I hope, that in reading my own stories of my less-than-perfect journey through personal development, that you too feel inspired to start your own personal development blog.

So I’ve put together this short series of posts on how to start your own personal development blog.

I did have this in one big blog post, but I thought I’d split it up into seperate sections so you can do each step at your own pace.

Why start your own personal development blog? Because you're got so much to share about your own journey is personal development / self-help / being-the-best-you! None of us are perfect. Not even Tony Robbins! But we all have something to share with each other; the struggles, the victories, the confusion and the light bulb moments. As you share your journey through personal development on a blog, you not only help others... you help yourself by ordering your thoughts and providing a record of all you've learnt and discovered.

Why start your own personal development blog?

If you have any doubts about whether you should start your own personal development blog, then I go through the reasons, and benefits, here.

 

registering-a-domainRegister a domain name

The first step is to decide what name you want to give your blog and then see if that name is available. We then go through the steps of purchasing (registering) that domain name.

HostingThis article is all about setting up hosting if you want to start your own personal development blog. I take you through the steps of setting up an account with hostgator (but there are many other similar ones out there) and we then go into how to link your domain name to your hosting account. Join us as we go through the process, step by step.

Now you need to think about who is going to host this website for you. There are many web hosting service providers. I choose Hostgator.com.

domain-to-hostingConnect your domain name to your hosting

Now that you’ve got your domain name and set up a hosting account, you need to link the two.

 

This is the last post in our series on starting your own personal development blog. We go through the steps on installing wordpress on your site.Install wordpress on your site (via your hosting)

In this step we log in to your HostGator account and install wordpress onto your site. This is the accepted best practice blogging platform.

 

Free options

I have to start this section with a huge disclaimer… while there are many free blogging platforms that you can use, and they’re great; you do need to think about what you want to do with all this writing that you’re entering. By using a free platform you are not in total control of your design, among other things.
If you decide to advertise on your site, you must share your earnings with the blog platform, and if your blog becomes really popular that can mean leaving a lot of money on the table.

There are a number of free blog options to choose from:
blogspot.com
wordpress.com
medium.com

Gosh, there are so many free platforms, I’ll be here for days listing them out. Just type ‘free blogging platform’ into google and start there.

But with the price of starting your own blog being so low, it’s really easy to have your own.

For example, if you just did it for one year to see if it’s your thing,  it’s about $10 per year for the domain name and $70 for the hosting. The hosting is cheaper if you pay for a longer term.

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Instructions on how to start your own personal development blog - or any blog for that matter. This post details how to register a domain name, set up a hosting account, connect the domain name to your hosting account and then how to install wordpress on your domain, via your hosting account. it sounds like a lot, but it's really not so bad when you just go step by step. And you only need to do this once!