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How To Get Your Own Blog

Facebook has presented so many good writers and I think a blog would be ideal for many of those writers. How about you?
Blogs have become incredibly popular in the past few years. Most website owners and users of the internet have a blog. I know, you want to get into blogging but not sure how to go about it. Sites like Blogger.com have made it easy to setup and make posts on your very own blog.
Well I am here to show you how :) We will go over everything from signing up for your very own blog on Blogger.com to choosing a template to finally making a first post. What is Blogger.com? It is a sight that hosts blogs for free. Yes, it is FREE! This really makes it easy for anyone to have a blog as you do not have to set up a website and host it yourself. All you have to do once you have signed up with Blogger.com is login, write you post and click on submit. Thats it!

Now you are wondering what your web address will be on Blogger.com? Your new web address will be http://yourname.blogspot.com. One thing that people dislike about Blogger and other free sites is you do not have the freedom in choosing a name. You are limited in choosing only what is available. If you are wanting for example: http://Mntwins.blogspot.com you more than likely won’t have that available to you.

Signing up for a blog on Blogger is fairly simple. First go to Blogger.com and scroll down the page and click on the button that says “create your blog now”. You will then be taken to a page where you will enter an email address that you created to login to your blog, a password and a word verification.  You will have to check “I Accept Terms of Service”. Click Continue.

Next, you will be taken to a page where you will choose the blog title, blog address, and another word verification(which is done to prevent auto-signups). When you type in your blog address, you can click a link that says “check availability”. This will tell you whether or not the desired name is available. If the first name you wish to have is not available, keep typing in different variations of the name until you find one that is available.

After you have put in all the information, click “Continue”.

Now we are going to choose a template.  After you click “Continue”, you’ll be asked to choose a template. The template can be changed at any time after you sign-up for the blog, so you don’t have to choose an “official” template now. If you scroll down, you’ll see a variety of different templates. Click on the one that you like best and then click “Continue”.

After you’ve chosen a template, you’ll see that your blog has been created and that there is a button to “Start Posting”. Click that button.
You’ll be taken to a page that is similar to the posting page at a message board. There is a “Title” field, where you can put in the title of this particular blog posting. Then there is a
bigger field, which is the body of your post. Type all you want in this “Body” field, as there is no limit.

Note that there are options above the field to bold, italicize, underline or spell check the text. There is also the option of changing the size and color of the text, plus the ability to add bullet points, numbered lists and even pictures. For now, you’ll just do a simple “Welcome” post.

In the “Title” field, type “Welcome!” In the “Body” field, type your message. You could start with a simple introduction, talking about yourself and the purpose of the blog. When you’re done typing the message, click the “Publish” button. It is worth noting that you can choose to save the post as a draft, if you want to go back and later finish the post.

After you’ve clicked “Publish”, you’ll see that your blog has been published successfully. Click the “View Blog” link to view the results of your work. You’ll now see your post.
How do I log in now that my first post is published?
You’ll go to Blogger.com and click on the “Old Blogger” link at the top right of the page. Type in the email address and password that you signed up with.  You’ll be taken to the
“Dashboard” of your blog. If you want to enter a new post on your blog, click “New Post”. Then follow the instructions mentioned in the previous section. Or if you want to edit the
template, add/edit elements to your page, you’ll click “Settings” and then “Template”.

Now that is all there is to it. Now the fun begins. I hope you enjoy blogging as much as I do. Blogs, whether thay are hosted at Blogger.com or another free blog site, are incredibly useful and fun.

Lets get started!

 

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