With so many companies that provide methods of sharing your thoughts, your photos and videos, even your location on a moment’s notice, it becomes challenging to consolidate the great stuff you can produce.
In my personal and professional life, I am connected with so many services like facebook, flickr, twitter and the like, that I found myself setting out to integrate them into a single place.
Regardless of how great a particular social networking service is, ultimately, it’s just one place, one piece of me. I simply wanted a single place online for my family and peers to visit.
Which brought me back to blogs.
Blogging has been around the block. What spawned from online bulletin boards and usenets as personal online journals, has become a tool capable of integrating and publishing nearly every form of digital media.
And you don’t need to be in front of the old green screen anymore to publish to your blog; a mobile phone is becoming my preferred method. (This post was edited from my phone)
After spending too many hours trying out different ‘blogging engines’ and services over the years, I found that the great folks at Automattic, I’ve found WordPress to be the easiest, most multidimensional blog software out there. You can do just about anything you want to do with it because of the thriving community of people developing and enriching it’s capabilities.
I’m not saying it’s perfect though. It has flaws at times, and there are many other services out there that help people communicate. I’ve just found fewer restrictions with wordpress than any other is all.
So you want to build a wordpress blog — where do you start?
In the past, I have written walkthroughs about setting up wordpress on your own domain and also about their free service at wordpress.com, but in the past couple years the wordpress team has created a lot of incredibly simple how-to videos on getting setup. Now, I love reading technical documentation. I strongly encourage anyone who wants to learn more about wordpress to read their ten-step setup docs. But for this post, I think their short videos will help you start producing content that matters to you — now.
I went through nearly all their official how-to videos for this post and broke them down to what I think will get you set up quickly.
OK, time to get your blog on.
I recommend that you watch the videos below in chronological order in one browser window and use a second browser window at wordpress.com to follow along creating, setting up and customizing your new web site.
These videos focus on setting up a free wordpress.com account, doing basic settings customization and integrating your twitter, facebook and flickr accounts into your site. I also included a few that touches on mobile publishing and more advanced theme support. So onto the best videos for wordpress users. (If you are on a slow internet connection, the videos may take a while to load.)
If you make it through this list below, you will be on your way to creating a one-stop place online for your inter-life. Good luck!
Part 1 — The Setup
Sign up for wordpress.com account.
Once you’ve signed up, now what? Customize it.
Part 2 — Getting your content out!
This is the fun stuff. Learn how to publish content and integrate your social networking services.
Part 3 — More advanced and/or specialized tools
If you want to publish from your phone, use themes that are more conversational, or is a photo blog, here are my recommended tools.