Post # 1
I’ll admit it, I’m a blog whore.
And not just the “I’ll read anything that pops into my line of vision” type, but the “I’ve started blogs at WordPress, Blogger, LiveJournal, Xanga, and every other hosting site you can imagine” type.
And… I’m not happy. I know WordPress could be great if I download the “real” version for a “real” site, and I’ve been itching for a url of my own.
So for all of you bees, is it worth it? What blogging sites do you love/hate? What have your blogging gripes and joys been? Please share!
Post # 3
I love blogging. I have two, one on wordpress and one on blogspot, and I’ve had them at xanga, livejournal, tumblr and others.
Seriously, blogging is worth it for me. But I do it a little differently than others: I write down everything I want like once or twice a week, and then schedule posts. This has been working pretty well the last few weeks, though I forgot to schedule the one I wrote yesterday and couldn’t go back and post it later. Oh well.
I have found that wordpress is easiest for me because their stats are built in and I don’t have to rely on Google Analytics, but at the same time, blogger is way easier to customize. Even when you purchase a domain for your wordpress blog, it gets kind of tricky if you aren’t familiar with how to code/what templates to use. I am only ok at it, and I don’t want my blog looking like crap! 🙂
As far as buying your own domain, I did this through godaddy for my wedding website and another website i needed to make for class, and it is so simple! Just wait for a sale 🙂
Post # 4
- Wedding: May 2011 - Bartram's Garden
I’ve been using Blogger for all of my sites. It’s not ideal, but it’s easy and very customizable.
OnSugar is fairly new and pretty good, too. And geared towards women.
By The Way, I am a domain whore. I own SO MANY domains that it’s not even funny. I don’t do anything with most of them!
Post # 5
- Wedding: May 2011 - Bartram's Garden
Okay, I realized that I didn’t really answer the whole question.
So I have two blogs that I update regularly. One is my wedding planning blog, which I update maybe 3-4 times a week. The other is my fashion blog, which is updated 4 times a day.
For my fashion blog, since it’s basically a second job with income, I do research and create post drafts on nights and weekends, and then schedule them out throughout the day. For my wedding blog, I just post when there’s time and push them live as I go.
I buy all of my domains through GoDaddy, and I know enough basic HTML and CSS that I can customize the Blogger templates without too much of a headache.
Post # 6
I always keep coming back to blogger. I like that it’s clean, simple, straight to the point, but gives you lots of customizable options.
I do, however, wish blogger would make a directory of blogs similar to that of wordpress.
Post # 7
@LaborofLove – that’s the only way I can blog! If I don’t write posts ahead of time in Microsoft Word, they’re not nearly as concise as they could be.
I finally figured out what I want my wedding blog name to be, but I don’t want to start it too early. I think I’m going to plan it out, and write out some posts, but I’d like to buy the domain name sooner rather than later because it’s still available!
@Danadelphia – I’m really afraid I’m going to end up snatching a bunch of domains up before I even realize what I’m doing. I have plans for a cooking blog eventually, as well, and would like to do an official wedding website too.
Post # 8
@lily I bought my wedding site domain the day after I got engaged, and I will have to renew it before the wedding. It’s NEVER too early!
Also, it might help you a ton to keep a running list/daily post-it of what you want to talk about on your blog. Like this week, I have a post scheduled this morning about… errr, something I forgot, crap [eta: flower girls, just checked]! But I also knew i was going to talk about shoes (they came in this week), accomodations for the wedding night (got those reserved this week), group dances, and probably sunday’s post will be about favors.
I keep a “draft” post about what I haven’t talked about yet, and I add to it all. the. time. At the same time, I cross things off, too!
Having something to talk about is the most important. Also, be prepared to face the fact that if you keep two or more blogs, one may suffer. Dana is freakin awesome for being able to keep on top of all of it! I just do not have time to blog for my cooking/lifestyle blog and my wedding blog all at once. (I know I’m not the only one, either–I love domestifluff.com, but kristen is so busy with Nonpareil, Paper Crave and other projects that she rarely posts!)
Good luck!!! I hope you start blogging soon, so I can read it.
Post # 9
Honestly, my training blog for my horse is already suffering. I’ll admit that a big part of this is that a) it’s FREEZING out and I only go out the the barn about 1 or 2x a week in the winter, plus getting photos in an indoor arena of yourself are difficult but b) I’ve been obsessively planning wedding related things is probably the real culprit!
I tried to download the WordPress software when I started my horsey blog, and had compatibility problems, but that was when I was running Tiger on my Mac. Now that I have Snow Leopard maybe it will be easier? I think I’ll try that when I’m not on campus.
The cooking blog is waiting until next year, when we have an apartment all to ourselves and not a roommate who leaves her greasy frying pans, dirty spatulas, and crumbs everywhere overnight. Did I mention she also refuses to do dishes? Grr…
Post # 10
Update: I registered my url!
My blog will be called…. *drum roll please*
Lovely In Love
– now to start designing!
Post # 11
I use Blogger. I agree that’s it not the most ideal, but it’s easy to use for someone like me who is not very tech savvy.
I’m actually going to have to move to a better domain name eventually, because my blog has started to really take off and get followers :o)
Post # 12
I use wordpress for my photography blog and I host with godaddy. Anytime I’ve gotten stuck with the domain stuff, I’ve always been able to call godaddy’s customer service hotline and get help.
Post # 13
I’m trying to download WordPress now and having a hard time. Blah. It says to unzip the file, but it didn’t show up zipped?
So confused, I suck at this kind of thing!
Post # 14
Yay lilyfaith!!! I use blogger and have been considering getting my own URL. They are pretty cheap. We’ll see what happens. 🙂 Good luck blogging, and I love the name!
Post # 15
To buy/host your own domain I recommend using directNIC (http://www.directnic.com/). I’ve been using them for several years and they are great and a lot less expensive for hosting than GoDaddy.
Post # 16
I use blogger (thanks for the direct nic post klovesj!!) i really enjoy it but i use mine more like a diary, it’s not scheduled posts or anything like that, it’s more of a this is what is going on right now in my mind and this is what I have to say about it lol!!!