I have been wanting to write a blog for the longest time, but I never thought I would have anything interesting enough to share. After some soul searching and self knowledge, I discovered that all of us have something to share, good or bad, funny or sad (that rhymed!) or something related to any experience we might have had at some point in our lives.
As someone that had immigrated to the USA at 27 years old, leaving everything behind, no family or friends here, some really bad decisions, some not so bad ones, I am sure that I have a lot I could share, but, for now, I will share how I created my WordPress blog in less than one day.
Even though I have a technical background, I have never created a website for myself or any type of content (besides rare appearances on social media).
At first I thought the process would be way more complicated, but it ended up being much simpler.
I am not going to give you a step by step process because you can find those in about 250 other sites in the internet (thanks Google), so I would rather tell you a little more about how it all worked on my experience.
Creating The Blog
When you are creating a blog or website, the first decision you need to make is which platform you want to use. There are a number of platform that can host your blog, including free and paid options. If this is your first time setting up something online and you have no experience at all, I would recommend you look at free options like the Blogger platform, owned by Google. If you have a little more online experience and want to get a better looking blog, you can look at options such as Wix or Medium.
If you have plans to monetize your blog and customize it with lots of plugins and widgets, Wordpress is definitely the best option. Besides being easy to use and flexible enough to make different types of websites, the software itself is completely free and, according to recent surveys, WordPress powers at least 32% of all websites in the internet.
After doing a lot of research and test driving some of the platforms, I decided to use WordPress to create my blog, especially due to the flexibility and the huge number of themes, plugins and widgets available in the market.
Even though the WordPress application itself is free, you will need to purchase a domain and select a service to host your WordPress blog.
Deciding the domain to use wasn’t an easy task. I wanted something that would sound professional, but could also be used to express my opinion and personal beliefs. It took me couple days to come up with a domain that I liked and was available for purchase.
After the domain, the next decision was where to host my website. I did a lot of research, checked different reviews from reputable websites and compared the different plans available and especific features.
AND THE WINNER WAS……..
Here are the reasons I chose bluehost :
– bluehost is one of the largest hosting companies on the planet
– They are an official WordPress recommended hosting provider and come pre-installed with WordPress by default
– bluehost is reliable, fast and has 24/7 customer support
– Very affordable plans starting at $3.95/month with a free domain
You can click here to learn more about bluehost’s plans and features.
After signing up to hosting with bluehost , I was able to install WordPress with one click.
The next step was choosing my theme and start customizing the blog. There were a lot of free themes available, especially for blogging. I usually go with the clean look with a little of spice, but there are themes for all tastes. Make sure you find something that shows a little of yourself and your personality.
A good resource for free pictures that you can use to add to your blog posts and pages is Pexels. They have thousands of high quality pictures available for download and free to use.
It took me about a week to do all the research, test drive other blog platforms, etc. But after I had all the pieces together, it took me only a few hours to put it all together.
It took me a few years to make the decision to blog, but I think I can get used to this. It feels good to express myself and feel heard (or read). Don’t be like me, start now. Don’t be afraid of exposing yourself. There’s a lot within you that we all should have the chance to know. And at the end of the day, it is all about the message, and I am sure what you have to say can definitely help someone.
Give it a try and let me know how it goes.