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Details of Getting a Blog


Blogs, the abbreviation of Web Logs (online journals), are becoming more and more popular all the time. People are starting new blogs at an astounding rate so it's safe to assume that there are constantly people out there who want to know how to get a blog going. Despite personal feelings about the actual quality of the majority of blogs out there on the Internet, that's what I hope to be able to help you do with this article.

First things first, you need somewhere to deposit your thoughts. You need to decide how you want to attack this. Your choices are:

- To use a blog hosting service such as eBloggy (http://www.ebloggy.com) or BlogEasy (http://www.blogeasy.com).

- To host a blog yourself on a server of your own choice.

Both options have their free or paid subsections. The blog hosting services mentioned here are free but there are paid services out there. MSN now offer 'Spaces', which are essentially blogs attached to your MSN account and may be of interest to some. Web hosting can also be free or paid but you'll find it difficult to find a free service that will offer you the features you'll need to run a blog backend. One place to look is your Internet Service Provider (ISP) that may offer some free web space. This web space often contains as many features as many professional web hosting packages although it offers less space. Blogs tend not to take up a whole lot of room so this shouldn't be a problem. The advantage of hosting your own blog over using a service is that you have greater control over how it works, how it looks etc. You also don't have to put up with there being ads on your page (unless you find some free hosting which usually has advertising put at the top of your site). The downside is that it can be a bit more complicated to function.

If you're going to host your own blog you'll need to find yourself a blog backend. This is the program that runs on the server and allows you to upload new journal entries while allowing other people to view them. You'll have to either choose a backend that fits within your web hosting package's limits or a hosting package that meets the backend's requirements. The general requirements are PHP and MySQL but you can get some backends that work solely with PHP or even Java. It's important to make sure that you can change the read/write permissions of the PHP files on your server (using CHMOD or an equivalent, talk to your host-they'll know what you're talking about). There's a nice breakdown of many different beckends and their features and requirements that can be found at, http://www.asymptomatic.net/blogbreakdown.htm. I personally use Pivot because it doesn't require MySQL and it has RSS distribution, which is nice.

Once you've got yourself a hosting package and a backend you need to install the backend. This can get tricky but most of them come with an install program and you should be able to work through it if you follow the instructions that will undoubtedly come with the package. If you run into difficulties your hosting provider's support team should be happy enough to help you along.

So now you have yourself a blog up and running; it's time to fill it with content. What you write is up to you. Generally people write about their lives, how they feel, what they think, and similar topics. You can be much more diverse and creative than this though. You could for example post creative writings on your blog, as well as discuss news and current affairs, or anything else that you can imagine. It's your personal space to write what you like and get it out there for others to read and give their opinions on.

Making people come and read your blog could take some effort. You need to make them aware that it exists and keep it interesting so that they continue coming back. Nothing kills off a readership base like a lack of updates. At first you can start small with your 'publicity' by telling friends and family about it. Put a link to your site in your MSN or other messenger program nickname. Put a link in your email signature so that everyone you email sees it. Get your friends interested and they'll tell others and you'll probably be able to build up a small community with relative ease. For attracting the broader public you need ways to let the wider community know you are out there. Spend time at other people's blogs, make it a habit to head over there and read their posts. If it's appropriate put a link to your site in a comment box or guest book on their site. Visit forums related to blogs (or just forums in general) and become an active member there. As long as you have a link to your site in your signature, people will probably head on over for a look.

You can also submit your blog to lists such as Blogrank.net (http://www.blogrank.net). These are sites dedicated solely to getting people into blog sites, and while it may be hard to climb into the higher ranks, simply having your site listed will probably improve your hit rate. You could also submit your site to as many search engines as possible. Perhaps you could even write yourself an article like this one with your link in the bio field. Beyond this you're going to have to work out your own methods for publicizing your site. Just think creatively about how and where you can get a link put in and you'll be fine.

Getting your blog set up and running can be an involving task but the results will be worth it. A final word of warning: Don't get too engrossed in your blog. You need a life in order to be able to write about your life! As I wrote in a previous article it has been found that blogging can sometimes have a detrimental effect on a person instead of the positive effect that it was designed for. Try not to write only for yourself; it's a public forum for others to read so try and write entries that will be of some benefit to the wider community as well as to you. Blog safe and have fun!

