We were two girls who wanted to write. Simple as that. For those of you who have blogs a out there, having a second person to write along side you just makes the experience more fun, wouldn’t you agree?
Have you thought about starting a blog but are clueless? Join the club! We are learning, a work in progress. Every day we text each other with new ideas, something we have learned, and new social media tips to try.
Where did we begin? We thought of a name. Easier said than done. So many blog titles are floating around out there, and something you really want to use might already be taken, especially if purchasing the domain is an option. We deliberated and thought and threw around blog names for what felt like weeks. Finally, we settled on “Two Chics and a Blog.”
Why “chic” and not “chicks?” Chicks are cute fuzzy farm animals. Chic is modishness, smartness, stylishness. We felt that defined who we were very simply.
The next big decision new bloggers face is which platform to use. There are pros and cons to each site, and many different ways to blog, but we wanted to write on a traditional blogging platform. I had used both Blogger and WordPress in the past, but really appreciated the variety and ease WordPress enabled in blogging. The big two are so different. Blogger is to a PC as WordPress is to a Mac. When choosing, always take into consideration the ease of self hosting with whichever platform you choose, if that is an option. Check out this article on Techila about the key differences between the two platforms.
Try not to get overwhelmed by the sheer number of advice articles out there. Find an established pro blogger. One to keep an eye on is Darren Rowse. He has been blogging since the beginning of blogging and knows his stuff. He writes an excellent ebook, 31 Days to Build a Better Blog. (Note, I am NOT getting paid to endorse this product! It’s just full of great advice.) He seems to connect with other probloggers on his site, so it’s a plethora of valuable information.
So first things first- title of blog and the platform to use. Those are the very first fundamental steps to take to start a blog.
Come back tomorrow for the next step- To Self Host or Not to Self Host. I will explain steps to take, pros and cons of the big self-hosting companies, and give some tips and tricks for what to
do and what not to do.