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Old 08-26-2008, 04:48 PM
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Free Blogger (Google), FTW. Why pay for an online notepad?
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Old 08-26-2008, 05:16 PM
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At the moment, I'm just considering using it as a place to put down thoughts; a personal online journal, really. I'm certainly not expecting anyone to be interested in reading it. It's mostly for myself, to train myself to write something, anything, on a consistent basis.

I'm not sure if it is something I'll keep up with enough to justify the expense of registering a domain name, though I understand I can get one for less than ten dollars per year, which barely qualifies as an "expense". However, I might be better off just being hosted until I decide it is something I enjoy.

I want something more versatile than the myspace blog I'd been using. I'd like to be able to easily add video and images and create something of a more personal look. My old myspace blog just looks so sterile.
you should definitely go with tumblr it sounds like. Nothing too fancy, but it looks nice. And great integration for videos and mp3s and photographs.
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Old 08-27-2008, 02:14 AM
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I ended up going with blogger. Free and easy to use so far. I decided it would be ridiculous for me to pay before I know if this is something I want to keep up with.

Thanks to all respondents. Your input really helped!
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Old 08-27-2008, 05:19 AM
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I ended up going with blogger. Free and easy to use so far. I decided it would be ridiculous for me to pay before I know if this is something I want to keep up with.

Thanks to all respondents. Your input really helped!
I've been using Blogger for awhile and really have no complaints. It does everything I've needed it to and then some.
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Old 08-28-2008, 01:47 AM
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I signed up with squarespace to try it out(used the TRS code!) So far I like it. I'm not a very good blogger(just blogging about my dogs), but I'm trying to learn. squarespace is very easy to use.
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Old 08-30-2008, 01:32 PM
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I've gone through a number of different blogs. I've had Blogger, Vox, Livejournal, and a few others I can't remember the names of. Can't say I've ever really had anything exciting to say though.
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I was a longtime (and sort of still am) a Blogger person. Well, the very first platform I used was Xanga. Then I started Blogger shortly after that. And have stuck with it because it was free and it was all I really needed.

But, with the Diggnation/Squarespace contest I found out I actually really like Squarespace! I'm still a little weird about paying to blog but that is only because I don't feel like I have any real writing abilities. But I think I'll stick with SS even after the contest ends.

Oh, sign up here: http://www.squarespace.com/[referral link removed]

And check out my site here: http://mikepetrucci.squarespace.com/

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Old 09-16-2008, 06:33 PM
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I use Tumblr and love it, though I don't use it so much for blogging as a replacement for delicious. I think you'll be happy with blogger.
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For blogging, I just use LiveJournal, though will end up leaving that soon. Their lack of willingness to enforce their own TOS is bull shit. People have been harassing me horribly there and posting my personal contact information, encouraging others to harass me, yet LJ's abuse team sees nothing wrong with it. I will leave LJ when I can figure out what other service I want to use.
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I tried Blogger and didn't like the limitations on customization. I used Typepad for awhile but quickly out grew that. Again customization was an issue. I then moved to Wordpress. I was using their hosting services, but again just like some of the others, they limit how much you can do when it comes to customization. They don't allow scripting in the widgets for the sidebars. This for me is a huge limitation. I can understand why for security reasons, but a lot of the widgets nowadays use Java at a minimum. I myself like using PHP for the widgets I make.

i ended up with using Wordpress on a self hosted account. I think hosting your own site is the only way to go. Plus there are so many resources out there to help you get started and maintain your site. There are also some great Wordpress podcasts to help keep you up to date with the newest plugins, versions, and security issues.

I also have a Tumblr site. I use it for uploading photos from my iPhone via email. The way Tumblr is set up makes it so easy to configure and customize. Most of the "themes" I've seen I didn't care for. I took a Wordpress theme and converted it over to work with Tumblr. Here's my blog post about it:
Tumblr Theme Notepad Chaos Blog Post

Since Tumblr doesn't have a comment system, I installed Disqus. This commenting system was extremely easy to install. They walk you right through it. They have tutorials on how to set it up with other blogging systems like Wordpress. I've tried the other comment systems like Intense Debate, but I really liked how Disqus does things. Just like most others, you can use Disqus with multiple blogs and sites and have all the comments you make and anyone else makes on your sites in one place. Here's my profile so you can see how the comments i make are stored:
Andrew's Disqus Profile

Most of the bloggers I've met on the internets have been more than helpful when I have questions about anything related to Wordpress or blogging in general. I'm always willing to help too. Just send me an email: andrewacomb[at]gmail.com
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