by ~ Jennifer Chait
Wow, late weekend post, huh? Sorry about that. I had the flu and my son had a birthday – it’s been a busy week.
In any case, a reader, Antoinette, asked a question on a previous post here, “I noticed that you mentioned starting a personal blog that could eventually make money. What I would really like to know is if there is any information that details how to do that. It would be helpful to know the best way to set up a blog, maybe some of your personal thoughts on who to use, etc. There is a lot of info online, and it’s a bit confusing.”
First off this is a really long question for a single post – a good question – but long. Freelance Writing Jobs is a good place to ask stuff like this though because of the community. I have one opinion, but you (readers) have tons. That said, there’s no easy way to answer this question other than to break it down. We can start with the obvious – blogging platforms.
Here are some blogging platforms:
Obviously there’s a platform for everyone. This isn’t even all of them. My personal favorite is WordPress.org. I like that it’s professional looking and fairly easy to customize. I like that comments and postdating options are plentiful; unlike Blogger. I like that it’s simple right out of the box; some platforms such as Movable Type have a larger learning curve. I also like WordPress options for categories. You can create categories in Blogger but it’s a major pain, and Movable Type can be just as funky about categories, and fresh out the blogroll can’t be seperated into sections.
With WordPress.org you’ll need to have a host. If you’re looking for free you have to go with WordPress.com but you’re going to be limited option wise, and you technically won’t own your blog under its own domain – although later you can change that.
In any case, if I were starting a new blog, which ironically I am, I’d choose WordPress.org. As for hosts; I like Bluehost.
Ok, your turn. How would you answer Antoinette’s question? Leave a comment about which platform you’d choose and why. Next week we can look at another part of the starting your own blog puzzle.