Do you love it? Blog it!

By Jessica Sly

Businesswoman using laptopDo you have a passion for something and a little extra time? Consider starting a blog.
What is a blog? It’s an online “journal” of sorts where a person can share information and opinions, display photos, etc. on a regular basis.
It lets you share your hobbies with other Internet users, develop knowledge about a subject, refine your writing skills, and it only takes about 10 minutes to set up!
Here’s how to get started:

Choose a theme. Do you paint? Collect vintage cars? Have strong opinions about movies? The theme can be anything! You could even start a blog about your everyday life.

Choose a name. This will become your blog’s identity. It should be fresh, catchy and easy to remember.

Choose a host. There are tons of free host sites out there, such as Blogger, Tumblr, WordPress, Blogetery, Livejournal, Blog.com and Areavoices (which can be started through the Echo Press website).

NOTE: If you’re ready to commit to blogging regularly, then it would be best to get a personal domain, which can cost about $5 to $10 per year. This is done through a domain host site, which can cost about $10 per month.

Choose a design. Most blog sites have templates and set themes that you can use to customize your blog. If you use your own domain or have the technical know-how, you can create the design from scratch.

Choose a start date. Develop your ideas, plan some posts, determine a writing schedule, and start blogging!

REASONS TO
START A BLOG:
● Improve writing skills
● Channel creativity
● Network with others
● Build an online presence
● Make a difference
● Have fun
● Express opinions
● Learn more about your interests

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