A number of blogging services provide free blogs and others blogs at a modest cost. Here we will concentrate on two of the larger services: WordPress and Blogger. Setting up your blog is simple enough, the blogging services make that very easy, there are some items that you should consider carefully.
Your blog is a website of your own. Blogger and WordPress set up your site when you sign up and you can define the details later and modify it to reflect your style and a “look and feel” that suits your topics. Here are images of the home pages at Blogger and WordPress.
Your first decision is to select a web address for your blog. Such addresses take the form myblog.wordpress.com on WordPress, on Blogger it is myblog.blogspot.com.
The hard part is the “myblog” name. Most people select a term that is descriptive of what the blog is all about – this blog here uses “livewriterbasics” because this is the general topic. There is nothing wrong with a whimsical name. Many people use their own name for their blog address. As you would expect, to get a blog account you need to a user name and password so you can log into your account securely. The blogging service also needs an email address so information and other communications can be sent to you. That is about it, click Sign up and your blog will be set up.
The blogging service takes you to your “dashboard”. Here the various account and design details can be taken care of. Each blogging service has a default design. Your blog will be set up with that design. You can make changes later but some you should do right away. For a WordPress blog go to the General page (under Settings in the navigation pane on the left). Here you can assign the title that should be featured on your blog. There are other choices and options, but this blog is about Windows Live Writer, there are numerous other sources that can help you with the details. Each blogging service has good tutorials that get you going. Take advantage of those help tools.
You can create and publish posts from your blog dashboard. Windows Live Writer makes that a lot easier. So this will suffice for this post. How to get going with Windows Live Writer is the topic of another post.
© 2011 Ludwig Keck