If you travel a lot, (or your spouse travels a lot and you need a new hobby), then you might be interested in setting up your own blog, just like I have.
I love blogging because it’s a great way to store your memories, photos and stories, and also to share your thoughts, experiences and advice with like-minded folk. If you love nothing more than relaxing on the sofa each evening with your netbook or writing in your diary after a few games of Foxy bingo, then you might also enjoy keeping a blog. Below are a few simple steps to help get you started.
Know your purpose
The first thing you should do is decide why you are writing a blog and who your audience is. There are millions of blogs floating around on the internet so you’ll want to make yours unique. Try and think of something that hasn’t been done before.
Set up a free account
Then, get set up with a free account. I prefer word press, but many bloggers I know love blogger. Either one will give you all the tools you need. If you are more serious about your blog, then you might want to think about self-hosting.
Think of a good name
The more traffic you drive to your site, the better. Once you have set up an account, think of a good website name to attract people’s attention. Try and relate it to the subject of your blog and make sure the name is simple, easy to remember and easy to spell. (One Trailing Spouse- easy so spell, and to remember, right?)
Jazz up your site
Once you’ve written a few posts try adding some widgets so your readers are able to ‘like’ it or tweet it. Also, consider setting up a comments area so your readers can share thoughts with you. Interacting with readers is a lot of fun and helps you build a community.
Photo by: Denise Krebs
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