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Fairy Blog Mother: blogging help

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So, you’ve been told it’s a good idea to start a blog, and you go online to learn more about it.

Although most people seem to be recommending WordPress, further investigation halts you in your tracks because it all sounds so complicated and technical.

That is because the majority of advice is starting from the wrong end. These people who write about how wonderful blogs are already have whizz-bang versions of their own. They are quite happy to bang on about the fantastic facilities you can get with a blog, without sparing a thought for the poor, intrepid beginner who, until only a few days ago, hadn’t heard much about blogs.

Blogs are, of course, complicated things if you don’t understand them, so reading what these experts have to say will certainly put anybody off who doesn’t understand any of the jargon they band about so freely. So my advice is to start at the shallow end. Learn through the perfect medium to get your started, a WordPress.com blog: free, easy to use, and so simple to set up.

You won’t need to hire an expensive web-developer, because WordPress will set it up for you. All you need to do is to decide on what you want your blog to be called, what you’re going to write about (i.e. its niche) and set aside half an hour to press some buttons.

Once your blog has been created, the next thing to do is to practise. You can’t break anything, so don’t worry about making mistakes – except what’s in your post content! Explore something new every time you go in to publish. Let your curiosity take over, and you’ll soon learn what WordPress have made available to you to make your blog wonderful.

Eventually you’ll get the hang of blogging, and you’ll be ready to move on. Great – that is exactly what your original objective was. Now it’s time to select a suitable web-developer to set up a WordPress.org for you (if you don’t fancy having a go at it yourself), and your blogging world will start to open up even more!

But don’t forget that without this chance to learn how to blog properly on WordPress.com beforehand, venturing straight into the world of WordPress.org from the beginning would have been extremely daunting. Oh – and it’s very easy to transfer all your old posts over to your new blog, so all your efforts will not have been wasted!

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Alice Elliott writes the award winning Fairy Blog Mother blog for beginner and post-beginner bloggers to “explain things really simply” about blogging and WordPress. She provides simple, easy to understand, highly visual courses and tutorials using ordinary, everyday words. Visit her new Beginner Bloggers blog to find her latest learning resources.
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  • This was exactly my journey! I ventured into WordPress and played around. I found it quite straightforward. As things developed, I then needed to move to WordPress.org. I met you, and you very kindly moved me – and my evolved posts – across! Thank you. Now, I am enjoying this whole new side to blogging…

    • My pleasure Lindsay. It was important for you to have a WordPress blog to start with, to learn the ropes about blogging. Of course you took to it like a duck to water, so it was inevitable that you should need to move onto the WordPress.org version in due time.

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