Welcome to Techealthiest’s section on blogging for beginners.
Why do we consider blogging to be part of “the technology of health and happiness”?
Because blogging is one of the healthiest actions you can take, especially if you keep it simple as you’re learning how to blog.
What Is a Blog?
A blog is a journal or diary that sits on the internet. It’s a public, digital log created by you where you can share your thoughts with the world.
The act of writing a blog is referred to as blogging, and the person who does the blogging is called a blogger.
A blog post refers to a specific journal entry that reflects the author’s thoughts at a specific date in time. Usually the date in which the blogger posted the blog is listed above each entry.
A blog is a beautiful means of self-expression. It’s a medium for broadcasting your thoughts to hundreds, thousands—even hundreds of thousands—of people who use the internet.
Some bloggers blog daily, even multiple times per day. Others do it weekly or monthly.
Blogs are usually written in chronological order, but they are displayed in reverse order for the reader (with the most recent posts first).
What Is a Weblog?
The word blog is actually short for weblog, a term coined in 1997 by Jorn Barger. Weblog was changed in to blog in 1999 by Peter Merholz. (See the Webopedia link below for a timeline of events regarding the first blog.)
Sometimes weblog is written as web log, but no one really uses this term anymore.
We’ll use the term blog to also refer to weblog.
Why Bother with Blogging When You Can Journal?
People love to blog because it gives them an outlet to share everything from random thoughts to organized ideas related to a specific expertise.
Blogging can feel therapeutic because it gives you a sense of being felt, heard and understood by others.
Blogging can be healthy if you frame your writing experience as offering the world a gift.
When you’re blogging with the intention that other people will enjoy and/or benefit from what you have to say, the experience of creating a blog post heightens your sense of meaning and purpose.
Journaling is also healthy, but your thoughts don’t get broadcasted to the world.
The beauty of the internet is that it offers a platform for your thoughts to be seen by so many people.
What’s the First Decision to Make If You Want to Start a Blog Site?
First, decide what your initial intention is for blogging.
If you plan to blog for self-expression, which I recommend for just about everyone who expresses an interest in blogging, then it’s not hard to set yourself up with a blog of your own and jump into the world of blogging.
If your intention is to blog for money (you plan to blog for the purpose of earning money…yes some people make a fortune doing this), then the first step should also be kept simple.
I call blogging for self-expression passion blogging. You’re basically writing about what you’re passionate about, which is infinitely easier than writing about something you’re NOT passionate about.
Passion blogging is a wonderful springboard into the world of blogging.
Money blogging is just what it sounds like…blogging for the purpose of making money.
Again, my recommendation is to start with passion blogging and THEN decide if money blogging is for you.
So How Do I Start Blogging Now?
When you create a blog, you must have a platform to host your blog.
This platform is often referred to as a content management system or CMS. WordPress is the most commonly used CMS. It offers you the most options in terms of your blog’s look, feel and functionality.
Techealthiest was created using WordPress.
There are many other CMS’s though.
You also need a service to host your blog.
I currently use Bluehost for WordPress Hosting and it’s pretty straight forward and inexpensive.
If you’re the fearless type and want to just jump right in to blogging, you can see how you can set up a WordPress blog in 15 minutes.
Bluehost makes WordPress Hosting pretty straight forward.