*Okay, so you have decided to do it. You have decided to write a blog. But how - you are not particularly technical, you are not sure how or what to write, and are not really sure how to manage the thing.
*For the technical how to's of blogging on Blogger, I would have a good look around Blogger - and also Google my specific enquiry. That is how I learn to do a lot of blogging related stuff.
Play around with your blog before you publish -play with the different templates, get familiar with how to write a post, preview it and so on. Also work out how to upload pictures and how to add a link. Look in setting and see what sort of comments you allow - I won't allow anonymous comments. Work out your privacy settings - most of us want search engines to find us. Have a good look at everything.
*Having had a play with your blog, choose your template. Then explore widgets ( go to page layout). Add the widgets you want.
Write your profile so that viewers can find out what you and your blog are about.
Organise your design and keywords, and if you want to, link to other social media.
*All of this techno talk though, does not really help those of us who can't design and are not sure what to say or do.
*This is the field of creativity, and that is not easy to teach. It's a bit like swimming - someone can tell you the strokes, but you have to get in the water and do it yourself. That is the same with blogging.
*So, I recommend you just start - if you want to write a blog, that's all you do. If you want to think about writing a blog, then that is what you will do.
*So, the best tip I can think of is to just do it. And connect with other bloggers. Regularly write about a topic of interest to your community of bloggers - I write about sewing because that is what I like to do.
*Visit other blogs and see how that blog is designed and written - you will find some that are very professional and some, like mine, that are a little more amateur (although I prefer to think of it as blog cinema verite, to complement the rather handmade look of my sewing attempts at present).
* Blogs can be about anything - so choose something you want to do - it might be diary, or a photo-journal, or scholarly thoughts - or it can be a mixture. It could be a photo collage of events of your daily life. Or about dreams, or about anything, really.
* It's just a matter of starting it - that's what blogging is. Visit other blogs and comment. They will also visit you.
*Over time, you will have a blog. You will learn about blogging. And then you can work out how to blog.
*I'd love to know how everyone else started blogging - I'll bet most of us hadn't really got a clue what to do - yet we are doing it.
* Do you have any blog hints and tips for new bloggers?
Sarah Liz :)