How to Start a Free Blog, the Easy Way
Posted on September 21st, 2013 | By Gerd Meissner
Ask your blogging friends how you can create a blog for free, and you probably will get tons of good advice where to find free blog websites to stake your claim in the blogosphere.Chances are, they will recommend proven tools and sites like WordPress, Google's Blogger or Tumblr. Would I suggest any of these tools for someone who's looking to start a basic blog for the first time, free and easy? For a freelance writer, small business owner, or a teacher, for example? As of 2013, I think there's a much better way to get started with your first blog. If you are one of the more than 65 million users of Evernote worldwide, you will love the alternative that I am about to suggest. Because in that case, you already have almost everything in place that you need to create a free blog - straight from your Evernote notes.
Then this might be just the free blog software you have been looking for.
Evernote has been called the "Swiss Army knife" of personal digital information management. The company holds its 2013 user conference September 26-27 in San Francisco.
In this post, I will show you how to use Evernote to start a free blog and get blog followers fast, in five easy steps, by connecting it to Postach.io, a new blogging website (which I predict will be one of the hottest items at the show):
Are you not using Evernote yet, but eager to start blogging away, without having to bother with new registration passwords or a webmaster or hundreds of confusing plugin options or how to upload photos or presentation slides to your new blog?
Become a blogger in 5 easy stepsEvernote users, you can skip Step 1:
- Create your own Evernote account. The basic version is free. If you plan to use it for serious blogging or for business, you can get a free Evernote Premium month with this link. Evernote, which is available on most computers, smartphones and tablets and via web browsers, makes it easy to remember things big and small from your everyday life, organize ideas and create and manage content - including your new blog. Confirm / activate your Evernote account.
- Visit Postach.io, a blog website service that was recently launched by Vancouver, Canada-based Input Logic. As of September 2013, Postach.io was still in its "beta" phase, but I think it's fair to say that these guys have done for blogging what Apple's iPhone did for mobile communication: setting new standards by making it simple.
- Log in using - your Evernote credentials. Click on the "Create New Site" button, top right. Authorize Postach.io to create a designated blog notebook in your Evernote account. Enter the basic details for your blog, like its name, the author's name, and a short bio or site description. You can also choose from several "skins" to design your blog. Don't close the Postach.io tab on your web browser just yet.
- Next, go back to the Postachio blog notebook that you created in Evernote. To publish your first blog post, click "New Note" or drag and drop a note or a photo from another notebook. Add a tag: "published" (without the quotation marks). You can also add a tag that tells your readers what your post is about, like "dog:"
- Open your Postach.io tab that you left open. On the "My Sites" page, click on the "Sync Sites" button, to the right of your blog URL.
Your blog link will look like this: YourBlogNameHere.postach.io . My How-to Tips blog, for example, can be found at how-to-tips.postach.io.
Your blog is waiting to get published - in your Evernote notebook!Once your blog is up and running (within five minutes or less), I'm pretty sure you will agree with me that the developers of this free blog service have done an outstanding job keeping things simple. At the same time, Input Logic's programmers didn't neglect tools for sharing blog posts via dynamic RSS feeds or on social media like Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn. They also included features that allow you to embed videos, presentations or Tweets in blog posts through simple shortcodes in your Evernote blog notes. More advanced users can adjust their blog page source code to get more blog followers through search engine optimization (SEO). Personally, I have used - and still use - WordPress, Google's Blogger or Tumblr, as well as some other blog services. They all have their strengths and weaknesses. My personal favorite for business and e-commerce still is WordPress, which has become so much more than just a free blog maker. WP has grown into one of the most powerful content management systems for business websites.
Easy-to-use blogging software to start a free blog in 5 minutes or less
This new platform will allow you to focus on creating and structuring your content, without tech distractions like "plugin security update required." Don't be deterred by the "beta" status of this new blogging service. Not even a year old, Postach.io has already become the blogging tool of choice for Evernote users worldwide. Primary school teachers use it in class, to empower school children to create their own blog posts. Don't believe me? Just check out Postach.io's live house feed. It will give you a good idea just how much this free web service has boosted blogging worldwide. Of course, it also adds value as a resource for exciting new kitten and puppy photos and videos:
The Vine video embed feature was just announced and may or may not show the puppy while the software is still in beta. But that's beside the point.The point is: Postach.io doesn't need puppy photo blogs to boost its popularity, and it is easy to see why. For millions of people already using Evernote to collect, organize, manage and create content (many of them for their blogs), dealing with convoluted blogging software and blog content management websites would feel like a step back. You can save yourself the headache, as I did with this post. Blog directly from Evernote with Postach.io .