How to Start A Blog – A Beginner’s Guide

Starting your own blog

I wrote this article in response to a reader’s comment on my previous blog post “America’s Got Talent: Viral Videos of My Favorite TV Show”:

Comment on How to Create a Blog

Have you ever thought about starting your own blog?  How do you start a blog? I will provide some guidance in this article.

 
How I got started with blogging

You can easily start a blog.

In 2004, I was introduced by a friend to Xanga.com, which was a blogging site.  I immediately fell in love with blogging.  I was excited I could start my own blog. I wrote about my own experiences about things I was learning at that time, as well as life experiences.  I quickly found that I love to share knowledge.  I love to share my experiences.

A few years later I found out about WordPress.  I created a WordPress .com blog “http://calvinklee2010.wordpress.com” and started posting blog articles.  It was fun and easy to setup.  No coding experience is required.  I could simply click on “write new post”, write about my random ramblings, click “post”, and then my blog article will be live on the Internet for my readers to enjoy. That WordPress.com blog is still functional, but now I have moved to my new official blog “www.hellocalvinlee.com/blog”.

I could easily share my WordPress .com blog article on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media.

For WordPress.com blog:

Pros

  • It’s free

  • Easy to use and set up

  • No coding experience required

Cons

  • Limited customization

  • Cannot set up an e-mail subscription list

To start blogging today, go to www.wordpress.com.

The need for more functions: starting my own website

Website for my self-published books

In late 2015 I found out about self-publishing books on Amazon (see my books here: www.amazon.com/author/hellocalvinlee).  After I published 10 books, I decided to make my own website.  I got to a point that WordPress.com did not have the functionality I needed.  I wanted to build an e-mail list.  The free WordPress.com blog did not allow me to build an e-mail list without upgrading to the premium version for $400-500.  I did not want to pay that much money.

Then I found out about web hosting and creating my own website domain “www.hellocalvinlee.com”.  I chose to use Blue Host (www.bluehost.com) as my web hosting and used WordPress as my content management system (CMS) (www.wordpress.org).

Note: WordPress.com and WordPress.org are two different things! WordPress.com is the free, limited functionality blog version. WordPress.org is the fully featured version that many big companies websites use, such as

  • TechCrunch

  • The New Yorker

  • Sony Music

  • Best Buy

  • Xerox

  • ESPN

  • Fortune

  • Time Inc.

  • New York Times, and so on.

See complete list here: http://www.wpbeginner.com/showcase/40-most-notable-big-name-brands-that-are-using-wordpress/

Web hosting and domain name registration costs need less than $10.00 a month.

With my own website, I have the flexibility to customize my website and blog that the free WordPress.com blog didn’t have.  I could add a lot of plugins such as social media sharing buttons, showing related posts at the end of each block article, customize my logo, add e-mail subscription capabilities for my readers, and so much more.

You can read more about the WordPress plugins I use in this earlier article: http://www.hellocalvinlee.com/wordpress-website-plugins/

 

For building your own website:

Pros:

  • Highly customizable

  • Can start building an e-mail subscription list

Cons:

  • Cost money (very cheap at less than $10/month)

With web hosting and creating your own website, you still don’t need any coding experience.  I have no coding experience, also I’m thinking about learning some coding to customize my websites further.

I really love building my own website, because I can customize it the way I want.  There are a lot of free resources on the Internet on how to build a website and a blog.

What are you waiting for? You can start a blog today for free.

Please leave me a comment and tell me about your blogging journey. 

Comments

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4 Comments on “How to Start A Blog – A Beginner’s Guide

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