Starting a blog can be one of the best experiences around. You can document your life, inform the masses about your interests, share it with others, and a whole lot more. Best of all – you have the freedom to blog about anything you want! Because of that, many people are starting blogs EVERY DAY. How do you start a blog of your own? Check out some of the Best Blogging Platforms on the Internet. Let’s get ready to Blog:
WordPress.org – Why am I leading off with WordPress? Because I love it! Chances are, if you see a website you like on the Internet, they’re using WordPress. And why not? The many, many features jam-packed into WordPress alone, would make anyone’s head spin. Very user-friendly interface, customizable themes, widget support, add plugins, embed videos, image handling, user registration, stat tracking, and the list literally goes miles long – proving time and time again why they are the best in the Blogging Business.
WordPress.org is a great service for those interested in creating a blogsite that they can host themselves. But what if you don’t want to spend money on your own domain name, server, etc..? Enter WordPress.com!
Before I took the plunge of hosting my own WordPress.org blog, I was using the WordPress.com blog. It’s great. Free hosting, many themes to choose from, widgets and plugins, and a lot more. You also have the option of paying for more options if you want it (e.g. creating your own domain name w/out the WordPress extension) . The only reason I wanted to make the jump from WordPress.com to WordPress.org, was because I wanted to tweak and personalize my blogsite more. Thus, the jump. But for those starting out, WordPress.com is a great first choice.
WordPress.com Hosted :: your_username.wordpress.com
Self-hosted WordPress :: your_domain_name.com
Blogging on WordPress: Create a post/entry. Share useful/vital/important information with others. Rinse, wash, repeat.
The Google based blog service, Blogspot, is pretty BadAzifug! In fact, this is the first blogging platform that I used when I started to blog. Why? Because its from Google! And if you don’t have an email account ending in @gmail.com, then WHY NOT? Blogspot is a very robust blogging platform, providing full blogging functionality: user-friendly interface, create posts, host different file types, HUGE servers, HUGE audience, the list goes on and on.
If you are looking for a place to get your feet wet, you should really consider Blogspot.
Naming Convention: your_username.blogspot.com
Blogging on Blogspot: Create a post/entry. Share useful/vital/important information with others. Rinse, wash, repeat.
Wait a minute. Facebook isn’t a blog tool, is it? You bet it is. Think about it. Why do we start blogs in the first place? I don’t know about you, but for me, it was a means of documenting my journey while living in MN to friends and family back home in CA. Key phrases: friends and family. And since my ENTIRE Social Network of friends and family currently reside in Facebook, doesn’t it make sense to blog (or in this case, a LIKE PAGE) on it?
Naming Convention: facebook.com/your_username
Blogging on Facebook: Create notes/posts, share anything you want with friends and family, tag friends and family, create dialogue. Create more dialogue. Rinse. Wash. Repeat.
Tumblr – Another blogging platform. In my experience, most users have been using Tumblr as an online journal/diary. You know, the Heart of blogging.
Naming Convention: your_username.tumblr.com
Blogging on Tumblr: Create a post/entry. Share useful/vital/important information with others. Rinse, wash, repeat.
Drupal – Many websites use Drupal in lieu of WordPress. And like WordPress, offers a variety of themes and user-customization to make the user’s blogging experience – unique.
Drupal Hosting :: your_username.drupal.com
Self-Hosted :: your_domain_name.com
Blogging on Drupal: Create a post/entry. Share useful/vital/important informatin with others. Rinse, wash, repeat.
And there you have it. These are just a few blogsites to get you started. For those of you who have already started blogging, or have been blogging for awhile, do you have any advice or pointers for the rest of us? Do you know of any more blogging platforms not mentioned here? If so, we’d ;ove to hear it in the comments. Until then. Happy blogging!