There are millions of people around the world who have a blog. Some post regularly, some rarely, and many blogs are started with enthusiasm, but die away quickly. Blogging is an easy way to write whatever you want, whenever you want, and publish it. You could write a personal blog, a professional one, a blog on a hobby or topic you find interesting, or use it as a way to share you travel experiences. While most blogs can be ‘found’ by others, the proliferation of blogs means you can write and publish in relative quiet, without the masses seeing what you do.
A word to the wise—anything you publish online stays online. Be careful what you post as it may come back and bite you!
How do you blog for free? Here’s a quick run-down on a few of the more popular sites.
Wix is easy to use. They have a drag-and-drop style editor (click on an element and drag-and-drop it onto the page) which makes starting your blog a quick process. One drawback I’ve read about is that once you get going, you can’t change the theme (the basic set-up and look) of your blog.
Wordpress.com (not .org)
WordPress is the most widely used blogging platform, but it requires a bit of a learning curve when you start. It has great flexibility and can adapt to fit your blog if you want to change or grow it. I’ve had a WordPress blog, but gave it away after becoming frustrated with the complexity of fixing a simple issue I had with the theme I was using. If you like a challenge, or know coding, then WordPress is worth a look.
Blogger has the might of Google behind it, so it is stable and secure. It’s easy to use and has several themes to choose from. It’s a good choice for the beginner. I’ve used Blogger in the past and liked it.
Tumblr is a micro-blogging platform meaning it’s designed for short posts such as images or a quick sharing of thoughts. It has great social media integration and is easy to use.
This website is on Weebly, so I’m biased. I moved to Weebly from WordPress and never looked back. It has an easy to use drag-and-drop editor, and the support tutorials are extremely good and simple to follow. The only real drawback with Weebly is that it doesn’t have an automatic follow function. If you want people to be able to subscribe to your blog, you need to set up something through a free email service (I use MailChimp). This is an easy process, but it means you have to set up the mail-out yourself, which is a little time consuming. On the other hand, if you’re not keen on being easily discovered and followed, this might be perfect for you. I could go on for ages about Weebly, but I won’t bore you…
There are many other blogging platforms out there and if you want to start a blog, I recommend you have a look around to see what would suit you best. Below are a couple of links you may find helpful:
The 14 Best Free Blogging Platforms
How to Choose the Best Blogging Platform in 2017 (Compared)
The Best Free Blogging Platforms
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