the setup wizard. You have a lot of themes for WordPress so you are really not limited to small selection.

The next task that you come across after you have finally chosen a theme for your personal blog is how to install a WordPress theme. Below are the steps that make your journey of applying a theme to your personal blog easy;

(i) Start with hovering over Appearance

(ii) You have to select the Theme. Having various themes to choose from can surely make it confusing but you again have the categories aligned to choose the best and the most appropriate one.

(iii) After the selection of the theme, you have to click on the Add Theme button.

(iv) It is solely your choice whether you wish to do for the free themes or even but a theme for the vast collection. And why not? It’s all for your own personal blog.

(v) After you are done with installing the theme, you just have to click on the Activate button to apply the theme and make it active on your site.

It would be wrong to say that you can’t choose to customize your site after applying the theme.

WordPress offers a feature called WordPress Customizer that lets you make tweaks to your theme. The best part of this being that you can do it without having to know the codes.

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5. Add Functionality to your Personal Blog

While looks of your personal blog do matter and are going to induce the visitors, you have to pay proper attention to the plugins. Plugins are mainly focused on facilitating the functionality of your personal blog.

There is no denying the fact that when you create your personal blog with WordPress, you have the ability to write blog posts and create pages. You can easily add more functionality with the aid of plugins.

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Plugins

Some of the advanced functionalities that you can add using plugins are:

(i) Contact Forms

(ii) Backups

(iii) Improved Search Engine Optimization

(iv) Social network buttons

Naming these functionalities doesn’t imply that only these are available at your disposal. It won’t be wrong to state that you have a plugin available for nearly every function that comes across in your mind. Many might question how to install plugins for your personal blog.

Don’t worry!

 You are covered (not in the literal sense). Jokes apart below are the quick version steps that you can follow to add plugins to your personal blog;

(i) You simply have to go to Plugins and then click on Add New (if it wasn’t obvious)

(ii) If you choose to go ahead with a free plugin available at WordPress you just have to type the name of the plugin you wish to install for your personal blog and install it

(iii) If you purchase a plugin you have to click on the Upload Plugin button and then upload the ZIP file you received when the plugin was eventually purchased for your personal blog.

(iv) This might come across as a very simple and obvious step but you still have to make sure that you activate the plugin after you have installed it. Plugins tab allows you to manage the plugins for your personal blog very easily.

In Conclusion

Having said this, the above-mentioned steps make for the easiest steps to create a personal blog with WordPress. After you are done creating your personal blog you simply have to go ahead and start writing superb content for your personal blog.

You should strive to focus on the content you are delivering before you eventually tilt your attention to getting more visitors to your personal blog and obviously earning from your very own personal blog. Learning is surely the key to success and the first motive should be to actually learn and leave the rest to your performance and the efforts that you put in to your blog and work.

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Still having any doubts about the personal blogging? Feel free to write us in the comments.

A Certified Corporate trainer involved in Leadership and Life Skills coaching with a holistic 3Q approach. As an E-business Influencer and Digital Media Trailblazer, my forte includes Business leadership, Branding, Social Media and Digital Marketing, Online Advertising, Global Marketing Strategy and Refining of Marketing Processes.

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