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Advice for a potential blogger

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Nick . Brooks says:

Hello all.

I'm thinking of setting up a blog, essentially an exercise in vanity publishing for the purposes of commenting on political and ideological issues and trends. I'll probably want to include a few photos. I want something simple to use, but versatile and flexible. I guess something that doesn't require me to download any software (but if it does I'm on Mac OS X). What would people recommend? What do you think are the best blog hosting services? I'm based in the UK if that makes any difference.

Thanks in anticipation!

Nick
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egorgry says:

I use wordpress and havn't found a need to switch.
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tokyo_ says:

blogspot is a good one, and it's free.
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Nick . Brooks says:

Thanks guys - I'll check these out. Your recommendations are appreciated!
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dewayne smith says:

Use Wordpress if you want to host it yourself. K2 is complicated to understand, I won't lie to you. But it's the best "active template" for Wordpress.

Also, use Tiger Administration. MUCH easier to navigate.
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egorgry says:

I found tiger to be less intuitive then the admin panel in 2.x. Maybe I'm just use to it.
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*n3wjack's world in pixels says:

I have to agree with what everyone is posting here,
Worpress ownz if you want to host your own site,
otherwise I'd advise using Blogger.com
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panoramic earth [deleted] says:

As a long time blogger, my experience has taught me that "simple to use" and "versatile and flexible" do not go together.

Blogger is very simple, but not particularly versatile. Wordpress, as pointed out here, is fantastic -- but remarkably complicated if you want to do anything beyond what the basic template already offers.

Blogware is a commercial product that offers some mid-point. It's more advanced than Blogger, pretty versatile, yet still pretty easy to configure and tweak. I wrote this article on Blogware after I switched from Blogger.com. I also wrote an article on the complexities of switching to Wordpress from Blogware.

Ultimately I moved away from Blogger because it's languished in "Web 1.0" hell since Google bought it. They've done virtually nothing with it and competing products have leaped past it in features. I also found Blogger was going down quite a bit.

If you're just starting out, though, you might consider going easy with Blogger and upgrading as you have the time and experience. Most blogging applications support importing Blogger entries, so you're not going to lose your articles.

Hope that helps,
Michael Hainsworth
www.hainsworth.com
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Nick . Brooks says:

This is all really helpful stuff, and much appreciated, Thanks again folks.
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panoramic earth [deleted] says:

If you go Wordpress, here are exhaustive list of themes if you're looking for something unique.
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enchanted home [deleted] says:

I find this much easier to browse:

themes.wordpress.net/
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dubbie says:

Not sure if you've already decided on this, but wordpress now has free blogs at wordpress.com, similar to the blogger style where you end up with your blog at [yourusername].wordpress.com. You might want to check it out. You pretty much get (some of) the versatility of wordpress users with their own domains, but get to run away from blogger's rigidity and lack of features.
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sleepyinnaptown says:

I like www.blogger.com.
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ben- says:

VOX is great too
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tacit watch [deleted] says:

for a free host i'd vote wordpress.com
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Ramen Junkie says:

I'm going to recommend Wordpress as well.

I've used Livejournal for al ong period and still use it for my main "day to day" blog. I find LJ is a bit too.. "full of idiots" for more professional style use.

I tried using blogger for a short period for posting reviews but found that it lacked a lot of useful features, most notable being the completel ack of a tagging system.

Recently I've started using wordpress. I like it a lot. It has all of the features I like in a blog site and better yet, I get more traffic to it that I ever did on livejournal or blogger.

Someone else mentioned Vox. I havn't tried it yet but I have an account (it's invite only, though it seems to be easy to get an invite). I'm thinking of using it for blogging about photos since it can interface with Flickr.
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rautiocination says:

no matter what blog soft you end up using, use the Flock browser! It has integrated flickr support: drag and drop images into flickr, and drag images from your photostream into new blog posts, it takes care of the img and href tags. Also included is a great rss reader, and built in blog post composition and favourites management. highly recommended!

Its compatible with wordpress, movable type, etc etc and its based on firefox, so supports firefox extentions also

check it out
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