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4 Easy Steps to Become a Teacher Blogger
If you are wanting to become a teacher blogger, you’ve come to the right place! Since I have started my Little Learning Corner website, I have received numerous messages asking for tips on how to set up a teacher blog. Starting a blog can be an intimidating process, but if you take it slow, and follow these 4 easy steps, you can become a teacher blogger in no time!
Why I Became a Teacher Blogger
I won’t bore you with a year-by-year timeline that led me to become a teacher blogger, but I will try to break it down to what led me here. Like you, I was a doing what I loved – teaching kindergarten. After 17 years of teaching, I began to realize the stress was not fair to myself or my family.
I was coming home stressed, and too tired to spend quality time with my family. I knew I had to make a change.
At the time, I had a generic blog to share content with the parents of my students, but I knew I could take it to the next level and make a full-time career as a teacher blogger.
How I Got Started as a Teacher Blogger
Almost a decade ago, I decided I wanted to start a teaching blog. I had no idea what I was doing, but I jumped in anyhow. As I type this, I can’t help but laugh at the mistakes I made. However, as we all know, we learn from our mistakes only to get better.
After spending all those years failing as a blogger, I was ready to do it right! Did you know I left my teaching career in 2019 to become a full-time teacher blogger? It’s true, friend! Dedicated to making it work, I created a new blog, Little Learning Corner!
There are days when I have to pinch myself, because I’m finally doing it! I quit my teaching job to become a blogger, and am loving every minute of it! What started off as a part time side hustle has now become my reality!
As a teacher blogger, I am able to share my expertise, while also being more present for my family!
Now, I’m here to help you get started, whether as your side hustle or a creative outlet to share your expertise.
4 Easy Steps to Become a Teacher Blogger
If you want to be become a teacher blogger, you will need a blog to share your content with your followers.
I have used blogger and wordpress.org, and HIGHLY recommend using wordpress. Blogger was basic, but WordPress.org gives you more control over your blogging experience, and WAY better security!
Start a Teacher Blog
Let’s not make this more complicated than it has to be. I will list 4 easy steps to get started with a teacher blog, then go into each step in greater detail.
- Get a Web Hosting Provider (Bluehost)
- Select a Domain Name
- Install WordPress (Bluehost now does this for you!)
- Write a blog post
1. Get a Web Hosting Provider
Web hosting is a service that allows you to post a website onto the internet. It is where your website will live. Every website needs web hosting. I chose to use Bluehost as my web hosting service provider.
Bluehost provides services that you will need to become a teacher blogger, such as an email account, wordpress installation and support, sitelock security, domain privacy protection, databases, setting up your domain name, and so much more. Again, don’t be overwhelmed by these terms. Bluehost explains everything!
The 36 month plan is the best value, but you can choose what works best for you, as you are just getting started.
2. Get a Teacher Blogger Domain Name
A domain name is what people type in the address bar to get to your website. Some people set up the domain name first, but by using bluehost, I was able to do everything through them with ease. When you sign up with Bluehost, you get a free domain name for the 1st year.
As a teacher blogger, you may want to sell your teacher resources online, or blog to stay connected with family and friends about your journey as an educator.
If you are a TPT seller, I suggest using your store name as your domain name. For example, my TPT store is Little Learning Corner, which is also the name of my website.
If you are not a teacher author on Teachers Pay Teachers, you can set up a domain name to best represent yourself as a teacher blogger, such as a classroom nickname.
3. Install WordPress
Bluehost has recently updated their sign-up flow, called Bluerock, to make it even easier for you to become a blogger. WordPress will now be automatically installed at sign-in without having to go in and manually installing it yourself.
Hellooo, did you read that? Bluehost will automatically install WordPress for you! I can’t stop smiling, because they truly are the best as making this an easy process for you.
I had an amazing web designer set up my website. Laine Sutherland, from Laine Sutherland Designs, did an amazing job incorporating my brand into a lovely wordpress theme. However, if you are just starting your journey as a blogger, or have no intentions of selling resources online, then I strongly suggest setting up your own theme. Bluehost will walk you through this process.
If you run across any problems, or just need extra guidance, Bluehost support team will walk you right through it. They promise to have all new bloggers up and running in 30 minutes. I’m telling ya… Bluehost is where you need to start!
4. Writing a Teacher Blog Post
You are an education blogger with lots of valuable knowledge to share and stories to tell. It’s time to get started writing your content. To get started, you will want to click on POSTS – ADD NEW.
Start writing that amazing content to share with others. The more often you write, the more often they will return to your blog to see your content.
Think about your strengths as a teacher. What do you love? What do you want to help others with? Once you know this, you can quickly plan out a series of blog posts.
If you are starting a teacher blog to share and sell your printable resources, you can create an e-commerce store with sights such as Ecwid.
Your blog posts will be aligned with your lesson plans or monthly themes, if you’re blogging to keep parents up to date with your classroom.
To sum it all up, if you want to become a teacher blogger, you can get started today. Starting at Bluehost, and installing wordpress, you will find the process much easier than you may have anticipated. Again, I can’t say it enough – Bluehost was so extremely helpful to walk me through the process.
Most importantly, don’t give up! Share your expertise and collaborate with others.
Thank you for taking time to stop by and read my blog!
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