Do It Yourself: Building Your Home
Many might think what can possibly be written about blogging after doing it for only a month? Allow me to explain.
I started blogging in 2007 and have been doing it on more than three different platforms. It is definitely one of my biggest passions – how I met a lot of wonderful people from all over the world and learned from one another.
After doing it for some months, I shared about this with my families back home. On a trip home for Christmas in 2008, they asked where I wanted to go with this hobby (that’s how they describe blogging).
It surely got me thinking!
The thinking part was done for about a year because I had no idea what to do first. I finally started planning for this site in the first quarter of 2010. Then it took me three days to set it up and a month later, I transferred it from a free blog site to a paid web host company. I thank all of my friends for testing the page here and there, giving me inputs and showing supports. I really appreciate them!
Of course the next question is, am I done? Well, not by a long shot! There are still so many things I can do with this page which is why I love learning by sharing on-line. When it comes to creativity, the sky is the limit and I’m so up to it! Anyway, after the site was up, I received some e-mails asking about the ‘how to’. Therefore, I decided to write this blog because I believe that we learn more by sharing.
To make it simpler, let me use an analogy: making your own blog site is like building your own house.
First, you need an address.
Think about the name of the site you want to have and do it carefully because of two reasons:
1. It will be your “home” on the web. Therefore, you’d better be sure that it is where you want to be – the place where you belong. You can’t expect people to visit your site and feel ‘at home’ when you, yourself, don’t even feel like being there, can you?
2. Think about the future – 10 years from now, what do you want to do with your site? Will you be blogging forever? Are you sure? If not, can you sell it? Think about this – if you use your own name as a part of the domain, do you think someone will be interested?
Second, you need to prove that the house belongs to YOU!
You need a certificate to prove that your house is yours. It’s the same thing with your site, you have to register it. Of course, you have to pay for your site to be registered on-line. How can you do so? By finding “a registrar” (a company that will register your domain for you). I did it on WordPress because I want to make a blog site. There are many other registrars out there and you can do a search on that.
Third, you need to build your house!
There are 2 options:
1. You can store it on a free blog site like WordPress, Blogspot and other open system blog sites out there
2. You can store it on a web hosting company – the list is long so ask around or do a search on-line
This is a bit technical so to make the story short, if you want more storage / your own e-mail / the ability to add anything you want on your blog site then you should store it in a web host company which means, you pay more. If you want just the basic, you can use one of the free sites.
After making the choice, you need to find the right design for your site. Bear in mind that the design of your site should support your purpose. I’m sure there are a lot of places where you can find helps on how to design a site well. I’ve done it several times on 3 different blogging platforms.
Hard as it may, there is only 1 rule: if there’s a will, there’s always a way.
Fourth, you need to live in your house!
The last but the most important step is to live in your on-line home. How? Write – write – write. I don’t have anything more to say about this because I believe everybody is different. We have different styles and use different medias for blogging. That’s why blogging is so interesting to me – the variety is endless.
There is always a room for everybody.