By Thomas Wong
What is a Blog?
“Blog” is an abbreviated version of “weblog,” which is a term used to describe web sites that maintain an ongoing chronicle of information. A blog is a frequently updated, personal website featuring diary-type commentary and links to articles on other Web sites. Blogs range from the personal to the political, and can focus on one narrow subject or a whole range of subjects.
Many blogs focus on a particular topic, such as web design, home staging, sports, or mobile technology. Some are more eclectic, presenting links to all types of other sites. And others are more like personal journals, presenting the author’s daily life and thoughts.
Generally speaking (although there are exceptions), blogs tend to have a few things in common:
A main content area with articles listed chronologically, newest on top. Often, the articles are organized into categories.
An archive of older articles.
A way for people to leave comments about the articles.
A list of links to other related sites, sometimes called a “blogroll”.
One or more “feeds” like RSS, Atom or RDF files.
What you need to start a blog?
To start a blog, basically you need a domain name and a hosting package.
A domain name is just like a company name. For example http://www.ohsoonguan.com is a domain name. If you are making a business minded blog, any domain name will do. But if you want to make money online, you will need to do so keyword researches to find a profitable niche keyword for your blog.
A hosting site that offers hosting package is just like a shopping mall offering shoplot for rental. Registering your domain with a hosting site open your blog to worldwide visitors.
Where to get a free blog?
Blogger.com is the most popular site to get your free blog. If you like to setup one now click the below link and following the instruction to setup a free blog of your own.
Go to Blogger.com
Click on Create A Blog. Next you’ll have to log in to your Google account, or sign up for a new one. But that’s up ahead.
Create or sign in to your Google account
Google owns Blogger and Blogspot, which are the same exact thing as far as I can tell. It’s probably some merge-ownership thing, but remember this: Blogspot and Blogger are the same thing!
Title your blog
Come up with a unique and memorable title that quickly summarizes what you foresee blogging about in your new Blogger blog. Don’t stress too much, you can come back and change your free Blogger blog title at any time. This is great because I know my blogs have a tendency to go way off in some direction completely different than I had originally intended. But that’s just me.
Pick one of the free Blogger templates
Make sure you test out and preview a few of the free Blogger templates offered. If you don’t see anything you can tolerate, just do a quick Google search for “free Blogger templates” and you’ll easily find lots of templates. Some of them are even worth using!
Publish your blog
Now all you have to do is click Continue and then click on Start Blogging. Congratulations, you have just learned how to set up a blog with Blogger. Now all you need to do is fill it with great content and start driving traffic to your blog, so people will see your hard work!