Continuing the series of how to create, maintain, promote a new blog with a post which would help the readers to make a note, think and evaluate the steps suggested below before creating a new blog. This post has been written after having been on the blogosphere for over a year and a half now and having made small mistakes, interctions with so many bloggers and getting their views as well.
Creating and maintaining a blog is NO BIG DEAL, it's NOT difficult and most importantly it's NOT just for 'dorks, nerds and geeks'. On the contrary once you start blogging you'd experience that blogging is a highly effective medium to channelize your creative energies and showcase your talent easily.
For a person who's never created a blog before it's an evolving process wherein a blogger learns with baby steps and keeps growing with every new post on the blog. But, with this post I plan to expedite your learning process so that you can over come some problems which you might face if you don't know anything about blogging. Please read the steps which have been arranged chronologically and will help you to set up your own blog.
- Decide the subject area or purpose of the blog: This is extremely important for a successful blog. The subject of your blog could be any of your likes or topics you plan to blog about. Narrowing down to the main purpose of the blog provides a clear vision for the posts and the content that would be displayed. Just to help you take this decision, you can choose to click here and view a list of 101 such ideas.
- Determine if your blog will be an anonymous one: A substantial number of blogs are related to personal lives, and regular updates about the blogs' owner. It could be appropriate to classify these blogs as journals. Often these blogs are written since people find an easy outlet to talk about their college life, relationship problems, sexual orientation, family/friend/work issues in a funny, sarcastic manner. For many, this is therapeutic as they share their problems with their readers and their faithful readers interact with them through their comments. BUT, many a times personal blogs can make the blogger vulnerable if the blogger mentions the names, locations, private details etc. There have also been problems of online stalkers and bloggers falling into trouble due to not maintaining required anonymity. Ifyou wish to create a personal blog I'd request you to please take proper precautions. Use variables like the guy/girl named 'X'; my boy/girlfriend number 02; the guy/girl from school/ work who is such a pain instead of declaring names. It might be a good idea to create a pseudonym to secure yourself as well.
- Think of a great name: All the steps mentioned here are meant to be used purely at users discretion especially this one. Having said that, I'd suggest you do give the name of your blog enough thought since it would become a brand as soon as it's publicized and you've created a strong reader base for your blog. The easiest thing to do is to start a blog with your own name and if need be, there's nothing wrong your name being the namesake for your blog. But if your content is dedicated towards a particular interest area, thinking a good name for your blog could help later. I would suggest to think a couple of names just in case if you can't register your first choice due to non-availability of username.
- Create a separate email address for your blog: I'd strongly recommend you to create a separate email address (probably 'email@example.com') for all your blog purposes. This will enable you to synchronize your blog related mails, subscriptions, reader interactions, your blog based twitter account to a dedicated email address. Also, if you choose to earn revenue out of your bog, a separate email address would help you to easily sort out all your revenue generating subscriptions to a single email address.
- Choose the site where you'll host your blog: I'd leave this decision on you. I'd suggest you to choose blogger since it's quite popular and you'd not face any problems with the settings of the account (all your Google account settings will be default since blogger is Google's service), connecting the RSS Feeds (Feedburner is a part of Google) etc. However, you also have a couple of options available besides blogger likeWordPress, Tumblr, Posterous etc. For the record I've tried maintaining a blog at Posterous, BUT I ended up coming back to Blogger. More about that in future posts.
- Create your blog: Now that all the necessary groundwork is done, you're ready to create your own blog and enter this magical, fulfilling and extremely addictive world of bloggers. Welcome to the bloggers community.
That's my take on the steps which a reader must think of before creating a new blog for themselves. Hope they help you in deciding your approach to your blog. Please do let me know if this post helped you in that respect. I know my blog is being read by many bloggers who have been around on the blogosphere much longer than me. If you're one such blogger, your thoughts, views, comments would be valued.
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