Starting a Blog Checklist

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Before choosing which blogging platform you are going to use, make sure you think about the following before setting up your blog. …

Before choosing which blogging platform you are going to use, make sure you think about the following before setting up your blog.

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  • 1. www.jeannineoneil.com StartingaBlog Before choosing which platform you are going to use, make sure you think about the following.
  • 2. www.jeannineoneil.com How To Use This Checklist This checklist is set for you to print and jot down your notes below each slide. Enjoy !
  • 3. www.jeannineoneil.com What You Need To Think About Choosing a topic - You should write about something you are passionate about & something you can commit to writing to on a consistent basis.
  • 4. www.jeannineoneil.com What You Need To Think About What’s in a name? - Choose something that is: • Catchy • Easy to remember • Tied to the content of your blog.
  • 5. www.jeannineoneil.com What You Need To Think About Posting schedule - How often are you going to post?
  • 6. www.jeannineoneil.com What You Need To Think About URL / Hosting - Will you purchase your URL/Hosting or stay on the same platform & have the management done for you?
  • 7. www.jeannineoneil.com What You Need To Think About Flexibility - How much access do you want? Do you want to customize the backend yourself or have layouts that do it for you? The tone of your blog - How do you want to be perceived? Image, writing style, etc.
  • 8. www.jeannineoneil.com What You Need To Think About Design - Do you want your blog to be: • Relaxed • Easy to read • Elegant • Newsworthy
  • 9. www.jeannineoneil.com What You Need To Think About Layout - What other features do you want • RSS feed • Email sign up • Search features • Categories • Archives
  • 10. www.jeannineoneil.com What You Need To Think About Choosing a Style Guide - for accuracy, consistency and citing sources. Images - Make sure you have the rights to the image before posting. Cannot go on Google and grab images. There are Creative Commons areas where you can share images with proper attribution.
  • 11. www.jeannineoneil.com What You Need To Think About Images Sources • http://www.flickr.com/creativecommons/ • http://photopin.com/ • http://www.iclipart.com/ • Or search for “Creative Commons” to seek out others sites. • You may have to may a fee for some images so be careful and read the fine print.
  • 12. www.jeannineoneil.com What You Need To Think About Guest Blogging - Allow or do for others. Advertising - Could you see advertisers being interested in paying to advertise on your site?
  • 13. www.jeannineoneil.com What You Need To Think About Is there an opportunity to expand talk about other topics? Is the site flexible for this?
  • 14. www.jeannineoneil.com Next Steps Once you have answered all of these questions, start researching blogging platforms to set up your blog. Here are a few suggestions: • Wordpress.com (free) • Wordpress.org (paid) • Blogger • Squarespace • Medium
  • 15. www.jeannineoneil.com Next Steps If you have already chosen one, then you are ready to setup / update your!
  • 16. www.jeannineoneil.com ThankYou Jeannine O’Neil JO Social Branding @Jeannine_ONeil