How To Start A Blog The Broke Dad Way – The Broke Dad Blog Story

How to start a blog. The Broke Dad shares tips and tricks on how to start a blog easily.
How to start a blog The Broke Dad Way.

Several years ago I wanted to start a blog. I love to write and share my experiences. I love to journal, writing has always made me feel better and when I am actively writing I always feel like my mind works better overall. I notice more things, I think about things in more depth, and I just feel more alive.

So I did some research and I found information about different blogging platforms. The one that came up the most often and seemed the most user-friendly was So I visited WordPress and I signed up for an account. It was not very difficult to get started, basically you just enter some basic information and then start blogging. I learned how to post some pictures, learned how to make minor adjustments to my blog, and how to post it for the world to see. It was perfect, I was happy, and I used that method for several years off and on.

I was a very sporadic blogger. I wanted to mostly document our travels and camping adventures so that we could then share those adventures with our friends and family in an easy to use format.

The problem was is that I found when we were actually on an adventure I never had enough time to sit down and add things to my blog pages and when I did get the time I did not have any cell phone or internet reception so I couldn’t access my blog.  By the time we returned home and got back to our regular working routines I would forget to get back to my blogging.  Not getting back to my blog right away  would lead to me forgetting  a lot of the good details I was hoping to share in my blog.  So nothing substantial ever came from my blog.

A few more years pass and I am happy just writing  about my life the old-fashioned way in my paper journal and with my trusty pen.  I was doing this one day when I have a conversation with my brother about an app he had on his phone called Pinterest, you can read the details of that conversation on my Why I Blog page.

Just so happens I was working on a few home improvement projects and Pinterest was a great place to go for ideas and information for that kind of thing.  So I went and after using it for a bit I discovered it was also a great place to go for information about blogging, writing, and even making money from your blog.

Wait what?  People make money from their blogs?  Okay this was not something I really thought of before so I started researching using Pinterest  and Google as my main sources of information.  There has to be about a billion pins in regards to blogs and bringing in some income with a blog, okay I exaggerate a bit maybe not a billion but a lot.

I was intrigued and the blogging bug had re-bit me. I dusted off my old blog and started to update some things in preparation for getting my blog out there and maybe seeing if anyone would be interested in reading my stuff.

Everything was going great until I found an article that stated if you plan on ever being serious about blogging and bringing in a bit of income with that blog you would be wise to invest early on in a self hosted blog. Self hosted blog? What the heck did that mean?

Well there are a thousand explanations to this and some of them can be very technical and long and informative but if you just want the general idea of what a self hosted blog is then this is it:

A self hosted blog is a blog that you own, you create, and you decide what to do with but you “rent” or “buy” a piece of space on the internet from a hosting company. This hosting company then takes care of all the backroom stuff like servers and IP addresses and things along those lines that make your blog possible to be seen by anyone with a computer, tablet, smart phone and the internet.

So I had to make a decision. Do I continue to blog on one of the free sites like I had been doing for years and limit my ability to have the ownership I so dearly wanted or do I go all in and purchase myself a piece of the internet so I could build something that was truly mine and that I had control over how I would use that piece of the internet to share my story, my interests, and my ideas?

I decided that if I was going to really take blogging seriously I would have to invest in myself.  If I invested in myself I would then have an obligation to take my blog seriously and focus on making it a success. I looked at it as a motivator to make me want to create a blog that was interesting and that people would want to be a part of.

**The following part of this post contains affiliate links, which means I receive a small payment if you make a purchase using this link.  I make all affiliate links in green so they are easily identifiable to my readers.  Also any banners are also affiliate links. I explain this in more detail below. I will also be writing a separate blog post talking about affiliate links and the reason for this disclosure which my readers will be able to visit when it is completed.**


My first step was to find a hosting company for my blog. I did some research, visited other blogs that specialized in this topic, and read up on the different hosting companies that were available out there.

The one that seemed to stick out of the crowd was  If you want to check them out or want to host your own blog and you signup using one of my links on this site not only will you get a special offer price of $3.45 a month which comes with a 30-day money back guarantee (in case you change your mind) but I will also get a small amount of money from Bluehost for referring you to them. This is one of the benefits of owning your own blog over using a free blog is you are allowed to have affiliate links.

