Friday, 26 July 2013


I'm a blogger, and my friends are always asking me how to start one.
If you're a writer or what I call a "sharer" you'll no doubt love blogging. I like to write, but more important, I like to share. I like to share things that I've discovered, I like to share my opinions on a movie that I'm really into at the moment, or a book I just read or even amebo of our different celebrities. Luckily, right at the time I began blogging, a bunch of other young guys across the country were doing the same thing (Competition).
So if you're thinking about starting a blog, but aren't completely sure how to go about it, then you are specially welcome to opecareem blog institute***
Step 1
Decide what your blog is going to be about.
First things first! Your blog can be about anything you want, like politics or romantic comedies or every little thing your next-door neighbour does as you watch them creepily from your window. It's a common misconception that blogs are just online diaries, or that Blogs can be a place where you write about what happened during the day, or what's going on in your life, but the topics and themes are endless. Your blog can consist of funny pictures of your rat. Or maybe you just want to write about music, fashion, celebrities, anything? You can even make it a place where people will download games or music. Once you are done deciding,

Step 2
Pick a platform.
Not all blogging platforms are the same. There are a lot of platforms out there right now, but these are some of my favorites: Click HERE FOR BLOGGER ( that's what I'm using)

This is a completely free blogging site. Blogger is extremely user-friendly, and if you don't know much about HTML and coding, it's easily customizable. I would recommend Blogger to those who tend to write lengthier posts, often with several different components, like images and video. While most blogging platforms are becoming more minimalist and image-driven Tumblr and Pinterest don't tend to feature much text Blogger stands out as a solid platform for writers. You create an account, pick a template, and compose an entry by writing directly in the text box, no coding necessary. Most templates follow a basic format: title at the top, a large section for your post, and a sidebar for links and pictures. Hit the little picture icon to insert a picture, hit the little link icon to insert a link—it's easy. Click HERE FOR tumblr (I love Tumblr ...for extra content.) In the Tumblr feed, all of your posts and the posts of others that you follow are listed in chronological order in one continuous stream. You can re-blog other people's posts or "heart" them, which allows for a lot of interaction among bloggers. For LiveJournal ClickHERE FOR LiveJournal LiveJournal is a website for, you guessed it, online journals. The great thing about it is that you can choose very specifically whom you do and don't want viewing your blog or even specific posts, whereas with other blogs you would have to make all posts private or password-protected. Myfavorite part about LiveJournal is the communities. A communityis "a journal where many users post entries about a similar topic For Wordpress Click HERE FOR Wordpress This have both .com and .org and are pretty different for a few reasons. isn't for novice bloggers. First of all, you need to find an internet-hosting service and then download the WordPress software to your computer. It's definitely difficult to customize and set up for someone who doesn't know anything about coding, blogging, or building a website. If you ARE familiar with these things and want more control of where and how your blog content is stored, then might be something to consider. The best thing about using is that you're in complete control of your site, so you can authenticate commenters and fully control spam. It's also an open-sourcesoftware, which means it;s free! It gives you a lot more freedom, but that freedom requires some experience.
If your head is throbbing with the thought of building something from scratch, there's, which is more like Blogger. It's free and easy to use, so there won't be any tears on your laptop as you try to figure out how to make all your links hot pink when you hover over them. Which brings me to my next piece of advice…

Step 3
Make your blog look effing sweet.
Truth: people like good-looking websites. I'm a very visual person, so when I started my blog, personalizing its aesthetic was important to me. Being able to easily manipulate your layout is very useful. Don't be afraid to pick a standard layout, and then fool around with sizing and colors. Oneof my favorite sheifunmi's blog has a minimalist design and is easy to navigate. And It's Nice Thatbreaks the usual format of posts on one side, sidebar on the other, by including tiny, square-shaped previews that you click on to access the full post.
This is why I strongly suggest learning a little bit of HTML. Most blogging services (such as the ones I've listed above) can be customized using HTML. People have made their Tumblrs look and feel like professional websites, but it's just coding that does the trick. If you're reading a blog and you like the way it looks, right-click (expo) and hit "View Page Source" or "View Source" and you'll get the HTML coding for the blog's layout. Don't steal it, but use it as a guideline.

And now, Ope's 10 commandments for blogging.
1. Thou shalt not spew anonymous hate in comment sections, because that's really immature and terrible.
2. Honor thy fellow bloggers and re-blog with proper credit! Whether you're re-blogging a work of art or a piece of text, always give credit to the original source.
33. Thou shalt not feature music that plays automatically, because that's just annoying. Sorry!
4. Make thy blog easy to read and use. No complicated Flash animation on thy blog!
5. Thou shalt not judge the success of one's blog by the number of comments or followers. It can take time to gain a readership.
6. Thou shalt not ask aggressively for link exchanges from other bloggers.
7. Title thy blog wisely. might be very hard to remember
8. Thou shalt not assume that everyone on the web is who he or she says they are. I don't want to sound like a teacher, but seriously: trust your instincts, and beware of spammers!
9. Thou shalt respect the privacy of other people! Blogs give you an outlet to write, but it doesn't make you a journalist. It can be unethical to share information about people who don't want that information given to the public.
10. Thou shalt exercise caution, for what's on the internet is there FOREVER AND EVER AND EVER.
Now join the party, and I wish ye good luck on your journey through the world wide web.

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