Right now, you’re a prospective blogger who gets off on the “idea” of potentially starting a blog, but you don’t know how, where, or what you are going to write about. The allure of the blogging dark side is slowly sucking you in, but where do you begin? Should you start your blog on WordPress? Maybe you’re thinking about stumbling into Tumblr. Hell, everyone has a friend who knows someone on Blogger. With countless platforms and thousands of articles telling you the best place to blog, how is one supposed to find their way in this harsh cruel blogosphere?
The answer is….to start your blog on WordPress of course. Come on, you read the title.
Starting your blog on WordPress may be the best decision you could possibly make, especially when it comes to beginner bloggers and idiots alike. (Myself included.) That’s right, your first step into blogging infamy begins with this first integral decision. Much like choosing your Pokémon. Or, less important – your wife/husband/partner.
First off…just know that WordPress is not sponsoring me. “Clears throat.” Indeed, I am doing this of my own volition, because I know that if I had started my blog anywhere else, no one would have even seen it.
That’s right, after 10 months and nearly 6000 followers, I can safely say that if I had gone anywhere else, my blog would have died quicker than Firefly. (Too soon, I’m sorry.)
It already has a huge user base.
Most blogs fail because they never see any traction, but with WordPress you are put into a comfortable safety net where the big blogging baddies and the newbs alike exist. Touting over 30% of all websites on the internet, WordPress is clearly and far away the biggest place to blog. Beyond that, the community is honest, kind, intelligent and very helpful. Why not start your blog on WordPress?
Because of its massive user base, not only does Megan Trainer’s song become relevant. (Because it really is all about that base)….But more importantly, if you start your blog on WordPress, there are millions of people you can see your website at a moments notice. You want exposure? Well here’s your chance.
Although you were initially enthralled by the idea of getting your blog started, your excitement has begun to wane. The more you research, the more you realise you have no idea what this hosting thing is about. SEO, Keywords, SSL encryption and things like organic traffic or evergreen content are buzzwords that mean nothing to you and frankly, why should they?
This is the world of blogging. Vague, enigmatic terms rule the landscape, so prepare to be very confused or you could do something different. Start your blog on WordPress!
When you start your blog on WordPress, you essentially can live in a bubble without paying much attention to the outside world. Never a care, never a worry. With WordPress, you can just focus on writing and let all those other things handle themselves. You know, like how Batman handles Gotham and all the other psychopaths that got out of the Arkham asylum.
Remember, you are here to write, nothing more, nothing less. So, start your blog on WordPress and get writing already. If you’d like, WordPress will hold your little dainty hands all the way to your first day of school. It’s going to be ok bubble boy. It really is.
Start your blog on WordPress.org or WordPress.com
This is your last chance. After this, there is no turning back. You take the blue pill — err (And start your blog on WordPress) the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill— err (start your blog on WordPress) you stay in Wonderland, and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes. Remember: all I’m offering is the truth. Nothing more. – Morpheus. (I know, he really said that.)
Whether it’s .org or .com, if you start your blog on WordPress, you can grow in tandem with your website. .Org gives you full autonomy to find hosting, plugins and advertising in order to try to make as much money as possible. I say “try” because, that rarely happens. For everyone else, .com is the way to go. Not only do you not have to find hosting, but your website is secure and protected under the WordPress umbrella. And if you pay attention to the guidelines, you can be successful and create a good following. If you like spending pretty pennies, you can get the best of both worlds and get a business account which gives you the protection of WordPress with all of the security features, plugins and premium themes, but all of the autonomy to earn money, run a marketplace and do some other pretty amazing things. (Choose your destiny here)
WordPress simply does it all for you and….you just have to pay them. For people like me who don’t quite understand code or want to spend time learning, joining WordPress can make that trepidation simply disappear and you can focus on writing and building your brand, damn near instantly. After fumbling around with your theme for a few hours of course.
WordPress support has a fantastic breakdown of all the benefits of both .com and .org. Go ahead and check it out before making any decisions.
The number 1 reason to start your blog on WordPress: Plugins
Remember all those questions that you didn’t understand before? WordPress’ answer to every question is: plugins. “Plugins, plugins everywhere….”
