Four Steps to Blogging
Every blogger needs justfour things to get started
1. A Computer
You will need a computer, but itdoesn’t have to be your own.Because blogging software is allon the internet, you can write,publish, and archive all of your content online and access it fromany computer at any cyber-cafe.
2. An Internet Connection
Having a fast internet connectiondoes help if you are interested inworking with audio and video, buteven extremely slow connectionsare OK for text blogging.
3. Blogging Software
One of the first choices you mustmake is what kind of software youwant to use to make your weblog.Rising Voices offers guides on twoof the most popular services:http://blogger.comandhttp://wordpress.com.
4. Opinions and Stories
Finally you will need something towrite about. Some people treattheir blogs like public journals - away to record the experiences of their lives. Others like to discusspolitics or share their opinionsabout the state of the world. Whatyou choose to write about is up toyou, but we offer a fewsuggestions on the next page.
As Easy as Email
The word “blog” is short for weblogand refers to a type of website that isupdated chronologically. You can thinkof a blog just like email. Except, insteadof sending an email to just one person,you are publishing the note on a websitewhere it can be seen by anyone in theworld with an internet connection.Most blogs allow for comments,which means that other people areallowed to leave a public comment onevery note that you publish. If, for example, you write that Michael Jacksonwas the greatest singer that ever lived, Icould leave a comment disagreeing withyou. This is how a conversation begins -one person writes his or her opinion andthen others either agree or disagree.Some of the most popular weblogsfrequently receive over 100 commentsevery time something is published.The first blogs started to appear inthe mid-1990’s, but blogging didn’treally get popular until around 2003.These days the websites of manynewspapers, celebrities, and evenpresidents also contain weblogs wherenew information is posted on a daily or weekly basis.
Start in Just Five Minutes
Starting a blog is just as fast andeasy as starting an email account. Infact, you’ll notice several similaritiesbetween writing an email message andwriting a post
on a blog. The twoaccompanying tutorials to this guide willshow you how to start and maintain ablog using two of the most popular freeservices, WordPress.com andBlogger.com.It doesn’t really matter which serviceyou choose - both are free and availablein many languages. And, if you changeyour mind, you can usually import your blog from one type of service to another.If you are eager to begin, you canskip the rest of this introduction for nowand head straight to one of the tutorialson how to set up a blog with either Wordpress.com or Blogger.com.However, there are a few things youmight want to consider before you start.
Tens of millions of people all over the world now have weblogs. There areblogs in over 100 different languagesand covering more topics than you couldpossibly imagine. However, the greatmajority of blogs are written from NorthAmerica, East Asia, and WesternEurope. Even though internet access hasspread across much of the globe,participation in this new, exciting, onlineconversation has mostly been