What’s your passion? The one thing you love to do or talk about? My passion is my blog and what I create in this space. I talk about my blog and my next projects so much, my boys are sick of hearing about it! It’s so bad that we have a running joke where I tell whichever one of them is rolling their eyes at me “Your brother is much more supportive!”
I have blogged since 2010, and I love sharing my ideas with people all over the world! Even more, I love seeing all the beautiful and useful handmade products out there! Maybe you are a crafter who would love to share your gorgeous creations and fun little crafts? Starting a craft blog is one of the best ways to get out there and meet crafters and artists all over the world. If your passion is saving money – there are people out there just like you sharing their tips and tricks. Maybe your love is creating miniatures, or woodworking, whatever your passion happens to be, there is a community out there for you.
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Why I chose to self-host my blog
Maybe you’ve even thought about starting a blog but worried it was too complicated? I promise – if you can post a status update and pictures to Facebook you can blog. Maybe you’re thinking about it but can’t decide which platform you should use? At the end of the day, that’s your decision to make, but I chose to have a self-hosted WordPress site because it’s generally what bloggers who are making money from their blogs use.
If the word money got your attention, then maybe we should spend a couple of seconds on that. You probably arrived at this site because you saw a turtle made from a hanging basket and wanted to know how to make it. Well that turtle paid almost as much room & board last month as my adult children do. I might never get rich from my blog, but I won’t turn down a little extra here and there.
Why I use Bluehost
A self-hosted blog hosted through Bluehost costs less per month than a lottery ticket and unlike playing the lottery, with a blog there are things I can do to improve my chances of ‘winning’. I think winning the lottery would be lovely, but personally I’ll take the better odds that come with blogging.
So let me show you how easy it is to set up a self-hosted WordPress blog. I’ll be using bluehost as my example because it’s the company I use. Bluehost also offers special introductory packages for as little as $3.95/month and include your domain name for free. How much was that last lottery ticket you bought?
Decide on a name for your blog
Choosing a name for your blog is the only hard part! You’ll want to pick something that’s catchy but still gives people an idea of what your blog is about. After all, you want others who share your passion to find you right? Usually it’s best if you can avoid using hyphens, underscores or other special characters in your blog’s name. Try to pick something that is easy to remember and it’s better if it ends in .com. Type the name you’ve chosen into the box below and see if it’s available. Depending on what you will be blogging about, it can be a little frustrating to find a name that isn’t already being used by someone else. Just keep trying different combinations until you find your perfect blog name.
Once you’ve chosen a domain name for your blog, just click >>here<< and it will take you right to Bluehost in a new browser window. You’ll be getting a couple of passwords so make sure you’ve got a pen and paper handy. If you’re confident with the computer stuff, just follow the steps – honestly it’s easy. If you’re a little less sure of things, I’ve got a step-by-step walk through for you below.
Click on the green get started button in the top half of your screen.
Select your plan – for just starting out Basic is fine.
In the box under new domain, enter the name you’ve chosen for your blog at the beginning of this post.
Fill in all of your account information.
Select your package – pricing is lower for longer commitments. It’s worth it to add the Domain Privacy Protection, otherwise you will get tons of spam emails.
Fill in the payment information.
Congratulations! You’re almost finished. Get your pen and paper ready for the password. When you get your confirmation email and any receipts from bluehost be sure to file them away. If you do make money from your blog, you’ll need it at tax time.
Set your password.
Type in your new domain name and password.
Click the Install WordPress button.
Click the green Start button for a brand new install.
Select your domain from the drop down.
Fill in the form and click Install Now
You should get this screen.
Then this one.
Print or write down the information on this screen – including the password. Ignore the part about premium WordPress themes for now. They usually cost around $50 and if you are completely new to blogging it’s better to start out with one of the free themes until you have a better idea of what you need for your blog and how you want it to look.
Once you have saved the information on this screen click on the Admin URL
Use your username and password to log in.
This is your WordPress Dashboard. Go ahead and click the Green Button at the top. Jetpack is something you need.
Congratulations! You now have a blog. Explore a bit and see what there is to see while nobody is watching. While you are exploring, you will want to look after a couple of things.
Click on Posts>All Posts and delete the Hello World post that is there.
Click on Comments and delete the phony comment.
Click on Users>>Your Profile and fill in the information there.
Click on Appearance>Customize>Site Identity and enter your Blog name and tag-line. If you don’t have a tag-line yet, at least remove the “Just another WordPress Blog” default. While you’re there take a look at some of the other options there, play around and see what they do.
I hope you enjoy blogging as much as I do!