Tuesday, 23 August 2016

How to start a blog

The other day my friend David asked how to start a blog. I've had my blog now for 3 nearly 3 years, so I had to think back. Then I thought since I had to explain how to start a blog, I would be better writting a blog post for anyone who's wanting to start a blog and isn't sure where to begin.

Here are tips on starting a blog : 

There are many different platforms to blog on, but I recommend Blogger !!!!!

Blogger is by far the easiest to edit, also if you have a google account it's the same username and password, as blogger is run by Google. 

The hardest part starting a blog I found was thinking of a url and writing your first blog post. You want a url that fits with your blog theme, or a url that you can write about anything depending on what you want to blog about. Also I found it hard writting my first blog post. I think you worry how people will judge you ? After your first blog post you go with the flow and type whatever is on your mind.

When you sign up with blogger you choose a username. So your blog will be www.blogger.com/ whatever username you choose. 

If you want to have your own domain (I personally think it make a blog look more professional), there's websites to buy a domain. My domain is hosted at go daddy. I find go daddy the cheapest and easiest to connect. Go daddy offer new customers the domain for around 99p and then after that it's about £9.99 a year. 

To connect your url to your blogger

Sign into blogger
Click settings
Where it says "Blog address" type in your url
A message will appear with what you need to type into where you host your domain 
Then go to where you host your domain (godaddy.com) 
Click settings, DNS management 
Under CNames (Alisases) click add
You can either type or copy and paste the server information 
& click save 
Then go back to your main setting and click (Forward)
Type in your url without the www for me http://daniellemac.com
Click redirect type - forward permanent 
& save

And you're done with connecting your url to your blog. 

The blogging part, you always learn new things. Am still learning new things in blogging myself. 

The basics 
"New blog post"
Type what you want to say
Upload photos 
Publish your blog post

Anyone can type and post photos, so anyone can blog.  

I hope this helps anyone wanting to start a blog. 

Also I recommend you go check out my friend David's blog (Cars and bricks) who's just posted his first blog post. He loves cars and lego, so I assume he will be blogging a lot about that.


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Sunday, 14 August 2016

Instax Camera

I've been tempted to buy an instax camera, but I kept putting off not known if i'll really use it. I used to have the sticker Polaroid camera when I was a kid and it wasn't really used a lot. I had to get my parents to buy me the Polaroid stickers, so it was only really used a few times at family parties. 

I had Tesco clubcard vouchers going out of date and didn't really need anything. For those who don't know Tesco is a shop and you get vouchers for your shopping. I thought I'd make used of them and buy an instax camera I've been wanting. The instax camera I got is the instax mini 70 in the colour island blue and priced at £89. I had enough vouchers to pay for the camera, so technically it was a free camera. 

Here's a wee flash back a photo sticker of me and my dad when I was around 13-14 from the Polaroid sticker camera. Though I seem to have spilled something on it. 

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Wednesday, 3 August 2016

Royal Highland show

I've not blogged in so long, oops. I went to the Royal highland show and took some photos on my phone and my battery went flat, so I took the rest on my mums phone. I kept meaning to get her phone to transfer the photos and saying I'll do it later. In June every year there's an event in Edinburgh called the Royal highland show, which runs over the whole weekend Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. 

There's so much to see, animals competing for prizes and plenty of Scottish things to see. 

So finally here are the photos from the Royal highland show : 

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