If you don’t understand, most likely there is a plugin for that. SEO, compressing files, security, marketplaces, you name it, it’s already there and in a neat tidy package.
Pimping your blog is easier than ever and if you start your blog on WordPress you can plug it in like something smells and you need to fix it quick. The best part about plugins, is that they have their own page you can download them from, giving you the autonomy to fully customize your blog to be the most successful version of whatever you are trying to accomplish.
You can make money!
And when I say YOU can make money, I truly mean it. You can, you really can. I mean —I don’t. But, I haven’t really tried yet. I believe in you though. You got this champ.
When you start your blog on WordPress, whether it be .com or .org (For.com you’ll have to get a business account, for .org you can set up google AdSense among others after a few months.) Beyond advertisements, especially since you won’t be getting a lot of traffic at first, or ever most likely. You can do other things to accrue funds. Hold your hand out, beg. Party favors, anything really. I’m kidding – I think.
Add a donation button so people can ignore it. See, here’s mine!
Create an eBook and market it on your site. Maybe, if you are a fashionista you can sell your own clothing line or do sponsored posts. You go girl!
Start your blog on WordPress, because It’s cheap
Or rather, it can be.
Blogging can be as expensive as you want it to be. If you don’t want to spend a dime, simply start your blog on WordPress (.com) and you can start posting today for free. That’s right. Free. They take care of hosting and security features for you, if you want to spend more, well guess what, you can spend as much as you like. You can advertise your blog, buy premium plugins, search engine optimizers, you name it they will charge it.
The WordPress community
When you start your blog on WordPress, not only do you get the most comprehensive blogging experience out of the box. You also get the most supportive community out there. I am proud to be part of a community that is kind, knowledgeable and honest.
I found my voice here because I felt free to write the way I wanted. Free, to post anything that lit my loins on fire because of three simple facts. Someone will read it, someone will like it, heck. Someone might even comment.
Take comfort in the fact that I have yet to receive a hateful response on any of my posts. People are inherently nice here and their comments equally as well thought out.
My biggest fear about blogging was that no one would read and if they did, they would hate it. Damn near as soon as I joined WordPress that fear withered in the wind never to be seen again.
You can get featured….
Yes, that’s right. When you start your blog on WordPress you have the grand opportunity to get featured. Of course, no one knows, “how” you get featured. But you definitely can get featured. It’s basically like this; when you write an amazing post, you get entered into a ballot of a million and you have a chance to be selected to be entered into another ballot and if by the grace of the WordPress gods you are one of the final participants of the hunger games and your name is not Katniss Everdeen, well – I got a story for you bud.
Still waiting over here guys.
Scheduling is a very useful tool for the keen blogger who aims to post a few times a week. If you find yourself in this category, you are in luck. WordPress has a scheduling feature where you can complete your post, publish and set it to post on a specific time and date. So, for the prolific bloggers out there, this one is for you.
I cannot speak for other blogging websites, but WordPress’ support is very good. I haven’t had many issues, but the one time I did, I was able to get a support agent instantly and they found a solution to my problem. If you have anything beyond the free plan, support is included.
No matter who you are, at some point, something won’t work the way you intended. When that happens you will have access to agents who will work tirelessly for you to come up with timely solutions for any problem that may arise.
You can share your blog here and engage….
Most blogging platforms give you a little and expect you to find lightning in a bottle. WordPress is a safe space for you to learn how to share and engage. It also makes it easy to share to a bunch of other social media platforms as you can add any social media share button in existence. There is also a built-in function that allows you to simultaneously share a new post if you have linked up that specific social media account to your WordPress. At the moment, I have twitter, tumblr, facebook and linkedin.
Great mobile app
The mobile app allows you to write and post anywhere anytime. If you are anything like me and are trying to grow your blog on the run, then this is your savior. Now you too can pretend to work whilst blogging. Engage, promote all at the click of a button and – here’s the kicker. Get paid for it.
Probably the biggest and best reason to start your blog on WordPress; is that it makes it that much easier to follow me. So, go ahead. Start your blog now and then, click follow. I appreciate it.
If you decide to start your blog on WordPress and be awesome like the rest of the planet, then, congratulations. If not,