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Start a New Blog in 1 Week

RSSOn January 1, 2003, two other women and I began blogging. We had been writing a popular Q&A column together for over a year on a large web site and decided to go solo. We wanted more freedom, more timely updates, more interaction with our readers.

In truth, I don’t recall whether any of us had ever heard the term “blogging” at the time. But what we envisioned was a site where we accepted questions, posted our answers, and then allowed reader feedback to be posted below the original post.

WordPress was just a glimmer in Matt Mullenweg’s eye and I hadn’t even graduated from hand coding to GoLive (not to mention DreamWeaver). My 16-year-old was trying to help me grasp CSS over table-based web design. So our original “blog” consisted of a groovy web site featuring our column and emailed replies entered daily — by hand.

That was ancient history. Things have improved.

Today starting a blog is exponentially easier and — with some guidance — requires little more technical skill than using a word processor.

The WordPress backend is elegant and straightforward. The Thesis Theme allows for one-click customization and has built in search engine optimization. Having your own domain and hosting means you control your blogging destiny and you present a professional face to the world.

If you’ve always wanted to start a blog, if you have ideas and stories to share with the world, if you want to take the next step in your business — make the move. Start your blog today! In one week, you’ll be sharing your ideas with the world!

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  • Dana February 18, 2010, 9:20 am

    Start a blog is surely easy these days — the difficult is to maintain it trough time.
    .-= Dana @ Blogging Update´s last blog ..How do I Use Google Buzz? =-.

  • JN February 18, 2010, 1:28 pm

    Don’t forget the importance of how the blog is hosted, now that page loading time is a ranking factor in Google we mustn’t overlook the hosting provider.
    .-= SEO Manchester´s last blog ..The importance of blogs, case studies and articles =-.

  • Alison Moore Smith February 19, 2010, 12:40 pm

    Hi JN. Thanks for stopping by.

    I did mention having your own hosting in the post. Although this piece didn’t concern specific recommendations for blogging requirements, I agree that page load time is important. Not just because of pagerank — I tend to get snarky about Google’s control over this issue — but also because a slow load drives away traffic. The more accessible your site, the better.

  • Selurus February 19, 2010, 12:54 pm

    The web is becoming more and more accessible as technology advances. You don’t need to have PC to start your blog, a decent smartphone can suffice.
    .-= Selurus´s last blog ..Google Reader =-.

  • Victor February 19, 2010, 1:00 pm

    I agree. Wordpress is the best blogging platform I’ve ever found, plus the added benefit that the software itself is free of charge, with free plugins, and free themes that are easy to plugin to further extend the functionality of Wordpress.
    .-= Victor´s last blog ..Broiled Lobster Tails =-.

  • Alison Moore Smith February 19, 2010, 2:20 pm

    That is true to some extent, Selurus. You can post to a blog from a smart phone and manage some aspects. But I’d never attempt to code one up from a phone. My thumbs aren’t that adept! 😉

    Victor, I am a big proponent of the open source movement. It’s opened up so many possibilities. If you read my blog, you know there are lots of things I think are well worth paying for, but often open source things are even better than the competition!

  • bbrian017 February 19, 2010, 3:30 pm

    You know I started blogging after I started blog engage. I watched all these people (who are now my friend) blog and eventually I said I really want to try this. It looked rather easy and little did I know the dedication and commitment it took to launch a successful blog.

    Little did I know my blogging would lead the blast off if blog engage. When people started seeing I wasn’t only the owner of blog engage but I was also a bloggers it’s like they automatically accepted me and started using my service.

    So I still blog here and there. I do the weekly word challenge and I write a few articles on both my blogs. I never knew I would have gone so in depth with blogging and the blogosphere.

    I don’t regret a minute of it. I meet over 1800 people online that know me by name and blog engage is growing so large. It’s been a pleasure blogging and like you I knew little to nothing when I started.

