I started my mom blog just a few months ago. I had been thinking about starting a blog for a long time. I wanted to share my thoughts, tips, failures and favorite things. I wanted to pursue and develop my writing. I was scared to start a blog. I was scared no one would read it. I was scared all I would hear were crickets…I was silly. Every mom should have a blog, and its super easy to set yourself up with one. I’ll give you the run down of why you need a blog as well as the quick and dirty way to get yourself up and running with your own blog before Sesame street is over.
First, if you’re a mom, a blog is a great creative outlet. Moms work hard failing, surviving, learning and developing many skills that we need to share. My sister for example is a PRO with pumping and breast feeding. She had twin girls and went back to work three and a half days a week. She became a milk machine, pumping too and from work and devouring lactation cookies. She doesn’t have a blog yet, but she should with all her tips and tricks to produce a massive milk supply. Moms have skills everybody needs, but no where to share it. That’s where your blog comes in. You have valuable thoughts, advice and lessons that we want to read about and learn from. Your voice is valuable, so give it a platform.
Blogging is an opportunity for you to process what’s happening. Kids have a way of catapulting us into an alternate reality of time. The minutes are intensely long, but the days are too short. We’re in this whirlwind of constant activity, and it is healthy to have a space where we can process what we are thinking and learning to share with others. Many of us have struggled through dark days, and our stories can help another mother who is in that place now.
By starting a blog, you are opening the door to a possible passion, a possible business opportunity and the beginning of something new. There are so many possibilities with blogging, where you can stumble upon a hidden talent and niche you didn’t even think you were an expert in.
Let’s go over getting your mom blog started!
Step One: Chose a URL. That means, get your www.somethingfun.com picked out and see if its available. Lot’s of times, URLS are taken because someone out there is thinking the same thing, so don’t be discouraged if your big idea is taken. How to chose a blog name? That is a post in itself, that I can write soon, but think about who you are as a mom. You can always add a specialty domain down the road. What words describe you and your family? Do you have a fun saying around your house? Your personal name, if available is a great start. You can brand or just market yourself, and there are so many options that way! I always suggest your name as your first URL. Start by searching on Bluehost to see what’s available.
Step Two: Sign Up for Hosting: You want your blog to be built from WordPress and self hosted. Bluehost is one of the best hosting sites to use. They are simple, affordable and you can’t go too wrong with their services. Here’s the trick to make this fast and easy!!! DON’T SIGN UP FOR THE CHEAP $5.95 HOSTING!!! If you have some tech background, then you can do this. If not, you need to sign up for the Optimized Hosting For WordPress that is $19.99 a month if you pay a year up front. This is great because they install and set up WordPress for you IN ONE CLICK!! There’s no trying to follow a how-to video or uploading WordPress. There’s also no need to navigate around in Bluehost trying to figure out how you install WordPress on your new domain and add it to your hosting account. Trust me. I designed and built websites previous to my blogging venture (I still take on limited clients), and for moms where time is precious, this is worth it! I have heard many, many stories of people stumbling around their hosting account, getting frustrated and stuck for weeks. Don’t let this stop you from diving into your new creative place and space.
Step Three: Grab A Free Theme! Start with a super simple free theme. I have a number of premium, paid themes that I know well, and I like to use, but you don’t need that to get going. The one I am using on this blog is here. The site gives you the run down on how to download and install the theme. Installing a simple, free theme is a good way to start. You will be able to customize it as soon as you upload the files. All you have to do is log into your WordPress, which, once its set up on your hosting, you’ll have a user log in and password. Anytime you want to log into your wordpress blog the login url is ALWAYS www.yourblog.com/wp-admin. Replace “your blog” with your URL.
Simple Steps to Install Your Free WordPress Theme
Once you log in, you look on the left menu list. You’ll see a tab called Appearance. Hover over Appearance and click on Themes. At the top, click Add New. Then, you can chose a theme WordPress suggests, or at the top click Add New to upload your theme files. You can upload the files in the .zip form they downloaded in. Upload then Activate!.
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