You guys – Kilroy’s Kitchen recently celebrated its one year anniversary! How crazy is that? In the past, I’ve started up blogs and abandoned them within a month. But Kilroy’s Kitchen is my little baby. I love reaching new milestones: 10 views in a day, 20 views in a day, 100 views in a day. And social media milestones, too: “yay! I got X likes on this instagram post!” I’m still learning all of the ins and outs of blogging but I think I’ve got the basics down pat. If you want to learn How to Start a Blog (a hobby blog, personal blog, food blog, health blog, whatever!), read below.
Why you should start a blog:
Before you can begin blogging, you should first determine why you want to start blogging.
Creative Outlet: Kilroy’s Kitchen is definitely a creative outlet for me. I never was an artistic person but I’ve come to realize that playing around with food, food photography, and building this website has allowed me to develop my creativity (and think outside the box). Sure, it’s not traditional art but it’s artistic nonetheless 😉
Passion: Do you have a passion project that you haven’t been able (or don’t want to) make a full-time career out of? Blogging is the perfect way to express your hobbies and share with the world… or just a few family members.
Help People: While I do love a few personal blogs, most of my go-to bloggers are a wealth of information. I like to read other food/recipe blogs, personal finance blogs, and blogs by nurses (and nursing students).
Make Money: Who knows? Along the way, you may be able to make a few dollars off of your blog (if that’s the goal).
How to Start a Blog in 3 Easy Steps
- Pick a Domain Name + Hosting
- Install WordPress
- Design Away!
Pick a Domain Name + Host
Picking a domain name is the second best part of starting a blog (in my opinion, anyway). Before you land on a name, brainstorm several ideas. I learned this the hard way after spending money on several domain names before finally thinking up Kilroy’s Kitchen. I recommend coming up with several top choices – you never know what will already be taken.
After you’ve thought of several fun ideas, you’ve got to purchase your domain. I recommend purchasing your domain over at Bluehost. To see if your domain name is available, enter it in the box that looks like this:
When you’re asked to pick your plan level, I suggest that you go with the Starter Plan. It comes with everything you’d need to start a blog, you can update later, and it’ll save you some extra cash. Please keep in mind that it is billed annually (one lump sum).
After you’ve picked your domain name, you’ll need to actually host your blog. I have been using Bluehost and have been very happy thus far. Their support has been excellent (and I’ve needed a lot). And bonus? They’ll give you your domain name for free if you host with them.
Now that you’ve got your domain and hosting set-up, you’ll need to download WordPress. WordPress is the most widely used blogging platform and it’s the one I use as well. What I like most about WordPress is that it’s so easy – even I could figure it out. Along with Bluehost, WordPress has an excellent support system and forums if you ever do need help.
You can download WordPress by logging into Bluehost and find the Website Builders section. Then, click on the WordPress icon.
On the next page, select the Do It Yourself – Free! Option.
Click the Check Domain button.
Check the Terms + Conditions box and then click the “Install Now” button.
When you get a message that says your install is complete, you’ll want to click on the View Credentials button. Please write down your Admin URL, Username, and Password. You can change your login credentials to something you’ll actually remember later on, but you’ll need these for now.
In your URL bar, type in your Admin URL. You’ll come to a login page like the one below and that’s where you’ll type in your Username and Password.
Now, you’re officially logged into your blog! Hurray!
Designing for Kilroy’s Kitchen is easily my favorite “techy” part of having a website. I get to play around with font sizes, font families, colors, and other aspects of the theme.
WordPress offers tons of free themes and you can check all of them out here. Like I said – they’re free! – so their functionality can be limited. Free themes are a good place to start, especially if you’re a coding newbie like me. If you want something with a little more functionality, you can always choose a premium theme.
Still want more? Check out my resources page!