Daniel Punch
M6.Net Web Helpers
http://www.m6.net


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Debbie McMurtry Celebrates 10 Years on Staff for RSS Feeds Service Provider  StreetInsider.com

A return to blogs (finally? sort of?) - Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard
A return to blogs (finally? sort of?)  Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard

My views, my events: Zoho Chief Vembu asserts after tweet rage over RSS event - ETtech.com
My views, my events: Zoho Chief Vembu asserts after tweet rage over RSS event  ETtech.com

The Death of the Good Internet Was an Inside Job - The New Republic
The Death of the Good Internet Was an Inside Job  The New Republic

Happy 25th year, blogging. You’ve grown up, but social media is still having a brawl - The Guardian
Happy 25th year, blogging. You’ve grown up, but social media is still having a brawl  The Guardian

Farewell to the blog - Politico
Farewell to the blog  Politico

What Happened to Tagging? - JSTOR Daily
What Happened to Tagging?  JSTOR Daily

A Farewell to Feministing and the Heyday of Feminist Blogging - The New York Times
A Farewell to Feministing and the Heyday of Feminist Blogging  The New York Times

WordPress vs. Wix: What's the Best Website Platform for Manufacturers? - ThomasNet News
WordPress vs. Wix: What's the Best Website Platform for Manufacturers?  ThomasNet News

As Microsoft moves more blogs off its MSDN and TechNet sites, here's how to stay current - ZDNet
As Microsoft moves more blogs off its MSDN and TechNet sites, here's how to stay current  ZDNet

Brandon Sheffield's Blog - Dreamcast 20th anniversary interview extravaganza - Gamasutra
Brandon Sheffield's Blog - Dreamcast 20th anniversary interview extravaganza  Gamasutra

The Rise and Demise of RSS - Motherboard
The Rise and Demise of RSS  Motherboard

A checklist: 5 steps toward better blogging | 2019-08-31 - grbj.com
A checklist: 5 steps toward better blogging | 2019-08-31  grbj.com

‘Hindutva is not divisive, not anti-Muslim … RSS will abide by the Supreme Court judgment on Ayodhya’ - Economic Times
‘Hindutva is not divisive, not anti-Muslim … RSS will abide by the Supreme Court judgment on Ayodhya’  Economic Times

The RSS sutras for the twenty-first century - Economic Times
The RSS sutras for the twenty-first century  Economic Times

Could Blogging Boost Your Ecommerce SEO? - Practical Ecommerce
Could Blogging Boost Your Ecommerce SEO?  Practical Ecommerce

Attorney-Discipline Blogger and Blog Network Owned by Pepperdine Law Dean Hit With Defamation Suit | The Recorder - Law.com
Attorney-Discipline Blogger and Blog Network Owned by Pepperdine Law Dean Hit With Defamation Suit | The Recorder  Law.com

Sweat Equity: Still blogging away on LGBTQ topics, but it's not big money - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Sweat Equity: Still blogging away on LGBTQ topics, but it's not big money  Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

How to Overcome the 3 Biggest Blogging Challenges - Search Engine Journal
How to Overcome the 3 Biggest Blogging Challenges  Search Engine Journal

What Is an RSS Feed? (+ How to Get Started) - G2
What Is an RSS Feed? (+ How to Get Started)  G2

How to Use Guest Blogging to Build Relationships - Search Engine Journal
How to Use Guest Blogging to Build Relationships  Search Engine Journal

Track RSS Feeds (Yes RSS) with Feedly - The Chronicle of Higher Education
Track RSS Feeds (Yes RSS) with Feedly  The Chronicle of Higher Education

25+ Unique Blog Post Ideas to Engage Your Readers - Search Engine Journal
25+ Unique Blog Post Ideas to Engage Your Readers  Search Engine Journal

Chris Zukowski's Blog - How Steam users see your game - Gamasutra
Chris Zukowski's Blog - How Steam users see your game  Gamasutra

9 Places to Share Your Blog Feed to Automatically Update Your Social Media Contacts - Search Engine Journal
9 Places to Share Your Blog Feed to Automatically Update Your Social Media Contacts  Search Engine Journal

