* Free 7-day dream job writing habits course. * Daily writing prompts and tutorial on the best free tools. * Video tutorial: Start your blog in under 10 minutes-- with ZERO tech experience. * Private community w/ over 5,000 writers & creators who won't let you quit!
NOTE: In order to be eligible to have your work featured on Live Your Legend, you must have your blog up and running before the deadline so we have time to evaluate your work.
1: Free 7-day email course to help you build a successful writing habit in 10-20 minutes a day.
2: New writing prompt each day focused on helping you find your passions & do work you love.
3: Private insights on our favorite tools & processes for writing and building the Live Your Legend blog and business.
4: Free video tutorial on how to start a blog in under 10 minutes with ZERO tech experience.
5: Access to our private writer’s & creator’s community for built-in accountability and support (with over 5,000 members).
6: The confidence that you finally acted on an idea you’ve probably had for years!
A blog is simply the easiest way available for publishing ideas on the Internet for others to see. It encourages you to get ideas out of your head and into the world, which then allows you to further develop them and give you a chance to showcase those thoughts as well as your passions and talents to others. And when you do that, interesting things start to happen.
Once a snowball starts rolling, it become difficult to stop. Give your ideas a place to grow and transform, and you might be surprised where they take you. It’s about time you get those ideas out of your head and share them with the world. Serendipity is waiting.
“You and your work at LYL is what gave me the courage to start a blog in the first place. Since then, I have fallen in love with my subject matter, and figured out what I want to do with the rest of my life!” -Bethany S.
"Starting a blog is one of the most beneficial things I've ever done on my way to self-discovery and awareness. It has helped me face my dad's death and work through my lifelong anxiety. It has placed gratitude at the forefront of my life and reflection at the end of each day." - Jeffrey P.
“The Blog Challenge, for me, was the perfect way to stop dreaming about your passions and finally start making them reality. In my case it was the perfect push: when you stop making plans and start doing, the inertia breaks, you start to learn and grow, get a little better each day, and eventually figure things out. That´s how a year later that blog I created during the challenge turned into a real business and got me invited to give a TEDx Talk!” -Matías S.
"You continue to show up in a bigger way. Before long, the only actions you take are ones deeply rooted in the difference you want to make.” - Libby
“Writing has started me on the journey to loving who I am and towards helping others who are sinking in the same seas I’ve survived.” -Angela Y.
“It’s like I’ve adopted a more beautiful and larger pebble to make waves in a pond.” - Haydee M.
“The most powerful result that I have experienced is that I got my courage back. As I sat down and spoke my truth on paper for the first time, I realized that I have something powerful and magical to share with the world that people need to know. With every article, I kept feeling less and less fear to speak my voice from what I know is true.” -Itatiaia D.
Note: We created this video of instructions below to be intentionally very, very simple to get you up and running with a totally basic WordPress blog so you can start publishing ideas ASAP.
There are about a million other decisions you could (and eventually probably will) make regarding your blog or site. Please do not worry about that today. All that matters is getting something published. Don’t worry about how it looks. Today is about creating your sandbox and starting to play a little. Landscaping (and other excuses for being afraid of getting a little dirty) can be addressed later.
Below is a video tutorial on starting a blog with no tech experience required.
1. Sign up for the most basic website hosting account at Bluehost.
*To make this as easy as possible, see the video Scott recorded above that walks you through setting up a blog and publishing your first post in under 10 minutes.
We fully endorse Bluehost and we are a proud affiliate partner of theirs (and Live Your Legend readers get a special 20% discount from the public price – discount already included in each of these Bluehost links), and it’s where all our domains live. We’ve tried a lot of hosts in the past, and this is by far the best discount option available based on our personal experience and that of the people we respect online.
They’ve also been a top recommended web host by WordPress since 2005. All you need is the most basic option, which comes with a free domain (website address) of your choosing.
You do not need any of the add-ons or up-sells, unless you want to get Domain WHOIS Privacy, which keeps your personal information from being made public on your site. But any of that can be sorted out later. We want to keep this as simple as possible! One reason we love Bluehost is because their customer support is awesome. If you’re unsure of what to do, just start up a chat session with their support team and they’ll get your issues sorted out.
A FEW CLARIFYING POINTS:
This Bluehost setup will run you about the cost of one latte a month. To get the lowest monthly price of $3.95, you will pay for the first couple years in advance. The month-to-month cost is still only the price of about two lattes. It’s a pretty small investment for finally getting traction on what makes you come alive. There are also some totally free options through sites like Blogger or Tumblr, although to be honest, we don’t really recommend those since you have much less control and won’t actually own the website (and we don’t have any personal experience with them). So if you go that route and decide to take your blog and site more seriously in the future, they can be a total pain in the ass to switch to something like the Bluehost option. You will also have a ton more resources and options available through the slightly less than free option we suggest. And you have the added motivation that when you pay for something (no matter how small), you become WAY more committed to getting use out of it than if it were free. That’s no small point. It’s your call, though.
Due to the increased traffic and complexity of Live Your Legend, we host it on a more robust platform via WP Engine (which we LOVE), but at $99+ per month, that is definitely not the option you need to begin.
Check and see if the domain name you want is available.
3. Pick your blog name (called a URL or domain name).
This is part of the sign-up process through Bluehost in Step #1. When you sign up for basic hosting, you get a website name for free.
Keep it simple. Don’t hold off just because you can’t come up with some brilliant name. Using your first and last name (or a similar rendition) is fine and might even be better since you might not know the specific niche you want to focus on. You’ll be free to cover whatever topics you choose. Using your name can also allow the site to serve as a simple online resume if nothing else, and it helps with your name’s Google rankings.
4. Set up WordPress on your new site (or better yet, have Bluehost do it for you for free.)
Scott covers all of this in the above video, but once you’ve purchased your hosting/domain, you are ready to install WordPress, which will allow you to edit and update your site without needing to do anything technical. Most every blog on the planet from LYL to ZenHabits to The 4-Hour Work Week are all run on WordPress.
Installing/setting up the very basic version of WordPress on a new Bluehost account is a pretty straightforward process. But we’re always a fan of having customer support do it for us. They should be happy to set it up. Just tell them something like, “Hey, I’m excited to get started with my blog. A big reason I chose Bluehost is because I’m not technical, and I heard you guys could get WordPress installed for me super fast. Could you please install WordPress on my new site so I can get started publishing content? Thanks so much!”
If you stall out on any of these steps, be sure to watch the video above. That should clear it all up. And you can always search Google or YouTube for other video tutorials on setting this stuff up, but again, that’s what customer support is there for. They love helping new clients.
5. Write Consistently.
Do it daily or weekly. Ideally, make it happen first thing in the morning. Start with one sentence. Don’t put too much pressure on yourself, but any time you get an idea that excites you or notice something on your mind, open up your computer and get it out there. Treat this as your online journal of sorts. Write about what fires you up or catches your interest. Developing your writing is a priceless skill, and the refinement of ideas that will result is magical.
If a passion or idea doesn’t have room to breathe, it will die.
6. See what happens.
Our favorite part!
An audience naturally makes us want to get better.
Live Your Legend started because Scott was pursuing something that he thought might interest him. That continued for four years of exploring and refining, without any publicly visible progress. He kept at it because he’d found an outlet for focusing and honing the impact he wanted to have. And it was published in a place the whole world could see, if they decided to look.
The site and topics started to become Scott's personal brand. A brand he was proud of. One he believed in.
That brand turned into a career.
People had a reason to come to Live Your Legend, and a specific way they wanted help. And he absolutely loved helping them.
The confidence and conviction that came with it were priceless.