How to Make a Political Blog Website

by Michelle Powell-Smith

Politics are on everyone's mind right now (and pretty much all the time). If all your friends are tired of hearing your political rantings, or perhaps if you just want a wider audience, starting a political blog can be one way to feel heard. You may also find the blogging community a great way to learn more, make new friends or enemies, and expand your own horizons. Blogging is also a great way to flesh out your ideas and expand your writing skills. It takes only a few minutes to set up a blog, costs nothing at all, and it can even make you money in the long run.

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Decide how you would prefer to host your political blog. If you already have web server space of your own, you may simply be able to turn on a blogging plug in on your server admin panel. Most people, however, opt to use a hosted blog from a dedicated blogging site.

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Choose the blogging software you want to use. Depending upon the hosting situation you prefer, this choice may have already been made for you. WordPress and MovableType are two of the most common choices if you are hosting your own blog, and are also an option if you prefer to host with them. Blogger, LiveJournal and Xanga are all options that include hosting as a part of a blog package, but cannot be used on your own web space. Take the time to compare features between the different packages. Look for easy photo uploading, convenient access and remote blog posting abilities.

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Set up your blog. Proprietary blog services, including Blogger and TypePad, make this very easy. It takes only a few minutes to establish an account and set up your web address. If you are hosting your own blog, you will find that software installation is generally quite simple, particularly if your host offers one click blog software access.

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Choose a template from the choices available with your blog software. You can also design your own blog template, depending upon the options available with your software and host. Paid blog services or hosting your own will allow you the most design freedom for your political blog.

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Fill out personal profile or about me information. Keep personal confidentiality in mind, particularly if your political blog could put you at risk at work or elsewhere. If you are not using your real name, choose a pseudonym that fits with your political blogging.

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Begin blogging. An interesting blog requires more than just writing. Include images, photos and interesting links to keep your political blog entertaining and informative to your readers. You may wish to consider advertising programs to bring in additional income from your new blog.

Tips

  • check Some blog software allows you to post via e-mail or text messages.
  • check Consider choosing blog software that works with your preferred online photo host, like Flickr or Photobucket.
  • check Set up an RSS feed to make it easier for your readers to keep up with your political blog.

Warnings

  • close Political blogging can get a bit heated, so prepare yourself. Consider moderating comments.
  • close Be careful about how much you reveal about yourself and your family.

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About the Author

With a master's degree in art history from the University of Missouri-Columbia, Michelle Powell-Smith has been writing professionally for more than a decade. An avid knitter and mother of four, she has written extensively on a wide variety of subjects, including education, test preparation, parenting, crafts and fashion.