ULTIMATE GUIDE: What is Blog? Blogging? Blogger? How to Start A Successful Blog [2016]

In today's age, almost all the people are using the Internet. Smartphones, speedy internet, they used to spend most of their time online, whether it is about from sharing the messages, videos, music via social networking sites or searching about they want to explore or to or selling or buying, shopping the things such as clothes, shoes, electronic devices & much more. Money Making Blogging - Every time people make the use of the internet to get what they want instead of moving a single step, just like willing to do everything only by sitting in the chair. Now you might be thinking, why am I telling all this as you know all very well. The only & the important reason is that; along with all the online things, you can share your thoughts and ideas online through a medium called as a "BLOG." And today we are going to explore one of the basic but fundamental parts to know all about blogging. This is the ultimate guide that going to describe - What is Blog? What is Blogging? How to Start A Successful Blog. Keep reading.
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What is Blog? Blogging? & How to Start A Successful Blog

What is Blog? Blogging?

The blog is a medium used to share your knowledge, ideas, experiences or moreover, news, updates via online pages. Blogging is the best way to stay updated and connected with all over the world. Publish your thoughts and all your audience will ready to discuss. It's a great way to promote all your ideas on the World Wide Web.

First time I came across the word "blog" in 2009 when I was in last year and was doing a thesis. I was searching everything on internet more than on library. I was unaware of such concept. That time I thought it might be another kind of social networking site because we used to chat regularly on social networks. But soon I got known about a blog. So let's have a look at what actually I got, to find out what is a "blog"?

In short & simple words;

a. A "blog" is an online diary/journal/notebook that contains a complete/ detailed information about a particular topic which should be updated on a regular basis.

b. A "blog" is a personal website where you share your valuable thoughts/ideas with peoples worldwide. It includes pages call blog posts, and it displays a most recent post to be first (chronological order) on the home page of your website.

c. An online medium through which an online author (blogger) communicates with millions of audience.

In 1997 the writer of Robot Wisdom - John Barger, 1st invented the word 'weblog' so that he could get in connection with the people relating to his work. Later in 1999 Peter Merholz modified 'weblog' to 'blog'. To be practical, what are you reading right now is nothing more than a "blog." And you will get lots of pages and their websites like this page while searching on Google. Then what are you waiting for? Insisting you not just read, create your own blog and start sharing your knowledge as I am going to describe to you how to build a blog.

How to Create A Successful Blog

After reading all about blogging and what a blog build for? Someone like you will definitely get excited to start a blog. So have a cup of tea or coffee, breath in and out a deep, get relaxed & be prepared, because you are just a few steps away to create a blog.

You can create a blog by going through each step shown below;
Step 1. Reason to start a blog
Step 2. Subject of your blog
Step 3. Select a blogging platform
Step 4. Choose a domain name
Step 5. Pick a web host
Step 6. Log in & start blogging.

Going through these steps, in the end, you will have your own blog & the time will call you as a BLOGGER, yes a blogger who writes blog pages online. So start your blog right now by remembering that the major investment you have to do is your TIME; that's more valuable. Valuable in the sense, if you keep consistency, you will really worth it.

Step 1. Find A Reason & The Purpose To Start A Blog

Nothing in the world has established without a purpose. When you know your aim, you can walk through it easily & make a mark. Every blogger has a different meaning and purpose to write a blog. Know your mind, thoughts; what is a blog you wanted to plan to write a blog with a unique purpose in your creative brain.

There are some peoples who start blogging as fun, few of them took it as their hobby, more of the individuals want to express their knowledge to people worldwide, but most of the people look at it as a source of earning, as a career. Make your career as a ProBlogger. So before starting, you should know the reason to start a blog.

Know your aim an ultimate reason to blog. The reason is most important fact to stay focused while blogging. Blogging need patience and time and your reason keep you motivated to keep you as a blogger.

The purpose varies from person to person. Why people blogging;
  • Love writing
  • Want to update yourself regularly
  • Love to share experience & knowledge and want to express yourself.
  • Want to connect with the people of similar thinking
  • If you are a business person
  • Fun or hobby
  • To be much more creative & active
  • To be an expert in your field

Also, read; Blogging Tips

Step 2. Choose The Subject of A Blog

Peoples from all the fields have started blogging which has differentiated blog in different categories like a photographic blog, travel blog, technology blog, political blog & blah blah blah... Therefore it is necessary to target a particular subject on which your blog will focus. The reason, people, will get all related information on one site.

You can select your blog subject depending upon your knowledge, recently what is going on in the world or some futuristic ideas which you think will get popularity until the time you will become a professional blogger. Maybe the thoughts of your interest will be an advantage.

Step 3. Choose A Right Blogging Platform

A player needs a ground to play, a biker needs a track to ride; similarly, a blogger needs a blogging platform to blog; without which he can't reach the audience. Choosing a right blogging platform for your blog is a matter of primary concern; since your blog entirely relies on it. There are some blogging platforms like Blogger, WordPress, Tumblr, LiveJournal, etc.

