The question we get asked most often is – How do I create a free blog for kids?
But the truth is – they’re (almost) all free – both WordPress and Blogger will allow you to set up a free blog, and almost all of the kids’ blogs we link to from here have been created at no cost.
Both of these platforms have free blog templates you can use and customise by adding in your own images.
Of course, like anything, if you want to spend money then you can.
The most obvious thing that you might want to buy is a domain name. This means that your blog address will be a nice and clean dot com. We bought KidsBlogClub as a domain name, and this means that we can call it www.KidsBlogClub.com
If you don’t buy a domain name then your blog will still have WordPress or Blogspot in the address (depending on which one you use).
If the dot com is not available, then you might want to either change the name or buy whatever is available, like dot org, or dot co dot uk. When we started Eljae we originally called it Eljay, but somebody had already bought that name so we changed the spelling to a name that was available.
But for most kid bloggers you don’t need to do any of this – you can start a free blog very easily. Just remember that you’re not supposed to have a WordPress or Blogger account if you’re under 13, so if that’s you then your parent will need to register and then add you as a user.
You will need access to a computer but hopefully you already have one at home. You don’t need to buy any special equipment for blogging. A camera is useful, but a camera phone can take pretty good pictures too. Or you can always create your own images.
The real cost of starting a blog is in time, not money. Time to write posts, create images, learn more about blogging. But if you’re a kid, time is one thing that you’ve got plenty of. Just make sure you spend it wisely.