The time has arrived at last–I finally get to check “start a blog” off my Bucket List! How did I get around to this most important to-do item? Well, it just so happens that within days (hours, really) of each other, I lost both of my jobs and Mr. Fixer and I closed on our very first home! I know, I know–for most of you, you would be freaking out right now. But for me, I saw this as divine providence that I should be doing something else with my time and career (after I cried my eyes out and called my mom, of course). And since creating a blog has always been one of my top goals, I figured I would start with that! Because how many times are you given the time and the topic simultaneously?!
Speaking of time and topic, let’s first start with the subject of “time” and then we can move on to our main “topic” (but if you are anxious for a sneak peek, click here). Starting a blog is a lot of work! I began this venture a couple weeks ago with very little knowledge about blogging (really, how hard can it be?), and I was just about ready to click the “Create Website” button on WordPress.com when Mr. Fixer stopped my chipped nail polish fingers right in their tracks. His engineer mind is usually two steps ahead of me when it comes to stuff like this, so he began to explain the difference between hosted blogs and non-hosted blogs. But, after much huffing and puffing and pouting (I wanted to blog NOW!), I took a step back and started doing some research. In the interest of not reinventing the wheel, here are some already published resources for starting your own blog. I found them to be extremely helpful, and I must admit, they all agreed with Mr. Fixer (Mrs. Fab – 0, Mr. Fixer – 1).
Mr. Money Mustache’s article “How to Start a Blog” (one of Mr. Fixer’s favorite blogs, BTW)
In regards to the books especially, I am sure there are a bajillion other good ones to read, but I found these at my local library, so that makes them winners in my book (no pun intended). I also picked the brains of a few tech-y friends I know, so if you have someone in your life like that, bend their ears! And if you’d rather pay to have your website looking beautiful and professional from the get-go, check out this stellar dude (one of the aforementioned brains).
So, there you have it. If you ever find yourself fired and in possession of a brand-spankin’-new mortgage, start a blog! :-p And if you are already a pro (at being fired or blogging!), please leave a comment and/or suggestion so I can keep learning all the ins and outs!
Stay tuned for tomorrow’s post, featuring an intro to the fixer and our very first project!
Off to find some nail polish remover,
P.S. (Oct. 8, 2014): There is no wrong way to start a blog! In fact, many books and people recommend beginning with the free, hosted versions in order to gauge whether you are going to stick with blogging in the long run. That way, you don’t end up purchasing a package from a hosting service and not using it down the road. Also, as I tried to emphasize above, time is a mighty factor! If you want to start writing now and do not have the time or interest in fiddling with the other stuff, the hosted versions are definitely the way to go. The important thing is that you are blogging, which should be a source of pride and accomplishment no matter what route you go!