First we told you what a blog is, and then we discussed why you should begin a blog, but now comes the question of where do you get one.

There are numerous blog hosts out there, but we will cover three main options that could have you up and running in just a few minutes time.
blogger

Blogger

This is one of the oldest of the free hosting options, but it has very much fallen on to hard times as it has been over run with “splogs”.  A splog is a blog with the intention of doing nothing but spreading spam, quite often from using the RSS feeds of other blogs.

This unfortunately has led to a bad reputation for the company, but it is still an excellent beginners platform for people who want to try their hand at blogging.  It is not a very robust system, but you can customize the look with templates.

livejournal

LiveJournal

LiveJournal has more of a feeling being an online diary than most other hosts out in the marketplace.  It encourages making friends and reading what they post via your Friends page.  It is somewhat like an internal RSS system, but it is limited to being kept inside of the site.

Like Blogger, it is a good place for one to start off and get their feet wet in the idea of blogging, but it is not a solution for someone that wants to grow their blog.  They do offer different levels of membership with free journals supported by advertising, or you can pay for an ad-free account which also gives you more options and more storage for photos.

wordpressWordPress

This can be somewhat confusing, but we will try our best to explain it.  WordPress.com is for people who wish to use the WordPress software without having to find their own hosting account and maintain the updates.  This is not to be confused with WordPress as a blogging platform you use on your own web site.

The WordPress.com version is for people who are more serious about blogging, but you will be limited by in your number of plugin choices, number of template selections and they also do not allow you to put any form of advertising on your blog.

The problem that all three of these options share is the odd domain names you will be stuck with.  For instance, your WordPress address would be http://username.wordpress.com: it is unwieldy, unattractive and just not a good idea for your site if you want to blog seriously.  If you have any intention of taking your blog further than your friends and family, then a unique domain name will be a must, and this is something you usually can only get by going with a dedicated web host.

If you still want to just get your feet wet, or you are only intested in blogging for your friends and family, the three listed above are a good start, or you can choose from one of the many other free blog hosts out in the market place.

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