Changes to Google Play's average ratings: what to expect and how to prepare - Gamasutra
Changes to Google Play's average ratings: what to expect and how to prepare  Gamasutra

The how and the why of law blogs - ABA Journal
The how and the why of law blogs  ABA Journal

Victoria Tran's Blog - The $0 Marketing Game Guide - Gamasutra
Victoria Tran's Blog - The $0 Marketing Game Guide  Gamasutra

Together, we built a successful digital board games business. Here are 5 crucial lessons we learned. - Gamasutra
Together, we built a successful digital board games business. Here are 5 crucial lessons we learned.  Gamasutra

Making People Understand And Care About Your Game - Gamasutra
Making People Understand And Care About Your Game  Gamasutra

Max Pears's Blog - Engaging Level Design for Combat - Pt 3 - Gamasutra
Max Pears's Blog - Engaging Level Design for Combat - Pt 3  Gamasutra

The simple most difficult challenge of bringing Frostpunk to consoles - Gamasutra
The simple most difficult challenge of bringing Frostpunk to consoles  Gamasutra

Why you should start a podcast soon - Quartz
Why you should start a podcast soon  Quartz

After Tumblr NSFW ban, these adult communities are rising - Fast Company
After Tumblr NSFW ban, these adult communities are rising  Fast Company

Growing Your Blog Using Email Marketing - Business 2 Community
Growing Your Blog Using Email Marketing  Business 2 Community

Meet the New Blogger: Meghna Datta - Duke Today
Meet the New Blogger: Meghna Datta  Duke Today

Cision PR Newswire's Beyond Bylines Blog Featured in Feedspot's List of Top Journalism Blogs - PRNewswire
Cision PR Newswire's Beyond Bylines Blog Featured in Feedspot's List of Top Journalism Blogs  PRNewswire

‘Ideology of socialism is not different from ideology of the RSS … People have reposed faith in BJP leader - Economic Times
‘Ideology of socialism is not different from ideology of the RSS … People have reposed faith in BJP leader  Economic Times

James Margaris's Blog - Why Artifact Failed - Gamasutra
James Margaris's Blog - Why Artifact Failed  Gamasutra

Burak Tezateser's Blog - Steam has a lack of data scientists - Gamasutra
Burak Tezateser's Blog - Steam has a lack of data scientists  Gamasutra

Max Pears's Blog - Engaging Level Design for Combat - Pt 2 - Gamasutra
Max Pears's Blog - Engaging Level Design for Combat - Pt 2  Gamasutra

Unity Scene Hierarchy: Catch that Performance Thief! (Part 2) - Gamasutra
Unity Scene Hierarchy: Catch that Performance Thief! (Part 2)  Gamasutra

Alex Pine's Blog - Methods of creating invisible tutorials - Gamasutra
Alex Pine's Blog - Methods of creating invisible tutorials  Gamasutra

Ruben Torres Bonet's Blog - Unity UI: The Guru's UI Development Diagram - Gamasutra
Ruben Torres Bonet's Blog - Unity UI: The Guru's UI Development Diagram  Gamasutra

Can bloggers, Instagrammers, and influencers deduct travel expenses? - Business Insider
Can bloggers, Instagrammers, and influencers deduct travel expenses?  Business Insider

David D'Angelo's Blog - King Knight's Map: Building Secret Paths - Gamasutra
David D'Angelo's Blog - King Knight's Map: Building Secret Paths  Gamasutra

Andrew Yoder's Blog - The Door Problem of Combat Design - Gamasutra
Andrew Yoder's Blog - The Door Problem of Combat Design  Gamasutra

How to get on the front page of imgur - Gamasutra
How to get on the front page of imgur  Gamasutra

Josh Bycer's Blog - The Reality of Game Development - Gamasutra
Josh Bycer's Blog - The Reality of Game Development  Gamasutra

Ariel Marcelo Madril's Blog - Unlocking Unity Animator's interruption full power - Gamasutra
Ariel Marcelo Madril's Blog - Unlocking Unity Animator's interruption full power  Gamasutra

