When I started blogging way back in 2006, it wasn't as complicated as it appears today. I just chose a blogging platform, which was free, a blog name, and started writing. No one really told me what to do or not to do. I figured a lot out on my own. But today everyone has an opinion on what is best for you and your blog.
I've heard it all.
"Wordpress is the only platform to use."
"You have to pay a professional photographer for your photos."
"You must invest in Photoshop."
The list goes on and on.
And while I appreciate everyone's opinions and suggestions on what is the absolute best, sometimes going against the grain is the way to go. At least that is what I tend to do. :)
Don't get me wrong. All of the above suggestions are great if you have the resources to get them. But let's be honest. Most of us can't afford them. And that is perfectly fine. We shouldn't feel ashamed or embarrassed because we aren't all sitting at the cool kids table.
I am here to tell you that you don't have to spend a bunch of money, if any, on your blog. And, even without spending a bunch of money, you can still have a kick butt blog in the process. Awesome news, huh?!
In my four part blogging series, How To Blog Without Breaking The Bank, I'll go over the basics of blogging as well as provide you with resources to get your blog looking awesome! Each part will have resources that are both free and inexpensive, so you can decide what is best for you depending on your financial situation.
For those of you who are really strapped for cash, I totally feel your pain, I'll provide you with at least one completely free blog resource, so you can build your blog without spending any money. Cool beans!
And for those of you who have a little money to spare, woo hoo, I'll provide you with an inexpensive blog resource, so you can build your blog while spending as little money as possible. Super rad!
Or, you can mix and match the two to invest in what you feel would make your blog look the best. For example, you could choose a free blogging platform, but purchase an inexpensive blog template. Or buy a few stock photos, but use a free photo editing site. The possibilities are endless.
So be sure to check back with me on Monday, May 9 when we start with Part 1 of the How To Blog Without Breaking the Bank series.
My hope is that by the end of the series you'll see that you don't need to throw around a bunch of money to set up and run your blog. Your blog can be totally awesome without breaking the bank!!!