I am completely new to blogging. In fact, this blog is not even a few weeks old. I have no writing background. In fact, I worked in healthcare all my adult life. But I knew for about a year that I wanted to start a blog. I wanted to start a blog as a way to share and heal after a tumultuous last five years. I also wanted to inspire and help others to live a better life. I want today to share a few tools that have been helping me as a beginner blogger.
I love WordPress. In the beginning stages a year ago of thinking of even starting a blog, I researched google incessantly, looking for the best blogging platform that was cheap and easy to use. Review after review recommended WordPress. It was economical and easy to use. So I signed up. I paid under $50 for my domain name, hosting and blogging platform. With WordPress, everything is all streamlined. I use the personal plan, since I’m starting out, but may upgrade down the road depending on blog traffic.
Let me also add, that I have pretty basic computer skills. I have no programming experience. All I knew was that I wanted to blog and write. I needed a blogging platform that was easy to set up and get started. I opened WordPress and then in a separate tab in my browser, opened up YouTube. I then watched this video on how to set up my first WordPress blog. In about an hour, I was ready to blog.
I tend to write in bursts during the day. I may type out several posts in a few hours. Another great thing about WordPress is the functionality to type and set your posts to publish at different dates. I started using this feature on my posts and it helps me stay organized.
The writing process for me is simple. I carry a couple of notebooks and pens in my purse to jot down ideas. Once I get home, I start typing. I love that WordPress has an app for Mac, so I can just click the app and start typing. Here are my favorite writing tools. I love gel pens since they write super smooth.
What writing tools do you love to use?