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How Do I Start A Blog? Ask Anne The Pro Writer

Hi Anne,

Let me first say that I absolutely love your blog!  I read it almost every day without fail and have been lucky enough to land a few writing gigs from your job listings.

I’m an aspiring writer, and have been working freelance since graduating from university (approximately 6 months).  I don’t earn enough to support myself solely on writing, but I feel like I am generating quality pieces for a portfolio.

In the spirit of self-marketing, I am considering starting a blog, a place where I can further write about things that interest me, and where I can post links to other writing I’ve had published.

There’s just one problem – I don’t really know how to go about starting a blog! I know you can download WordPress (for free?), but after that a discussion of web hosts etc., ensues and I get lost in all the technical mumbo-jumbo.

Do you have any advice on what a good web host would be and how to go about starting a blog?

Many thanks in advance for your time, and thank you for all the useful information you provide on a daily basis!


Hi LB,

Thanks for the complements!

Starting your own blog is a great idea. And a blog is perfect for a site that is designed to market you because it’s so easy to update.

Yes, WordPress is the software I use here and it is free.

And yes, first you need a host. A host or web host is simply a business that rents you space on their big computers (servers) for your website or blog. They then serve your site up when someone asks for it. For example, when you come to AboutFreelanceWriting.com you’re actually calling on a server owned by HostGator.

I do this now through my friend, Bob Moyer at In Venia Design. He can set up the whole thing for you if you want. Call him or send him an email and ask what he’d charge.

And when you’re ready to get a host you also need a domain name. Use your own name if it’s available. (I check domain names at godaddy.com but I don’t order from there. I want to buy my domain names through my host just to keep things simple.)

You can also do the whole thing yourself if you’re willing to struggle with the tech stuff a bit. Doing it yourself is, of course, the least expensive way to do it. It can seem daunting at first, but many of us have slogged through it to good effect.

The article, You’re a Writer – You Need a Website or Better Yet, Your Own Blog, may also be helpful.

Does this make better sense now? If it doesn’t ask again.



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  • Kelly

    You’re welcome. I’m aspiring, too, and read your blog even when I don’t have time to get to the many other writing blogs I subscribe to. One day, I hope to be to the point of asking the pro a question myself!

    • Anne

      I love to hear that, of course! And keep at it and you too will be a pro.

  • Kelly

    You can pay Wordpress.com $10 and use your domain name with them. It’s what I do.

    • Anne

      didn’t know that… $10 a year? Sounds like a good solution, thanks.

  • Kelly

    For someone as new to blogging as LB, it might be a good idea to start out with a free Wordpress blog (the “gateway” blog, if you will), get used to just using Wordpress, and then move on to the complexities of paid hosting, Wordpress installation, and deciding whether to pay a Web designer.

    • Anne

      the problem with that, Kelly, is that she won’t have her own domain name; when she switches, which I’m pretty sure she’ll want to, she loses whatever marketing value she’s gained in the move.

      Better, I think, to bite the bullet and do it right the first time.


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