Launching a blog has never been easier. I’m frequently asked about recommended resources and Cyber Monday seems like the perfect day to pass a few along.
If WordPress is the engine, themes are the vehicle. In very simplistic terms, your theme is what gives your blog its “look.” Of the thousands of themes available, I highly recommend the Standard theme. I’ve used it for the last 6 months and wouldn’t dream of looking back. Gary Henry recently transitioned WordPoints.com to Standard and seems to be very happy about the switch. Added bonus? Standard is 30% off for Cyber Monday if you use the coupon code BF2012.
Once you’ve decided on a platform and a theme, the next step is setup. I’d recommend Michael Hyatt’s extremely helpful video to walk you through the process of setting up a WordPress blog in 20 minutes or less. Jeff Goins also offers a helpful step-by-step guide to launching your own blog.
In Episode 31 of his This Is Your Life podcast, Michael Hyatt offered Advice to Beginning Bloggers. It’s definitely worth a listen. I’d also highly recommend Hyatt’s book Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World, a definitive guide for publishing and selling in the digital age. Few people know more about publishing and social media than Hyatt, a former CEO of Thomas Nelson.
For those who really want to dig deep, I’d recommend a variety of resources from John Saddington:
- Blogging Starter Kit
- Blogging Foundations Starter Kit
- The Ultimate Guide to Launching a WordPress-Powered Blog
- Making Money Blogging
- Blogging Google AdSense
What about you? Are you looking to jump into blogging? Do you already have a blog? What resources have you found to be helpful? Do you have other recommendations to offer? Let us know in the comments section below.