How to Start a Blog with Blogger - dummies

How to Start a Blog with Blogger

By Amy Lupold Bair, Susannah Gardner

You can’t find a better place to get introduced to blogging than Blogger. It’s free, fast, and easy to use. Because you can get started so easily, you can use Blogger to play with code and discover how blogging works without having to invest a lot of time and energy in web servers and complicated installation processes.

Blogger promises to get you blogging in three steps: Create an account, name your blog, and choose a template.

Each hosted blog software platform has a different process for getting started, but each one requires the same kind of information: your contact information and a name for your blog.

Before signing up with Blogger, you need login information (a username and password), which you can get in a couple of ways:

  • Through a Google account: If you have an account with one of Google’s services, such as Gmail, you can log in to Blogger by using that account information. (Blogger was acquired by the popular search engine company in 2002.)

  • Through Blogger: If you don’t have a Google account, you get one when you sign up with Blogger.

To sign up for Blogger when you don’t have a Google account, follow these steps:

  1. Click the Get Started button on the Blogger home page.

    Click the Sign Up button in the upper-right corner.

    Complete the information fields, including selecting your Google Gmail e-mail and creating a password.

    When you type your password, Blogger indicates whether you need to increase the password strength — meaning how difficult it would be for someone to guess your password.

    Select whether you would like to set Google as your home page.

    Complete the verification process to prove that you are really a person.

    Agree to the Google Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.

  2. Elect to allow or not allow Google to use your account information to personalize the content you see.

To sign up for Blogger by using an existing Google account, follow these steps:

  1. Type your Google account username and password into the appropriate text boxes on the Blogger home page.

  2. Click Sign In.

    The Blogger Dashboard appears.

    Click the New Blog link in the Dashboard.