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5 Steps to Starting a Poetry Blog

A poetry blog is a great way to express yourself and share your literary skills with the world. Here are 5 steps to easily your own poetry blog.

As a website that has analyzed thousands and thousands of poems, we read a wide range of poetry. In actual fact, the majority of the poems we analyze are not from famous poets, such as Shakespeare, Wordsworth, Frost, and so on, but by people with a genuine passion for writing incredible poetry.

In the modern era, it can seem quite daunting starting out writing poetry. However, take it from the experts that there has never been a better time to get into poetry. In actual fact, we are seeing poetry become increasingly popular year on year.

Starting your very own poetry blog could never be easier. We have experts on hand, both in terms of poetry and website creation, which means you are in the best place to learn just how to do this. Here’s our step-by-step.

Step #1 Choose Your Website Hosting

To create a poetry blog to have all your poems on there, you need to have website hosting (on WordPress) – WordPress is, by far, the platform to run your website from.

There are many different hosts you can choose from. Ultimately, you want one that is:

  • Fast
  • Cheap
  • Reliable

Poem Analysis has actually looked at many different hosts over the years, and we have come to the conclusion that the best WordPress hosting is Cloudways.

In fact, Poem Analysis runs completely on Cloudways, so you can be assured they are the best.

Start your Poetry Blog with Cloudways

  • Easy to set up
  • Very cheap hosting
  • Unmatched performance
  • 24/7 support from experts



Step #2 Create a WordPress Website

Once you have created your account, the next step is to create a WordPress website. You can do this in Cloudways by:

  • Adding a server (we recommend Digital Ocean as the best for cheap performance
  • Select ‘WordPress’ as the application
  • Choose your server/application name and server side

If you have any issues, Cloudways support are brilliant at assisting you the whole way.


Step #3 Buy a Domain Name

The next step, once you have created a WordPress website, is to have a domain that your website hosting points to. There are a multitude of websites that you can buy domains from, with an easy Google search. The biggest decision is what to call your domain.

  • Don’t use numbers or hyphens. This does not give off as professional look.
  • What is your poetry about? You might want to incorporate such words into your domain name.
  • How about your name? Lots of poets prefer their domain name to be their name, or close to it.

Of the above, we recommend going having a domain name that is your name. All famous poets we analyze do exactly this.

We don’t have any recommendations for which company to go with when buying a domain name. We particularly like using GoDaddy to check if the domain name has been taken yet or not.


Step #4 Choose a Website Theme

How your website looks is very important to the message you want to convey in your poetry.

Luckily, WordPress comes with some free themes you can use, that are great for poetry.

A range of free themes with WordPress
A range of free themes with WordPress



Step #5 Start Writing Your Own Poetry!

Once you have created your website and you are happy with the way it looks, start publishing your poetry on it! If you need help with writing poetry, see our section on poetry explained, which has some great resources on writing poetry:

We even have a special offer to get you going! If you sign up with Cloudways and create a poetry blog, we will analyze your poem for free, and have it featured on our site!



Where to Start

Create a Website

Have your website hosted by a top provider. Poem Analysis recommends and uses Cloudways.

Choose Your Domain Name

Choose a memorable domain name for your poetry blog. Poem Analysis recommends using your own name as your poetry blog name for best exposure.

Write Your Poetry

Publish your own poetry on your site and start your own literary journey, with your first poem analyzed for free by Poem Analysis!

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About
Will created Poem Analysis back in 2015 and has a team of the best poetry experts helping him analyse poems from the past and present. Although he has a background in Automotive Engineering, having worked for McLaren testing supercars, Will has a keen eye for poetry and literature.
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