How to Start a Blog

I’ve had more than one person ask me advice on how to start their own blog. It’s not that hard, but it’s much too complicated to answer in a two-or-three sentence email. So, I put together a 45-minute Zoom video if you are interested in learning how to get started. It is not all-inclusive, but it gives you the major hints so you can get started. When you feel comfortable with the basics, you can experiment and probably end up knowing more about blogging than I do!

You can pause and go back and watch until you feel comfortable. I demonstrate with the Morden theme (my theme), but I’ve also used Hever and Dara. I hope this helps! When and if you start a blog, I’m happy to add it to the rest of the blog addresses on this page. Happy blogging! This video will go up on the Fans Blog page for reference.

Published by Andi Carter

I'm the main character in the Circle C Adventures series. I live on a huge cattle ranch in 1880s California. These are my adventures.

17 thoughts on “How to Start a Blog

  1. My good friend Susan Marlow set me up with a blog, Reece’s Ramblings, several years ago. She later switched it to my own website–colleenreece.com. It is one of the best things that ever happened to me. It is not only fun but challenging to come up with ideas, find graphics to illustrate, etc. Another plus–friends from years ago started contacting me. Ia able to offer inspiration, writing ti[s, and news of my new books. I have had thousands of visitors to RR. I just wish Mrs. Marlow had nudged me into doing this long before she did. SMILE.

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    1. Yes, that’s what I did so everybody can comment. (but they do need their email if it’s a contest, of course)
      You go to SETTINGS and under settings you click DISCUSSION and then you can see all of the options.

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  2. in Andi’s Attic if I click one of the pages it will take me to all the posts you have under that category, how do I make a post under a category? ๐Ÿ™‚
    Thank you very much!

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    1. It’s a little tricky to try to explain without pictures, but I’ll try. First, when you create a blog post, go to the right hand side of the screen. There is “block” you can work on and “post.” Choose post (top of the right sidebar). Then you scroll down that right side bar until you get to two cool features: Upload featured image (which you then have a picture for each post right at the top) and CATEGORIES. If you look, it is probably checked with “uncategorized.” However, if you scroll just a bit you can see “create new category.” So make something up like “recipes” or something. Then “check” it and your post will automatically be saved under THAT category. Make sense so far?

      If you want to put all of your categories on ONE PAGE like I do in Andi’s Attic, all you have to do is create the page and then you can use pictures and use the ‘Link’ icon to get all the posts under that one category. Say you have created a picture that says “recipes” like the one I have. I don’t have any posts under that category yet because I have not published the two posts that are in that category. But anyway, once you publish your post (after checking the “recipes” box, or whatever) then click on the main title that you named your post. THEN . . . scroll all the way down to the bottom of the post. You will see the category name as a small link next to your name and the date.

      Once you click THAT link, it takes you to ALL of your posts in that category. Then grab the URL and paste it into the picture on the page that shows all of your different categories.

      Hope that helps. This link might help. It shows pictures. ๐Ÿ™‚
      https://www.bluehost.com/help/article/wordpress-categories-tags?utm_source=google&utm_medium=genericsearch&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIkPyTyeSP-QIVMxh9Ch07KAnxEAAYASAAEgL38vD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds

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      1. Thank you so much for all this info!!! ๐Ÿ™‚
        I tried looking for the place to put a link (for the category) for there is none. I shows it in the pictures but its different from what I’m seeing.
        When you make a new post is there a place for a link?
        Thank you!!!

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      2. You misunderstand. You don’t need any links to create a category or a post. Just check the box in the list of your categories (on the right sidebar).
        You only need to “mess” with links if you want to have a page like my Andi’s Attic and have all your different categories as fun pictures. When you upload a picture there is an option to make it a clickable picture using the thing that looks like a sideways paperclip. That is the URL link. You paste the link to your particular category using the instructions on how to get to the category. You will know you have the right URL (link) if the word “category” is part of the URL, like this for example: https://andicartersblog.com/category/a-blast-from-the-past/
        Do you see the word “category” in that URL? That shows every post (which you have check marked the category you want) under that category. If the word “category” is not in the URL, then you are not finding it. I wish I could insert a picture here but I can’t. Sorry.

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