How to Start an ADHD Blog

Are you an adult living with ADD or the parent of an ADHD child? Are you tempted to write your own blog about life with attention deficit? Follow these four steps to get started.

The Best Blog-Hosting Sites

Most blogging host sites offer Web-only software (no downloading required), a variety of different design templates for your site, and room for text and images. Here are three sites to investigate when starting your blog:

  • Blogger.com It's the biggest blogging site—it is linked to Google, after all. Simply pick a design and type away. This host doesn’t offer password protection, so it’s not the best choice if you want to limit your readership to a few people. (Free)
  • Typepad.com The sleek designs and ease of use make this site attractive to first-time bloggers with a sense of style. You can download text or images from mobile phones, PDAs, and other wireless technology, and you can password-protect your site. (Typepad charges $49.50 per year for the barebones site.)
  • Wordpress.com You get 3 gigabytes of file storage, 60 attractive designs, and up-to-the-minute stats on how many people are visiting your blog and what search engine terms are sending them there. (Free)

1. Find a host. You don't have to be a high-tech wizard to create a blog. There are several sites that will help you set up a blog for free, or for a small annual fee (see "The Best Blog-Hosting Sites," below).

If you want to create a unique blog, you can fly solo: Register a Web address at register.com, then choose your own Web host, such as Yahoo! or AOL. This will require more tech savvy than a blog posted on a blog site.

2. Figure out your theme or topic—and stick to it. Define your intended audience. Is your blog for friends and family? For adults with ADHD? For parents of children with ADHD? Think through what you hope to accomplish by blogging. Do you want to establish a support system? Provide information to others? Understand yourself better?

3. Think about privacy. For those who want to blog without making their life an open book, there are options: You can password-protect your site and give the password only to close friends and family members, or you can limit the personal information you share. Most bloggers shield their loved ones from public scrutiny by using nicknames or pseudonyms, posting few photos of them, and giving little identifying information.

4. Now start blogging. Keep posts fairly short, 200-500 words. Post often to keep readers coming back—three times per week at a minimum. Encourage comments, and respond to them promptly.

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