Blogging has gone from a pastime to a highly paid job and everything else in between in just about a decade. The evolution of this career choice was astonishing and it is still ongoing. All the stages of this evolution are still present as well. For example, we still have hobbyist bloggers who run blogs just for fun. On the other hand, we also have people who blog part-time for a bit of cash on the side (including blogging for SEO purposes) and people who are highly paid professional bloggers.
What amazes me is that there are still a lot of people out there who virtually know nothing or nearly nothing about bloggers, blogs and have no idea about the culture that is developing around it but more and more people are starting to give notice.
If you want to set up a blog and try out your writing skills, but are still new to the whole thing, I’m going to give you a few general tips related to how to set up a blog and a few more about the whole being a blogger thing.
How to set up a blog
These days, this is a fairly simple process. There are a lot of ways you can go to set up a blog in a ridiculously short amount of time.
Of course, I have to start with the reigning champion of blogging platforms. WordPress is pretty easy to learn and you can use WorPress.com to get your own free subdomain with a couple of important features included. They also offer you a wide choice of different free templates and an option to go premium, if you want to take things to a more serious level.
Blogger.com is the most popular blogging platform with beginner bloggers since it is the easiest one to set up. It also offers you some freedom when it comes to customizing the look of your blog, but falls short compared to the beauty WordPress templates have. One of the things I admire is the fact that you are not asked for any money when you want to go for a custom domain.