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!
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.