Blogs are websites that anyone (usually) can access – and there’s over 70 million online today. There are lots of places you can create a blog for free, without any software or special equipment. As a public information officer, a blog is a great place to engage the public you serve. A blog (a contraction of the term weblog) is a type of website, usually maintained by an individual with regular entries of commentary, descriptions of events, or other material such as graphics or video. Entries are commonly displayed in reverse-chronological order. “Blog” can also be used as a verb, meaning to maintain or add content to a blog.
Blogs in Plain English
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- Blogger – This is Google’s free blogging platform, and quite a popular one. Creating your blog with Blogger takes just a few easy steps. In a matter of minutes you can start posting text, photos, videos, and more to your blog. Post as often as you want; it’s free.
- WordPress – You’ll get your own WordPress.com address (like you.wordpress.com), a selection of great free and customizable designs for your blog and 3 gigabytes of file storage (that’s about 2,500 pictures). You can blog as much as you want for free, your blog can be public to the world or private for just your friends. This site is a WordPress blog (that I host on my own).
- Typepad – Same features as above services, however this one costs you money. The advantage is that there is no advertising on your blog. The basic package is about $50 a year, the “Pro” package is about $150 a year. I, honestly, don’t think it makes much sense to pay when there’s great free blogging sites available.
Blogging Tips for Beginners
- 23 Questions for Prospective Bloggers – Is a Blog Right for You?
- How to Choose a Niche Topic for Your Blog
- Choosing a Blog Platform
- Choosing a Domain Name for your Blog
- Blog Tools
- Useful and Unique Content
- Post Length
- Granular (One Topic) Posts
- Using Titles Effectively on Blogs
- Scannable Content
One of my favorite blogging evangelists and blog guru’s is Darren Rowse, a full time blogger and a leading expert on blogging. The “Blogging Tips for Beginners” above is all him. Visit his site at Problogger.net.