I'm interested in starting up my own blog. I'm sure many of you have one, and was wondering if you could direct me in the best way to do so. I realize there are plenty of places to set one up. Do you have any sites that you recommend? Thanks.
Post by itrainmonkeys on Jan 14, 2011 13:37:10 GMT -5
Blogspot is good but I prefer Wordpress. It's really great. You can sign up for a free blog at wordpress.com (your blog would be yourblogtitle.wordpress.com). It's really simple and quick to set up. Very customizable and clean/professional looking. If you keep up with it and start to like wordpress's features....you can eventually host your own wordpress blog (this requires a tiny bit of money) on your own ".com" address.
I have a few sites with Wordpress. Dontwakethescarecrow.com is one of them (but hasn't been updated in a month or two while I work on another one).
Blogger and Wordpress are free. Tumblr is okay but seems to be more about images/photos now.
Let me know if you have any wordpress questions/problems if you end up using it.
Been blogging for six years and have used a lot of platforms.
If you know CSS OR if you don't mind a standard template, go Wordpress. Great back-end with analytics, clean look, easy to use, etc. My husband uses Wordpress for his business blogs, I maintain them and can't think of a simple complaint EXCEPT that if you don't know CSS it's hard to customize.
I use Blogger for my blogs, and have been with blogger since the get-go. Many people hate blogger, I am one of their fans. Blogger is great for newbies, it's easy to add ads and widgets and such, it doesn't break down all the time (hi Tumblr), you can customize without knowing code (and can customize even more with simple html), there are TONS of tutorials online... I could go on and on. I am a blogger fan.
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Wordpress.com without a doubt. I have maintained a poetry blog there for about 4 years now. Its awesome because you can copy and paste HTML from almost anywhere on the net to customize your layout if you want or just go standard templates if you just want to write. Plus you can network it to social media to expand your readership.