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.
If you have any doubts about whether you should start your own personal development blog, then I go through the reasons, and benefits, here.
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.
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.
Now that you’ve got your domain name and set up a hosting account, you need to link the two.
In this step we log in to your HostGator account and install wordpress onto your site. This is the accepted best practice blogging platform.
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.
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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