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for all of you that have Blogs...not the BDW Blog but your own family or baby blogs...

 

are they free?

can people find them if they google you or your name?

can you tell who looks at it?

how many hits?

 

is it hard to maintain?

 

FI and I were thinking of starting a blog but really don't know too much about it...smile105.gif

thanks girls!

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I use blogspot.com.

 

I honestly am a really really bad blogger and haven't put that much time or energy into it. I know the general public can see it although it's obviously not high on google's search list.

 

It's easy to maintain and setup, I've just gotten a little carried away with my Sproullie Designs website that i haven't done much lately. I primarily started it to keep intouch with my bro in Kansas, and update family on jeff's surgery.

 

It's here: sproullie.blogspot.com

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I use blogspot too - it's free and easy to use

 

I track my stats through StatCounter.com (also a free service) - I just had to copy and paste the counter html code onto the blog (which is easier than it sounds :)

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I am a blogger addict. I started one to let family and friends whats happening. Then my sister copied me. I use blogger.com. Its free and really easy to use. You can check mine out if u want. I want to add it to my soggy but I can't seem to make my soggy very pretty.

Cali and Tony's Blog

if u have questions feel free to ask.

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are they free?

 

I think the best free blogs are from WordPress.com Get a Free Blog Here. It's a free open source software and there are lots of free templates you can use to customize it. Your domain would be xxxxxxx.wordpress.com if you had this blog. (So it's like blogger/blogspot, I just like the software better personally.)

 

can people find them if they google you or your name?

 

If you want your blog to remain anonymous, you could use pseudonyms, initials, first names only, or anything you want. Lots of bloggers do this.

 

can you tell who looks at it?

 

You can easily install widgets that help with this. Like someone said above, StatCounter is a popular free one that tracks the last 500 visitors at any given time. It will tell you IP addresses of visitors, but not their names though (I'm not sure of this)

 

how many hits?

 

Also on StatCounter (or SiteMeter, or Google Analytics, etc)

 

is it hard to maintain?

 

I think it's more of a habit than anything. You could try it out for a few weeks and see if you are good at keeping up with it. It's more fun once you start getting comments. It's like you need some momentum. Who would you want your readership to be?

 

You could start by finding 5-10 blogs to read regularly, and then start commenting. If you feel like you have a lot to say to the comments and topics to write about on your own, maybe the next step is to get a blog yourself.

 

Here is a good article:

 

Be More Than a Blip in the Blogosphere - washingtonpost.com

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I use Xanga.com and it's pretty easy. I want to think I have time to make my own webpage with my own blog so I opted for the easiest thing I could find with the most options and templates.

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Wordpress is cool too, it makes it soo easy to use, blogger and blogspot are good too. just sign up and get to it, it's easy because its all up to you how much you wana write

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