Sensible Blogging: Where to start?

Sensible Blogging

At the beginning of the month, I was planning on offering a web design tip or tutorial every Tuesday.  I hadn’t started yet because I wasn’t quite sure where I should start, but after thinking it over, I’m simply going to start with a series on blogging in general.  Where to start?  What’s the difference between Blogger and WordPress? Do I need a domain? How do I buy a domain? And answering other similar questions like these.

This week I’m going to answer the question “Where do I start?”

How do you start a blog?  Well, first off, you need an idea or a main topic that you’ll be blogging about. In order to narrow this down some questions you might ask yourself would be:

What would I like to blog about? (For example, family and parenting, homemaking, frugal living, or scrapbooking.)

What are my passions and interests?

Do I have a hobby that I could share with the world?

Is there a gap in some area that I could fill in with my knowledge and expertise?

What would my niche be?

Once you know what you want to blog about you’ll need to ask yourself a few more very important questions:

Have I researched this area well?

What is my motivation for blogging?

Do I have time for a blog, and how will I fit posting into my daily life?

Have I discussed this idea with others for their input, and what do they think?

After you’ve researched your idea and you know what you want to blog about, it’s time to decide on a name for your blog. This can be tough because there are so many blogs already out there that there’s a good chance someone else has already thought of the name you’d like for your blog. I ran into this problem back when I started blogging two years ago. I was starting a frugal blog on coupons, deals, and saving money, and well….let’s just say there’s no lack of these types of fabulous blogs out there.  Finding a great name that someone else hadn’t already chosen was a bit challenging, but I finally came up with “A Lot of Savings” and stuck with it.

I started my first blog on Blogger, so, before I had purchased my own domain (we’ll discuss how to do this in the coming weeks), I used blogger’s free domain of www.alotofsavings.blogspot.com. Please notice that my domain name (www.alotofsavings.blogspot.com) was the same as the title of my blog, A Lot of Savings.

May I please suggest that you always try to keep the title of your blog the same as the domain name of your blog? For example, don’t title your blog “Happy Mom” and have your domain name be www.threekidsandme.com. Sure you could do this, but why? It makes it harder for readers to remember your domain name if you do?  If your blog is titled “Happy Mom,” then make your domain name, www.happymom.com or if you haven’t yet purchase your own domain, www.happymom.blogspot.com or www.happymom.wordpress.com. Having the title of your blog and your domain name the same from the beginning makes a lot of sense and helps readers to find your blog and refer it to others easily. And that’s what we want, right? :-)

Next week, I’ll discuss the differences between blogger, wordpress.com, and wordpress.org, to help you decide which platform is the best fit for you.

Make It Happen Monday!

make it happen monday

I made up our February family calendar last night.

You can scrape me off the floor on February 23rd.

Seriously.

We or should I say mainly *I* will be extremely busy in February. I’ll be finishing up a web design program that I’ve been doing since the end of December, and going to school at night at the local community college (two nights a week). Doing the web design program has been easy so far because it’s been mainly review of things I learned last semester at the community college, but starting on February 1st, it’s going to get a lot harder because for the month of February, I’ll be learning JavaScript and Flash, two things I don’t have much experience using.

The web design program ends February 22, and I’ll feel a whole lot better after that.  My head may be ready to explode, but I’ll be happy to have the program completed and be able to concentrate on other classes I’m taking at the community college. I’ll be glad to finally know how to use Flash and JavaScript, too.

This week our schedule is full but manageable.

Here’s my to-do list for the week:

:: make out grocery list for Whole Foods to shop on Tuesday (I saved $10 there last week using coupons!)

:: work on blog design project that I never got to last week (must finish!)

:: workout at the fitness center two days this week

:: go to library with kids and check out new books plus pick up book on hold

:: look for a recipe and make cookies with Isaac

:: cook with David

That’s it! Happy Monday!

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Week 2 Weight Loss Update

Well this week’s loss wasn’t as great as last week’s, but still something which is what I’m going for.  My weigh-in day is Sunday morning, and I was 222.5 lbs. so I lost one pound.  Altogether, I’ve lost 6 pounds in two weeks.  That’s a pretty good start.  But I didn’t exercise at all last […] Read more »

Thankful

I’m thankful to the Lord to be able to home school our children while at the same time going to school myself. Breanna is happily working on her homework in the picture.  We use a curriculum called Switched-On Schoolhouse which is a computer-based home schooling program. The program does all the lesson planning which includes […] Read more »