Start Blogging“Blogging” has exploded onto the national scene in the past few years, and has gotten to be so pervasive that the next presidential election is said to be partially in the hands of the well-known political bloggers.
A blog (short for web log) is a website which is usually constructed as a set of entries set up in chronological or reverse-chronological order, with the most recent post at the top and older posts near the bottom.
As the blog builds more and more content, older posts are usually archived by week, month, or year.
It’s not difficult to learn how to blog, and within a few minutes you can set up your own free, personal blog.
If you want to know how to blog the best way to learn is to see for yourself.
Go to one of the free blog hosting sites like blogger.com or livejournal.com to start your account; all you need to sign up is an email address.
You can then decide what to call your blog and usually you have the option to choose from a number of different “templates.”
These templates determine how your blog will appear to users, from the color of the backgrounds to the size and color of the text.
Though you can tinker with the template and format of the page later, when first learning how to blog it’s usually best to pick the template you like the most and stick with it for the time being.
Once your blog is setup you can start posting, usually from your own page within your host’s website (Blogger calls this the “dashboard”).
To type up a post, all you have to do is type in the text you want to appear on the blog into the provided text box and click “Post.” Your post will then be published on your blog; it’s as simple as that.
Depending on your provider, you’ll probably be able to add hyperlinks to your blog as well as photos and sometimes even video.
One of the biggest mistakes people make when they’re learning how to blog is that they have no theme or general idea for their blog.
Though it may seem fun to setup a webpage of whatever you want to post at the time, most people won’t want to read it. After all, why bother putting together a blog if nobody reads it? Many people, especially those learning how to blog for the first time, decide to setup personal blogs which work as online diaries.
These can be especially helpful for people who are traveling or moving away, since they allow friends and family to know what you’re up to.
Whatever you use your blog for, it won’t take long to setup, learn how to blog, and start posting away.