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Tips and advice on starting a blog.

19/10/2010

It may look really clever from where you’re sitting but if I can do it then anyone can – I promise.

So has the thought been in your mind? Would you like to join in with the fun and community sense found in the blogosphere? People talk about ANYTHING, my blog is principally family, women and life through my eyes but there are blogs on just about any topic imaginable; cookery, gardening, fashion, animals, tips on blogging! You name it someone is blogging it.

I am no way an expert (yet) but I am doing something I enjoy and creating an online diary for my kids, or for me to look back and read one day AND I’m meeting so many new people. Here’s a few steps taken from Yours Truely’s experience starting back in January

  1. Choose  a host blogging site, I chose WordPress on Jean’s advice but you can go to Blogger.com another favourite or Google the word Blog and widen your choice. These sites are mostly free of charge until you wish to upgrade but that’s way down the line.
  2. Choose a name that reflects what you’ll be writing about. Mari’s World encompasses everything happening in my life. Here are a few other names that have caught my eye whilst cruising through the blogosphere Notes from Lapland, Typecast, A Mid Atlantic English, If I could EscapeThe Blog up North, It’s a small world after all, and many many more that can be found on my Blogroll on the right hand side of this blog. Which incidentally needs updating big time.
  3. Register, build a profile (all easy steps to follow), choose a template – which can be changed later on should you wish and you’re ready to start!
  4. Join a forum to meet likewise bloggers and discover who’s writing what out there. I joined British Mummy Bloggers who now have over 1700 members.
  5. I found Erica at Littlemummy.com and I enrolled in her Blogger E course which is a clearly written once weekly email full of advice and tips on blogging. You can also buy her e book and get the whole lot on your PC in one go if you feel like it, to speed up the process.
  6. If you’re stuck for thoughts one day there are plenty of initiatives out there to join in. As you have seen I take part in Tara’s The Gallery, Josie’s Writing Workshop, Jenny Matlock’s Alphabe Thursday and if I’m really stuck for time I head over to Plinky for some inspiration.

Write away! You don’t have to be a writer but you must have something to say, this lady is really funny for example and some people become so well known they start to make money from their blog – this hasn’t happened to me just yet but I’m working on it 😉

You may be asked to review products. I was. Playskool got in touch with me via their PR team a lady contacted me and said a toy was in the post for us to review, it never arrived and even though I have contacted her a few times, she has never got back to me. I don’t know what happened, I collared my new postie and tortured him on the doorstep but he promised he had never received anything, Kim on the other hand says it was – who to believe? Maybe this is a warning that not everyone out there is kosher?

Have fun, write and enjoy learning new skills that one day may come in handy and when you do set your blog up, be sure to come by and let me know so I can add you to my blogroll!

See you soon, I hope 🙂

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7 Comments leave one →
  1. 19/10/2010 9:41 pm

    Hi Marianne – great tips! Although I think I’ve been blogging about the same time as you I learnt a few things there so thank you !

    • 20/10/2010 6:25 am

      Thank you, I must admit I wrote it for beginners as I have been asked by a friend how where and why, whilst I was at it I thought I’d write a few lines there’s plenty more to learn and A Mid Atlantic English wrote a more extensive version.
      I need to find someone writign the next step for people like us who know their way around but need to do a little more now.
      Thanks for coming by

  2. 19/10/2010 10:13 pm

    Thank you for the name check – that was a lovely surprise in my G-Reader just now x

    • 20/10/2010 6:23 am

      We may not chat often but I often have a peek at your site, one of my favourites x

  3. 24/10/2010 7:52 pm

    Good tips! Very handy!

  4. 02/11/2010 5:25 pm

    Thank you for your lovely comment. Just checking – funny ha ha? Or funny peculiar? 🙂 xx

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