An introduction to blogging

An introduction to blogging

 

What is a blog? Why blog? What does a blog look like? How does a blog work? These were the questions I had when a friend first introduced the WordPress blogging platform to me. Initially, my intention was to just create a website to showcase my design work. Having spent the past year learning about blogging, taking online courses and getting involved in online communities, I now understand the benefits of using a blog for my business.

For those of you who are not familiar with blogging, I thought I would share with you a basic introduction. Perhaps it will spark some ideas on how a blog could work for your business or organisation.

What is a blog?

Apparently, the word ‘blog’ was created from the words ‘web’ and ‘log’. I liken a blog to a notebook where you can log ones thoughts, ideas experiences and more, all in one place. Once you get familiar with the basics of a blogging platform, it is easy to use and share your news or thoughts with others.

Why blog?

There are many good reasons why you may want to start blogging. Here is a short list to get you started:

• To make yourself known
• Build a platform for your message
• Connect and build relationships with your readers
• Meet needs by answering questions to reader’s problems, pains and desires
• Become a go-to-person
• Collaborate with like-minded people

Blog Theme

A blog theme is basically how you want your blog to look. Most blog themes are made up of 4 sections:
1/ Header
2/ Body
3/ Side bar
4/ Footer

blog theme

Headers

The header is comprised of your blog’s title or logo, if you have one, and your main navigation menu.

blog header

Menus

Menus link content and pages found on your blog e.g. Home, About, Services, Blog, Resources and Contact

blog menu

Side Bars

Sidebars can include widgets and things you want to highlight like an email subscription option form.

blog side bar

Footers

The Footer links are for easy access to content that doesn’t change

blog footer

 

Body

The most important area is the Body. The main content area. Usually, this is the primary reason people have come to your blog. It’s where your ideas and thoughts are expressed. The content is created within a post or a page.

 

Blog Body

What is the difference between a page and a blog post?

Page

A page is static and displays standard content, i.e. ‘About’ page. An About page may include who you are, your expertise, the readers problem and goal and how you can help.

blog page

 

 

Post

A blog post is where you publish your thoughts. Posts can be shown on the ‘home’ page or ‘blog’ page of your blog. The most recent and relevant information shows at the top of the list. Things like your news updates, tips and ‘how-to’s, invitations to workshops etc. Once published you can post your blog posts to your favourite social media network.

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Post Comments

Posts can include a comments section. You have the option to add a comments section at the bottom of a post so others can add there thoughts to yours. Its a great way to build relationships and get feedback on your blog.

blog post comments

 

Share your message and connect with your audience

Blogs make it easy to share photos, video and audio. Blogs can be viewed anywhere, any time from mobile devices. Anyone can blog. It is a great way to connect with others and get your message to a large audience!

blog images, video, audio

Question? Do you have an online place to showcase your business? Do you have content that you can easily share with your social networks?

Heather Lee

Heather Lee

Heather has had many years experience as a graphic designer in both the advertising and publishing industry. She enjoys helping others by providing solutions to visual problems for print and the web.
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Comments 6

  1. Hi Heather, Boy this information should would have come in helpful a few years ago when I accidentally started blogging. Especially the parts about anyone anywhere can see what you write and comment. Good advice for those getting started or thinking about it. 🙂

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      Hi Susan, I had no clue about blogging when my friend mentioned it. I remember going to the local library and finding a good book about how creatives were using it to generate new business and exposure for their work. Appreciate your thoughts as always Susan 🙂

  2. This is a wonder source of blogging information! I really like the graphics that you used and they are easy to understand. Great advices as well! Thanks!

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      Thanks for your feedback Gary. Hopefully it will help encourage others that they can ‘do it’ too. 🙂

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      Thanks Jonathan. This blog post would never have come about if it wasn’t for your great mentoring and the Blogging Your Passion community. Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

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