If you can type, you can blog! Modern blogging interfaces are very user-friendly, making the decision to start blogging an easy one. Not so simple may be the task of deciding which blogging platform to use. There are many good ones from which to choose. Most are free or very low-cost for the basic version, and offer a wide variety of features. Premium paid plans are also available for most of them. Consider the following 5 blogging platforms.
- WordPress is a popular platform offering a feature rich free version that provides great statistics on visitor views, offers over 200 free themes to customize or use as-is, allows ease of publicizing your posts via all major social media sites, and offers mobile writing and posting. It also offers many premium upgrade plans and bundle packages.
- TypePad offers free 14-day trials and a choice of 3 plans: Plus at $8.95/month, Unlimited at $14.95/month and Premium for $29.95/month. Publishing from your computer, mobile or email is available, as are statistics and multiple pre-set templates. If you wish, you can also create your own design.
- Blog.com offers both free and paid premium accounts. One downside of the free account is that it is not free of advertisements. Premium accounts vary in price and with the features offered may be worth the annual fee to avoid annoying ads. It boasts a large number of design themes that allow you to truly showcase your area of expertise or interest.
- Blogger.com was one of the first blogging platforms to launch. It is supported by Google and while completely free, a Google account is required. Having recently unveiled a new look, it now offers usage statistics and a streamlined editor for drafting your posts.
- Tumblr is a free blogging and social networking site in one. It lets you easily post just about anything, from anywhere, on any device including text, photos, quotes, links, music, videos and more. You also can customize everything on the blog from colors to themes. It offers a variety of follow and share buttons for ease in promoting posts and gaining followers. This is a good choice for the informal blogger.
Next up is the task of deciding what to blog about! Check out my 10 Tips for Breaking Through Blog Writer’s Block for getting your post ideas flowing.