The birth of a blog
Starting a blog is easy, but then what….
Well the blog is there and it is alive. I noticed that I spend a lot of time perfecting the blog posts before I publish them. I suppose that is the perfectionist in me.
The whole point of ‘Blogexercise’ is to experiment and to learn while the blog is online so it should not be important if I make mistakes. The point is to write and publish posts, see what works or does not work and then find out how to correct it.
When starting a blog, you’ll find that there is a wealth of information out there. In fact there is simply too much and it is confusing to know what to do and where to start. Many people just like me have started to blog and learn on the job. It is not difficult to start and websites such as WordPress and Blogger have made it very accessible even for the computer illiterate amongst us.
I like to add that it ‘seems’ not difficult but when you dig a little deeper, it appears that you ideally make certain decisions before you start and in order to do so you need to know more about the whole process than initially said. For instance should you go for an all inclusive hosting service or should you self-host? To understand what this actually means you need to know about domains, hosting and web addresses. Well when I started I had heard about all these things but had too little understanding to make an educated decision whether I need an online service or should self host.
One professional blogger who has made a living out of teaching people like me how to blog, claims that a crucial factor in making a decision about self hosting or a hosted blog is your ‘technical ability’. Well that means that I and probably many others should go for the hosted online service but….. if I have aspirations to add advertising to my blogs it is better to self host! It apparently is complicated to transfer blog content at a later stage. It is possible but again you need to have a ‘certain technical ability’ to make such a transfer.
So what’s next?
Where does that leave me? I think I like to create a couple of blogs about certain topics. Topics I know something about, I have worked with and can teach others about. I may like to attract advertisers and add Google ads but with a hosted blog it is very hard to have input how the page will look and where ads will be placed. That is how I understand it at the moment and I have set myself the task to get some clear answers.