Last week we showed you how to create a blog in WordPress. The other popular alternative blogging tool is Blogger/Blogspot. So here’s how to start a Blogger blog…
Go to the website www.blogger.com. Click on Create Account. Blogger is tied into google/gmail/google+ and much more, even if you already have a gmail email account, I’d suggest that you don’t use that with your blog, and create a blog specific one.
The next page will require you to create an account. Consider your own security here, you might not want to use your real or whole name.
You will be required to verify your account by phone/text message. But your number won’t be public.
You’ve made a google account – you now have a new email address and can connect it to your blog.
Now you need to confirm your profile – I suggest selecting a limited Blogger profile rather than a Google+ profile. Safer for adoptive bloggers who might need to consider safety and security more than other bloggers.
Select your profile name – this is how you would like your name to appear. You could use the blog name you hope to use? Continue on…
The next page will take you to your ‘dashboard’. Here you’ll see any blogs you’ve created, and a few basic statistics about them.
Here you’ll choose your blog name and web address. Your web address will be unique – but your blog name and web address don’t have to be the same.
As you type, you’ll see whether you’ve picked a unique name or not.
You can choose a template on this screen too, but don’t worry – you can easily change this later.
That’s it, your blog is create. Blogger is very helpful at getting you started – just click on the prompts that appear. If you want to return to your dashboard at any point, then click on the B icon in the top left corner.
Next time I’ll talk you through design a little bit – and how to change the look and style of your blog. In the meantime, if you have any questions, do drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org