The idea of starting a blog seems simple on many levels; you come up with a site name, put your words to digital paper and you’re done, right? If it was only as simple as that to start a blog then everyone would be doing it. 🙂 That said, what do you do if you’re not terribly skilled technically but still want to start a blog? While it may seem daunting at the beginning, that should by no means be a deterrent to anyone wanting to start blogging.
It Does not Take Much to Start a Blog
There are many paths you can take if you’re looking to start a blog in terms of what kind of platform to choose. Tumblr, Blogger and a self-hosted WordPress account all offer free, robust blogging platforms. Speaking personally, I’d go with WordPress as it simplifies the process of starting a blog and provides a community to turn to for technical support. With the prevalence of WordPress, there are many tutorials available online including classes offered here on Blogelina (shameful plug I know ;-)). The point is that you generally don’t have to create a new website from scratch as WordPress, along with choosing a good theme will do much of the work for you as you start your blogging journey.
Plugins Can Make Your Life Much Easier
If you’re feeling comfortable now with the process of starting a blog but you’re still feeling overwhelmed about the idea of managing the daily content and activities of a blog, don’t give up! Lack of programming or coding knowledge does not have to stop you from starting a blog. That is where the beauty of plugins come in. The great thing about plugins is they do much of the heavy lifting for you and many of them are free. It is helpful to know some coding if you plan to start a blog, but you certainly do not have to know it. Just be careful not to load too many plugins into your blog as they can bog your site down and make it move slower.
Starting a Blog is Half the Battle
If your technical knowledge level is holding you back from starting a blog, fear not as it can be done. That said, the other battle when you start a blog is the time commitment it can take, especially if you plan to grow your site and make money blogging. A lot of that will stem from promoting your blog and making connections with other bloggers so you can continue to grow your site. While blog promotion may seem easier to handle, the time commitment required to maintain it is an entirely different animal altogether.
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