    Thanks for sharing your story with us Alison.
    .-= bbrian017´s last blog ..Google is the new wave backup for restoring lost articles and comments =-.

  • Alison Moore Smith February 19, 2010, 6:47 pm

    Brian, I had no idea you came to blogging through the back door, so to speak. Given that, what you’ve build with BlogEngage is even more remarkable. It’s generally much easier to tap into the needs of a market when you’re part of the market.

    Years ago I owned a mail order education company that offered products to homeschoolers. (I sold it to a Maryland corporation in 1997.) Being a homeschooler, I was intimately familiar with the needs, routines, frustrations, and tastes of the homeschool community. But time and again I saw people who were not homeschoolers — but saw the market potential of a fast growing demographis — try to step in and gain market share. And time and again I saw them flop, because fundamentally they didn’t understand the market they were trying to target.

    You, on the other hand, did a great job at assessing the market of bloggers. Even then, I’m guessing that blogging yourself will give you an even better understanding.

  • Ileane February 20, 2010, 11:29 am

    Wow, I got two blogging histories in one just by reading this post and the comments, especially from Brian.

    I’m glad it’s so easy to start a blog because I never thought it would be. It’s also a lot of fun.

    Thanks for the history lessons.
    .-= Ileane´s last blog ..Social Networking in 2010 from EricaSays.com =-.

  • Dan North February 21, 2010, 7:54 pm

    Your blog is getting me jazzed again. I just recently started into blogging through site blogging to build up my site traffic. I found your blog through Blog Engage from reading submissions and voting. I am already hooked, both here and at Blog Engage. Ok now I need to get working on this and get into full blogging as well as the site blogging.

    Thanks you are a real inspiration.
    .-= Dan North´s last blog ..Confused By Chase Bank 1st<br>and 2nd Loan Modification =-.

  • Danny Brown February 21, 2010, 10:31 pm

    Hey there Alison,

    This is such a great idea. One of the things I’ve found with folks nervous about taking up blogging is the set-up process. Which host; what look; what platform, etc. The fact you take all that fear away and offer it as a standalone service – great idea, and one that’s bound to be really popular.

    Thanks for letting me find this from your comment 🙂
    .-= Danny Brown´s last blog ..Little Green Men =-.

  • Alison Moore Smith February 21, 2010, 11:53 pm

    Dan, I dare say that’s one of the nicest posts I’ve received on this site. It is so very nice to know that it’s been helpful to you in a small way. Very best to you in your business and blogging!

    Thanks, Danny. I much appreciate that.

    It’s funny, sometimes, how long it takes an idea to occur. I’ve been blogging for seven years and helping other people out for almost that long. Why did it take till 2009 for me to just make the official offer? I have no idea!

  • Keith Davis February 26, 2010, 2:40 pm

    Hi Alison
    Great advice you are giving here and a great theme you are proposing… Thesis!
    Always get jealous when I see blogs with Thesis theme.

    I’m new to blogging and setting up the database etc was all a bit daunting.
    Cpanel is useful for beginners and there are lots of videos out there.

    Hope people listen to your advice… and get blogging!
    .-= Keith Davis´s last blog ..Practice, practice, practice… =-.

  • Alison Moore Smith February 26, 2010, 8:29 pm

    Hey, Keith. Thanks and welcome. I see you promote public speaking? I’m a convention speaker (homeschooling, organization systems, goal setting, family stuff) and just really love it. It’s even better than singing — which stuns me!

    Glad you’ve been able to get started blogging. I know so many people who want to but can’t get over the learning curve. That’s why I started this new blogs service, to do the technical background stuff so others can just write or sell or whatever they want to do online.

    My newest client (just signed on a few hours ago) is an author. She wants to promote her new book and the forthcoming books. She wants to interact with her readers. She does not want to spend her time learning to set up sites! That’s what I’m here for!

    And, Keith, if you ever want to get setup with Thesis, just let me know. 🙂

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