Have you ever met someone and thought, “wow, I need to know this person better,” when you heard them speak?
That’s what happened to me a few weeks ago.
Joe was the MC for FinCon, the conference we attended a few weeks back, and one of the themes was “forget ‘creating content’ and focus on creating magic.” We wanted to find people in our community who were doing extraordinary things. Some things were on our radar, since they were directly related to things our friends were doing (Shannon’s opening a financial gym where everyone can go to get their finances in shape, Melanie started a movement about debt and suicide, Eva started her own conference focusing on teen entrepreneurs), but some things we learned while researching Joe’s stage role.
One woman doing remarkable things in her community is Olivia West. Not only is she the president of West Advisory Group, an organization that teaches people about financial literacy, she’s the kind of mom I hope to be. Her kids (using her guidance) started “Champions of Change,” which has done awesome things, like:
- Sent fresh water to Flint, Michigan
- Fed hungry families at Thanksgiving and Christmas
- Get this: even wrote a book for other kids teaching them how to be agents of positive change in their communities.
Why am I telling you about her, other than the fact that she’s wonderful and meeting her will inspire you to do more good in your life?
Because, get this. She doesn’t have a blog yet. So, the awesome things she’s a part of don’t have their own platform.
And that’s a shame. One we’re going to remedy together.
Anne and I wrote a book on how to start a blog, but I’ll be the first to admit: this stuff can be overwhelming, especially if the first time you even considered starting a blog was when someone told you to do so at a blogging conference.
So our goal is simple: get Olivia up and running so she can focus on spreading the word about how to impact your community in the same way she’s helping her corner of the world.
Sounds like fun, right? I think so, too.
Starting a Blog from Scratch: Week One
Week one had a few simple tasks, with homework:
- Find your URL, and buy the domain. We went back and forth on this a bit because some of Olivia’s ideas were so good that they were already taken (which happens a lot). I suggested she use her name, since I was already thinking of several friends who used to have branded domains and have switched to using their names as their URLs (Cait, Cat, and Amanda all come to mind). That way, she’s free to write about anything she wants, from parenting to raising socially aware kids, to money management and more. She asked if she should just go ahead and use GoDaddy to buy her domain and I strongly advised against it (this post does a good job explaining why) and recommended NameCheap (affiliate link) instead.
- Get hosting. I’m working on a post about why you shouldn’t go with Bluehost even though you can find eleventy blog posts from reputable bloggers about why you should absolutely choose Bluehost, but the short version is this: Bluehost both sucks and pays their affiliates a lot of money each month to say they don’t suck. My host of choice, though, is BigScoots, and they don’t pay a lot for me to say that (although that was an affiliate link). They offer solid support and go above and beyond anything you could expect a host to do.
- Find a theme you like from StudioPress. StudioPress (affiliate link) makes gorgeous themes and uses the Genesis framework as their foundation. For-Profit Blogging runs on Smart Passive Income theme, but there are so many others that would work well for Olivia.
That’s it, that’s all she had to do! Next week, I’ll install the theme and get her set up. Stay tuned!
Update: Week two is up on the blog: Starting a Blog from Scratch, Week Two