Have you been thinking about starting a blog for teachers? Maybe you want to connect with teachers around the world. Maybe you have a Teachers Pay Teachers store, and you want to write about your resources. No mattter what your motivation is for starting a teacher blog, this post will help you choose the blogging platform that is right for you.
Steps to Starting a Teacher Blog
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In this post, we are going to talk about choosing a platform for your teacher blog. There are 3 main platforms you can use to start your blog. We’re going to go through each one, and I’ll tell you the pros and cons of each.
#1 – Blogger
- It is free.
- It is easy to use.
- You don’t have to worry about security or backups.
- You don’t own your website. Google owns it and can shut it down anytime.
- There are limited tools.
- There are limited templates.
#2 – WordPress.com
- It is free up to 3 GB of storage.
- You don’t have to worry about security or backups.
- You can’t customize your website using plugins.
- There are limited themes to design your blog.
- You don’t own your website. You have to pay to have the WordPress logo taken off your blog.
- There are ads on your blog, but you get none of the money from them.
#3 – WordPress.org
- You can install plugins to customize your website.
- There are thousands of different themes to choose from.
- You can make money from your blog without restrictions.
- You own your blog, and no one else can delete it.
- You have to pay for a domain name and website hosting.
- Blog security and backups are your responsibility.
Which Platform Is Right for You?
The platform you choose depends on your goals for your blog. When I was deciding 5 years ago, I eliminated WordPress.com immediately. I didn’t want ads on my blog, especially if I wasn’t making money from them.
That left me with Blogger and WordPress.org. When I saw that Google could delete my Blogger blog, that worried me. I also wanted to be able to completely customize my blog with themes and plugins.
For those reasons, I chose WordPress.org. I wanted to own my website and have complete control over what was on it and what it looked like.
If you’re just using your blog to share your TPT products and write about what you’re doing in the classroom, Blogger might be fine for you.
However, if you want to own your blog and have complete control over it, you should choose WordPress.org. You will be able to control the ads on your blog, customize it with plugins, and even start your own store if you would like.
If you choose WordPress.org, I recommend you use Bluehost for your domain registration and hosting. They are easy to work with, and they make it really easy to get set up.
Follow the directions in this post to get a domain name and hosting for your self-hosted WordPress blog.
My Blogging Journey
If starting a blog seems overwhelming, I completely understand. When I started blogging in 2014, I had no clue what I was doing. I just wanted to start something for me, since all my time and energy were going into my students and my family.
That’s when I decided to start a blog called Flavors, Fashion, and Fun to share my passions – food, shopping, and traveling. I followed an online tutorial to get started. Then, I spent weeks trying to figure out how to use WordPress and make my blog look nice.
When I finally published my first blog post, I was so excited! I thought people would be lined up to read about my latest recipes and outfits. When I checked my analytics after the first week, I was so disappointed to see that only 5 people had visited my website. (I’m pretty sure they were all me.)
I spent the next year researching ways to get blog traffic and improve my website. The number of visitors to my blog increased, but I realized that there were so many lifestyle blogs, and I wasn’t going to stand out when there were already so many well-established sites. I decided to shut my blog down.
Starting a Teacher Blog
Then, in 2017, I decided to start a Teachers Pay Teachers store. I had so many teaching resources that I created for my classroom, and I wanted to share them with other teachers.
I realized that I could use everything I learned about blogging to create a teacher blog focused on helping other teachers and promoting my TPT products.
Applying everything I learned from my first blog helped me gain traffic and followers much faster than with my lifestyle blog. This blog quickly became the second highest referrer to my TPT store, only second to the TPT search.
Want Help Setting Up Your Teacher Blog?
First, start by downloading the Teacher Blog Planning Sheet at the bottom of this post. Fill it out with all your ideas for your blog. If filling it out makes you feel excited, and you can’t wait to share your teaching experiences with others, you’re ready to get started!
If thinking about a blog and planning for a blog doesn’t excite you at all, now may not be the time to get started. Blogging takes commitment and time.
If you feel like you’re ready to begin your blogging journey, but you’re completely overwhelmed by the daunting task of setting everything up, let me help you.
In my course, Start Your Teacher Blog, I will walk you step-by-step through the process of setting up your blog. I’m not going to do it for you, because I think it’s important for you to learn how to do everything. That way, you can make changes and updates whenever you want.
Sound interesting? Check it out here.
What Do You Think?
Which blog platform do you think is right for you?
Let me know in the comments below.