The fundamental feature of being a blogger is to have a blog. (Uh der!) But how do you get a blog started?
The first thing to do is; don’t panic. (Good advice that’s applicable in so many situations!) Don’t let all the techie speak get you in a spin, if you can microwave popcorn you can start your own blog.
I’m going to walk you through the options available, demystify the technical and give you some helpful links for further reading.
It’s time to become a blogger!
Hopefully you’ve asked yourself the 2 questions you need to have answers to before you start a blog. (If you have no idea what I’m talking about take a quick minute to go back and have a look at this post.)
Got your answers? Awesome.
While you’re in the thinking mood I’m going to drop the hardest question I know on you…
What are you going to call your blog?
Now, this is a great example of do what I say, not what I do.
When I started my online life back in 2002 on LiveJournal I just went with the handle I’d been using in IRC (did I just make your eye twitch with all the nerd speak?). Basically I used the nickname I’d been using to chat (hide behind) online with.
It seemed like an easy thing to do and at the time I didn’t think much past the 2 minutes it was taking me to sign up to LiveJournal.
Now, all these years later (lets not count how many years exactly!) I wish I’d given it a tad more thought. Even when I registered my domain in 2008 I didn’t think much past moving my online journal to my own space.
There’s been lots of times (an embarrassing amount of time has been spent debating my online name) when I’ve wished for the ability to change my blog name, and in January 2014 I came really close to ditching GnomeAngel and going with something else that I felt was more fitting.
In the end I stuck with it because it’s become part of who I am (to the point where I have friends who only ever call me gnome).
The main problem with my blog name is that it really doesn’t tell you anything about me (other than I’m no angel and I have a thing for gnomes) or the niche I write in. This has been both handy (I’m prone to change my niche at a moments whim) and a bit of marketing nightmare.
So, in an effort to help you learn from my impulsiveness I’ve collated some handy reading on the topic of naming your blog:
- 5 Blog Naming Basics @ ProBlogger – I love this down-to-earth look at coming up with your name.
- Choosing the Perfect Blog Name @ The Daily Post – This post is great because it’s an insight into how 2 successful bloggers picked their name and how they’ve lived with that decision.
- Brainstorming a Name for Your Blog @ Text Fixer – A no nonsense look at picking a domain name.
My advice: At the end of the day you just have to go with something that you’re not going to cringe when you say it to a complete stranger and then own it, own it, own it.