Maybe you’ve been thinking recently about starting a blog and just don’t know where to start. Well, have no fear. After encouraging a few friends on Facebook to write a blog, I’ve learned that most people don’t know where to start and what site they should use for the most flexibility.
I’ve spent a good deal of my time in the past few years writing for blogs, whether it be personally or professionally. I’ve had experience with all three of the Big Blogging Platforms, which is my affectionate term for WordPress, Tumblr and Blogger. You can start a blog for free with all three of them. Let’s take a look at the platforms and see what they’re capable of.
Blogger is one of the original hosted blogging platforms, from the guys that went on to start Twitter after Google bought it out. Blogger is where many of us cut our blogging teeth, and was the first place many people moved after leaving their old Geocities sites behind. Today, though, Blogger’s popularity has been eclipsed by WordPress.com, Tumblr, and social networking in general which has kept many from focusing on writing a full blog.
Blogger seemed to stagnate for years, but in the past year, Google has done a lot to make it a much more modern blogging service. Let’s take a look at the new Blogger and its improved default themes, then check out 8 of the best new Blogger themes from our parent company Envato’s ThemeForest. (more…)
Blogging, and its rapid rise in popularity as a way to self-publish, is arguably responsible in part for the great proliferation of web apps over the last few years. Back when blogging was only done by early adopters, you’d need to stock your computer with desktop apps — an image editor, an RSS reader, and so on. As bloggers became increasingly mobile, the need for always-accessible applications only got stronger, and today, many bloggers don’t need to leave the browser at all to get the job done.
If you’re new to blogging, you might be looking for a collection of web apps that will make your life easier. Today’s a lucky day for you, then, because you just found ten of them!
One reason blogs become so popular so fast is the availability of a variety of themes, both free and paid. Themes have aid people in developing an identity and voice. All the blogging platforms out there have an extensive collection of themes, templates & skins to spice up your content. Blogger, one of the earliest self publishing platforms, also allows customizing your blog, albeit with far less options than platforms like WordPress.
In recent times, Blogger seems to be overwhelmed by the rival platforms, primarily WordPress and Tumblr, hogging the limelight. Even without much hoopla and frequent feature additions, Blogger is a solid self-publishing platform, which is sadly being abandoned by casual and professional bloggers alike. But we haven’t forgotten Blogger and have rounded up a few unusual & cool themes to kindle some interest in your minds.