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4/11/2013 5:20:22 AM
Posted: 7 years ago
What advice or experience do the people of DDO have with regards to the creation and maintenance of blogs?

I am in the middle of researching the viability and effectiveness of establishing a blog via a free hosting service (say, Wordpress or Blogger) . It should be noted that part of the reason I'm using a free service is that my coding abilities are rather limited (I'm an amateur at python) . While I will be doing extensive research of my own, I thought that DDO would have a high percentage of people who have written their own blogs given the assertive nature of many on the forums. A few questions:

1. How significant is the lack of a domain name?
2. Do free hosting services garner many readers on average as opposed to paid services (your own website) ?
3. How significantly detrimental is a lack of coding ability to website design?
4. Is it worth establishing a blog considering the above answers?

I am also happy to hear of all experiences with blogs, particularly your own experience in creating blogs.

My thanks in advance to those who reply.
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4/14/2013 7:41:59 PM
Posted: 7 years ago
First of all, I don't have a blog. I made one on WordPress once but forgot to post on it after like, the second time and now it's gone. Anyway, I can still answer some of your questions.

1) Domain name
If you can afford to register a domain name, do it. Otherwise, don't worry about it. I see lots of popular blogs on both sides of the fence.
2) Coding experience & Free services
If you use a Blogging service, a simple fundamental grasp of Google will suffice. WordPress is quite good. Again, if you can afford to pay for services (like an extended range of formats) do it, otherwise pick the best free one. There are really awesome free ones.
3) Worth the effort
Let's be honest; a blog is a vanity project. You're basically saying "What I have to say is important, so read my blog". That's fine, if what you have to say is interesting or useful and MANY, MANY blogs are.
However, be prepared to be writing stuff that few, if any, people will ever read. If you are hoping to make money... good luck. However, I would not be dismayed if I didn't instantly get a million people reading my blog and stop adding content. I've been toying with the idea of doing a video game blog, but can't be bothered, nor do I have the money to buy all the new games that come and therefore be able to provide.
I think, really, Vlogs are the future. If you want people to listen to you, get on Youtube.
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9/27/2013 12:11:35 AM
Posted: 7 years ago
I am a professional graphics designer; Although I mostly create logos and web design on illustration software, I still have some HTML coding abilities. Unless you know how to code properly, you can not know what effect it can have on your design. When a designers makes a blog design and implement it, a number of issues arise. A designer or blog creator should know how to fix these things. I think having a Wordpress blog is your best bet. because through that you can easily tweak HTML codes to your liking. Its not necessary to have a private domain yourself. if you are creating a blog on A high PR blog sites like Wordpress or Blogger, the search engine will find you :) Yes its definitely worth establishing a blog especially if you want to promote your services. As a graphic designer, I have blogs of my own where i frequently write articles and market free logo designs. This is great exposure and its not so difficult to do. See one of my blogs on blogspot and you will know how it done!

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