Even though there are many blogging platforms available, Google’s Blogger (also known as Blogspot) and WordPress are by far the most popular platforms used by bloggers.
If you’re new to blogging, I’d recommend that you start with Blogger — because it’s free and very easy to use. Although I subscribe to the opinion that WordPress is better than Blogger, I still would advise you to start with Blogger before moving to WordPress.
Now, let me walk you through the simple process of setting up your new blog on Blogger. Just follow the following steps:
Setting up the blog
- Visit www.blogger.com.
- If you already have an account with Google (such as a Gmail account), enter your email and password in the columns provided.
- If you don’t have a Google account, click the red “sign up” button (top right) to register an account first.
- On the Confirm your profile page, you’ll see two tabs. Click on the one by the right (Create a limited Blogger profile). An empty column will pop up under for your display name. In this column, enter the name you’d like to be displayed on your blog and on your posts. (You can use your real name or a pseudonym.)
- Check the “feature announcements” box.
- Click “continue to Blogger”. (You’ll be taken to the next page.)
- On the next page (Your Name’s Blogs), click on “New blog”.
- In the spaces provided, enter the title of your new blog and your preferred URL address.
- Choose a template from the displayed options to start with
- Hit the “Create blog” button.
And that’s it! You now have your new blog. And you can start blogging right away.
Click on the “start blogging” link, and you’ll be taken to the Overview page.
On the left side of this page, there is a menu with a list of tabs — Overview, Posts, Pages, Comments, etc.
Before I explain how to publish a new post, let me tell you more about these tabs:
- Overview: displays summarized information about your blog — such as number of page views, comments, etc.
- Posts: displays your published posts as well as those saved as draft.
- Pages: displays your blog’s stand-alone pages — such as About page, Contact page, etc.
- Comments: displays the comments left by readers on your blog posts.
- Google+: displays your Google+ profile (if you have set it up).
- Stats: displays vital statistics about your blog, including information about your traffic sources, audience, posts, etc.
- Earnings: displays your Google Adsense earnings (after you’ve set up Adsense for your blog). Don’t tamper with this for now.
- Layout: displays your blog’s layout (you can modify this as you wish).
- Template: displays your blog’s template.
Publishing your posts
To publish a new post on your blog, follow these steps:
- Click the “New post” button (top left). (You’ll be taken to another page, on which you’ll write your post title and body.)
- Enter the topic of your blog post in the “Post title” field.
- Write your post body in the large space created.
- Using the appropriate buttons at the top of the large area, format your text (bold, underline, or italicize) and add links or images (if you have any).
- See the “post settings” tab by the right. Under it, you’ll see the following:
- Labels: Enter a category for your blog post
- Schedule: Choose “automatic” to publish the post instantly. Or set another date and time of your choice (past or future)
- Permalink: Set the URL for your post. (Choose “custom permalink” to change it to anything you prefer.)
- Location: State your location (not necessary)
- Options: Specify if you want to allow your readers to leave comments on the post.
Using the appropriate buttons by the top right, you can publish the post to send it live, preview it before publishing, or save it for later editing and publishing. If you’re ready to see your post live, hit the “publish” button.
Now, you can see that setting a blog is very easy — on Blogger. I’ll explain how to set up a WordPress blog in another post that would come later.
Now, following the steps listed in this post, set up your new blog, and let me see what you’ve got.
If you have any questions or contributions, let me know by leaving a comment.
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