- Choosing a Name and Review Policy
- Branding Yourself With Imagery
- Picking a Platform for Publishing (you're there now)
- Design Considerations
- Structuring Your Rating System
- Building an Audience - Social Media Crazy
- Writing Reviews
- Money, You Say?
FREE Blogging Platforms
How to choose? Well, go check each one out! Play with them or take a peek around their control decks. See which one is the most user friendly and customizable for your needs.
Maybe you'll want to have more than one. I have two: Blogger and Tumblr. Each has a very different audience, but readers nonetheless. Like choosing anything, go with the one that makes you the most comfortable and won't have you tearing your hair out after a few hours of setup time. Still not sure what you're doing? Call someone who does or check out these books from your local library:
Blogging for Creatives: How Designers, Artists, Crafters and Writers can blog to make contacts, win business and build success. by Robin Houghton
Blogging all in One: For Dummies by Susan Gunelius
Speaking of libraries! You can find books in the how-to section on almost everything having to do with blogs.
Now that you've chosen your platform, go register your new blog name (get your URL - something like TheChickenCoop.blogspot.com) and get your pages set up. At this point, you should have at least two pages: Home (where your blog posts are) and Review Policies. Get those two up and going, and we'll go into design choices you'll make for your blog tomorrow.
What's your preferred blogging platform? Why?
Well, that's all for today, folks! Until next time, WRITE ON!