These are the first few steps to setting up and activating your blog. It’s like getting the ingredients of the recipe before you cook your favorite meal.
Before you start doing anything, please read through and be aware that you are agreeing to the terms of service of WordPress.com when you create and possess a WordPress.com account and blog.
Before we do that, let’s take a look at the various plans WordPress.com offers.
The main thing to note about creating a private journaling blog under the free plan of WordPress.com is that it entitles you only a subdomain name and not a custom domain name. This means your blog doesn’t end with .com or .org but rather wordpress.com. If you do intend to make your blog public in the future, you can still upgrade and change your plan and create a new custom domain name.
You will need a computer with internet access to perform the following steps.
Before you even get started, you should already have brainstormed and decided on a few possible subdomain names for your private journaling blog.
After you have done that, enter into WordPress.com site from your web browser (type wordpress.com into browser address bar and click enter) and click on “Get started” at the top right hand corner.
Step 1 of 5 – Click on “A list of my latest posts”.
Step 2 of 5 – For the theme, scroll down and click on “Skip for now”. You will learn how to activate this later on.
After these, you will check whether your desired subdomain name is available.
Step 3 of 5 – Type in your desired subdomain name, for example, “myweeklywalk” in the search box.
After typing in, wait for a minute, you will see that “myweeklywalk.wordpress.com” will appear and is available for free.
However, let’s say if your desired subdomain name is “myweeklyjournal”. After typing in the search box, you will find that it is not available for free. WordPress.com will suggest another subdomain name “myweeklyjournalblog” that is available for free. You can decide if you will want your private journaling blog to be “myweeklyjournalblog.wordpress.com” instead. If it is fine, click on “Select”.
You will move on to Step 4 of 5 which is simple – Pick the plan that’s right for you. Click on – Select free.
Finally, Step 5 of 5 is to create your account. You will need an email address, a username and a password. You can decide on the username now but if you can’t, just type any username first and you can change it later.
This step is not compulsory – I will recommend that you will create a new email address for your private journaling blog. If you would like to use an email account for your blog which already existed, you can skip this step and just type in the email address that you have.
You can easily click on the “+”sign in your web browser to create a new tab to go to a new website address to create a new email address.
For illustration purpose, I will create a new Gmail email account. These are the steps to create a new Gmail account.
Type in “www.gmail.com” in the browser address bar and press enter. You will be re-directed to this page. Click on “Create an account”at the top right hand corner.
Fill up the required information. Preferably, you will want your email address to be same as your blog, for example, email@example.com if your blog is myweeklyjournalblog.wordpress.com. Click on the “Next step”.
After you have created your new email account, you can go back to the browser tab to complete Step 5 of 5. Type in your new email address and the required information. Finally, click on “Create My Account”.
Click on “Continue”. Now you need to go to your new email account to confirm your email.
Sign in to your email account with your password and find the email being sent by WordPress.com to activate your blog account.
After opening that email, click on “Confirm now” to confirm your email and to activate your account.
After confirming your email and activating your account, you can now log in to your new WordPress.com account through this page. Please bookmark this page as you will need to login frequently.
This is the link to the login page.
If you are stuck or have any question, you can type in the search bar to search from the topics at WordPress.com Support Home page; Search the forums or add a new topic and wait for answers at WordPress.com forums.
Congratulations on setting up your WordPress.com account.