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Some days we just don't want to leave the house, but, we still want to keep up some level of productivity.
The best way to delude ourselves into believing we're actually doing something while staying at home, aside from cleaning and cooking of course, is to venture onto the internet.
There's lots of things one can do while traversing the web, however scrolling through social media and liking pictures of cats doesn't exactly count as being 'productive'.
A great way to have your voice be heard online, and to give yourself a neat lil hobby that can perhaps one day earn you capital – is to start up a blogging website.
If you enjoy a certain sport, or partake in a past-time, this is something you can definitely write about and share with the world. There are many people out there who'd love to hear what you have to say, whether it's about politics or whether it's about how to bake the perfect muffin. Who knows, you might even make someone's day or help them with a dilemma they've been struggling with! If you have knowledge or an opinion to share, start putting it out there.
Wordpress and Blogger are suited more so for those desiring a professional look and presentation. Tumblr is akin to a social media site and can be used to simply reblog/post images and quotes. Depending on what you're looking to do as a blogger, you have a format that's perfectly suited to your needs whether it be casual or serious.
In order to get started, you just have to sign up for an account on the blogging platform of your choice. And after that? All you need to do is customise your personal site – adding the themes and widgets you like to give a personal feel to your very own blog.
Themes and widgets are pretty easy to implement. And if you ever get stuck, there are always helpful tutorials out there to explain and guide you through the process.
Now, if you're thinking that you don't have time to set up your own site, and that it all sounds too complicated for you. Don't worry, there are plenty of people who you can pay for a cheap price to set this all up for you. Fiverr is one of the best sites for this, since all of their offers are listed for $5.
When you are all done with setting up your blog, and you've gotten an idea for what you want to write about. The next step is to look for neat pictures to use with your posts. These can be found in a variety of places, but the best place NOT to look is Google. Often than not the pictures found through Google search are copyrighted and can lead you into some serious trouble. There's plenty of horror stories out there documenting unfortunate cases of people being sued for copyright infringement.
Some cool sites that WON'T get you into trouble with copyright can be found HERE.
Now that you know where to get some awesome photos, and you've updated your blog – hopefully putting up your first blog post (This can be a written piece, a slideshow, or even a video). You need to look into ways of getting a readership. This can either be easy, or it can be hard depending on the topic you've chosen. If you've started up a 'personal blog' where you'll document your day-to-day activities/thoughts. The best place to start looking for readers is by connecting your blog to your personal social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter etc).
A sure-fire way to get readers no matter the niche you are targeting, is to comment on other blogs similar to your own. Leaving a little hyperlink underneath your thought-provoking comments will allow people to find you easily. Leading those reading the blog similar to your own to your very own blog. And, if the readers like what you're saying, they'll stick around and subscribe to your posts.