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Starting a children’s blog – your questions answered

Thanks for all the questions you’ve sent in about children’s blogging. We’ve answered the first few of them below.

Do you have to be over 18 to start a blog?

No, you can start at any age. But if you are under 16 it’s a good idea to ask your parents or guardian before you start. Talk to them about what you want to do and why, and whether or not you’re going to blog under your own name.

The youngest kid blogger we’ve met is six – generally the younger the child, the more a parent will be helping them out with their blog. Teens tend to blog fairly independently.

Google, Blogger and WordPress all have age limits of 13 so you’re not supposed to have an account with them if you are under 13. What most people do in this case is have the parent open the account and allow their child to use it under supervision.

 

Does it cost a lot of money to start a blog? Do you have to buy a website?

No – It’s free to start a blog on WordPress or Blogger. Like any hobby, as you progress you might want to spend a bit of money on it, but you don’t have to.

Both of these sites (or blogging platforms) have got pre-designed templates for you to choose from. So you can choose a design you like and add in your own photographs to make it look individual. It’s usually very easy, quick and simple to do this – you could probably get your blog up and running in under half an hour.

You will need an email address (or ask if you can use your parents’ address) and it will be handy if you have some way of taking photos for your blog, but photos taken with a phone are usually fine. You will need regular access to a computer when you want to blog but you will be able to log in to your blog from any computer.

 

What should I blog about?

That’s entirely up to you – that’s the whole fun of having a blog. It’s like having your own online magazine and you decide what all the articles are about. You could make it about one interest in particular, such as fashion, music, books or your favourite hobby.

You could also leave it more open and write about anything and everything that interests you. Your blog, your rules – what do you want to write about? Write a list of what your first 5 posts might be.

 

How do I get people to read my blog?

There are two main routes to getting people to read your blog – telling them about it directly; and people on the internet finding your blog via search engines such as Google.

To tell people, you can email your friends and relatives to let them know you’ve started blogging. If you or your parents use Twitter or Facebook you can use those too. And if you don’t have either of those, let us know about your blog and we will promote it for you via the KBC Twitter and Facebook pages.

If you want your blog to only be seen by people you know, you can opt not to have it listed in Google and other search engines.

 

The technical side of starting a blog is pretty easy – you will be able to do it even if you aren’t all that experienced with computers. The hard part is deciding what to call it and what to blog about. So before you start, spend some time looking at some other children’s blogs to see what they do and what you could learn from them. Have a look at the children who blog in our Brilliant Blogs section – before you know it you’ll be in there too!

Happy blogging!

Do you have any questions about children’s blogging? Leave your questions in the comment box below or email our editor Joanne on joanne@kidsblogclub.com

 

image credit: Colin_K

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