As I mentioned in my initial posting, a primary source of influence in me starting this blog was the book BLOG by Hugh Hewitt. I highly recommend it if you are interested in learning more about blogging or want to know why you should have your own blog.
Check outWhat are Blogs? for a short and informative introduction to blogging.
Here’s an overview of some of the options available for starting your own blog:
1. Blogger is so far the easiest way I’ve found to set up a blog. You really don’t have to know any computer language to get started! (This is what I use for my personal blog and I’ve been very happy with it. For those who want to customize it, there are limited options, but you can use it quite effectively just the way it is. You can host it on your own website or use the Blogger servers. The best part is that it’s free! So, it can’t hurt to give it a try.
2. Blogit is an option I just came across and to be honest, the way it’s set up was a bit confusing for me. I didn’t spend a lot of time exploring its intricacies, but it seems there’s a way to make money by having others read your blog. If anyone checks into this further, feel free to comment on what you find. For now, though, I don’t necessarily recommend it.
3. Squarespace is more involved, but looks like a great option for a new blogger. It includes options to expand/upgrade to a more full-featured website at a later date if you so desire. The rates start at $7/month up to $17/month for the advanced versions. Like Blogger, Squarespace is run from the Internet and doesn’t require you to download any files.
4. TypePad looks like another easy-to-use Internet based blogging site with prices ranging from $4.95/month to $14.95/month. You can sign up for a 30-day free trial to see what you think.
5. BlogSource is a relatively new player in the field of blogging options. It’s still a little sparce right now, but new developments are in the works. Plus, it’s free!
6. WordPress is a powerful and free software tool for those who know more about web design and want to put in some time to customize their blog. (This is what I used for Music Matters Blog.) If you use WordPress, you need to setup your own hosting for it. I used the recommended Blue Host and have been very pleased with it.
For those who got lost in some of the terminology, don’t despair! Check back tomorrow for a post on terminology to know when setting up your own website – and every music teacher should have their own studio website. Find out how tomorrow!
If you already have a blog or decide to set one up, let me know so I can link to you!