Blogging 101: Choosing a Blog Platform

Don’t worry – it’s not as complicated as it sounds. A blog platform is simply a home for your blog. And now that you’ve decided to start a blog and what to name your blog, we can get started.

If you already have a blog, stayed tuned, because soon I’ll be sharing tips on how to make your blog better!

Which Blog Platform is right for me?

There’s several blog platforms to choose from:

  • Blogger
  • WordPress
  • Typepad
  • Live Journal
  • and others

I started this blog using Blogger and a year ago, I moved to WordPress. I love WordPress and highly recommend it. But…if you are just getting started, it has the potential to be overwhelming. So, unless you are very computer savvy and familiar with behind-the-scenes tech stuff, I recommend Blogger as a blog platform. If you’re completely new to blogging, just getting a WordPress blog set up can make you want to throw your hands in the air and give up. And we don’t want that! Plus, you can transfer to WordPress later on, like I did.

Why Blogger? It’s free and very simple. And both of those are good things when you’re just getting started.

How Do I Set Up Blogger?

I’m going to walk you through setting up your brand new Blogger blog. For the purpose of showing you how it’s done, I’ll create a sample blog and call it “Erika’s Sample Blog.” (I know, real creative.)

Before I go any further, just a quick note – don’t let all these steps below intimidate you. This is ridiculously simple. Seriously. I am literally going over every detail and sharing tons of screen shots so you don’t have to figure it out. It’s all right here. K? So let’s proceed.

Go to Blogger.com and log into your Google account. If you have Gmail, it’s the same thing. Don’t have a Google account? Sign up – it’s free and simple.

Once there, click on the NEW BLOG button on the left side.

Here’s where you’ll put in your blog name and decide which URL you want to use.

ADDRESS means the URL or website address where your blog will be found. This should be your blog’s name or a shorter variation.

For example, my blog is Musings From a Stay At Home Mom, but my URL is http://musingssahm.com – shorter and better than musingsfromastayathomemom.com (would you want to type that out everytime you visited?!)

It’s possible that the URL you want could be taken.
You can see here that SampleBlog is taken.

But ErikaSampleBlog is available. So I’ll use that.

You may haven noticed the added .blogspot to your URL. This is how blogger works. If you want to get rid of the .blogspot, you can buy your own domain later. We’re not going to worry about that now.

The next step is to choose one of the templates. You can easily change it later, so don’t agonize over this decision. For my example, I chose the Watermark template.

Click the CREATE BLOG! button and watch the magic happen. You’ll be redirected back to the Blogger page, where your new blog is waiting for you to get started.

Of course, you’re anxious to see what it looks like, right? Click on the View Blog button.

And just like that, you’ll be taken to your new blog. Here’s a screenshot of my sample blog:

What if you hate how your new blog looks? Or you might want to check out other design options. I told you it’s easy to change the templates and here’s how:

Click on DESIGN in the upper right corner, near your email address.

I don’t have the screen shot of this, but you can browse through more template (design) options, preview them, and see what you like. When you find something you want, just click “Apply to Blog.”

The next step? Start writing! Click on the “New Post” button on the top or go back to the main Blogger page and click on the orange pencil.

You’ve created your blog! Congratulations! This is the first step on a wonderful journey of blogging.
You are now a blogger! And see? It was easy!

Next week, look for Blogging 101: Designing Your Blog & Making it You

Erika
About the Author

Erika, the founder of Musings From a SAHM, is happily married with four energetic children. She lives in New Hampshire and has a passion for encouraging other moms, photography, and Jesus. She also enjoys baking, spending time with friends, and attempting to keep her home organized.

Comments

  1. Great post, I use a self hosted wordpress.org site and it works great for me. I started out using blogger!
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  2. I started off on blogger but changed to wp. I love the ease of wp. Thanks for this post for your readers!

  3. Hi, Erika – GREAT and necessary article – but let me give one caveat here:
    Blogger (at least this is what I’ve heard) has the option of deleting blogs of its own will – and bloggers are left in the cold.
    My advice would be for ALL to go the WordPress route – even if folks have to start out with WordPress.com and move to WordPress.org – and WordPress.org STRICTLY for those who eventually want to make money…..
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    • You’re absolutely right about Blogger there, Andi. Thanks for pointing that out. That’s a big factor in why I moved from Blogger to WordPress myself. I still stand by my recommendation in starting with blogger, simply because it is much easier. I think the odds are greater that a person just starting would get frustrated with WP than Blogger deleting their blog. Just my personal opinion. :)
      Thanks for stopping by and sharing! Have a great day!
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  4. I love WP, but am glad I started on blogger to get some experience under my belt. I also use blogger for my private blogs and love the ease and updates they have made lately. Thanks for sharing your tips, I learned a few things I didn’t know!
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  5. Thanks so much Ericka!! I will be a faithful student. I am stuck about where you left off! Thanks for the information!! I am thinking about getting some books. I am older and never grew up with computers like most of you!!

  6. Thanks for all of the great info. For my professional blog, I have always used wordpress, and I’m glad I started out there.
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  7. I’m still on blogger and recommend it to everyone starting a blog… maybe I’ll become a self-hosted WP girl eventually, but blogger is so comfortable and integrated – plus they keep adding great integration so I’m figuring that plug-ins will come…
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  8. I am on blogger myself.. and use Blogger.. it is sooo easy to use.. am glad I picked it.. (by the way I did cos that was the one several bloggers were one that I follow)..
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  9. Carla Bonesteel
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    says:

    thank you for this! I want to start blogging desperately, but need to find the time. I will definitely be using your blog when I get started!

  10. Alexandra Clatterbuck
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    says:

    curious how you transfer to word press?? i just started on blogger.com for the first time yesterday…never blogged a day in my life…but im not super excited about their backgrounds and designs. Are their any websites that you can get designs at and then embed them?

  11. I’m willing to start a blog, and was considering just wordpress. Now I think I’ll try blogger first.
    Thanks for the tips.

  12. Hi Erika,

    Thanks for a great tutorial. I have recently dedicated to help people starting up their own website and have written about a checklist of things you should take into consideration before setting up your blog.

    Feel free to check it out and share at:

    Please let me know what you think.

    Best,
    Giang

  13. I love this tutorial. I tried going on WordPress too (tried being the operative word) and just about lost my mind. You are an inspiration to all of us beginning bloggers.

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