Badi at SMX Conference
At SMX Advanced – Seattle
My name is Badi Jones. I’m a web developer / SEO / Software Dev, and also a blogger.

I’ve been making websites since 1997, when I learned some very limited HTML and made my first website for a band I played with. I was hooked immediately.

Being a web developer for a living, people are constantly trying to hire me to make them or their friends websites. This is something I never do. Instead, I will usually explain that thanks to WordPress, making a website is not anywhere near as difficult as it used to be.

It was conversations like the one above that prompted me to create HowtoStartaBlog.org. I created the site in 2007 when I learned about the WordPress blogging platform, which enables just about anyone to set up and maintain a website without having to learn the HTML language.

It was only a few pages back then, and was mainly a step by step tutorial. Today, it has expanded quite a bit, and features articles about blogging, blog/ website promotion, SEO, and blog monetization.

More about me?
When I’m not making websites, I enjoy surfing, snowboarding, traveling, and spending time with my family.

Badi Surf
Surfing is one of my favorite things to do in my spare time. (photo by Jimmy Dowds)

Another one of my projects: surfboard shaping. Here are a few boards I shaped and glassed.

My other hobby: Surfboard shaping.
My other hobby: Surfboard shaping.