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When I first started blogging not for work it was way back in 2009 – I used blogger and I swear that the only person that read it was my mum but that was only if I had sent her a link in an email. Around 2011, I decided to get series and from that blogger blog I evolved and developed and moved to WordPress and started this here Rainy Day Mum. I knew a little bit about blogging, having had to write them for work first as a volunteer, then as a marine biologist and after as a teacher since around 2001 but blogging as a hobby which is how Rainy Day Mum started out to blogging professionally or I should say as using the blog as a platform to work self-employed in a field of work that I enjoy has had it’s moments in learning.
My primary reason for starting Rainy Day Mum was to share ideas of what to do with young kids because that was what I wanted to know – I wanted to help people and share what I knew with others basically what I had been doing all along through my blogging. Well it’s a few years down the line and Rainy Day Mum has evolved and I still share what I do so Activities for the Kids, Recipes, Family Travel and Living Naturally with Kids but there is a part of me that I’m not sharing and helping others learn and that has been about blogging and freelance work so from today onwards I am. Every Saturday I will be sharing tips, advice, how to’s on blogging and freelance work to help you start, continue, move forward and learn.
Start as you mean to go on with a blog
It’s so easy to start a blog – literally you can with no tech knowledge what so ever, but there are so many issues with that as you grow. Rainy Day Mum started way back with the free platform and a URL something like rainydaymum.wordpress.com – I only every wrote around 15 posts on that URL but at the time some of them including my Paperplate Lion was one of my most popular posts for a good 12 months despite what came after them.
Then I realised that the content wasn’t mine I couldn’t do things that I wanted with the site and I was at a disadvantage from the start having the wordpress.com site – so I moved to self-hosted and that move took some tech knowledge luckily I had that from that start it wasn’t the setting up as self-hosted that was hard it was the moving from wordpress.com to self-hosted that was difficult. Over the last few years, I haven’t just moved my site using my tech knowledge I have moved other people’s sites as well from wordpress.com to self-hosted and, even more, complex from blogger to self-hosted WordPress.
So next week when I start the series I will be talking about getting started and HOSTING your own site. It does mean a little outlay at the start – but you don’t have to think big bucks you are looking at the cost of your own domain name – the website address and you hosting – a place on the server for you to put it all and make it accessible via that address.