Brand New Series of Tutorials

Lots of people ask me ‘is it easy to create a blog like yours?’, and ‘who designed your blog?’ or the most popular one ‘how do I get my blog on my own domain name?’. So as this is a such a hot topic I thought I’d create a brief guide showing you how I built mtp and a little of what goes on behind the scenes. This first set of tutorials really only scratches the surface. So look out for more tutorials soon (ie when I have the time).

Part One shows you how to…

  • Use WordPress to Set up Your Own Blog
  • Upload photos
  • Buy a Domain Name and Redirect to it
  • Change the Design of Your Blog

how to build a blog

Redirect a domain name

change the design of your blog

Download the tutorial (pdf)

34 Responses to “Tutorials”

  1. Gloriaon 17 May 2007 at 9:38 am

    This is really encouraging for other potential bloggers. It is great that you have taken the time to put this guide together. Your blog is one I really look forward to reading. For years I felt that way about particular magazines, now it is blogs like yours that I find inspiring. Keep up the good work.

  2. mtpon 22 May 2007 at 9:32 am

    Thanks Gloria – I like my little tutorial. I hope it proves helpful to those starting out on their blogging journey.

  3. Nicolaon 30 Jul 2007 at 1:45 pm

    Thank’s a lot! I’m tring to build up a blog for a no-profit projet of microfarm in italy (well, I’m actually without a real internet connection so I work on it on the spare time…)your suggestions would be of great use!
    Thank a lot!

  4. Cathyon 15 Oct 2007 at 7:15 pm

    Hi. Many thanks for your tutorial. I found it just when I needed to create my own website – it was perfect and taught me everything I needed to buy the domain name and direct a blog to it to advertise my wares. Perfect for a computer numpty like me!

  5. Helenon 26 Jan 2008 at 3:25 pm

    Thanks for the tutorial. Really helpful and user friendly. I have now set up my own blog about my garden.

  6. Sweet-peaon 17 Apr 2008 at 3:27 pm

    Hi MTP

    These tutorials are great. I’ve had my blog on WordPress for a couple of years now and and have finally got around to thinking about customizing it a bit. I notice you have a ‘Amazon’ Widget on your site. I’ve been to Amazon and set one up at that end but I can’t figure out how to add it to my WordPress blog…hoping you may be able to shed some light. Is it just simply a case of subscribing to the CSS service?

    SP x

  7. Richardon 19 May 2008 at 1:32 pm

    An eye-opening tutorial for me. I’ve worked in computing for 34 years and was trying too hard to get things working on my systems. Using your simple tutorial got me up and running in no time. Now all the far flung nephews and nieces who are working on their plots can see what I get up to.

    I’m sorry I didn’t get to meet you in person whilst you still had your plot, but many thanks for helping in this way – Long live Bathford allotments.

  8. Westfaliaon 27 May 2008 at 10:46 am

    I love gardening and i’m searching for some blogs about gardening. could you give me a hint where i can find some more blogs about gardening?

    … great tutorial ;-)

  9. Jan Waterson 06 Jun 2008 at 6:45 am

    I followed your guide to setting up a blog, without which I wouldn’t have had a clue, so thanks for the tutorial. However, I can’t get my photos to upload. At first, some of them would and some wouldn’t – now none of them will. Just wondering if anyone else has had this problem? Would be grateful for any tips.


  10. Richardon 19 Jun 2008 at 2:23 pm

    I had exactly this problem after I added my domain name

    I found that you need to manage your blog from the wordpress site not from the jwblooms site. The issue is to do with cross certification ie the site you are trying to change ( is not the one where the data is stored (probably

    If there is a better answer then I’d love to hear it.

  11. Jan Waterson 26 Jun 2008 at 7:24 pm

    Richard, you are a star! Thanks a lot – that has fixed it. And am impressed with your cold frame, too – so smart! Jan

  12. Gwion Llwydon 18 Jul 2008 at 4:40 pm

    Firstly I have to mention that you were the inspiration for our blog. We’d thought about documenting our lives here on the farm for some time but your example was what clinched the deal. Also, just a quick note to thank you for the tutorials. They were very helpful. Gwion.

