(Ping! Zine Digital Issue 05) – The term blog originated as a shortened form for a “weblog” or personal journal, and many people have associated the idea of blogging as a way to share their views with other Internet users. Blogs are often looked upon as intelligent and insightful opinions, and blogging allows us to make a place for ourselves in the online community. For this purpose, there are many readily available free blogging platform websites provided to anyone who wants to start a blog. So how does a blogger know whether to use a free blog platform or pay a monthly fee for a more traditional web hosting company to host their blog?
The first step is to figure out one’s goal as a blogger. Remember, blogging takes discipline and dedication, and a novice blogger might ask the following questions of themself: