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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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Hey now lets users create blogs and newsletters right from their emails  The Verge

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The Rise and Demise of RSS  Motherboard

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Chrome is Testing a Follow Button for Websites  WP Tavern

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Link to the Original Articles in your RSS Feeds  Digital Inspiration

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What is RSS? And Is It Still Important?  Small Business Trends

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eBay Kills Affiliate Tool that Drives Traffic to Seller Listings  EcommerceBytes

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WordPress wants to help more people into blogging  TechRadar

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Keith Burgun's Blog - Adding Strategy to your Tactics  Gamasutra

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Mike Marrone's Blog - Game Dev Digest Issue #74 - Visuals and Math  Gamasutra

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news Packers-Saints Week 3 Live Blog Sep 28, 2020  Packers.com

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RSS’s standardised Hinduism – Part 2  Times of India

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Daniel Kleffmann's Blog - Collaboration games in the aftermath of COVID-19  Gamasutra

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A Few Simple Benefits of Using An RSS Feed  Business 2 Community

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Phaedra Boinodiris's Blog - Combating Toxicity in Online Games  Gamasutra

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Start RSS Feeding Content Today With dlvr.it to Social Media [How-To]  Rocks Digital

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How to Auto-Post your Blog Updates to Twitter  Digital Inspiration

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The eccentric economic ideology of RSS and BJP – Part 2  Times of India

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The four reasons why Indian liberals are a fast-disappearing species  The Times of India Blog

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Time has come for an all-India Muslim party  The Times of India Blog

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Google AdSense Ads in RSS Feeds - First Impressions & Screenshots  Digital Inspiration

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Why Google killed off Google Reader: It was self-defense – Gigaom  GigaOM

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Jacob Jameson's Blog - Unity Shader Graph Quick Tutorial - Dissolve Shader  Gamasutra

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8 Ways to Get (And Keep) Blog Readers  Backstage

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

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Art Design Deep Dive: Dynamic 2D lighting in Dwerve  Gamasutra

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My Own Personal Extinction - Scientific American Blog Network  Scientific American

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‘Saare jahan se achha’ is a better economic mantra  The Times of India Blog

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How to Submit a Podcast to Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, and Spotify in 2021  Voices.com

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India less secular but far from a one-party state  The Times of India Blog

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Is there a bigger agenda behind drug probe against Bollywood stars?  The Times of India Blog

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How to Write a Successful Blog  Digital Inspiration

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Web 100: Best law blogs  ABA Journal

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The NVIDIA GeForce CES 2021 Live Blog: Game On  AnandTech

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Facebook refused to remove anti-Muslim posts to not upset Modi govt: WSJ  The Times of India Blog

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

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The AMD CES 2021 Keynote: A Live Blog from 11am ET / 8am PT  AnandTech

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What Hindutva trolls can learn from Gandhi  The Times of India Blog

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5 Indisputable Reasons Why You Need a Blogging Strategy  Social Media Today

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Intel's CES 2021 Press Event: The Future of Intel (A Live Blog, 1pm PT)  AnandTech

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How to Set Up a Subscription Podcast on BlueHost - Chron.com  Chron.com

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Wanted: An enemy for RSS to help BJP grow in Tamil Nadu  Times of India

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XML – RSS  Business Blog Consulting

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Nintendo Switch Game Sales: The Three Biggest Misconceptions  Gamasutra

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Lee Odden  Business Blog Consulting

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Chris Zukowski's Blog - Why people aren't buying your game  Gamasutra

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How a blogger in Florida put out an early warning about the coronavirus crisis  The Washington Post

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How to Migrate your Blog from Blogger to WordPress  Digital Inspiration

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Technology Blogs  TechRepublic

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Add Inside Higher Ed content to your site  Inside Higher Ed

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Farmer agitation: Use iron fist in a velvet glove  The Times of India Blog

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8 Simple Steps That Will Give Your Wordpress Blog an Efficiency Makeover For 2014  Search Engine Journal

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AMD's "Where Gaming Begins" Radeon Live Blog: Starts At Noon Eastern (16:00 UTC)  AnandTech

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Reform suggestions for Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh  Times of India

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How to Move your Blogger Blog on Custom Domain to WordPress  Digital Inspiration

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Publish your Blog to Amazon Kindle & Earn Revenue  Digital Inspiration

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100 Best RSS Feeds to Follow Engineering News  SociableBlog

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

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FOVO: A new 3D rendering technique based on human vision  Gamasutra

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How to Read More and Become an Expert Blogger in 30 Days  Business 2 Community

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Introducing Circuit Breaker, a new gadget blog from The Verge  The Verge

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12 ways to automate and systemise 95% of your blog promotion strategy  Econsultancy

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Update: RSS feed authorship - BlogTalkRadio  BlogTalkRadio

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Blogvertising  Business Blog Consulting

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Timeline: The Life of the Blog  NPR

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Pranab Mukherjee elucidates constitutional values to RSS, but did he also do an Advani on Congress?  Times of India

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5 Tips For Giving Your Readers Their Best RSS UX  Search Engine Journal

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This day, 75 years ago: Contrary to dogma RSS did take part in the freedom movement, including Quit India move  Times of India

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Arogya Setu app, Niti Aayog CEO face RSS fire over app links to e-pharma companies  India Today

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Data for journalists: understanding XML and RSS  Online Journalism Blog

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

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What is Mr Modi’s plan for India’s Muslims?  Times of India

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How to find ‘feeds for leads’ as a journalist  Online Journalism Blog

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26 Platforms for Blogging  Practical Ecommerce

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Link Outreach Emails: The Right and Wrong Approach  Business 2 Community

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Content Syndication Basics: Who, What, Where, When, Why & How  Search Engine Journal

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