It really is true that anyone can start a blog. I want to talk about some of the best free blog sites and blogging platforms that will help you achieve that. Not all of these are created equally, and without question there are pros and cons to each one, but they are certainly good places to start in the blogosphere.
Interestingly enough, the days of having to painstakingly code with HTML are long gone. Even now with CSS, which we all love but don't really care to want to know how to write all the code behind the scenes of it. CSS is something that is embedded within any website worth it's salt now through very appealing templates that are available just about anywhere online.
Beyond that, the truth is no one wants to write code as the majority of us just want to point, click, drag and call it a day. For the more advanced crowd, however.. code is still fairly appealing even if it isn't for the rest of us and that's okay. Another truth is that we all love a good freebie. With that said, in all truths.. you really can start blogging with free blog sites that offer free blogging platforms as well.
Among the most notably and well known free blog sites is Wordpress:
So what is there to love about Wordpress anyway ? Well as a free blog site.. if it's popular that means that a lot of people are using it. That's great because it means that you're going to get the support you need if you need it. As a byproduct of it's popularity, you can be assured that this isn't a blogging platform that's just been "thrown together" for lack of a better way of saying it. You're getting access to a high quality platform with support that will give you a space to share your passion with the world. Wordpress is also highly flexible and customizable. You can establish a blog that fits your personality and your message better on this platform than many other free blog sites.
Wordpress has been known to be very user friendly "at times" and very "unfriendly" at times too. The free version is by far more friendly than the self hosted version. However, the free version limits you on what you can do while the self hosted version removes a ton of restrictions and gives you far more flexibility but in the same vain becomes far more unfriendly too. Your technical expertise can mean all the difference in the world if you opt for the self hosted solution, but as I've already stated... the free version is far more user friendly and will be a great option for most.
Tumblr is definitely in the top 5 discussion of free blog sites. If you're like most people, the idea of spending hours to develop a blog post probably doesn't sound like something that'll make you jump for joy, however Tumblr is a micro blogging platform which means your posts can be much smaller.. visualize less than 200 characters to complete your post. As a free blog platform, most people that use it only blog in short brief posts. Tumblr is also known as a visual blogging platform so the use of imagery while you blog is highly encouraged. This activity will lead to more eyes on your posts and more followers that will want to keep up with your blog and it's content.
Brands, big and small all use Tumblr. It's a heavy traffic website that boasts millions of views per day which ultimately means access to a large audience. Users can also "reblog" which means greater reach amongst Tumblr users. Additionally, this platform allows you to post quotes, images, links, audio and text to any post you compose. One final area of note for those considering this free blog site is that sharing your content to your other social profiles is very easy to do. With that said, you should understand that blogging on Tumblr, like any other blogging platform requires work, attention and patience to keep your audience engaged and coming back to view your new posts.
Ghost is the new kid on the block, but the coolest thing about Ghost is that it's "truly" just about blogging and being a premier blogging platform. Ghost is not about CMS (content management systems) or focusing on websites in general. There aren't a ton of bells and whistles but it's simple and it's just a nice pretty package all in one which is wonderful if you're someone that just wants to focus on writing and not much else.
It's somewhat similar to Wordpress so with that said it's a good alternative to it. There are free and premium themes and the setup from start to actually blogging can be done in minutes. Ghost is fully responsive even in the editing mode as well. Ghost just works and the community is growing at a rapid pace as it's been highlighted by some notably big names... Wired, Forbes, Mashable, Problogger and Techcrunch to name a few.
Among the best free blog sites that you can find online is Medium. This one is still getting discovered even though it already has an incredible audience associated with it. This is more of a traditional type of blogging platform and unique in it's own right. Discovered by the owner of Twitter you can easily associate your Twitter account with your account on Medium. This is a great option for someone that doesn't want to invest a lot of time into managing a personal blog but wants to get some exposure for random topics they want to write about online. With the audience that Medium has, this is a perfect solution for anyone that falls into that mindset.
Medium is a platform that is truly dedicated to content, doesn't require large followings for massive exposure and no complicated widgets or plugins to install. It might be a bit more barebone than other free blog site options, but that in itself is what sets it apart from other blogging platforms that appeal to all who use it.
The next free blog site that is very well known is Blogger also known as Blogspot. Blogger has been around for a "long" time. Some may even say it's the largest competitor to Wordpress, but there are those who would certainly disagree with that too.
One of the standout features of this blogging platform is the seamless integration of Google Adsense into your blog. This integration comes so naturally due to the Google acquisition that took place in 2003. Nevertheless, while you will find that I don't necessarily recommend it... if you're that individual that is headstrong about monetizing from day one, you can integrate your Adsense code right away from within the setup options.
What you may not like about Blogspot is that it's not a blogging platform where you'd want to host your business website as opposed to considering self hosted options, but alternatively it truly is a nice option to host a daily personal blog on. Like the other free blog sites I've mentioned on this page, there is no coding experience required and you can point, click and drag your way to blog perfection.
With that said, your experiences may tell a different story as far as what you believe the best free blog sites and blogging platforms are, but these are certainly worthy of mention in any top 5 or top 10 discussion on the subject.
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