How to Get the Most Out of Discord - Gamasutra
How to Get the Most Out of Discord  Gamasutra

Wanted: An enemy for RSS to help BJP grow in Tamil Nadu - Economic Times
Wanted: An enemy for RSS to help BJP grow in Tamil Nadu  Economic Times

Jon Ingold's Blog - Designing Investigate Conversations - Gamasutra
Jon Ingold's Blog - Designing Investigate Conversations  Gamasutra

David D'Angelo's Blog - Shovel Knight Showdown: Chester's Choice - Gamasutra
David D'Angelo's Blog - Shovel Knight Showdown: Chester's Choice  Gamasutra

Ethics in the Videogame Industry: A Mythbusting and Scientific Approach - Gamasutra
Ethics in the Videogame Industry: A Mythbusting and Scientific Approach  Gamasutra

Nathan Savant's Blog - Region-Based Narrative - Gamasutra
Nathan Savant's Blog - Region-Based Narrative  Gamasutra

How Painting Works In Chicory: A Colorful Tale - Gamasutra
How Painting Works In Chicory: A Colorful Tale  Gamasutra

17 Non-Negotiable Skills for Blog Writers in Any Business - Search Engine Journal
17 Non-Negotiable Skills for Blog Writers in Any Business  Search Engine Journal

Enough with the Pak obsession. True patriotism isn’t about bashing others - Economic Times
Enough with the Pak obsession. True patriotism isn’t about bashing others  Economic Times

Frank Zhang's Blog - Building a Fantasy VR World in Unity - Gamasutra
Frank Zhang's Blog - Building a Fantasy VR World in Unity  Gamasutra

Eliza developer Matthew Burns on stress, choices that matter, and language of games - Gamasutra
Eliza developer Matthew Burns on stress, choices that matter, and language of games  Gamasutra

RSS Feeds and How To Burn Them - Business 2 Community
RSS Feeds and How To Burn Them  Business 2 Community

Simon Carless's Blog - Steam's 'Follower' counts - hidden in plain sight. - Gamasutra
Simon Carless's Blog - Steam's 'Follower' counts - hidden in plain sight.  Gamasutra

Damien Yoccoz's Blog - How To Write A Kickass Game Description - Gamasutra
Damien Yoccoz's Blog - How To Write A Kickass Game Description  Gamasutra

Simon Carless's Blog - Nintendo Switch: A Discoverability Followup - Gamasutra
Simon Carless's Blog - Nintendo Switch: A Discoverability Followup  Gamasutra

Catherine Fox's Blog - Beyond A Steel Sky - Dev Diary #2 - Gamasutra
Catherine Fox's Blog - Beyond A Steel Sky - Dev Diary #2  Gamasutra

A Postmortem. Making Games Is Easy. Selling Them, Not So Much. - Gamasutra
A Postmortem. Making Games Is Easy. Selling Them, Not So Much.  Gamasutra

Why All Of Our Games Look Like Crap - Gamasutra
Why All Of Our Games Look Like Crap  Gamasutra

Inside the process of creating the score for Temtem: adaptive music. - Gamasutra
Inside the process of creating the score for Temtem: adaptive music.  Gamasutra

How we combined film and comics to create the noir aesthetic of Interrogation - Gamasutra
How we combined film and comics to create the noir aesthetic of Interrogation  Gamasutra

My Roblox Years: Dungeon Life and New Product Science - Gamasutra
My Roblox Years: Dungeon Life and New Product Science  Gamasutra

Kenneth Liu's Blog - Kliuless #54: A Decade of LoL - Gamasutra
Kenneth Liu's Blog - Kliuless #54: A Decade of LoL  Gamasutra

Joris Dormans's Blog - Unexplored 2 Dev Blog: Tiles to Curves - Gamasutra
Joris Dormans's Blog - Unexplored 2 Dev Blog: Tiles to Curves  Gamasutra

Steam Indie Game Sales Numbers - Battle Royale Tycoon - Gamasutra
Steam Indie Game Sales Numbers - Battle Royale Tycoon  Gamasutra

Justin Popa's Blog - Community-driven development - Gamasutra
Justin Popa's Blog - Community-driven development  Gamasutra

