Start it now with Blogger
So, after some days of research, you must have finally decided upon the blogging platform of your choice? Let us guess it! Is it WordPress, for the sake of it being a completely free and an extremely robust and powerful Content Management System? Or is it Blogger, being powered by Google, a hassle free blogging platform which is free, and lets you do a lot in the blogging arena? Or you settled down with some other platform, for the benefits you were able to see in that platform? We hope that whatever be your choice of blogging platform, you considered all your requirements, pros and cons of that blogging platform and the ones, you chose not to go with, and made the wisest possible decision!
Anyways, cutting back to the topic, here we are, taking you on a stroll through Google’s blogging platform, Blogger, which allows you to set up your blog, pretty fast. Why blogger, you might ask? Well, of the freely available platforms, that are easiest to set up, with no limitations to the features like a number of other platforms, such as WordPress.com, wherein, you are restricted by the inability of choosing a custom domain name, free of cost, or, the inability to install third party code snippets into your blog, like adsense ads. Out of the blogging platforms which provide you all their features free of cost, blogger is one of the most used ones. Infact, by usage numbers, blogger is the third most used blogging platform after both flavours of wordpress viz. wordpress.org standing at the first position and wordpress.com closely following at the second position, and blogger being at the third position, lies far behind in terms of adoptability as a free blogging platform, when compared to both the flavours of wordpress combined, and when we try seeing blogger as one or the blogging platforms where the blogger is not supposed to shell out even a single penny, and gets access to all the features available, then blogger is at the forefront.
Why we decided to start off your blogging career with Blogger as the platform of choice? Well, the answer to that is straightforward. You get a no holds barred blogging platform, managed by none other than Google, free of cost, and you get a variety of features as well, without even giving a look at your pocket. Beyond all this, for a beginner, a novice blogger, in our opinion, blogger is one easiest blogging platforms when we try it with other blogging platforms for their features and offerings. So, here we go with taking a stroll through creating your first blog with blogger. All you need is a free gmail account to have your world of blogging kickstarted.
Beginning a new blogger blog is easy, just open blogger.com while you have your gmail account opened in the browser. Like OpenID, your gmail account too works for all the google’s services, like blogger, picasa, youtube, gmail, Google+ to name a few. Once you’re on the page, you get an option, a button to create a new blog, one like the one in the screenshot below.
Once you click that button to create a new blog, Blogger shows you the option to choose a title of your blog, and a blogger.com subdomain like yourblogname.blogspot.com to start off your blog. Below those two things, there are a number of themes to choose from, to get off the mark with a brand new blogger blog. To make things easier for everyone, while you type the subdomain name for your new blog, blogger searches it from its database of already registered blog url’s and tells you if the name you just typed in is available or not. If it’s not, you have to select a different url, and maybe, depending upon that, the blog title too.
Once you have decided upon a name for your new blog, and you have got the desired sub-domain name for your blog, all you have to do is click the button Create Blog, and your blog will be created and you will be taken to your new blog’s dashboard. Ideally, the selection of blog’s name and the sub-domain, is a process that needs a lot of thought, before actually getting them. A blog’s name tells the user what your blog is all about, a domain name, which obviously the user will follow to reach your blog should normally be related to your blog’s name, in some or the other kind, as this ensures that the user does not get confused in remembering your blog’s domain name and your blog’s name. Also, if there is the bleakest possibility of you to take your blog at the next level, you might be interested in getting yourself a domain name for your blog from one of your favourite domain registrars. This helps you secure an online brand identity for your blog, and should you decide to go mainstream, this will prove helpful to you in the aftermath of a few years of blogging. So, in creating a blog, you need to keep three things in mind – a. the subdomain you register should, normally be relevant to your blog’s name. b. if there is even the bleakest possibility of you taking your blog to the next level, you should consider getting a domain name registered, again matching your blog’s name, and c. finally, your blog’s name should be relevant to your sub-domain name or your blog’s domain name, if you are getting yourself a dedicated domain name.