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To blog or not to blog, about blog development?

Posted Thursday, December 10, 2009, at 8:01 AM

I am going to develop some blogs for my businesses and while I know there are very experienced folks out there who make a living doing this, I have chosen to develop them myself, so I can learn. Some of my eBay students will want to do this as well, so I need to know more about the process.

The T-G does not like us to promote our businesses here and that is understandable. That is what advertising is all about and how they make a living.

I do not intend to blog about the topics that I write about here, so I do not think I have a conflict of interest, but I wanted to know if others would be interested in my experiences. Would it be of interest for me to create a blog about my creation of a blog?

I know some of you will get a kick out of my blunders and may graciously point some of them out. Others may see what I am going through and choose to go to a professional.

If no one is interested, I won't bore you or take up valuable time. (yours and mine)


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I think it would be great if you did, as long as you are considering using a shell, as opposed to entirely original and complicated programming that many of us do not understand. I have no interest in creating one for myself, as I have very little to write about, except when motivated by someone else's words.

There are some that comment here though, who do appear to have valuable thoughts and insights to share, and the ability to do so with clarity.

I have also wondered in the past if any of the regulars have an outside blog, or other medium, that I am unaware of, as I am only aware of Mr. Carney's. If not, I think some really should.

I may not comment, but I will read what you post provided I am online and not avoiding my computer for weeks at a time.

-- Posted by memyselfi on Thu, Dec 10, 2009, at 10:23 AM

I will definitely be using one of the blog services, which was my second action after first deciding I need to create some blogs.

My basic reasons are to get my companies' names out, and to share information that applies to the different marketplaces. Obviously it would have some commercial intentions, so doing that here was not appropriate.

Another reason is to share information about some of my hobbies and interests and possibly make some additional income as well. This would be done through affiliate links, which again, would notbe appropriate nor allowed on this forum.

There are zillions, well maybe just millions of blogs out there already, (I'm only about 5 years behind) so I would need to have good (somewhat unique) information, present it in an interesting manner and do a LOT of promoting to make an impression in the internet world, but I am not trying to reach the world, so that narrows it down a bit.

As I researched the existing blog venues, I needed to determine which one was best suited for my purposes and that was not really easy. Many had most of what I wanted, but I am not sure ANY had all that I wanted, so I had to compromise.

I won't really know how they are working until I get into them, so I think I will create a blog in at least two different sites. One will be blogger.com and the other will be wordpress.com. Both of these platforms are free. I have not researched how they make their money to continue, but they must make some somewhere.

After I play with both, I will have more information about what I like, don't like and be able to compare some of the other sites better. By the way, after I determined WHY I wanted to blog, I Googled "blog site comparison" and came up with several information sites that did just that, compared the pros and cons of different blog formats. Here is one http://blog-services-review.toptenreview.... (I have no affiliate or commercial connection with this site)

From there I started to look at blogs created by the platforms I was interested in.

-- Posted by stevemills on Thu, Dec 10, 2009, at 12:45 PM

By the way, I am guessing, but probably 60-70% of the blogs are not for any serious financial purposes. They are just people who want to discuss their areas of interest.

-- Posted by stevemills on Thu, Dec 10, 2009, at 1:26 PM

I'm fascinated by blogging (although I don't think I could quite pull it off.)

I'd definately want to hear more from some of our posters and some of the T-G bloggers could swing a national column already.

I've been nagging my husband to submit some things to the publications associated with his particular interests.

Whether it's done for education,pleasure or profit,who knows where such blogging could lead?

Thank you,Steve,for coming up with yet another way to expand our talents and enrich our lives.

-- Posted by quantumcat on Thu, Dec 10, 2009, at 5:55 PM

I don't think Blogspot will be difficult. Wordpress will be a little more involved but still simple compared to writing your own code.

I will probably also NOT host it on my websites, at least to begin with, but I will have links to the blogs.

Since gardening is one of my/our interests, here is a blog created with blogspot. http://adventuresinmygarden.blogspot.com... It looks to be as creative as I would ever want to be.

-- Posted by stevemills on Thu, Dec 10, 2009, at 6:14 PM

steve,

There are auto installers on most professional web hosts that will install Wordpress with a couple of clicks.

-- Posted by Evil Monkey on Thu, Dec 10, 2009, at 10:26 PM

I need to ask that question directly of my host. IN the past (years ago) they said no, but if so that would be great. I'll let you know what they say.

Thanks.

-- Posted by stevemills on Fri, Dec 11, 2009, at 6:21 AM

Maybe you should move hosts?:)

-- Posted by Evil Monkey on Fri, Dec 11, 2009, at 12:22 PM

It's a thought but they provide WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) software that makes life a lot easier in developing my web pages. My html is pitiful and painfully slow. I use a WYSIWYG program for several other sites, but even with that I find I have to tweak is from inside the programming to get results I intended. Paaiinfulll.

By the way, I know you understand the acronyms and abbreviations, but I don't want to make this into a technical adventure, because then it would be over my head too!

-- Posted by stevemills on Fri, Dec 11, 2009, at 1:08 PM


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Steve Mills and his wife have one daughter and live on a farm outside of Bell Buckle. They previously owned two coffee/ice cream shops, currently operate an internet sales company and teach classes, but his primary job involves the paper industry worldwide. Hobbies and interests lie in gardening, photography, recorded music and of course, their pets.