Nuvi Acquires Social Healthcare Leader Banyan - Associated Press
Nuvi Acquires Social Healthcare Leader Banyan  Associated Press

A 3D View of How We Got Here - Gamasutra
A 3D View of How We Got Here  Gamasutra

Gafgar Davallius's Blog - Satisfactory: Network Optimizations - Gamasutra
Gafgar Davallius's Blog - Satisfactory: Network Optimizations  Gamasutra

Super Icon - The Long Slow Death of an Indie Studio - Gamasutra
Super Icon - The Long Slow Death of an Indie Studio  Gamasutra

Neil Schneider's Blog - What Client-to-Cloud REALLY Means - Gamasutra
Neil Schneider's Blog - What Client-to-Cloud REALLY Means  Gamasutra

iOS/Android/Steam sales case study: Golf Peaks - Gamasutra
iOS/Android/Steam sales case study: Golf Peaks  Gamasutra

Chris Zukowski's Blog - How players shop during a Steam sale - Gamasutra
Chris Zukowski's Blog - How players shop during a Steam sale  Gamasutra

Verizon selling blogging site Tumblr to WordPress owner - Inc.
Verizon selling blogging site Tumblr to WordPress owner  Inc.

Procedural texturing for hand-painted stylized character pipelines - Gamasutra
Procedural texturing for hand-painted stylized character pipelines  Gamasutra

BJP: Winning at What Cost? - Economic Times
BJP: Winning at What Cost?  Economic Times

It’s not black and white: If you really care about secularism in India, understand both Hindus and Muslims - Economic Times
It’s not black and white: If you really care about secularism in India, understand both Hindus and Muslims  Economic Times

Time to call out Hindutva: Democratic India was founded on freedom, but the two nation theory is diametrically - Economic Times
Time to call out Hindutva: Democratic India was founded on freedom, but the two nation theory is diametrically  Economic Times

Niklas Gray's Blog - Data Structures Part 2: Indices - Gamasutra
Niklas Gray's Blog - Data Structures Part 2: Indices  Gamasutra

Josh Ge's Blog - Rebranding Difficulty Modes - Gamasutra
Josh Ge's Blog - Rebranding Difficulty Modes  Gamasutra

The Indie Dev's Guide to the Chinese Market - Gamasutra
The Indie Dev's Guide to the Chinese Market  Gamasutra

SEO Critique of 3 Ecommerce Blogs - Practical Ecommerce
SEO Critique of 3 Ecommerce Blogs  Practical Ecommerce

Did Activision CEO just confirm Overwatch and World of Warcraft on mobile? - Gamasutra
Did Activision CEO just confirm Overwatch and World of Warcraft on mobile?  Gamasutra

Ruben Torres Bonet's Blog - Unity Addressables: The Final Quiz Analysis - Gamasutra
Ruben Torres Bonet's Blog - Unity Addressables: The Final Quiz Analysis  Gamasutra

Blog or Podcast: What Best Helps the Entrepreneur? - Business 2 Community
Blog or Podcast: What Best Helps the Entrepreneur?  Business 2 Community

How do we improve resource harvesting in Real Time Strategy games? - Gamasutra
How do we improve resource harvesting in Real Time Strategy games?  Gamasutra

Epic Games' attempt to go fee-free on Google Play indicates disappointing Android performance - Gamasutra
Epic Games' attempt to go fee-free on Google Play indicates disappointing Android performance  Gamasutra

The Trump Modi tango: How the PM used Houston event to tactfully reset the India-US relationship - Economic Times
The Trump Modi tango: How the PM used Houston event to tactfully reset the India-US relationship  Economic Times

Battle royale in Q3: Game for Peace dwarfs its competitors as Fortnite on iOS decays for fourth consecutive quarter - Gamasutra
Battle royale in Q3: Game for Peace dwarfs its competitors as Fortnite on iOS decays for fourth consecutive quarter  Gamasutra

Nadya Primak's Blog - Is a Game Development Degree Worth it? - Gamasutra
Nadya Primak's Blog - Is a Game Development Degree Worth it?  Gamasutra

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Analysing the success of Free Fire, the other king of Battle Royal  Gamasutra

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