Create your blog

To create a free blog for yourself that is hosted on the WordPress site, go to their sign-up page.

Choose a name for your blog address (URL): http://yourblog.wordpress.com

Choose the name carefully. You can change this later on but you might as well get it right first time.

Select the free blog option (unless you want to pay).

Choose a title and sub-title for your blog – these will appear at the top of the page. The sub-title is optional.

Choose a theme i.e. a style for your blog. You can try out the various options. Make sure to pick one of the free ones. The department will not reimburse you if you opt to buy a theme.

And you’re done — almost. The blog is created with a pre-written example post that you will be able to edit/delete. Before you get down to any serious writing, however, you will need to tweak the settings so that your blog is set up just the way you want it. To see how to do this go to Blog Instructions > Control your blog or click here.