Some blogs are loaded with affiliate links and are noticeably trying to push them on the readers, I wanted to try to avoid that. I would love for my readers to decide to visit some of my affiliates via the links I offer but I don’t want you the reader to feel like that is all I am writing this blog for is to talk you into doing so. I feel like that makes a blog not very enjoyable to read.

I want to share my experience and offer my readers the same experiences I have had with creating a blog which have so far all been very positive.   This is my very first go at using an affiliate link in a post so I don’t yet have any idea how well it will do. I guess it will be up to those who read this post and if they decide to use my links to help create their own blogs.

When I was trying to decide on which domain hosting service to use I found a link to in a blog about creating your own blog I found on and clicked on the link and was rewarded with a the same special deal that I am now able to offer you with my links. I am sure after I joined the owner of the blog I joined from was rewarded with a payment from Bluehost. I know that I do not regret using the affiliate link as I was able to join Bluehost at a discount and I felt I was getting a quality product in exchange plus helping out a fellow blogger at the same time.  The link like the one that got me started is below.

Now that I have used as my hosting provider for a while now I know that it is a good service. I have spent a lot of hours working on my blog, creating content, and updating the look and feel of my site. I have also made a few mistakes and had to learn from them as well but all of it has been a learning experience and Bluehost as well as WordPress have made the process enjoyable and dare I say easy.  Some things have been easy other things have been a little bit of a challenge but I promise if I have been able to figure it out anyone can do it.

I think the most difficult part of creating a new blog for me so far was coming up with a name for my blog that both fit my style and which I felt would make sense to those who were visiting my blog. I had several ideas that were epic in my own mind but when I tried to register them lo and behold someone else beat me to the punch.

I would say it took me a good part of a Tuesday to finally find an available name that was fitting and not already taken. Maybe that will not be every persons experience and you will get it on the first try if you are lucky. Just keep in mind from all the posts I have read and the research I have put in I have found a few rules to go by when searching for the perfect name for your blog. Some of those are:

  • Don’t use your real name. I read a story from one blogger that used their real name, created a very successful blog, but now has big regrets about it and worries if they change it now the success they have been enjoying will dissipate.
  • Try to keep it simple. Don’t create a blog/domain name that is to long, confusing, or hard to understand. You want your followers to be able to easily remember your blog/domain name so they can type it in easily, remember it, and hopefully share it with others.
  • Don’t use anything offensive. Unless that is the point of your blog I guess, some people may have some luck with that but I feel like you will be hurting your brand and your blog if the name of it alone instantly alienates people. Plus if it is to offensive it may not be able to be featured on certain sites.
  • Be happy with it. The most important thing is that you are happy with your choice. You are after all the owner and the one paying the bills, you should be able to be proud of your creation.

Have you thought of any good names yet? Want to give them a try to see if they are available? Type your idea below and see if it is available.


Improve Your Day. Improve Your Life With 5 Simple Steps & A Cup of Coffee.

Improve your day and your life with 5 simple steps while you drink a cup of coffee.
Improve your day and your life with 5 simple steps while you drink a cup of coffee.

Have you ever went to bed at night and you are already dreading waking up and facing the next day?

Have you ever woke up in the morning and all you wanted to do is shut that alarm off and magically be somewhere else?

Dread facing the stress and issues of another day.


While I have, I have had many days like that.

I have had many nights like that.

I have dreaded going to work.

Dreaded having to spend another day doing the same thing I did the day before.

Dreaded having to be faced with the same stresses and issues day after day.

Then I decided that was enough.

I did not want to spend my days dreading the next.

I decided it was time to make a change.

So I did.

It was a simple little adjustment to my day, it cost me nothing, and it has improved my outlook on my work, my daily routine, and my life as a whole.

What was that adjustment you might be wondering?

Well it is nothing magical or unattainable and anyone can do it very easily if they just choose to do it.

Wake up just a little bit earlier.
Wake up just a little bit earlier.

The little change I made was simply to go to bed a little bit earlier at night so that I could get up a little bit earlier in the morning.


So that I could take some time to pour a cup of coffee, in a real coffee cup, not a travel mug, not Styrofoam, or plastic, but a real ceramic coffee cup.

Take that full coffee cup and sit in your favorite chair.

Get comfortable.

Take a few deep breaths.


Take a few sips of your coffee.

Then just think.

Now that you are comfortable and you have your coffee and you are thinking the hard part is to keep your thoughts positive and productive.