But Blogger & WordPress are the most popular and recommended amongst of all the other platforms. Both of them are very best at their place. But the selection of a blogging platform totally depends on upon the kind of blogger you are. Blogger is suitable for fresh blogger whereas WordPress is best for corporate & business sectors. Blogger is free, and only you have to pay for the domain name. On the other hand, WordPress is a bit costly as it needs a web hosting. Therefore you have to pay for both domain & web hosting.

a. Blogger

If you are a fresh blogger, then the blogger will turn to be a very good platform for you to create a blog. It doesn't require any special skills as an experienced blogger as it's very easy to implement & customize everything. Even you can do fine adjustments easily. The SEO friendly feature of blogger allows user for easy social integration. It's almost a free platform, the only investment (around $ 10) you have to do is to buy a domain name. Also, you don't have to pay for web host like WordPress as the Google provides it for free. If you want to change the outlook of your blog; you just need to open HTML and edit any template code. But the fact is that the blogger unable to fulfill the requirements of special programmers as it doesn't support PHP or asp scripts. Also, it restricts you to have few no. of authors in case you wanted to many writers and limit to create special pages.

b. Wordpress

A highly customizable software totally looks like as it is made for the programmers & web developers, the important reason, it supports PHP scripts. It empowers you to create extra dynamic posts/ content. Allows you to precise & accurate adjustment with the site template-design even on small scale level can do quickly. Wordpress updates itself on a regular basis, and it's a good feature, but that instead of a plus point might turn to be a problem with your currently using widgets or plugins as they might not be work with new WordPress update. And this allows you to invest more time to remove such kind of errors & find its solutions. Along with a domain & web hosting, you require a framework for full customization support which is so cost consuming. WordPress provides professional web designs for your website. Websites based on WordPress platform loads more quickly as compared with Blogger site.

Blogger Vs Wordpress

Both of them are known to be very best blogging platforms which you need to create a blog. When it comes to select any one of these, it totally relies on What sort of blogger you are as both have some advantages & disadvantages. Each platform has pros and cons, read more: WordPress Vs. Blogger [2016] - Choose the Best Blogging Platform | Comparison | Pros & Cons

Step 4. Pick A Perfect Domain Name For Your Blog Site

Domain is nothing but an address of your blog; it is your online identity so that audience can easily find you on your address. It's like your online home or online office. As you know, my blog address/ domain is problogbooster.com

You can buy a domain for around $10 per year from domain registrar & web hosting companies like GoDaddy, Bluehost, HostGator, iPage, etc. While selecting a domain, some things should be taken into consideration that,
  • It should be easy to read & pronounce.
  • Easy to remember
  • Unique
  • Should express what your blog is about/ contents of the blog.

Simultaneously keep in mind that the address should possess extension like .com, .net, .org, & stay away from fancy extensions like .rocks, .biz. The commercial extension ".com" is more preferable & suitable also.

Also read: Rules For Choosing The Perfect Domain Name

Step 5. Web Hosting - Choose The Right Host for Your Website

Web hosting is home for your blog where all your blogs data/ content like images, blog post writeups & so on is stored, just like hard drive works for the computer. It's a company that pushes your website always online on the internet so that anyone can see it anytime. Those who want to use blogger, they don't need to buy a web host as Google provides free web hosting for blogger, but it is limited to some extent as,
  • You will be unable to create sub-domain; like blog.yourdomain.com
  • Unable to create custom web pages.
  • You may have to depend on the third party as you can't host script on your site.
  • It limits total upload size of pictures (up to 1GB).

There are plenty of web hosting companies across, who offers 24/7 service, but in my opinion, it's best to go with BlueHost as it provides;
  1. Excellent 24/7 customer support with a live chat help to solve your query.
  2. No limit for storage space.
  3. Unlimited bandwidth.
  4. The control panel is easy to use & richer with features.

BlueHost usually offers three primary web hosting plans,
  1. Standard - useful for beginners who have to deal with the max of a single domain.
  2. Business - useful for experienced bloggers who deals with more than one blog.
  3. Pro - useful for corporate persons.

They have flexible payment options either monthly or once in 3 years. The longest plan you choose, the cheapest rate you can get. Also, you can get up to 75% discount by using a coupon code.

Read more: BlueHost Coupon Codes [Sept., 2016] & Review: Get 72% Off + FREE .COM Domain

Step 6. Login & Start Blogging

Once you have completed above all steps, then you are ready to start your own blog.

1. For blogger -

- register at blogger.com
- click on the new blog on your dashboard.
- now you will see space to enter your title & address, fill it & choose a general template.

2. For WordPress

Once you have opted for a domain & web hosting plan then it's time to register yourself. It may take some time to register your account. You will get a confirmation mail after your account is ready. Now log in to control panel & install WordPress.

Once you logged in, create a new blog post and start sharing your ideas and thoughts on your own website.

Just keep in mind that, for this blogging field, you need much more patience, hard working as it takes some time to get you settle down as a professional blogger. You learn at the every moment online that will improve your internet & computer skills. You need to stay in touch with the people or all your followers & to be updated as your blog requires regular updated. As a result of this, you will learn new things every day. Through the blog, you get connected with people worldwide directly through your blog.

Vinayak SP
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