January 20, 2008
Originally published June 9, 2003
I had someone email me this evening to say that she thought about starting a blog because she likes the ones she reads now. I told her to do exactly that, and I recomended BLOGGER as a way to get started.
I trash BLOGGER a lot now that I've moved on to greener pastures, but it remains the best way to decide whether you want to do this crap or not. It's unreliable and frustrating, but it's free. I wouldn't recommend that ANYONE deck out with all the bells and whistles, extra bandwidth and a domain name until he or she has tried it for a while. Blogging is something you become addicted to or you become tired of quickly.
Stick your toe in the water first. BLOGGER is the way to do that.
But if you become addicted, get your ass away from there as fast as you can. Get a reliable host, and even if you don't believe that you'll need it, BUY THE EXTRA BANDWIDTH, because I've seen too many people fuck up by trying to go cheap. If you can afford $5 per month, you can afford $15 per month, and it makes all the difference in the world.
I am a computer nitwit. I don't know how any of this crap works, and I couldn't redesign my page or create "skins" if my life depended on it. I just know that I write a lot and I occasionally get "lanched" by somebody huge. I paid the kind of money I would stick in a stripper's G-string and never think twice about it for the extra bandwidth. It was worth every cent. My host has almost NEVER let me down, and it's taken some large hits.
I consider myself to be a serious blogger now. I've done it almost every day for more than a year and a half now and I intend to continue. I don't expect to be the next Glenn Reynolds or a begging whiner such as Andrew Sullivan. But I DO expect to have my place open for business every day. That's what I pay for, and that's what I want.
BLOGGER can't give you that. Other places can, and it isn't expensive. If you decide that you really enjoy blogging, go explore those places. Some people are offering to move you FOR FREE now. I paid $400 for that service. But that happened a long time ago.
I wonder what blogdom will look like ten years from now. That idea is scary in a good kind of way. I'll miss the old days, but I won't miss them much. I like what Glenn calls the "horizontal communication" network. It has damned sure introduced ME to people I never would have met otherwise. It's growing like Topsy every day, too.
I'll still cuss and rant on this blog as long as I write it. I'll let it all hang out. That's what I do. There's room for me here, and there always will be. The great thing about blogging is that there is NO ONE RIGHT WAY TO DO IT! Go with what works for you. Be yourself. Write... Bejus, but I hate to say this... Bite me, Joni... write from your heart and let the chips fall where they may.
Believe it or not, that's what I do.
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