Learning how to create a blog is a process you need to go through, but well before you have to change your sidebar or redesign your blog in any way. This happens more often than you think, and maybe you have personal experience in this area.
Let's say that you decide to change the navigation around. This can cause a lot of headaches for visitors if they are used to a certain layout. But you can avoid something like that with careful planning prior to making your blog.
You need to have your blog structure ready to go before you upload anything to your server. Your blog should have a specific theme, and this should be chosen prior to it going live. When choosing a theme, you should look at your most important keyword phrase for your niche when choosing one. So the topical theme is one of the most important parts of your blog structure. Then, as you add additional pages, your keyword research (based upon the primary keyword) will help you build your site. Your theme needs to reflect your main keyword, and your entire site, and the organization of it, will be based around that. This makes everything cohesive, which will help your blog be very effective, especially when it is structured properly. Plan on building an email marketing list right out of the gate, even before you create your blog. Email marketing is till absolutely one of the best things you can do, particularly because of how many benefits are associated with it. Because you want to plan for this, you are going to need to choose a good opt-in freebie to promote. Next you need to find a good autoresponder service and design a great opt-in box. Some newer and slicker optin approaches are on the market now that serve to replace the traditional optin box. This process is far more complicated than you probably originally thought, especially if you're new. Just about the most important thing is whatever you give away in exchange for getting someone's opt-in. The standard and most tired offerings are eBooks and PLR, don't use those.
Most newbies convince themselves that they need to make sure that everything is perfect before they actually pull the trigger. When it comes to a new blog, it is important to make sure that you have all of the major players in place before you allow it to go live. This is really not necessary and it only prolongs your getting started. The most important things you need to have in place are your content and the plug-ins that you actually need. The individual categories and other small details, as much as you might want them, can wait until later. Just have about three or five at the most. Make sure that the copy on your homepage matches the approach and the themes you are going to use. Then, simply put one or two posts in each category and you will be fine. Success with your blog will come as long as you have a basic structural plan for it. So once the blog is set up, you can start creating your blog around this structural format. You won't be able to create your content regularly until the structure is set up. And when visitors finally arrive at your blog, they will appreciate the structure as well.