Now that you know why you should blog lets move on to the nuts and bolts of installing a blogging platform. If you already have a blogging platform installed then this post will be review for you. If you do not have a platform then this is a basic version of the steps for getting a blog up.
My entire website is built on a WordPress theme, so that is the way I will explain the process. I am in no way a web developer, so if you are using a different platform or if you want something more complicated you should consult with a website designer.
The following are the steps that I took in setting up my site
Obtain a Domain Name
There are many places that you can secure a domain name. If you already have a website you do not need this step unless you are setting up your blog as a separate site. Make sure your domain name is easily spelled and easily remembered.
Secure Web Hosting
There are many places to obtain web hosting. I personally use GoDaddy and have found it to be inexpensive and just what I need. (Lot’s of web hosting places can also provide domain names).
Download and Install WordPress
Installing WordPress is a pretty simple process. They provide detailed direction here.
Choose and Edit a Theme
This is the fun part. You can find tons of free WordPress themes on their site, or if you want to spend a little money you can find specially designed themes all over. The free themes can be edited with a little time and effort. I highly recommend taking the time to tweak a theme to match your branding, it is worth the time to have a spectacular looking site.
Now you have a blog set up it is time to start posting!