Geek Girl Report: Blog About It! The Best Blogging Services On The Web
Blogging has become one of the most ubiquitous methods of spreading information on the Internet. If you're interested in any sort of topic, from guns to gaming to gardening, you can find tons of dedicated blogs on the subject. And if you're looking to share some info yourself, it's easier than ever to start a blog of your very own with one of the many blogging services out there. Here's just a few of the best free blogging platforms the Internet has to offer:
WordPress is one of the most popular blogging services out there, and with good reason. You can start by either putting your blog directly on WordPress.com, or putting a WordPress blog on your own server, all for free. From there, you can customize your blog to your heart's content with any of the thousands of themes, plug-ins, and widgets available.
One of WordPress's greatest strengths is its huge level of customization, thanks in part to its huge user following and it's open-source software that allows anyone to create any sort of theme or add-on they want, like video, audio players and other such additions. If you've never blogged before, you might be a little overwhelmed by the number of tools and toys at your disposal, but by and large, WordPress is your best bet for all your blogging needs.
Google has their own version of every kind of Internet service you can think of: E-mail, search engines, social media, as so on. And blogging is no exception. Blogger, formerly known as Blogspot before Google bought them, boasts ease of use and simplicity over fancy themes and plug-ins.
Getting started with blogger is incredibly easy, going from no blog to a fully-functioning blog in under 15 minutes. It's also very simple to use, using a straightforward, no-frills interface and tools like drag-and-drop and easy publishing software like Microsoft Word and Google Docs. It doesn't have near the same level of freedom that WordPress has, but if you've never blogged before and want to give if a try, Blogger is a great place to start.
No, that's not a typo. Tumblr is one of the hottest blogging services out there, but it's not so much a traditional blog as it is a "micro-blog," a hybrid of blogging and social media. Blog "posts" usually end up being longer than your Facebook or Twitter posts, but not quite as long as a regular blog post, and can consists of large numbers of photos, videos, and other sorts of media. Since it's so short and to the point, it's easy to pick up and learn to use, and serves as a great alternative for people who want to blog, but don't have the time to devote to lengthy, multi-page blog posts.