I love blogging and I love WordPress. The end…just kidding!
As I am sitting here thinking about what I am going to write about blogging that was what came to mind; but I also know most of you already know this about me. I could tell you a million reasons why every writer needs a professional blog but that would take way too much time. So the two main things you need to know about me right now, before you read this post, is that I love blogging and I love WordPress. So my post might sound a little bias, but I have been in the online business industry for over 12 years so I’ve learned a lot along the way.
A lot of you are already bloggers, so that’s great! Some of you aren’t, and some of you are bloggers wanting to take your blog to the next level. Whoever you are, and whatever stage of blogging you are in, this post will help you tremendously!
Here is how you can establish a professional writing blog:
Get a self-hosted website: I know this seems really off-the-charts difficult to do because it is overwhelming for someone who is new to the online/blogging world. Sometimes it is easier to start a free blog, and I say you need to start somewhere so start with free if that’s what is going to get you writing.
But one thing I have noticed about writers is that they L-O-V-E (Love, love, love!) creating new things.
They love having the freedom to create a blog, or a book, or an article, that uniquely represents who they are. When you get a self-hosted website/blog you will finally have the freedom to CREATE!
I have two resources for you when it comes to getting a self-hosted blog:
- If you want a platform that is easy-peasy and your blog is all set up for you then I recommend Studiopress Sites. Their prices seem a bit pricey until you consider what comes with the hosting plan; the plans basically includes themes that typically costs you over $100 to purchase separately and they are THE best WordPress themes available (in my opinion of course.) With Studiopress websites you will receive web hosting and several professional blogging themes, too. Click here to read more about Studiopress sites. Now with studio press sites you do need to register your own domain name and you can do that through Bravenet.
- If you are looking for more a DIY plan with lots of help and support then I recommend mom webs for your self-hosted WordPress website/blog. They are a web hosting company owned by some really fabulous work-at-home moms. The hosting plans are affordable and they offer help with moving your blog over to them. You can register your domain name through them if you like. The only difference really between mom webs and studio press sites is you do not have access to the Studiopress themes and you would need to purchase those separately.
Next week I will talk more about making your blog pretty. If you have any questions about starting up your professional writing blog then please feel free to post them in the comments and I will either answer them there or in a future blog post!
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