Creating a blog or weblog is not to be really that complicated. No elaborate preparations are required either. However, there are some things you’d need to decide upon. Since a number of blogging service providers give you many choices in terms of blog template, layout and color themes, you have to make some decisions yourself.
The following is a basic guide on some considerations before making your blog:
Theme: Decide on a general subject that you would be writing about. This is the nature of the content that you will share with your readers. This can largely depend on your interest. Thereare hundreds of topics under the sun that you can write about– the field of arts, politics, current affairs, poetry, or almost anything or literally anything you can think of can be chosen. You may stick to a single theme or you can prefer to write about whatever interests you on a daily basis. Since this will be your very own journal online, you can be as flexible as possible every aspect.
Blogging Provider: Next you need to choose a blogging service provider to use. This may depend on the type reviews that you gather them from acquaintances, friends or other blog users online. Otherwise, you may always try something out and discover yourself if you like it. You may try out any of these popular and free sites: WordPress.com Blogger.com, Livejournal.com, Typepad, Blogagotchi.com, TheDiary.org, JournalHome.com, Blog.com, Webs.com, Mindsay.com, Diaryland.com, Blogdrive.com, or Xanga.com among many others.
Templates: A wide variety of blog templates are made available on any blogging service you decide to create your blog on. Choose the one you like the most. There are many free blog templates and blog layout sites all over the web.
Freebies: One great advantage with these blogging service providers is that they can make your blogging experience as interactive and dynamic as possible. They enable you to set up add-on features (some call these blog apps) that include pictures, button, blog feed, tags, shoutbox, guestbooks, guest maps, moods, comment areas for readers’ thoughts and opinions, etc.
Additional Features: Some of these may not be free. But as the interweb evolves many blog developers create dozens of interesting applications weekly. For some, you need to pay an amount to avail them. Some are free. You just have to search for additional blog features or blog extras online.
Nature of weblog: You must decide on a type of target read for your blog-whether you want it to be read only by a chosen group, or may it be available everyone. This will largely depend upon the blog content.
Layout: Again, from the wide range of blog layouts to choose from, decide which one will
Blog Content: You may choose a specific subject theme and write articles about it on a regular basis, or simply decide on any random subject that interests you at any time. You may experiment by putting up content for a certain period and observe the kind of response you get, and later modify it as needed.
Blogging Circle: Blogging is a great way to keep in touch with people from all over the globe. You will be able to surf and visit bloggers’ sites. Never spam in their comment section, instead, write a sincere comment if you need to something to say about a specific post.
Skins: You may customize and personalize your blog as to your liking. Using a software such as Photoshop can help your create your own blog skins and make your site look unique and personalized.
Publish: Finally when you’re finished selecting the settings and preferences, selecting a kind of content to write about, you need to publish the content. However, you must remember to send the link to your blog to your friends and acquaintances or social network sites to bring in visitors to your site.
A simple blog barely takes fifteen minutes of your time to create. Now all you have to do is to maintain your blog. Here are some tips that would help you keep your blog going:
Update: Frequently update your blog content, otherwise visitors might stop coming to your blog. Writing regularly will also build your confidence to churn out better worded articles in the future.
Personalize: Even if your blog content discusses general and universal topics, add-in your own personal touch to make you blog posts more interesting.
Theme: If blog about a specific theme or subject, you may Google for other blogs of the same kind and build your network.
Spelling and Grammar: Always proof read your blog articles and blog posts. Spelling and grammatical errors can be a major turn off for many readers.
Advertisements: You may choose to host ads to sites like Google AdSense and in return earn revenue by placing their banners or links on your blog.