Do It Yourself: Building Your Home

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It’s been a month since I first opened this page and I really enjoy the journey! I’ve learned more new things in one month than all the previous years combined!

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.



  1. says


    Thank you ever so much for all the supports you gave me last weekend – listening to all my stories about what I went through just to transfer this site. I guess you're as relieved as me, huh? Big hugs!!!



    Yes!!! You and Ita are right. I'm right on target! So I could get the money I paid to edit the CSS on the previous site back. Phew!!! Next is to write more blogs and design this page even further. Thanks so much for everything!!! Hugs right back at you, cousin!

  2. says

    Thanks, Jens! I decided to use that format (with HTML codes for drop cap) because I know this is unlike my other blogs – it is not only a list but also a long one! I might use those list code you posted in your reply in the future. Again, thanks so much! Hugs!!!

  3. says

    Thanks for being here again, Ita! I am using a free theme for and it will do for now. There is always an option to buy the premium one for more features, of course, but I want to build my own. I still have to learn more of the techniques so I look forward to dealing with more HTML – CSS – PHP codes in the near future. 😉 I will try not to bug you like before though… promise! Hugs!!!

  4. novita sumaiku says

    I am happy you finish with the transferring. Its on target right. Good luck with everything…

  5. Vallya says

    Right on target ya,sist? YAY!!!!!! Congrats my DIY cousin…So proud of you…
    What next? 😉


  6. Jens says

    I like the new typography, the way you use Initials (Starting each paragraph with a huge letter = It gives the blog more strength. Also nice typeface (Sans serif=French for without serifs)
    Maybe you should use
    <ol>and <li> for your Ordered lists… or maybe not

  7. Lulu says

    I saw some changes on your home, good ones though.I shall be happy having only limited “creativity” with my free wordpress.
    Keep on being creative, sis, and most importantly keep on writing!

  8. says

    Thanks for being here, sis! After using the free wordpress for a month, in my honest opinion, there's no limit to our creativity. Believe it or not, there are more ready-to-use widgets on the free wordpress than here. The options we have here are so limited and if we want more, we have to go search for the plug in. So it all depends on how to make the most out of what we have according to what we want to achieve. There's always a way – mission POSSIBLE, remember? Hugs right back at you!

  9. Lianly says

    I's not easy to build a blog and share it with relatives and friends, but you finally make it :)
    Congratulatulations yah…..

  10. says


    Thanks so much for all the supports, Nene! I will tell you all about this when we meet soon, okay? I can't wait to fly home and see you all!



    I wish you all the best, Acy! I hope this post can somehow help you. Feel free to let me know should you have some questions about how to build your own blog site.

    Group hugs!!!

  11. says

    Of course you don't look like an idiot! You should ask Jens what happened when I started use this comment system… He found out how the picture work and told me about it. I had no idea how – it's my page. LOL!!! So, no – definitely not an idiot! Silly maybe but silliness is always cordially welcome here. hehe… Thank you so much for being here, Lia! So sorry for not being able to visit your posts back – will do so asap. Big Hugs!!!

  12. says

    Great post! Thanks for sharing! I believe one of the people asking about the “how to” is me! 😀

    I see you have new arrangement again for your blog. I'm so happy for your progress in building your blog.

  13. Vallya says

    Thanks Nene for the support to my sist Lusy..U two gonna meet again when sist Lusy come here soon ya? Hehehehe…^_^

    Have fun..

  14. says

    You know me too much, sis! hehe… I hope I can learn more in the years to come. That's what it's all about, right? Learning by sharing… Thank you so much for all the supports! Hugs!!!

  15. Renee says

    Liking the changes-all is looking great-keep up the good work-I'm sure you'll learn even more this year & be able to add new features as you go. :)

  16. Annie (NJ) says

    I am back sorry for the delay. I think the hardest for me to is find a name for my site. I know i am quite moody.

  17. says

    Thanks for being here, sis! No worries – you can visit my blogs anytime. I can understand the challenge in choosing the right name for the domain. I know I love sunset but I love other things too, like 'books', for instance (my old blog on Blogger was titled “”). That is why it took me 3 months to plan this site. I wish I could help you… Hugs!!!

  18. annie (nj) says

    I love books, gardening, sewing, cooking…etc. sooooo hard to choose a name.

    Thanks you help me other ways.

  19. Renee says

    Nice you're sharing some tips Sis-I've been making website with help of host like Tripod for free for years. I've never paid for my own domain yet-maybe one day-the only thing about free host is that it limits you a bit more with coding like Java Script etc… but when buy the domain you can use such coding. It also puts up ads which can be a pain but what do you expect for free right. lol It's good enough for what I do -family sites & the new website I'm building right now-I would suggest those who want to try it out a bit try a host like Tripod or other that is free but then can be upgraded to a pay site without losing your information you've already worked on. But that's just my suggestion. I find it quite fun to work on sites & coding. We've been talking about things like this for years & learning together. It's been a fun educational journey for sure! Glad we've got to share quite a bit over the years. I'm trying to finish up my graphic design courses now that HMTL & CSS have been over for a long time. (course that is) Keep up the great work!

  20. Nana Kim says

    Congrats, sis!! so happy for you.. anyway, I am using my WordPress ID now, but I dont know why it won't show here in the comment section.,.. I would love to see my pic here, hahaha..
    Anyway, I started blogging almost the same time as you do, back with Yahoo 360, then I was on hiatus for a year.. I started blogging again because I felt that Korean culture is misunderstood by many foreigners. I want to clarify that, in my own humble opinion, so that they learn to accept different cultures and can start calling Korea their home. I lvoe this country and even though there're things that are different from our culture, I try to be open-minded, thankfully my husband is always be there on my side to help me adjusting. Anyway, I am so happy that I start blogging once again, even though my progress will be slower, cos I am a slow typer, slow thinker, basically.. slow in almost everything!

  21. Dave says

    You know something, i have known you for well more than a couple of years now, from those 360 days,
    an since i have known you i have watched you learn an grow till you now have this, your own web page.
    You have done very good with what you wanted to accomplish. Keep it up.

  22. says

    Another post filled with my on-line families who live in other countries and have been learning by sharing with me for years regardless of the distances! Am I lucky or what!


    I love the way I can learn from you and your blogs, sis! It's creativity at its best! I thank you for sharing them with me all these years. Hugs!!!



    Yes, you're right! We've been talking about web design with CSS and HTML for years now and I can't agree more about the fact that it is fun in a challenging way. Thanks for everything, sis!



    Thank, lil sis! I learn about Korea by reading your blogs more than you'll ever know and I can't thank you enough for sharing them! I'm so glad you started your WordPress blog. I look forward to learning even more in the coming years. Hugs!!!



    I wish I could see what you see, Dave, because if truth be told, it's not easy to learn by sharing then grow on-line. There are so many challenges. Thank you for being here and letting me know – much appreciated! I don't know what I to do without the supports of my families and friends both on-line and in the real life. Have a grand Sunday up there!


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