As a new blogger, you’ll read how easy it is to set up a blog.
Let’s look at WordPress. Their homepage says:
1. Find a Web Host and get great hosting while supporting WordPress at the same time.
2. Download & Install WordPress with our famous 5-minute installation.
3. Consult the Documentation and become a WordPress expert yourself.
Or, for the ultimate in ease of use, get a free blog on WordPress.com.
Blogger (Google’s free blog), reads similar:
Create a blog in 3 easy steps:
1. Create an account
2. Name your blog
3. Choose a template
Create your blog now
A fee based blog, like TypePad, says the same
TypePad is the premier blogging service, hosting the world’s leading blogs and small business websites. Whether you’re a first-time blogger or a seasoned pro, TypePad can help you create a great-looking blog in minutes
Create a blog in minutes? Minutes? Who are they kidding?
First of all, you need a domain name. Finding an available one, could take hours.
So after registering your domain name, you might have access to a blog in minutes, but that is not the same as blog “creation”.
It’s at that point when you’re sitting in front of your computer screen saying, “now what?”.
That was my first mistake.
I couldn’t access my blog, didn’t know why, and then found out I had to “point my browser” (whatever that meant), to BlueHost. Had I signed up for the domain name with BlueHost, I would have alleviated that problem.
It was a frustrating experience, but in the end, it all worked out.
I still look at these “ads” and become concerned. Why? Because for anyone like me, it’s not easy.
Anyone who doesn’t find it easy, should know they’re not alone. If they can’t figure it out right away, doesn’t mean they’re stupid or unequipped to have a blog.
It’s typical advertising. It’s a quick sell.
Did you find it easy to set up your first blog?
Are you still trying how to set up a blog?
What hints or tips can you share with new bloggers that would make it easier for them to set up a new blog?
Do you know of any web hosting companies that will hold a new blogger’s hand?
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