We talked about why you might start a blog. Now let’s talk about the “how.” Let’s say you want to use the popular WordPress blog platform (self-hosted). Once you have a domain name and Web hosting account set up, you need to install WordPress before you can customize it for your new site. Some hosts give you an easy way to do this, through Fantastico or other automated installation options.
You probably come across blogs frequently online. They’re small niche sites where you might find recipes. They’re websites that share personal stories. And sometimes they’re even tied to major media outlets on the Web. But what exactly are blogs? Before you attempt to launch a blog of your own, it’s important to understand what a blog is and what types of blogs exist. Let’s take a look at that now.