Start Your Own Website

Without a doubt, the most common question I’m asked about Words I Wheel By is “how did you get started?” I think there’s a common misconception that starting a blog or creating a website is a difficult process, but it doesn’t have to be! If you want to share your words and your passions, I’m 100% behind you. Here’s the path I followed:

I started out by making a free blog: This is a great option for beginners, because you can decide if blogging is something you’d like to do long-term before making a financial investment. Plus, doing it this way, you won’t have to worry about coding, designs, or any major maintenance on the back-end of your site.

Red arrow points to free tier of service

Once I realized I was serious about maintaining a website to publish my writing, I decided to buy a domain name (in my case, the URL If you have a domain name in mind, I recommend buying it now, even if you’re not ready to use it. The internet moves fast, and someone else could snap up your great URL idea if they haven’t already. Most domain names are pretty inexpensive. I pay just over $10 a year for mine. And be sure to use a reputable company! I use Namecheap.

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In order to use my domain name, I needed to invest in hosting. In simple terms: using a free platform like means they host your site for you on their servers and handle all the technical aspects of setting it up, so they control all the files that make up your site. When you purchase hosting, you have control over your website.

In the interest of saving money, I jumped on a deal with a hosting platform I’d never heard of without doing any research about self-hosting or which companies are legitimate. DO NOT DO THIS! I only ended up wasting money, along with lots and lots of time dealing with nearly non-existent “customer service.”

But I get that it’s sensible to avoid spending too much when you’re just starting out. The good news is that there are plenty of very reputable hosting services that won’t require you to empty your bank account. Luckily, I realized I should start using a better service relatively early on in my hosting adventures.

Finally, I registered with a web hosting company.

I still wanted to use WordPress so I could transfer over the posts I’d already written. I chose a host that allowed me to do that. There was definitely a learning curve for site management, but it’s up to you how much work you want to put in to set-up and design. You can edit, tweak, and customize your website to your heart’s content!

Since then, I’ve kept right on writing. And now, it’s your turn to get started.

Want to get in touch with your artsy side? One of the fun parts of having a website is being able to design your own graphics to accompany posts and pages, which you can do whether you’ve got a free site or you self-host. For making custom graphics, I use PicMonkey or Canva – not as intense as Photoshop, but still offers lots of ways to get creative.

Disclaimers: Keep in mind, I’m not a professional web designer or developer. These are the steps that successfully worked for me, and I hope this answers some of your questions on how to start your own website.


  1. As I was reading through parts of your book & was inspired to reach out to you. I have several areas that would probably in most cases be considered disabilities. But in my opinion everyone has in one respect or another some type of disability; Most of these that aren’t considered as, or labeled as such seem to just fall into the “normal” category so for the most part go unnoticed & accepted by people & society as a whole. I have the heart of an activist & a reformer with a passionate desire to change our world concerning in particular persons who are disabled, how they are treated, prejudices against them, & the laws, rules, & social “norms” that oppress & persecute them keeping them in miserable states of depression, anxiety, & in invisible prisons of societies making sometimes even with “good” intentions. I was newly introduced to the word ableism from reading your book & for a little word with all its ways in the life of the disabled it can speak volumes. I was really hoping to speak to you directly to get some advise on how would be the best way to get started in joining together with others to fight the good fight against this blind prejudice that exists currently in our society & legal system limiting our rights of life, liberty, & our ability to freely pursue our happiness. I’m discouraged to think due to you having too busy a life that I may never get the chance. But as you mentioned in your book maybe with a little help from our friends. I just can’t help thinking how much our efforts are multiplied by a group of like minded people who are passionate & more than anything desire to be truly recognised & treated equitably, fairly & compassionately in respect to our struggles & concerns as disabled persons. This would be the world I’d like to see come to be forever changed so that there would never be a child that would have to deal with the unchecked effects of ableism again.

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