Monday, May 11th, 2015

Blogging: Your Message

by Rahimah Sultan

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The term blog originated from weblog and then weblog became just blog. A weblog is just that, a web log that is an online journal or diary kept by individuals. The term is also used as a verb that means to add information or posts. Since the mid-1990s blogging has become progressively easier with easy-to-use publishing tools and is now the predominate way of self-publishing.

 

Blogging has become an essential way to get your message out to others. You can incorporate text, pictures, links, short videos, or other media in your posts that make your content more appealing to readers.

 

There are many platforms for blogs that include WordPress.com, WordPress.org, Blogger, and Tumblr. There are pros and cons to consider when choosing a platform. You have to make an assessment and choose the one that best suits your needs for now and in the future.

 

WordPress.com is free but you do not technically own your blog, it can be suspended at any time, and .wordpress is in your domain name; while WordPress.org is free, you have control, there are search engine friendly options, but you must pay a host to support it.

 

WordPress.org requires you to have some basic understanding of how the web servers and the installation process works. Although you can set one up under 5 minutes, WordPress.org requires some technical skill for uploading files to a web server using FTP (file transfer protocol) and such.

 

Blogging is a way to showcase your passion and expertise and a way to brand yourself and your products. It allows you to present your knowledge and skills to the public. A good post can be as short as 250 words.

 

If you have been thinking about blogging, now may be the time to start. Once you get your blog up and running and get a few followers your confidence will grow. Just take the first step.

 

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