In this episode we explore the fear of blogging and cover some easy tactics to help people conquer their fears.
Here's a table of contents for this episode of Ms. Ileane Speaks:
- Fear of starting a blog
- Free resources to help get you going
- Where is the world has Ms. Ileane been hiding!
Stats and history of the world wide web
According to internet live stats the total number of live websites today is 950,684,945. Yet you still haven’t registered domain and started your own blog yet. Well some of you have but I’ve been running into a lot of people lately that really want to start blogging but something keeps holding them back.
Fear of Blogging
Does the fear of starting a blog stop you dead in your tracks? I meet a lot of people who let the “tech” get in the way.
But here’s the thing; it’s REALLY not that hard to start a blog. The folks at Automattic make it so much easier to set up a WordPress website today, than when I started back in 2009. Plus there are tons of tutorials and free WordPress themes available to help you get your site up and running at very little cost. The self-hosted software or CMS (content management system) is actually free. All you need is a domain registrar and a blog host (here's my affiliate link for HostGator, they are the host I started using back in 2012). In a few weeks you might decide to make an investment and go with a premium theme like the one I use here and on my other blog Basic Blog Tips.
Even if you don’t want to download WordPress; there’s sites like Tumblr, Medium, Weebly, SquareSpace – you can even start writing posts on LinkedIn.
Heck, Facebook is trying to up their game by expanding the formatting features on their Notes app.
Free Stock Image Sites Galore
Where ever you decide to publish your first blog post you will need to include an image. Here is a list I put together to give you a head start. You can download this list of image sites here.
Be sure to listen to the episode to hear my thoughts on his post. Mitch is still blogging on his blog but it's also publishing on Facebook.
The bottom line comes in a quote from Dino Dogan.
If you don't have a blog, you don't have a voice.
Where to find me
Truth of the matter is if you are reading this, most likely you already know that I have a new blog. I launched IleaneSmith.com a few months ago but I got off to a slow start with it. One thing that grabbed my attention is a relatively new site called Blab. You can check out this video if you like to learn more about Blab.im
Blab is a place that empowers each one of us to start our own live video show. You simply sign up with Twitter and a few clicks later you can chat with friends and meet new people from around the world. Check out my past replays on Blab or watch and interact with live shows right here on this site, thanks to Blab's live embed feature. More importantly I want to see you hosting your own Blab shows!
Happy Blogging and I'll see you on Blab!