Many people use their Hover domains to forward to a personal blog. Blogs are great if you want to keep loved ones up to date, share photos of a vacation, display hobbies or really anything else you can think of. Generally speaking, blogs are an inexpensive or free method of expressing yourself or getting your opinion across.
What blogging platform is the best for you? Here are some popular choices and what we like about them:
Tumblr is great for those who want to show off a lot of pictures accompanied by short text posts. Think of it as a Twitter feed but with a more visual content. Perhaps you’re an aspiring photographer or want to document a trip without feeling the need to write long, formal posts. The Tumblr blogging platform is great for people on the go or with little time to spend online.
Squarespace is great for the blogging newbies out there who may not be as familiar with design and coding techniques. The best part is you can use their themes but customize them to your own liking. The modular user interface means creating your own blog is as easy as choosing the pieces you want and putting them together.
Price: $8-$50 per month
A WordPress blog isn’t the simplest to set up. In fact, if you’re not familiar with finding and uploading themes, customizing plugins and creating a navigation structure, you may become overwhelmed and want to opt for a simpler platform. However, what it lacks in simplicity it makes up for in customizability. Once you get the hang of it, WordPress has a crazy amount of features, plugins and options that allow the user to fully tailor each aspect of their blog.
Price: Free hosting is available from WordPress.com. WordPress can also be installed and hosted on your own server space (hosting fees vary).
Posterous is so easy to use that you don’t even have to create an account to start posting. All you have to do to set up your blog is send your first post to firstname.lastname@example.org, and they’ll create YourName.Posterous.com for you! While it isn’t for anyone, Posterous email updating is perfect for those who want to blog on the go, or have little to no coding knowledge.
If you don’t have time to write full blog posts, let alone design a blog, Twitter may be for you. You can tweet from anywhere and instantly share content from the web to your followers. The only drawback is you must keep your posts at 140 characters or less.