Starting your blog isnt the technical rigmarole you might think and you dont need to know anything about how the web works to do it. It neednt cost you anything, either, since there are plenty of free hosting services the internet computers on which blogs are stored.
A blog can be as complicated as you like, but if youre just getting started, it makes sense to keep things simple. Blogs dont come much simpler than Tumblr and its a hugely popular service.
Everyone from corgi lovers to the US Whitehouse has their own blog on Tumblr, and joining them takes just a few minutes.
The Tumblr dashboard (see Step 3) looks different depending on which web browser youre using. Weve used Google Chrome for these steps, so what you seen on your screen may be slightly different.
Step 1: Sign up for Tumblr
Go to www.tumblr.com and enter the email address and password you want to use for the service. Tumblr will choose a random username for you, but you can enter your own if you can find one that hasnt already been used.
Click the Sign up button, confirm your age and agree to the terms of service. Youll also need to pass an anti-spammer test by typing in two hard-to-read words. As the final part of the sign-up process, youll need to click a link in an email Tumblr sends to you.
Step 2: Follow a few blogs or not
Tumblr lets you follow other peoples blogs, as well as create your own. Youll be asked to follow five blogs as part of the sign-up process, but you can just click the Skip button at the bottom-right of the screen if youd rather not do this.
Step 3: Meet the Tumblr dashboard
Youll then be taken to the Tumblr dashboard. This is where you create new blog posts and there are seven different categories: text, photo, quote, link, chat, audio and video. Just click one of the categories icons at the top of the dashboard to create a blog post of that type Tumblr will automatically format the post to suit its content.
Step 4: Create your first blog post
Click the Text icon to create a new text blog post. You can then enter an optional title and the main body of your post. You can also add a photo by clicking the photo icon on the tool bar and browsing for an image on your PC.
Step 5: Preview or publish your post
Click the Post button to publish your blog post immediately, or click the arrow alongside it to see a preview of the post before it goes live. You can also save the post to continue editing it later, or schedule it for publication at a later date.
Step 5: See your blog history
Once your blog post has been published, youll be returned to the dashboard. Click the No thanks option below the welcome message and you should see your first blog post, along with any recent ones from other Tumblr blogs you followed in Step 2.
Step 6: Other types of Tumblr post
Its a similar process to create other categories of blog post, so experiment with the different options and use the preview option to see how they look without having to publish them.
Step 7: Customise your blog
Your new blog doesnt have a name yet, so click Customize at the top-right of the Tumblr page. You can then edit your blogs settings by clicking the options down the left of the new page that opens.
Click under Title to give the blog a name. You can also change the colour scheme and other things using the other options. Click the Save button at the top-left of the page when youve finished and then click the Exit button to return to the dashboard.
Step 8: Share your blog with others
Your blog can be found at the web address <your-username>.tumblr.com impossiblyrainysuit.tumblr.com, in our example. This is the web address to share with other people when you want to them to visit.