  13. Claireon 31 Jan 2009 at 8:01 pm

    Hi mtp,
    Your blog is fantastic, and thanks so much for the tutorial on setting up your own one. But by any chance do you know how to hide the meta section? Can’t seem to work out how to do that!

  14. cluckingbillhookson 01 Feb 2009 at 8:29 pm

    Wanted to say thanks. I’ve been following your blog for a while and your tutorial has given me the confidence to start my own! I’m not quite sure what the etiquette is, whether I’m supposed to ask permission or anything, but I’ve added you to my blogroll, hope that’s ok.

  15. Karsten Roweon 04 May 2009 at 3:24 pm

    Hi MTP,

    I found your tutorial very easy to follow, thanks for taking the time to put the tutorial together.

    I also have a wordpress blog and have it pointed at my new domain thanks to your help.

    I am however having problems setting up my email in Entourage and wondered if you or Ryan could help?

    Many thanks,


  16. teresaon 12 May 2009 at 4:01 pm

    hi. i just wanted to say i really like your blog. i’ve been looking for a home gardening/vegetable blog that is down to earth and fun to read, and yours totally fit that bill!

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  18. bosamuelsonon 09 Jun 2009 at 3:04 pm

    Hello all,
    I can’t read any of the tutorial it is so small. I can’t click on it or open it. Am I missing something? Thank you

    Very sweet and lovely blog

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  21. Markon 09 Nov 2009 at 5:17 pm

    Thanks for your tutorial we are just looking to set up a greenhouse gardening blog and this has inspired us to have a go ourselves.

  22. Sun Yion 09 Jan 2010 at 2:28 pm

    Thanks for the tutorial. Although I have my own blog already setup, but I think its really helpful and user friendly.

  23. Zoe Clarkeon 25 May 2010 at 4:46 pm

    I cannot thank you enough for your clear blog creating instructions!

    I am still figuring out the details but am really happy to be writing. Also your inspirational blog. Marvelous!
    I hope you can find a minute to check out my page, Zoe

  24. Zoe Clarkeon 25 May 2010 at 4:47 pm

    My blog is currently (have not got as far as domain changing!)

  25. Mikeon 25 May 2010 at 8:24 pm

    Hi MTP,
    Just found your website/blog and loved it! My name is Mike and I am a fellow Brit now living in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA.

    Check out my website at and you will see that we are of a kindrid spirit!!

    My mission is to help families grow their own fresh organic food at home and at school and to provide them with the information on how to do that and where to get the supplies.

    Looking forward to keeping in touch!
    Best Wishes

  26. drin potteryon 03 Jun 2010 at 11:24 am

    Thanks so much for this tutorial…we got our website up and running in hours because of your help! Thanks for taking the time to share your knowledge

  27. scarymothaon 04 Jul 2010 at 7:58 pm

    Many thanks for this advice, my site is now up and running!
    I had bought a web-address a couple of years ago and never quite worked out how to make it look nice because it seemed so complicated.

    Congrats onthe blog too, nice and short and simple (I can’t quite stop the waffle).

    Thanks again,

  28. Flora Dingwall-Mainon 07 Jun 2011 at 1:00 pm

    Hi, silly question – I have a blog running on – would you mind letting me know if you run yours on or ??

    I’m confused as to whether we would be able to have Sponsors on a site…



  29. sueon 06 Aug 2012 at 4:51 pm

    Hi, Thank you so much for your wonderful tutorial. May i ask if you are using or on your website. If you are using, please would you do a tutorial, as its looks really difficult. Many many thanks xxx

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    Howdy! This post could not be written much better! Looking at this post reminds
    me of my previous roommate! He continually kept preaching about this.
    I will forward this article to him. Fairly certain he’ll have a great read. I appreciate you for sharing!

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  34. typicallyon 27 May 2013 at 6:17 am

    Everyone loves it when individuals get together and share ideas.
    Great website, keep it up!

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