How to Start a Blog Using Blogger

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When I first decided to start a blog, I scoured the internet for tutorials. I was so intent on doing everything the right way, that I thought it had to be the most expensive way. And of course, I was wrong.

I listened to all of the big bloggers about self hosting and using wordpress.org (not .com!), and  I spent hundreds of dollars getting everything all set up. Honestly though, it was a complete waste of money. After a few months in, I realized that I didn't have the time for a blog and I gave it up, along with all of the money I put into it. 

Then in January 2016, I decided that I was going to start another blog. This time though, I was determined to do everything the exact opposite way than I had done before. So instead of paying for hosting or a Wordpress account, I signed up for Blogger.

Honestly, I think choosing Blogger as my platform was one of the best blogging decisions I've made thus far. It's easy to use and best of all, it's free! Plus, if you decide that you want to switch to another blogging platform in the future, you can always transfer your content over!

Let's not get ahead of ourselves though, first you need to learn how to set up your blogger blog!

Step by Step Guide:
Step 1: First you are going to sign in to your Google account and if you don't have one, you can create one here.

Step 2: After logging into your Google account, you'll want to head to the Blogger website. When you do that, you should see a page that looks like this: 

How to Start a Blog Using Blogger

Step 3: Next, you'll hit the button in the top left corner that reads "New Blog." You will then see this screen:
How to Start a Blog Using Blogger

Step 4: You'll need to fill in your blog's title, address, and choose a template. When I got started, I typed this in:

  • Title: Perfectly Ambitious
  • Address: perfectlyambitious.blogspot.com
  • Template: Simple

Step 5: After filling out your blog information, you will see this screen:

Here you have the option of purchasing your blog's domain name, usually for $12. However, since I wanted to do everything the opposite of the last time, I decided to wait a few months before purchasing my domain name.

Step 5: Lastly, you might want to upload your own template. To do so, just follow these steps:

  • Find a template and download it, either for free or after purchasing it.
  • Click on the "Template" tab on the left side of your blogger account page.
  • Hit the "Backup/Restore" button in the top right-hand corner.
  • Press the "Choose File" button that's underneath the HTTP/HTTPS warning.
  • Select the template file from your computer.
  • Upload your file by hitting the orange "Upload" button.

There you have it! It just takes five easy steps to set up your own blog using Blogger!

Honestly, I can't wait to see what you do with your new blog; and if you guys need any help at all, feel free to reach out to me!

Once you've got everything up and running, make sure to drop your link in the comments! I'll definitely be stopping by :)

P.S. In case you need some content inspiration, I've listed 50 lifestyle blog post ideas here

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