Avoid negative thinking.

Avoid angry thoughts.

Steer away from issues that you know if you think about pull you

right down into that dark part of your mind that just puts you right into a bad mood.

Sometimes avoiding negative thinking is a struggle, it takes a lot of energy to fight those thoughts away.

But here is a positive thought to start you out with:

The more often you do this positive thinking exercise.

The more you make it a part of your daily routine.

The easier it gets.

I have no scientific proof, I am not a psychotherapist nor do I claim to be any kind of an expert.

What I do have is many years of experience dealing with negativity, ugly attitudes, and even a bit of depression.

That experience has taught me that positive thinking is much more powerful then negative thinking once you allow it to be.

Be positive.
Be positive.

Try it for awhile and you will understand why I make that claim.

Plus remember it costs you nothing but it rewards you with many wonderful things.

So now I get to the main point of my post. What do I suggest as things to think about?

I happen to have five things in mind and I am going to share them with you.

Just sign up for my “The Power of Coffee and Positive Thinking” webinar for 3 easy payments of…..JUST KIDDING.  There is no webinar and my ideas will cost you nothing,  Though I do like that title.

Okay I digress.

What are those five things to think about?

The fact that no matter how bad things get.

How upsetting or how frustrating.

You can always sit and enjoy a good cup of coffee (or tea or the beverage of your choice, coffee just happens to be my favorite).

You really can.

Coffee is cheap and it is wonderful. It warms you, the smell brings back many  great memories, and it is a great thinking drink.

If you make time every morning to sit and have a cup of coffee you will always know you will always have this happy time each and every day.


Think about a hobby or activity that makes you happy.

One of mine I like to think about each morning is birds and my bird feeders.

I love birds.

My favorite chair sits right in front of our biggest window in our house and right outside of that window I have built a little haven for our neighborhood birds.

I keep my bird feeders full and my birdbath clean and ready.

Each morning while I drink my cup of coffee I sit and watch the morning birds.

As I watch I just think about what they are doing and how their day is going to be.

It energizes me and raises my spirits.

I highly recommend trying this as well. Birds may not be your thing but you have something you enjoy, just sit and think about that thing whatever it may be.


You have accomplished something.

Think about your accomplishments.

Don’t dwell on the things you wish you would have done or could have done.

Think about the things you have done.

Everyone has accomplishments. No not all of us have won a Pulitzer Prize or the Gold Medal in the Olympics but we have all accomplished something.

You learned to ride a bike at some point.

Maybe you learned to swim.

If you are reading this then you learned to read at some point in your life.

Those are all accomplishments.

You learned how to use a computer or a smart phone right? If you hadn’t you wouldn’t be on my blog right now.

That is an accomplishment.

There are endless amounts of things you have accomplished in your life.

You just need to pick one and think about it and then congratulate yourself for a job well done.


Work towards a goal and you will accomplish it.

Now that you thought about things you have already accomplished take some time to think about something you would like to accomplish.

Have you been working towards a goal?

Do you have a project at work you have been working on?

Maybe you have been wanting to rearrange the furniture in your home or in your work space?

Remember it does not have to be a huge task or accomplishment.

It can be something as simple as remembering to stop by the store after work and buy bread.

Well if you remember to do that after work today then you have accomplished a goal.

Once you have focused your thoughts on an accomplishment you would like to achieve .

Now think about the steps you will need to take to make those thoughts a reality.

Go to work or start your day, after your cup of coffee of course, focusing on doing those steps and accomplishing that accomplishment.


Focus on the little things that make you happy.

By this step your coffee will most likely be almost gone.

You have one more small step to take before you finish it.

This is the toughest part of the exercise put it is also the most rewarding.

Make a choice.

Chose to be positive today.

With everything you do and say today think about it before you do or say it.

Then do or say it with a positive outlook.

Say good morning to your coworkers but do it with a smile.

If you find yourself in a conversation with someone and they are being negative, try to find a way to turn it around and make it a positive interaction.

Focus on those things you enjoy and ignore the things that bring you down.

and remember tomorrow morning is just around the corner and that first cup of coffee will be there waiting for you.

Put some positive in your life.
Put some positive in your life.

Thank you for taking the time to read my post, I really do hope it finds its way to someone who can use my advice to help make their life just a little bit better.

Comments are always welcome and encouraged and remember to live life The Broke Dad Way.

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