After you have created the mission statement for your blog you are ready to begin. You will need to decide what host you will use. There are a variety of FREE hosts available. I would personally suggest hosting through a free host when you start. One very common host is Blogger. We hosted through Blogger until February 2010 when we migrated to WordPress.org. Depending on the type of blog that you are going to create it will vary on what type of host you want to use.
If you are creating a frugal blog I personally suggest hosting through WordPress.org. If you want to monetize your blog (earn money from it) you will need to select a host that allows you to monetize. Both Blogger and WordPress.org allows you to monetize. The difference is you must be self hosted with WordPress.org which means you have to pay for your hosting service. This is an expense that you are going to have to pay out of pocket unless your blog immediately starts earning income. An alternative host is WordPress.com if you do not plan to monetize your blog.
The reason that I suggest WordPress.org for frugal bloggers is that right now many frugal bloggers are finding that google who owns Blogger is deleting blogs without any notice, rhyme or reason. Sometimes the blog gets re-instated and sometimes not. It was a risk that we were not willing to take so we made the decision to migrate sooner than we originally planned. We made the decision to move to WordPress.org/Self Host and we use GoDaddy.com as our host. There are a variety of hosts available I suggest you shop around and find one that is good for you and the size blog that you are. Also, keep in mind that you need to plan for for growth. As your blog grows you will use more bandwidth and you may grow out of the bandwidth that your server (host) provides. At that time you may need to look for a different server or at some point purchase your own.
I think that using a free host is a great way to start out and see if blogging is really your cup of tea. Blogging can be a great hobby and can turn into a business. As a frugal blogger I suggest starting out as inexpensively as you can and see if it something you truly enjoy before you invest into blogging.
In case you missed Part 1 you can catch up. There is more to come in this series, every Monday- Wednesday-Friday! Again please don’t hesitate to ask questions or leave a comment!