I love WordPress. Seriously, I do. I have many, many WordPress blogs. However, if you’re new to blogging, or if you just want to set up an experimental blog to try something out, don’t use self-hosted WordPress.
Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve been contacted by writers who are having problems with their self-hosted WordPress blogs.
As I said in this post, Blogging: Self-Hosted or Hosted Blog? | Angela Booth’s Fab Freelance Writing Blog, if your blog is hosted by someone else, you have:
“… no headaches. I don’t have to worry about spam, my site being hacked, or anything else. Easy.
Although I love installing WordPress on my own hosts, there’s always a niggling worry. As safe as my hosting providers are, I know there’s a chance I’ll not only have problems, but I’ll have to deal with them.”
Hosted (free) blogging platforms include: Blogger, WordPress.com, and Tumblr.
I’ve never paid much attention to Tumblr, so I thought it was time to take another look. I love my new Tumblr blog. It’s not only FUN and free, it has social media baked in.
Since Posterous bit the dust (the principals were hired by Twitter), I’ve been looking for something similar. My Tumblr blog is simple to use, I can post via email, and I can queue posts. What’s not to like?
I created the above blog just to have somewhere to post the stuff I didn’t want to post on my other blogs. However, I’ll be creating additional Tumblr blogs to try things out.
You can set up one of these blogs in no time at all.
Freelance writers can use Tumblr blogs for:
* A simple “name” site
* A portfolio site
* To sell a product
* To promote Kindle ebooks
I’ll be recommending a Tumblr blog to many of my students, especial those students who are a little nervous of blogging.
Of course, one day you may want to move your Tumblr blog to WordPress. If that happens, a plugin called Tumblr Importer can help you with that. So, never worry that you’re locked in, and trapped when you create your blog. You can usually move from one platform to another without much hassle.