Free “How To Start Blogging” Videos

Are you ready to start blogging? Maybe you are a pastor who wants to post his sermon manuscripts for his congregation? Maybe you are a student who wants to keep up with friends and family? Blogging has made creating and maintaining a personal website accessible to anyone with an internet connection.

Blogging is free. WordPress.com and Blogger.com are the leading entry-level blogging platforms. They are both 100% free.

Blogging is easy. WordPress.com and Blogger.com are easy to learn. If you can write an email or create a word document you can use these free services.

There are some limits to these platforms. Most notably the address of you blog will be either “yourblog.wordpress.com” or “yourblog.blogspot.com.” However, you can upgrade to “yourname.com” later for about $10 per year. Any name option will depend on availability.

I would recommend WordPress.com rather than Blogger.com – unless you are very non-technical. Blogger seem slightly easier to use, but it lacks the flexibility and advanced features you will want 3 months from now.

4 Free Video Tutorials: How To Start Blogging

Here is a 2 minute walk through for starting a blog on Blogger. It was produced by the people at Google and is very well done.

If you need more in-depth instruction, watch this 7 minute video. It is slightly outdated, but will supplement the first video.

Here is a 6 minute demonstration video of starting a WordPress blog.

Watch this 4 minute video if you want to see why WordPress is the best blogging platform.

You can also read this brief article on How To Start A Blog.Here is one final link to another WordPress tutorial. However, the website requires you to enter your email address before downloading.

If any Southern Seminary professors need help launching a blog we can help. I know of several student bloggers who would walk you through the process – namely me. :)

Posted By Tony Kummer

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9 Responses to Free “How To Start Blogging” Videos

  1. Outstanding post! Thanks. We’ve now added it to our ‘Internet Tool Kit’ at AskAnythingSaturday.com.

    Love what you guys are doing at SAS!

  2. Oh, and one more thing… Another great alternative for Christian bloggers, is to use MyChurch.org. They don’t yet have a ‘howto’ video, but it’d be a shame not to mention the site. It’s got a ton of the functionalities of these other blogsites, and considerably MORE in some respects… Eg. social-networking (‘friends’) at the same time, as well as attaching your blog to your church’s collaborative site & collaborative blog… And community mapping of the participating churches. Great way to connect & communicate. [And of course, they can always use the solid theological content that SAS type bloggers can provide. Win-win-win impact in the name of Christ.]

  3. Tony Kummer says:

    Thanks for the link and the helpful recomendation

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  5. JC says:

    I currently have a wordpress blog, but am thinking of switching _back_ to Blogger because, if we compare the free wp.com blogs with blogger blogs (which are all free), i think you cam do more customization with Blogger.

  6. Tony Kummer says:

    With wordpress.com you are very limited on customization. That can be a problem. They also don’t allow Java Script on your blog or ads. So if can be restrictive in those ways.

    We run this site with WordPress installed on our own hosting service. This gives us near total flexibility, but it costs $100 or more per year for a hosting service.

  7. JC says:

    So would you agree that if we’re comparing free to free, Blogger is better?

  8. Tony Kummer says:

    I have two blogs on blogger that I still use – and none on the free WordPress.com

    I think WordPress looks better and gives you ‘future posts’ but you lose java scripts and template customization and monetization.

    I guess it depends on your purpose. I think Blogger still has the edge.

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